FT: AZ 0-0 Manchester United. To say it was not the greatest game is an understatement, but in reality, a draw is a decent result for United, who defended well, even if they attack looked sterile once more. Four points from two games for United. Thanks for joining us. Goodnight.
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Just what United need - Lingard limps off with what looks like a muscle injury.
First yellow card of the game right at the death here with Dalot the unlucky man.
Three minutes of added time here.
Idrissi tries to cut onto his left before firing the cross over, but Gomes is back to make the tackle.
First change for AZ a Hatzidiakos replaces De Wit.
CLOSE! Great ball into Lingard from McTominay, but the England forward can only fire wide from a good position.
Third and final change for United as Mata makes way for Scott McTominay.
NO PENALTY! Rashford cuts back inside, Stijn Wuytens comes sliding in, sends Rashford tumbling in the penalty area, but again nothing is given. Looked like United had a case there.
Lovely cross from Stengs into the middle, bit Idrissi cannot get on the end of it.
Change for United with Greenwood replaced by Jesse Lingard.
WIDE! With the outside of his right foot, Idrissa drills for goal. De Gea is scrambling across, but the ball flashes wide.
Good spell from the home side. De Wit goes down in the box asking for a penalty, but the referee is having none of it. No VAR tonight, of course.
SAVE! De Wit has time to shoot, fires for goal, the ball moves around in the air, but De Gea gets two hands to it to beat the ball away.
AZ respond with a dominant spell of possession that pins United back and forces two desperate clearances from Rojo and Lindelof.
Greenwood picks out Gomes with a good ball, but the shot is woeful and always flying well over the top.
Greenwood is now deployed through the middle. Rashford on the left.
Rashford comes on to replace James.
The hosts are a little flat too at the moment. Marcus Rashford is readying on the bench.
Williams makes the burst forward, but again nothing ahead of him.
United probe for a way through the AZ backline but there's a distinct lack of quality needed to get into the final third, let alone create a chance.
Another loud appeal for handball, this time against Williams, but again nothing is given.
Sugawara again the danger, but his low cross fizzes across the face of goal. Good defending from Rojo to see out the danger.
Nice turn from Fred but he cannot pick out the run of James.
United with the possession early in the second half, but Fred wastes it by firing the ball straight out of play!
Sugawara's cross from the right reaches Dalot at the back post. As he attempts to clear his lines the ball appears to strike his arm, but the referee waves away the penalty claims.
Back under way here...
Pretty much this.
HT: AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Manchester United. No stoppage time at the end of the half. Not great from United, who look flat in attack once more. Greenwood had the chance of the game, but could not convert from close range. All to do in the second half.
Gomes looks like he has taken a knock, limping on the left flank.
Great cut out by Lindelof to snuff out another AZ attack.
De Gea looks to go long but gets his kick all wrong. His distribution is not quite on the same level as some of his peers.
Better from United here. Mata more involved and finally some service coming into the front players.
Wonderful cross from Dalot from the right, but again there is nobody there to get their head on it.
AZ now back causing problems. The bounce of the ball has been their undoing this past few minutes.
A cross from the right finds Boadu in space and unmarked six yards from goal, but he gets in a right pickle with his feet and his tame glancing header is gathered with ease by De Gea.
CHAAAANCE! Brilliant work from James to get to the byline before pulling the ball back for Greenwood, eight yards out, but Vlaar makes the block in front of his goalkeeper.
Juan Mata is forward trying to make things happen, but nothing ahead of him again.
It did not go well...
Dalot whips a cross into the middle, but there is nobody there to challenge the goalkeeper.
Better possession for United, They are doing very little with it, though.
57 per cent possession for AZ and they look more than comfortable with the ball.
Two corners in succession for the home side. United struggling still.
United are struggling to string even a few passes together. The plastic pitch can only be blamed for so much.
The hosts really are causing problems...
SAVE! Corner is headed clear only as far as Oussama Idrissi, who fires for goal, but David de Gea gets down well to make a fine save.
United are on the back foot here as AZ win another corner.
NO GOAL! Boadu meets the ball low with his head thinks he has given the hosts the lead, only to be denied by the offside flag. Right call.
Owen Wijndal whips a nice ball into the middle, but Marcos Rojo deals with it well.
Williams is getting forward well down the left, but his one-two with Gomes comes to nothing.
Angel Gomes cuts inside, lays the ball off for Fred, but the shot from range is blocked.
Greenwood gives the ball away but Myron Boadu cannot capitalise for the hosts.
Early possession for United. Seems that Dan James is partnering Mason Greenwood up front for United.
We are up and running on this artificial pitch.
So here we go. It is not going to be easy for United tonight. Marshalled by former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar, the Dutch club sit third in the Eredivisie having conceded just three goals in their eight league games this season – a record only bettered by Serie A leaders Inter Milan across Europe’s top-five divisions. Only two of United's team this evening have scored a goal this season so far... We are minutes away!
The ever-increasing stat
Tonight's clash is actually taking place at the Car Jeans Stadion, the home of ADO Den Haag, after the collapse of the roof at AZ’s home ground AFAS stadium. It means that tonight’s game will be held some 48 miles south of Alkmaar in The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government.
Trouble on the road...
AZ have won just two of their 12 matches against English opposition in European competition (D4 L6), however each of those victories have come on home soil - beating Ipswich 4-2 in 1980-81 UEFA Cup final and most recently beating Newcastle 2-0 in the last 16 of the 2006-07 UEFA Cup.
A future United star?
OLE TURNS TO YOUTH: Eight changes from the side who drew with Arsenal on Monday, with academy graduate Brandon Williams given his first senior start. There is also a starting spot for Mason Greenwood, who turned 18 yesterday. Greenwood scored the winner against Astana and is highly regarded at Old Trafford. No Paul Pogba, as expected, but Marcus Rashford is on the bench.
TEAM NEWS - MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Rojo, Williams, Fred, Matic, Mata, Gomes, James, Greenwood... Subs: Romero, Maguire, Tuanzebe, McTominay, Lingard, Chong, Rashford. /// AZ: Bizot, Sugawara, Vlaar, Wuytens, Wijndal, Midtsjo, De Wit, Koopmeiners, Stengs, Idrissi, Boadu... Subs: De Boer, Hatzidiakos, Ouwejan, Druijf, Aboukhlal, Clasie, Reijnders.
The teams are in...
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Manchester United's Europa League clash with AZ Alkmaar from the Cars Jeans Stadion. United's season is yet to get going, with goals in short supply. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side stumbled past Astana in their Group L opener, but must show more guile to break down a resolute Dutch side this evening. I'm Pete Hall, and I will be bringing you the action, as it happens, live!