Manchester United made some unwanted history tonight against AZ Alkmaar.
Unfortunately for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it was because United became the first Red Devils outfit ever to fail to register a spot on target in the Europa League.
Eggs firmly on our face…
United laboured to a 1-0 home win over FK Astana and continued their shoddy form tonight, failing to threaten AZ Alkmaar throughout the game which ended 0-0.
We were missing several regular first-team players but we were atrocious, unacceptably bad, and failed to create a single decent chance.
Solskjaer is right to argue United should have been awarded a penalty, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“Very happy with the boys, we come away with a good performance. Should have been three points, a nailed on penalty. You can’t even discuss it.
“Good performance against a good opponent on a very bad surface.”
On the penalty itself, Solskjaer added: “I just couldn’t believe what I saw. Same as Arsenal, the handball that should have been 2-0. It’s frustrating now these little things because the boys deserve more.”
Solskjaer echoed those sentiments in another post-match interview with BT Sport, as seen below:
“It’s a penalty 101 times out of 100!”
“How many times this season? We’d have been 2-0 up against Arsenal and 1-0 up here!” 😡
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 3, 2019
Brandon Williams started at left-back and played well as he made his first full debut. The manager was happy with what he saw from the youngster, saying, “Top class, top performance for a full debut. So happy for him. He’s got no fear, he’s brave, wants the ball, takes people on, tackles, he’s physical. So happy for him.”
The performances aren’t getting better but Solskjaer is trying to rotate the team in between a busy schedule. It doesn’t help that the squad is so light and it doesn’t help that there’s been so many injuries.
Jesse Lingard picked up an injury against AZ Alkmaar tonight. Solskjaer was asked about it and said: “I think he felt his hamstring, I don’t think he’s too bad. Probably not Newcastle but ready for Liverpool.”
That’s a hint that we’ll see Lingard start against the Scousers after the international break.
I don’t know how I feel about that but Angel Gomes did himself no favours tonight.