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UEFA Europa League: Manchester United FC - AZ Alkmaar Match press kits

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Manchester United FCManchester United FCOld Trafford - ManchesterThursday 12 December 2019
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Group L - Matchday 6
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Europa League
03/10/2019GSAZ Alkmaar - Manchester United FC0-0Den Haag
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Manchester United FC - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Europa League
24/05/2017FAFC Ajax - Manchester United FC0-2
SolnaPogba 18, Mkhitaryan 48
24/11/2016GSManchester United FC - Feyenoord4-0
ManchesterRooney 35, Mata 69, Jones 75 (og), Lingard 90+2
15/09/2016GSFeyenoord - Manchester United FC1-0
RotterdamVilhena 79
UEFA Champions League
25/11/2015GSManchester United FC - PSV Eindhoven0-0Manchester
15/09/2015GSPSV Eindhoven - Manchester United FC2-1
EindhovenMoreno 45+2, Narsingh 57; Depay 41
UEFA Europa League
23/02/2012R32Manchester United FC - AFC Ajax1-2
agg: 3-2
ManchesterHernández 6; Özbiliz 37, Alderweireld 87
16/02/2012R32AFC Ajax - Manchester United FC0-2
AmsterdamYoung 59, Hernández 85
UEFA Champions League
18/10/2000GS1Manchester United FC - PSV Eindhoven3-1
ManchesterSheringham 8, Scholes 82, Yorke 87; Van Bommel 76
26/09/2000GS1PSV Eindhoven - Manchester United FC3-1
EindhovenBouma 17, Van Bommel 38, Kežman 63; Scholes 3 (P)
UEFA Champions League
05/11/1997GSFeyenoord - Manchester United FC1-3
RotterdamKorneev 86; Cole 30, 43, 73
22/10/1997GSManchester United FC - Feyenoord2-1
ManchesterScholes 32, Irwin 72 (P); Vos 82
07/11/1984R2Manchester United FC - PSV Eindhoven1-0
agg 1-0 (aet)
ManchesterStrachan 97 ET (P)
24/10/1984R2PSV Eindhoven - Manchester United FC0-0Eindhoven
29/09/1976R1Manchester United FC - AFC Ajax2-0
agg: 2-1
ManchesterMacari 42, McIlroy 65
15/09/1976R1AFC Ajax - Manchester United FC1-0
AmsterdamKrol 42
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
15/10/1963PRManchester United FC - Willem II6-1
agg: 7-2
ManchesterSetters 7, Law 12, 19, 70, Charlton 63, Chisnall 68; Cantwell 36 (og)
25/09/1963PRWillem II - Manchester United FC1-1RotterdamLouer 9; Herd 11

AZ Alkmaar - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

UEFA Champions League
04/11/2009GSArsenal FC - AZ Alkmaar4-1
LondonFàbregas 25, 52, Nasri 43, Diaby 72; Lens 82
20/10/2009GSAZ Alkmaar - Arsenal FC1-1AlkmaarMendes da Silva 90+3; Fàbregas 36
20/12/2007GSAZ Alkmaar - Everton FC2-3
AlkmaarPellè 17, Jaliens 66; Johnson 2, Jagielka 44, Vaughan 80
15/03/2007R16AZ Alkmaar - Newcastle United FC2-0
agg: 4-4 ag
AlkmaarS. Arveladze 14, Koevermans 56
08/03/2007R16Newcastle United FC - AZ Alkmaar4-2
NewcastleSteinsson 7 (og), Dyer 22, Martins 23, 37; S. Arveladze 31, Koevermans 73
24/11/2005GSAZ Alkmaar - Middlesbrough FC0-0Alkmaar
European Champions Clubs' Cup
04/11/1981R2Liverpool FC - AZ Alkmaar3-2
agg: 5-4
LiverpoolMcDermott 43 (P), Rush 68, Hansen 84; Kist 54, Thompson 73 (og)
21/10/1981R2AZ Alkmaar - Liverpool FC2-2AmsterdamKist 60, Tol 82; Johnson 21, Lee 48
20/05/1981FAZ Alkmaar - Ipswich Town FC4-2
agg: 4-5
AmsterdamWelzl 6, Metgod 24, Tol 39, Jonker 73; Thijssen 3, Wark 31
06/05/1981FIpswich Town FC - AZ Alkmaar3-0
IpswichWark 29 (P), Thijssen 47, Mariner 55
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
27/09/1978R1Ipswich Town FC - AZ Alkmaar2-0
agg: 2-0
IpswichMariner 3, Wark 89 (P)
13/09/1978R1AZ Alkmaar - Ipswich Town FC0-0Alkmaar
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Match background Only this chapter

Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar meet at Old Trafford with their places in the UEFA Europa League knockout phase already pre-booked, though still to be resolved is the issue of which team will progress as Group L winners.

