De Gea saves Man Utd as Red Devils held AZ Alkmaar in Europa

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 03/10/2019

David de Gea saves Manchester United as Red Devils held AZ Alkmaar to a 0-0 draw in their second Group L match in the Europa League on Thursday at Cars Jeans Stadium.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side failed to register a shot on target in the Europa League for the very first time as their winless run on the road stretched to a concerning 10 games.

If any team looked like scoring it was Alkmaar for whom the lively Oussama Idrissi was the best-attacking player on view.

Alkmaar striker Myron Boadu had a first-half goal ruled out for offside before Idrissi forced David de Gea into a sharp save. Idrissi skimmed an effort wide after the break and tested De Gea again with a powerful shot the keeper punched away.

United's ambition was limited but they brought on Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay in the final quarter of the game to try and force a winner.

Rashford was denied what looked a blatant penalty 10 minutes from time when he appeared to be clipped by a sliding Stijn Wuytens after a sharp turn in the area.

Lingard, left out of the England squad earlier on Thursday, had United's best effort with a dipping shot just wide soon after but worryingly for Solskjaer he limped off before the end.

One of the positives for United was an assured performance by Brandon Williams who made his first start at left back.