Manchester United struggles continue this season as they played out another unaspiring goalless draw against Az Alkmaar.
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.
Alkmaar headed into their clash against Willem II looking to keep pace with
early pacesetters Ajax and PSV. There have been feel-good factors for the club
after holding Manchester United to a 0-0 draw on Thursday, where the away side
failed to make a shot on target.
as expected, dominated the opening exchanges with quick chances for Myron Boadu
and Calvin Stengs leading that charge. In the 22nd minute, the pressure paid
dividends as Boadu was brought down in the box by a clumsy challenge.
When Felix Correia had been signed in the summer of 2019 by Manchester
City, it came as a surprise among supporters.
It will not be wrong to say that Correia had been an unknown by a
majority of the fans of Manchester City. However, as soon as the team was
linked with him, people began searching for him frantically on YouTube for
highlight clips. Nevertheless, he had made very less appearance and thus, there
was not much to see.
Correia had been an eighteen-year-old forwards but he could play at the
Right Wing, too. He had primarily played under Sporting Lisbon under-19 and
also a few runs outs for under-19 team of Portuguese. Irrespective of the lack
of action, he had some buzz around him in 2018.
The 7 goals which he had scored in Portugal in twenty games for the
Sporting Under-19 had brought him into the limelight. This garnered the
attention of the biggest club in Europe. He was being scouted by Liverpool and
Borussia Dortmund. Juventus, Barcelona, and Manchester City had been lingering
to make a new bid.
The Portuguese press had called him the next Ronaldo. Portugal has a history of developing young talent. On 6th August, Correia was purchased by Manchester City with a 5-year deal. Joao Felix is already having an impact on Atletico Madrid since the time he has been signed in summer and there is a lot of hope regarding Correia’s future development.
Hence, it doesn’t come as a surprise that city has announced Correia joining AZ Alkmaar on loan in the Dutch League for the season. It is being hoped that his next step will be to be a part of a team in a prime European League.
There are reports in the Dutch press that Southampton player
Jordy Clasie might be making a move to Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar. Since his
arrival in England, the player has not had the best of seasons and had to spend
last season on loan at Feyenoord.
It is believed that both Southampton, as well as the player,
is open to a move and it is very unlikely that we will be seeing Jordy Clasie
in England next season.
The player who is currently 27 years old said that it is
important for him to be playing regularly and that there are many clubs that
have made inquiries about his availability. He said that he will take some time
to analyze all the offers that come his way and want to take the best decision
for his career.
Jordy Clasie said that he came to England with big hopes but
unfortunately for him, things did not go really well. He said that he needs to
have a stable club as he feels that this is hindering his performance on the
He believes that fans have not seen what he can do on the
pitch and that it is important for him to please the fans. He said that in his
best interest it might be preferable that he leaves the club and seek another
He said that the Premier League is a very interesting and competitive league and that he has been happy to be part of it. He said that at the moment he will spend some time with his friends and his family and leave all the negotiations in the hands of his agent.
He wants to be ready and refresh before the start of the
next season and give his best on the pitch.
AZ Alkmaar put themselves right
back in the discussion for the top-four places, thanks to a comfortable win 3-0
against Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Calvin Stengs was the cream of
the crop for AZ on the night as his goal was the pick of the three goals – a
beautiful solo goal that was executed to perfection. AZ fans must have been
delighted to see Stengs play so well.
AZ Alkmaar went into the game
fifth on the Eredivisie log following Vittese’s win the day before.
Surprisingly, there was no
place for RiechedlyBazoer on the Utrecht starting lineup as the player was left
on the bench, in favor of Nick Venema in the team.
On the other hand, there were no surprises for AZ when the team sheets were revealed, as Stengs spearheaded the attack as expected, alongside Mats Seuntjens and Oussam aIdrissi.
AZ began the game very much on
the front foot and eventually went ahead on 36 minutes through Ricardo van
Rhijn. The Dutch midfielder fired a cracking effort from distance that narrowly
beat goalkeeper David Jensen.
The lead was double just before half time after Seuntjens received a long ball from midfield before tucking the ball home past a helpless Jensen. The goalkeeper must have wondered how this particularly one got in. He will be kicking himself for not saving that one! 2-0 the first half ended with AZ in full control.
There was a Utrecht change at
halftime with Jean-Christophe Bahebeck coming on in place of the disappointing
We saw the pick of the goals in
injury time however, as Stengs did well to glide a couple
of challenges in the Utrecht defense before firing the ball past Jensen.
That was Stengs first goal
since returning from his long-term injury and the delight on his face during
celebrations was clear for everyone to see.
Van Den Brom who is the
longest-serving coach of the AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie is in charge of the
club since the year 2014. But recently many doubts are raised regarding his continuation
as the coach of the club and there are many speculations that he will leave the
club. As per some reports, he will step down from the position of the coach at
the end of this season.
He was a former
professional footballer and even after retiring from professional football, his
tryst with football continued as he became the manager of a football club and
then a head coach of the AZ club. While he was a player, he had played for
Ajax, Vitesse, Istanbulspor and De Graafschap. He was a great player but he is
known as a coach more than a player.
The 52-year-old stalwart is having some issues with AFAS Stadion and things are not going in the right direction between them. The person who is most likely to be the successor of Brom is the current assistant to Van, named Arne Slot. Both Voetbal international and AD are reporting and claiming that after stepping down as the coach of AZ club, Van Den Brom will take over at the club of Utrecht as the reports suggested that there were talks between him and the owner of the club, Frans Van Seumeren.
Currently, Dick Advocaat
is the head coach of the club of Utrecht and under him; the club has reached
many milestones and has climbed to 4th position. But he has made it very clear
that he will only stay until the conclusion of the campaign and thereafter he
will say goodbye to the club. However, the news regarding Van’s leaving the
club is not much authentic as no official confirmation has been made.