• United ensured their qualification after just four matches, in which they picked up ten points and conceded no goals, before a youthful side were beaten 2-1 at eliminated Astana last time out. AZ, meanwhile, staged a remarkable late comeback on Matchday 5, scoring two late goals through substitute Ferdy Druijf to draw 2-2 at home to Partizan and secure the group's second qualifying place. That result also maintained the Dutch club's unbeaten record in Europe this season, which now stands at 11 matches.

• With United on ten points and AZ on nine, the English side will win the group if they avoid defeat at Old Trafford. If AZ win, they will leapfrog their hosts into first place.

Highlights: AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Manchester United

Previous meetings
• AZ and United met in UEFA competition for the first time in The Hague on Matchday 2, drawing 0-0.

• United's UEFA Europa League final victory against Ajax in Stockholm three seasons ago was their 17th match against Dutch opposition and their ninth victory. They have won six of their eight home fixtures against visiting teams from the Netherlands (D1 L1), most recently beating Feyenoord 4-0 in the group stage of that 2016/17 UEFA Europa League triumph.

• The Alkmaar club's five previous away fixtures against English clubs have all ended in defeat, including a 0-3 loss at Ipswich Town in the first leg of the 1981 UEFA Cup final and a 1-4 reverse at Arsenal on their most recent visit, in the Dutch club's only UEFA Champions League campaign (2009/10).

Highlights: Astana 2-1 Manchester United

Form guide
Manchester United
• The three-time champions of Europe finished sixth in the 2018/19 Premier League, which meant direct access to the UEFA Europa League. They were quarter-finalists in last season's UEFA Champions League, going out to Barcelona after a remarkable round of 16 second-leg comeback against Paris Saint-Germain (0-2 h, 3-1 a).

• United have appeared in three previous UEFA Europa League campaigns, but this is only their second group stage start, the previous one three seasons ago having ended in outright victory under manager José Mourinho against Ajax in Stockholm. The Manchester giants exited in the round of 16 on their other two participations.

• The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 11 UEFA Europa League home games (W9 D2), registering five wins out of five at Old Trafford in the group stage including the two this season against Astana (1-0) and Partizan (3-0). They were on a run of 14 matches in the competition without defeat – four shy of the all-time record set last season by domestic rivals Chelsea – until their Matchday 5 reverse in Kazakhstan.

Highlights: AZ Alkmaar 2-2 Partizan

• AZ finished fourth in the 2018/19 Eredivisie at the end of a campaign that started with a shock defeat by Kairat Almaty in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round – the earliest European exit in the club's history.

• The Alkmaar club's six group stage participations have all required pre-qualification and this season they negotiated more summer preliminary ties than ever before, three in total, knocking out BK Häcken, Mariupol and, after extra time in the play-offs, Antwerp (1-1 h, 4-1 a). They have now progressed to the UEFA Europa League knockout phase on four occasions, previously reaching the quarter-finals in 2011/12 and 2013/14 and the round of 32 in 2016/17.

• The 1980/81 UEFA Cup runners-up are unbeaten in their 11 European games this season (W5 D6), keeping seven clean sheets, but outside the qualifying phase they have posted just two wins on their travels in their last 11 continental fixtures (D4 L5), 1-0 against Dundalk in Dublin three seasons ago and 5-0 in Astana last time out – the club's biggest ever European away win.

Highlights: Manchester United 3-0 Partizan

Links and trivia
• United's Argentinian international goalkeeper Sergio Romero was an AZ player from 2007–11, winning the 2008/09 Eredivisie title with the club under Louis van Gaal, who would later bring him to United.

• AZ skipper Ron Vlaar has played in the English Premier League (Aston Villa 2012–15) – as has club-mate Jordy Clasie (Southampton 2015–17).

• Norwegian duo Jonas Svensson and Fredrik Midtsjø both had lengthy spells with Rosenborg before joining AZ and were frequent opponents of United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær when he was the head coach of coastal rivals Molde.

• Manchester United are one of three former UEFA Europa League winners in this season's group stage, along with Porto and Sevilla.

• United striker Anthony Martial's next appearance in UEFA club competition will be his 50th. The Frenchman has scored nine European goals, including one in each of his last two appearances, the away and home wins against Partizan.

• AZ have the most prolific attack in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage, 11 of their 15 goals having been scored in the two games against Astana (6-0 h, 5-0 a). Group A winners Sevilla have scored 14.

• United have fielded 32 players in this season's UEFA Europa League group stage – more than any other team – whereas AZ have used only 16, fewer than every other club bar Group J's Wolfsberg (15). Nine AZ players have started all five matches, whereas there are no ever-presents in the United squad.

