Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar played out an uneventful 0-0 draw in the second game of our Europa League group stage this season.
This evening’s game was played at ADO den Haag’s Cars Jeans Stadion which has become AZ’s temporary home following structural damage to their usual home back in August.
Neither side caused the opposition goalkeeper many problems at all, and although the Opta Stats say we had zero shots on target, Marcus Rashford saw a first half effort that was goalbound prior to Ron Vlaar’s important block on the edge of the six-yard box.
Here are my ratings from the game:
David de Gea 7 – The Spaniard made a fine save at his near post in the second half but otherwise wasn’t forced into a sweat over in the Netherlands this evening.
Diogo Dalot 6 – Oussama Idrissi got the better of Diogo Dalot the couple of times the AZ winger ran at him, but fortunately the Dutchman didn’t have the quality to cause us too many problems. Our right-back didn’t get very far forward at all.
Victor Lindelof 8 – Another very good performance from our centre-back who positioned himself very well and didn’t allow teenage striker Myron Boadu much at all.
Marcos Rojo 7 – Fortunately AZ’s attack was limited so Marcos Rojo was able to keep a rare clean sheet at centre-back.
Brandon Williams 7 – Decent showing on his full debut. Brandon Williams wanted to join in going forward whilst was fairly solid defensively. Calvin Stengs showed more promise to harm our defence when he drifted inside rather than from down the right wing.
Nemanja Matic 6 – Protected the back four well considering AZ saw a lot of the ball in our half and created next to nothing down the middle, but Nemanja Matic was terrible and slow in possession.
Fred 5 – Simply awful in possession. Fred slowed down our attacks as he offered nothing good going forward.
Mason Greenwood 5 – A quiet game from the teenage sensation who has had a number of starts and exciting performances of late. Didn’t take his only chance very well at all and his movement in and around the penalty area needs improvement. Only turned 18 on Tuesday.
Juan Mata 5 – Ole was keen to have some experience in the starting lineup in what was a young side but Juan Mata couldn’t get into the game as AZ marked him out of the game well. As a result, the Spanish playmaker created nothing and didn’t have a single shot himself.
Angel Gomes 6 – AZ saw Angel Gomes as the biggest threat seemingly as the youngster was constantly surrounded by red shirts and unable to do much as a result.
Daniel James 5 – Ole’s decision to play the Welsh international up front didn’t prove fruitful. Dropped into the number 10 following Marcus Rashford’s introduction but still couldn’t get into the game.
Marcus Rashford (29 mins) 5 – Barely got a touch of the ball as AZ saw most of it during the final half hour.
Jesse Lingard (15 mins) N/A – Ole made attacking changes in the second half but like Rashford, Jesse Lingard barely got fed the ball.
Scott McTominay (9 mins) N/A – Replacing Juan Mata late on felt like we were holding on for a point for the final 10 minutes.