Man. Utd V AZ Alkmaar - As it happened.
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FT: Manchester Utd 4 - 0 AZ Alkmaar. The second half looked absolutely nothing like the first one, and the scoreline shows it. Manchester United capitalised the counter-attacks and turned it into goals, with an added penalty bonus. Cause for celebration for Solskjaer, who will be going through as top of the group, thus avoiding the Champions League renegades. Bad luck for Alkmaar? Perhaps! They were more than decent the first 45 min.
Two min of added time!
Greenwood comes in from the left and fires right-footed towards the far top corner, but he hits it high and wide.
Corner! It 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.
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.
YELLOW! Laird brings Stengs down as he races away on the counter and picks up a booking.
SAVE! Decent save from Romero in the United goal as Stengs looks to grab a consolation with a long-range curler, but the United stopper adjusts his feet well to tip the ball behind for a corner
Idrissi - standout performer for AZ - comes off for Ouwejan.
Man United now getting chance after chance. Completely different team with just a bit of confidence.
Midtsjo looks to set Druijf in behind. Jones looks to knock it behind, but a goal kick is given.
A few subs now... Solskjaer is having a fun one. Jones comes on for Maguire, Young for Laird. Former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar comes on for AZ, as Sugawara makes way.
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.
AND A FOURTH ONE!!!!!!
Penalty for United... And 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.
Martial's 50th appearance in European football is over. He's done very little during it, and is now replaced by Chong.
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.
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.
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
GOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL MAN UNITED! ASHLEY YOUNG!
CHANCE FOR MAN U! ood play from United as Garner and Greenwood combine down the right. Martial shows great movement in the box to receive Greenwood's pass in space in the six-yard box, but he leans back while shooting and sends an effort high over the bar.
CHANCE! How many more chances are AZ going to pass up? United's defence is carved through with ease by the visitors as Idrissi is found in space on the left. He drills a brilliant cross into the six-yard box which falls for Stengs, but he's surprised it reaches him and he gets his feet in a muddle while sending an effort towards goal, which Romero deals with.
Back undeerway in Old Trafford!
HT: Man United 0-0 Az Alkmaar. 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. See you in 15!
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.
CHANCE! AZ knocking on the door for the opener before half-time Svensson drills a teasing ball in from the right flank that reaches De Wit in the six-yard box, but his first-time finish flashes over at the near post.
CLOSE! Heart-in-mouth moment for United as Idrissi's dangerous low ball from the left trickles agonisingly across the face of goal before missing the target by a yard.
CHANCE! Another chance for United as Maguire wriggles away from his marker at a corner, but there's no purchase on his stooping header and Bizot makes a routine stop on the line.
First good chance of the match for Man U! 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.
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.
First booking of the game! Clasie picks up the first booking of the game for a foul on Martial as he broke forward with pace. It leads to a free-kick, Mata is the man in charge... But he fails to capitalise on the chance.
A rare foray into AZ territory for United as Young is played into space down the right. He tries to play the ball inside to Martial, but it's easily cut out by Wuytens.
The only thing you would say about AZ, who need to win this game to beat United to top spot, is that they really need to capitalise on this dominant opening spell.
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.
Idrissi is giving Young a bit of an examination, and it’s far from clear that United’s captain is going to pass it. AZ have had 63% of possession so far, with nearly 15 minutes played, and the home crowd is already sounding a little quiet.
Idrissi is leading much of the action here. He drives 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.
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.
AZ Alkmaar get the first shot on target of the game!
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.
And we're off in Old Trafford!
Almost time for kick-off in Old Trafford!
Nemanja Matic, who last featured in the reverse fixture, makes his first United appearance in two months and is joined in midfield by James Garner, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata, while Mason Greenwood is partnered with Martial up top.
Wholesale changes from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who brings nine players into the side that beat City in the Manchester derby. Harry Maguire and Anthony Martial are the only players to retain their places, as Sergio Romero starts in goal and Ashley Young, Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams come into defence.
Interesting line-ups! Top spot in Group L will be secured if they avoid defeat against AZ Alkmaar, but with an expectant Old Trafford demanding nothing less than a victory, can Solskjaer’s side sign-off from the group stages in style?
Alkmaar starting XI: Bizot, Svensson, Clasie, Wuytens, Wijndal, Midtsjo, Stengs, Koopmeiners, Sugawara, De Wit, Idrissi.
Man United starting XI: Romero, Young, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Williams, Matic, Garner, Mata, Pereira, Greenwood, Martial.
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 Alkmaar in the final round of fixtures in Group L.