• This is AZ's 50th game in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final. They are only the second Eredivisie club to reach that landmark.

Highlights: Astana 0-5 AZ Alkmaar

The coaches
• A former Old Trafford favourite, whose legendary status at the club was confirmed with his added-time winner in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final against Bayern München, Ole Gunnar Solskjær returned to Manchester United as interim manager in December 2018, replacing Mourinho, before securing the position on a permanent basis the following March. A former Norwegian international striker renowned for his predatory goalscoring, he won six Premier League titles as a United player and established his reputation as a coach in his homeland with Molde.

• When John van den Brom ended his five-year stint as AZ's head coach by moving to Utrecht in summer 2019, his job was passed on to assistant Arne Slot, whose first task was to steer the Alkmaar club through three qualifying rounds into the UEFA Europa League group stage. This is his first post as a head coach although he is a well-known former player in the Netherlands having operated in the Eredivisie for NAC Breda, Sparta Rotterdam and PEC Zwolle, where he started both his playing and coaching careers, the latter in charge of the youth side in 2013/14.


Team facts Only this chapter

Manchester United FC
Nickname: The Red Devils

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• European Cup/UEFA Champions League (3): 1968, 1999, 2008, (2009), (2011)
• UEFA Europa League (1): 2017
• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1991
• UEFA Super Cup (1): 1991, (1999), (2008), (2017)
• European/South American Cup (1): (1968), 1999

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 20 (2013)
FA Cup: 12 (2016)
League Cup: 5 (2017)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
2017/18: UEFA Champions League round of 16
2015/16: round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
2014/15: did not take part in UEFA competition
UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
UEFA Champions League round of 16
round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
UEFA Champions League runners-up
2009/10: UEFA Champions League quarter-finals

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
10-0: Manchester United v Anderlecht
26/09/56, European Champion Clubs' Cup preliminary round second leg

• Biggest away win
0-6: Shamrock Rovers v Manchester United
25/09/57, European Champion Clubs' Cup preliminary round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-2: Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain
12/02/19, UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
5-0: Sporting CP v Manchester United
18/03/64, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final second leg

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
4-0: Manchester United v Feyenoord
24/11/16, group stage

• Biggest away win
0-2 twice, most recently v Zorya Luhansk
08/12/16, group stage
United also beat Ajax 2-0 in the 2017 final, a match in which they were the designated away team

• Heaviest home defeat
2-3: Manchester United v Athletic Club
08/03/12, round of 16 first leg
1-2: Manchester United v AFC Ajax
23/02/12, round of 32 second leg

• Heaviest away defeat
3-0: Juventus v Manchester United
03/11/76, second round second leg


AZ Alkmaar
Nickname: Kaaskoppen (Cheeseheads)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup: (1981)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 2 (2009)
Dutch Cup: 4 (2013)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
second qualifying round
did not take part in UEFA club competition
round of 32
group stage
2014/15: did not take part in UEFA club competition
2013/14: quarter-finals
group stage
2009/10: UEFA Champions League group stage

UEFA club competition

• Biggest home win
11-1: AZ v Differdange
14/09/77, UEFA Cup first round first leg

• Biggest away win
0-5 twice, most recently v Astana
07/11/19, UEFA Europa League group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: AZ v Anji
30/08/12, UEFA Europa League play-off second leg

• Heaviest away defeat
7-1: Lyon v AZ
24/02/17, UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
11-1: AZ v Differdange (see above)

• Biggest away win
0-5 twice, most recently v Astana (see above)

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: AZ v Anji (see above)

• Heaviest away defeat
7-1: Lyon v AZ (see above)


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Manchester United FC

  • UEFA Europa League - Group stage
    Group L - Group Standings
    Manchester United FC53116210
    AZ Alkmaar52301549
    FK Partizan5122695
    FC Astana51043153
    Matchday 1 (19/09/2019)
    Manchester United FC 1-0 FC Astana
    1-0 Greenwood 73
    Romero, Jones, Rashford, Rojo (78 Young), Fred, Dalot, Greenwood, Gomes (68 Mata), Matić, Tuanzebe, Chong (68 Lingard)
  • Matchday 2 (03/10/2019)
    AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Manchester United FC
    De Gea, Lindelöf, Mata (83 McTominay), Rojo, Fred, Dalot, James (63 Rashford), Greenwood (76 Lingard), Gomes, Matić, Williams
  • Matchday 3 (24/10/2019)
    FK Partizan 0-1 Manchester United FC
    0-1 Martial 43 (P)
    Romero, Jones, Maguire, Mata, Martial (60 Rashford), Lingard, Rojo, Wan-Bissaka (60 James), Garner (81 Pereira), McTominay, Williams
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    Manchester United FC 3-0 FK Partizan
    1-0 Greenwood 22, 2-0 Martial 33, 3-0 Rashford 49
    Romero, Maguire, Mata, Martial, Rashford (67 Pereira), Rojo, Fred (63 Garner), Young, Greenwood, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay (75 Lingard)
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    FC Astana 2-1 Manchester United FC
    0-1 Lingard 10, 1-1 Shomko 55, 2-1 Bernard 62 (og)
    Grant, Lingard, Shaw, Greenwood, Gomes (88 Galbraith), Garner (84 Ramazani), Tuanzebe, Laird, Chong (65 Bughail-Mellor), Bernard, Levitt
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    Manchester United FC-AZ Alkmaar

