Manchester United’s struggles do not seem to be going away any time soon.
The Red Devils endured another disappointing night on Thursday evening – this time in the Europa League against AZ Alkmaar.
Solskjaer’s problems continue to mount[/caption]
After starting his reign with a club-record nine successive away wins in all competitions, Solskjaer’s subsequent wait for a victory on the road stretched to a 10th match as United failed to find a breakthrough on ADO Den Haag’s plastic pitch.
And what’s worse for Red Devils fans is the fact United set an unwanted record following the stalemate.
For the first time in the history of the club, United failed to have a shot on target during a Europa League match.
The tired, artificial pitch did not help Solskjaer’s men in this Group L encounter, but their lack of attacking creativity and coherence was a bigger issue for the much-changed visitors.
Teenager Mason Greenwood’s blocked first-half effort was the best United could manage against AZ, who would have been ahead had their finishing matched their confidence.
The Eredivisie side continued to threaten in the second period but were just unable to find a way past David De Gea as Solskjaer’s team failed to build on their unconvincing opening win against Astana and provide a much-needed dollop of positivity.
Substitute Jesse Lingard, who was dropped by England earlier in the day, left with a hamstring issue to compound matters late on.