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UEL 2019-20: Az Alkmaar hold Manchester United tied at 0-0

AFP
Published Oct 4, 2019, 9:40 am IST
Updated Oct 4, 2019, 9:47 am IST
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team again struggled badly in attack and failed to test Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot.
Daniel James is Manchester United's joint-leading scorer this season with three goals. (Photo:AFP)
 Daniel James is Manchester United's joint-leading scorer this season with three goals. (Photo:AFP)

Manchester United stuttered to a drab 0-0 draw against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League group stage on Thursday, while Steven Gerrard's Rangers conceded an injury-time goal in a 2-1 loss at Swiss side Young Boys.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team again struggled badly in attack and failed to test Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot to leave United still searching for a first away win since March.

 

"The conditions were tough but I thought we did very well. It puts us in a good position," said Solskjaer, whose side have scored just five goals in their last 10 away games.

Academy product Brandon Williams was handed his first start for United, who saw teenager Mason Greenwood denied by a superb block from Ron Vlaar on 30 minutes.

The game was played in The Hague, on an artificial surface described as "one of the worst" by Solskjaer, after a storm damaged Alkmaar's home ground in August.

United were without Paul Pogba after the midfielder aggravated an ankle injury against Arsenal on Monday. He was also left out of the France squad named Thursday by Didier Deschamps.

 

Since their 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea on the opening day of the Premier League campaign, United have failed to score more than once in any match.

They rarely threatened in the Netherlands with substitute Jesse Lingard firing wide and Solskjaer reacting in disbelief when Marcus Rashford appeared to be chopped down in the penalty area.

Owen Wijndal and Oussama Idrissi forced David de Gea into a couple of smart saves at the other end as the draw left United level on four points in Group L with Partizan Belgrade, who won 2-1 away to Astana.

 

Colombian forward Alfredo Morelos put Rangers ahead just before half-time in Bern, but Young Boys levelled through Roger Assale before Christian Fassnacht grabbed a 93rd-minute winner for the hosts.

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