Manchester United vs AZ Alkmaar Match Info
Date: Thursday December 12 2019
Kick-off time: 8.00pm GMT
Venue: Old Trafford
Referee: Sandro Scharer (Switzerland)
Manchester United vs AZ Alkmaar Head-To-Head Record
1 previous match
October 3 2019: AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Manchester United
Manchester United vs AZ Alkmaar Stats
- Manchester United have won six of their eight previous European matches at home to Dutch opposition
- AZ Alkmaar have lost on all five of their previous visits to England in UEFA competitions
- Four of those five defeats for AZ were by a margin of two or more goals
Manchester United vs AZ Alkmaar Match Preview
Top spot in Europa League Group L is the prize at stake here, with Manchester United needing only a draw to ensure they advance to the last 32 at the head of the standings.
Both of these teams have qualified for the knockout stage, United doing so before they made their longest ever European journey to Kazakhstan two weeks ago to face Astana and lost 2-1 with six youngsters making their first-team debuts in that game.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unlikely to take any chances with his selection this time though, for he will want to ensure the Red Devils are among the 16 top seeds for Monday’s draw and avoid the likes of Sevilla, who knocked United out of the Champions League at Old Trafford two years ago.
Also at the forefront of the Norwegian’s mind will be maintaining the momentum from two excellent victories in the preceding eight days over Tottenham and Manchester City, with the results against supposed weaker sides having been a problem for United so far this term.
AZ held their illustrious opponents to a 0-0 draw in the Netherlands and were good value for at least that outcome, while their form continues to be excellent as they have established themselves as the closest challengers to Ajax in the Eredivisie title race.
Arne Slot’s side have been beaten only twice in 27 matches this season and may be able to hold United again, albeit Solskjaer’s men would still count it as job done by finishing top of the group table.
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Manchester United vs AZ Alkmaar Betting Tips
Draw @ 11/4 with Unibet
Under 2.5 goals @ 23/25 with Unibet