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That’s it from me tonight, I hope you’ve enjoyed following the action. Until the next time, goodnight!

United confirm top spot, winning Group L by four points ahead of AZ in second. Solskjaer’s side will be seeded in Monday’s draw for the first knockout round.

United were genuinely dominated in the first half, but for all their possession AZ struggled to create chances and were brutally punished in 12 second-half minutes. Young applied a brilliant finish to an excellent move from left to right, before Greenwood scored from range after Garner looked to have won the ball with a foul. Greenwood won a penalty for Mata to convert soon after, before the youngster lasered a second incisive finish of the night into the bottom corner. Greenwood the undoubted star for United in the Europa League yet again.

90′ + 3′ FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 4-0 AZ

90′ + 1′ Two minutes of stoppage time to be added on.

89′ Greenwood comes in from the left and fires right-footed towards the far top corner, but he hits it high and wide.

87′ The corner is taken short and eventually Pereira delivers a cross from a deeper position, but it’s punched away by Bizot. It was right in towards him, so he probably could have caught it, but he gets good distance on the punch.

86′ Chong shows a good touch before finding Pereira on the left, and he wins a corner with his cross.

T. Koopmeiners

Yellow Card

AZ

84′ Koopmeiners is booked for a slight pull of Chong’s shirt as he looked to break away in midfield. There was definitely a tug, but he absolutely chucked himself to the ground.

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82′ Laird is booked for a foul on Stengs, chopping him down as the forward looked to lead a counter from a corner.

81′ Pereira whips a free-kick from the left in towards Matic, but Vlaar nods it behind.

79′ Druijf controls a high ball and lays off Stengs at the right corner of the penalty area. He steps inside and curls a shot with his left foot, looking to catch Romero off-guard at his near post, but the keeper reacts and makes the save.

AZ

77′ Youth academy product Ouwejan comes on for Idrissi, who was electric in the first half and nowhere to be seen in the second.

75′ Greenwood is the youngest player to score a brace in major European competition for United, aged 18 years and 72 days.

74′ Pereira swings at a shot from the edge of the area, but doesn’t get a good connection and it flies well off target off his left boot.

72′ Midtsjo looks to set Druijf in behind. Jones looks to knock it behind, but a goal kick is given.

70′ Mata has both scored and assisted in the same match in European competition for the first time since September 2015 against VfL Wolfsburg (one goal, two assists).

Manchester United

68′ Jones gets a run-out as well, as he replaces Maguire.

Manchester United

68′ And now a second United switch, Laird replacing Young.

AZ

68′ Another change from AZ, who are shutting up shop by the looks of things. Defender Vlaar on for Sugawara.

67′ Greenwood sets Chong free down the right but the pass is slightly too far ahead of him. Chong keeps the ball in and pulls it back from the byline, but the angle is closed down and Wuytens gets a foot in.

65′ It’s been less than ten minutes since I said a 1-0 defeat would be harsh on AZ… it’s getting ugly now.

Manchester United

64′ A second assist of the night for Mata, a simple pass before a good finish from Greenwood.

Manchester United

64′ GOAL! 4-0 United, Greenwood at the double and United are running riot! Matic intercepts a lazy pass upfield and finds Mata. He passes to Greenwood at the right corner of the area, he comes infield and fires a powerful left-footed finish in at the near post.

AZ

63′ AZ make a change, Druijf on for De Wit.

Manchester United

62′ GOAL! 3-0 United, Mata fires the penalty home. He goes left-footed towards the bottom-right corner. Bizot goes the right way, but it’s hit with too much power for him to get a touch.

62′ Penalty for United! It’s all going wrong for AZ now. Clasie chops Greenwood down inside the area, absolutely no doubt about the call.

61′ United have got their tails up now. Mata crosses from the left towards Chong, but Wuytens heads it clear.

Manchester United

59′ Martial’s 50th appearance in European football is over. He’s done very little during it, and is now replaced by Chong.

AZ

58′ Midtsjo is booked for protesting to the referee. He was definitely fouled by Garner in the build-up to the goal, but there’s no VAR to check it out.

Manchester United

58′ GOAL! That might just be that, Greenwood makes it 2-0! Garner wins the ball from Midtjso 20 yards out and it drops to Greenwood, who takes a touch and fires an excellent left-footed finish into the bottom-right corner from range.

57′ AZ need to score two to top the group now. They’ve put in an excellent performance tonight, and even this narrow scoreline is harsh on them.

