Manchester United failed to register a shot on target as they were held to a disappointing 0-0 away draw against AZ Alkmaar on the second matchday of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men continue their winless run in away games, stretching to 10 matches now. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea made some brilliant second-half saves, helping his club escape with a point.
Even though United managed a draw, they incurred a loss in the form of Jesse Lingard as he picked up an injury. This will lead to the depletion of Solskjaer’s attacking options. Talking to the press after the match, Solskjaer termed the match as a good-away point for Manchester United. According to him, it was a match against a tough opponent on a difficult surface.
10 - Manchester United have failed to win any of their last 10 away matches across all competitions (D4 L6) – they last went on a longer winless run on the road between February and September 1989 (run of 11). Worrying. pic.twitter.com/doznd0WEp9— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 3, 2019
Manchester United defence seemed porous from the start, giving confidence to the hosts. Oussama Idrissa and Owen Wijndal tested the goalkeeping skills of David de Gea, firing shots throughout the match. United took half an hour for an attack as Diogo Dalot delivered a brilliant cross for Mason Greenwood but his instinctive first touch shot was blocked by Alkmaar defender Ron Vlaar. In the 80th minute, substitute Marcus Rashford was brought down by a rough tackle from Stijn Wuytens. After the match, United boss talking to the press claimed that it was a penalty.
0 - Manchester United have failed to have a shot on target in a UEFA Europa League game for the first time in their history (25 games). Blunt. pic.twitter.com/f3ADg6Qow6— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 3, 2019
The Red Devils are placed on the second position with four points behind Partizan due to a goal difference. Manchester United will be facing Partizan in their next Europa League clash on October 24, 2019.