Manchester United struggles continue this season as they played out another unaspiring goalless draw against Az Alkmaar.
The outcome of the match and an uninspiring performance by both Az Alkmaar and Manchester United could also be attributed to the state of the pitch. The match was played at the Ado den Haag ground on an artificial surface after the collapse of part of a stand of Az own stadium meant the Dutch side were not able to host Manchester United in front of their home fans.
Both teams had half-decent chances during 90 minutes of football leaving United top of the log after just two games, Az Alkmaar, on the other hand, have two points in two games.
The Red Devils played Arsenal before the game against Az Alkmaar and Ole made eight changes to the side that played against the gunners. There was debut appearance for Brandon Williams and while other youth product, Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes made it to the first eleven.
Az Alkmaar like Manchester united also had a youthful side as they feature 20 years old Calvin Stengs and 18 years old Myron Boadu.
Az had the ball in the back of the net but the flag was raised for offside much to the relief of the English giant.
David James did create an opening for Mason Greenwood but the youngster shot was blocked by former Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar.
Az Alkmaar had an opportunity of their own when Stengs found Boadu in a dangerous position but the number nine could only head straight at De Gea from close range.
United could have won it late when Lingard’s powerful drive found the top corner, but the Az goalkeeper was up to the task.