55′ United have won six of their eight previous home games against Dutch sides in all competitions, drawing with PSV in November 2015and losing against Ajax in February 2012. Is there another win on the way now?

Manchester United

53′ Mata gets the assist, pulling the ball across goal from the left before Young applied a brilliant finish.

Manchester United

53′ GOAL! Young scores, United lead 1-0! Williams and Mata combine down the left before Pereira finds his way out of a corner with a beautiful bit of footwork around Svensson. Matic then threads Mata in down the left and while his pull-back across goal doesn’t look to have found anybody, Young fires in an excellent finish into the roof of the net from a tight angle at the far post.

51′ Martial should score! Garner finds Greenwood on the right, and the youngster breaks into the area with a couple of stepovers before finding Martial eight yards out. He takes a touch to set himself before swinging his right boot at the ball, but he blazes over.

51′ Midtsjo’s looping cross towards the back post from the left is headed up and away by Williams.

49′ Young’s cross from the right goes over everybody but Williams collects it on the far side. Pereira tries to fire it back in but it’s blocked and kept in play before it can go behind for a corner.

47′ Great move from AZ! Midtjso skins Garner in midfield before charging forward and finding Idrissi in space on the left. He fires a low cross into Stengs who should probably score, but he can’t control the finish as he slides in at close range.

47′ Koopmeiners looks to bend in a cross from deep on the left, but it bounces harmlessly into the gloves of Romero.

45′ No changes for either side at the break, and United get us back underway.

Solskjaer does have Rashford on the bench to call upon if he so desires – but a draw is all United need, so it would be a surprise to see him risked. The likes of Chong and Laird will be hopeful of getting the call instead.

Level at the break, but it’s the away side who have been on top. Idrissi has been a malevolent force down the left for them, keeping Young occupied and getting the better of him more than once. Half-chances for De Wit and Stengs are as close as they have come, but United haven’t looked like scoring at all. Mata’s weak effort from the edge of the area was probably their best chance of an ineffective first 45 minutes.

45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 AZ

44′ Martial gets the ball inside the penalty area but Wuytens immediately gets across to stab the ball off his feet and behind for a corner. Bizot then comes out and gets a strong double fist to the corner.

42′ Stengs gets a shooting opportunity just inside the area but drags a weak left-footed shot wide to the right of goal. Sugawara might have been available for an easier shot if he’d seen him.

41′ Svensson bends in a nice low ball from the right. De Wit gets in behind and stretches a foot out to divert it goalwards, but can only touch it over the bar.

40′ AZ have lost all five of their away matches against English sides in all competitions, most recently a 1-4 loss at the Emirates against Arsenal in November 2009. They’ve not looked especially concerned here tonight.

38′ Idrissi’s low, right-footed cross from the left goes all the way through and trickles just wide of the far post. Romero was scrambling, and a touch from De Wit might well have had him in trouble.

37′ Matic finds Greenwood with a raking pass toward the right side of the penalty area. His cross is blocked and kept in play, but AZ don’t break with any urgency.

36′ Midtsjo gets to the byline inside the penalty area and looks to pull a cross back with his right foot, but he loses his footing and it goes behind for a goal kick.

35′ Young gets the ball in space on the right again, this time from a good driven pass from Pereira. Young’s deep cross is put behind for a corner which Maguire meets with a glancing header, but it’s an easy save for Bizot.

33′ First good chance of the match. Mata finds Young in space on the right wing, and the captain carries it forward before giving it back to Mata at the edge of the area. He looks to pick his spot in the bottom-right corner but takes too long to get the shot away, and it’s blocked. He might have been better off aiming towards the left.

31′ Svensson goes down in midfield after taking a ball hard to the face. He got ahead of Pereira to win a header in midfield then didn’t move his head down, so he only really has himself to blame. He’s back up after a few seconds.

30′ Tuanzebe slides a pass out to Williams on the left straight out of play. United had the ball in their own half under no pressure whatsoever.

29′ Pereira’s shot from the resulting free-kick is blocked, before Maguire’s teasing cross towards Pereira from the right is cleared away.

AZ

28′ Clasie is the first man to be booked. A pass from De Wit in midfield cannons of Sugawara’s boot and inadvertently puts Martial in behind. Clasie sees yellow for fouling him.

27′ Young plays a pass in behind for Greenwood to chase down the right channel. He does well to nod it back to Mata at the edge of the area, but he miscues his half-volley and it flies high and wide across goal.

