Manchester United travel to AZ Alkmaar for their first game against Dutch opponents since beating Ajax in 2017 final.
Fact You Need To Know! This will be the first competitive meeting between AZ Alkmaar and Manchester United.
AZ Alkmaar has won just two of their 12 matches against English opposition in European competition (D4 L6), however, each of those victories has come on home soil – beating Ipswich 4-2 in 1980-81 UEFA Cup final and most recently beating Newcastle 2-0 in the last 16 of the 2006-07 UEFA Cup.
AZ Alkmaar has only won one of their previous six home games in the Europa League (D1 L4), conceding at least two goals in four of those.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last five Europa League away games (W3 D2), after losing five in a row prior to this run.
Marcus Rashford has scored in two of his last three away games in European competition for Manchester United (v Valencia in December 2018 and Paris Saint-Germain in March 2019), as many as he had in his previous 13 combined.
AZ Alkmaar Team News
Albert Gudmundsson will miss out for AZ Alkmaar after lasting just 28 minutes of their 2-0 win over Heracles at the weekend.
Jonas Svensson is suspended for the home side after he was sent off in their Europa League opener. He will likely be replaced at right-back by Yukinari Sugawara.
Manchester United Team News
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will ring the changes from Monday’s 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal. Mason Greenwood should replace Marcus Rashford in the attack, while the likes of Juan Mata, Fred, and Nemanja Matic should also come into the side.
Luke Shaw returned to training last week and will hope to get some minutes under his belt on Thursday but Anthony Martial looks set to miss out once again.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka suffered an injury in training last week and missed out against Arsenal. He remains a doubt for the away side.
Tahith Chong has struggled to make an impact in the United first-team but could get one final chance to impress in his native Netherlands.
Head To Head
AZ Alkmaar and Manchester United have never met before.
Manchester United are favorite to win and AZ Alkmaar could prove stubborn as Manchester United will be featuring mostly the academy youth against AZ Alkmaar stars.
Let’s go with Manchester United win or draw & Under 3.5 goals
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