26′ Greenwood comes over to the right looking for some space, and is immediately fouled by Wijndal. United are seeing more of the ball now, but they aren’t looking like doing much with it yet.

24′ Garner looks to run at the defence from deep, passing to Martial on the right touchline for a one-two – but the Frenchman instead plays a simple pass back into midfield. Nothing develops.

22′ Garner gives the ball away to De Wit with a loose touch on the halfway line, but immediately fouls him to stop any counter-attack developing.

20′ The away side are still having absolutely all of the ball, and holding it comfortably inside United’s half. They’re having trouble finding a way through though, with no clear chances for either side so far.

18′ An AZ corner from the left is headed away by Young. Clasie picks it up some 35 yards out and has a crack with his right foot, but it sails over the bar.

17′ After 16 minutes at Old Trafford, United have had just 35 per cent possession of the ball. That’s pretty remarkable. AZ totally in charge.

15′ Greenwood has been directly involved in 75 per cent of Manchester United’s goals at Old Trafford in the Europa League this season, scoring two himself and providing one assist from their total of four. He has barely had a touch of the ball in the opening 15 minutes tonight.

14′ Idrissi drives at the United defence down the left again before laying off Wijndal on the overlap, but Young sticks out a leg to divert the left-back’s cross out for a throw.

13′ It’s been a fairly muted start from the home side, just that Pereira run and shot from them so far. You can see why they didn’t have a shot on target in the first match.

11′ Young just does enough to cut out a cross-field pass from Sugawara on the right. Idrissi would have been in acres of space at the edge of the area had it found its way through.

10′ Idrissi is looking bright early on. He picks up the ball wide on the left and comes infield to shoot, but curls right-footed into the hands of Romero as he aims for the near post.

8′ Idrissi plays an absolutely delicious rabona pass as AZ look to pick their way through, but United eventually get enough men behind the ball to deal with it. Young nearly plays his way into trouble by trying to dribble at the edge of his own six-yard box, but just about gets away with it.

6′ Pereira carries the ball forwards down the left as United attack for the first time. He ends up at a fairly tight angle but with no passing options open, he shoots left-footed and wins a corner at the near post. Bizot then comes out to take a clean catch from the corner.

4′ Sugawara controls the ball at the edge of the area, flicking it up and hitting it right-footed on the half-turn. He catches it well, but it’s straight at Romero.

3′ Romero and Tuanzebe exchange a couple of passes inside the penalty area with Stengs pressing, before the goalkeeper slams a pass straight past Tuanzebe and out for a throw-in.

2′ AZ win an early throw-in up the field on the left wing as Young can’t keep a high ball in, but they end up going all the way back to Bizot in goal.

1′ We’re off, as AZ get the ball rolling.

The teams are on their way out of the Old Trafford tunnel, and we’re almost ready for kick-off.

The only previous meeting between these sides finished 0-0 on matchday two of this season’s Europa League, with the Red Devils failing to record a shot on target in the game. Solskjaer said he was “very pleased” with his side’s performance.

With first place on the line, United go with a stronger starting XI than the one which lost at Astana last time out. Martial leads the line with Rashford on the bench if things go pear-shaped. AZ beat Zwolle 3-0 away from home at the weekend and they make one change, with Myron Boadu replaced by Sugawara.

SUBS: Rody de Boer, Thomas Ouwejan, Tijjani Reijnders, Zakaria Aboukhlal, Ron Vlaar, Ferdy Druijf, Joris Kramer.

AZ (4-3-3): Marco Bizot; Owen Wijnal, Stijn Wuytens, Jordy Clasie, Jonas Svensson; Dani de Wit, Teun Koopmeiners, Fredrik Midtsjo; Oussama Idrissi, Calvin Stengs, Yukinari Sugawara.

SUBS: Phil Jones, Marcus Rashford, Lee Grant, Fred, Scott McTominay, Ethan Laird, Tahith Chong.

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): Sergio Romero; Brandon Williams, Harry Maguire, Axel Tuanzebe, Ashley Young; Nemanja Matic, James Garner; Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira; Anthony Martial.

Both of these sides are already safely qualified for the first knockout round, but United hold a one-point advantage over their Eredivisie opponents and will be looking to keep a firm grip of top spot.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Europa League group stage match, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United host Arne Slot’s AZ in the final round of fixtures in Group L.



Source link: Manchester United V AZ Live Commentary & Result, 12/12/2019, UEFA Europa League


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