AZ Alkmaar

  • UEFA Europa League - Second qualifying round
    AZ Alkmaar 0-0 BK Häcken
    Bizot, Svensson, Vlaar, Midtsjø (77 Hatzidiakos), Stengs, Koopmeiners, Boadu, Til, Wijndal, Guðmundsson (58 Idrissi), S. Wuytens (59 Sugawara)
  • (01/08/2019)
    BK Häcken 0-3 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 0-3)
    0-1 Boadu 42, 0-2 Stengs 56, 0-3 Idrissi 67
    Bizot, Hatzidiakos, Vlaar, Midtsjø, Stengs, Koopmeiners, Boadu (80 Druijf), Til (73 Clasie), Idrissi (68 Ouwejan), Wijndal, S. Wuytens
  • Third qualifying round
    FC Mariupol 0-0 AZ Alkmaar
    Bizot, Svensson (80 Sugawara), Vlaar, Ouwejan, Midtsjø (87 Guðmundsson), Stengs, Koopmeiners, Boadu, Idrissi, Wijndal, S. Wuytens (73 Clasie)
  • (15/08/2019)
    AZ Alkmaar 4-0 FC Mariupol (agg: 4-0)
    1-0 Stengs 20, 2-0 Ouwejan 44, 3-0 S. Wuytens 62, 4-0 Yavorskyy 90 (og)
    Bizot, Svensson, Vlaar (80 Hatzidiakos), Ouwejan, Midtsjø, Stengs, Koopmeiners, Boadu (69 Druijf), Idrissi, Wijndal, S. Wuytens (75 Clasie)
  • Play-off
    AZ Alkmaar 1-1 Royal Antwerp FC
    0-1 Batubinsika 38, 1-1 Boadu 82
    Bizot, Svensson (76 Johnsen), Hatzidiakos (68 Sugawara), Vlaar, Ouwejan (60 Guðmundsson), Midtsjø, Stengs, Koopmeiners, Boadu, Idrissi, Wijndal
  • (29/08/2019)
    Royal Antwerp FC 1-4 AZ Alkmaar (agg: 2-5)
    1-0 Lamkel Ze 73, 1-1 Stengs 90, 1-2 Druijf 96 ET, 1-3 Koopmeiners 102 (P) ET, 1-4 Guðmundsson 113 ET
    Bizot, Svensson (67 Druijf), Vlaar, Ouwejan (46 Guðmundsson), Midtsjø, Stengs, Koopmeiners, Boadu (21 Clasie), Idrissi, Wijndal, S. Wuytens (53 Sugawara)
  • Group stage
    Matchday 1 (19/09/2019)
    FK Partizan 2-2 AZ Alkmaar
    0-1 Stengs 13, 1-1 Natcho 42 (P) , 2-1 Natcho 61, 2-2 Boadu 67
    Bizot, Svensson, Vlaar, Midtsjø, Stengs (84 Clasie), Koopmeiners, Boadu, D. De Wit, Idrissi (31 Sugawara), Wijndal, S. Wuytens (55 Hatzidiakos)
  • Matchday 2 (03/10/2019)
    AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Manchester United FC
    Bizot, Vlaar, Midtsjø, Stengs, Koopmeiners, Boadu, D. De Wit (87 Hatzidiakos), Idrissi, Wijndal, Sugawara, S. Wuytens
  • Matchday 3 (24/10/2019)
    AZ Alkmaar 6-0 FC Astana
    1-0 Koopmeiners 39 (P) , 2-0 Boadu 43, 3-0 Stengs 77, 4-0 Koopmeiners 83 (P) , 5-0 Sugawara 85, 6-0 Idrissi 90+2
    Bizot, Svensson, Vlaar (69 Hatzidiakos), Midtsjø, Stengs, Koopmeiners, Boadu, D. De Wit (71 Sugawara), Idrissi, Wijndal, S. Wuytens (80 Clasie)
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    FC Astana 0-5 AZ Alkmaar
    0-1 Boadu 29, 0-2 Midtsjø 52, 0-3 Idrissi 57, 0-4 Hatzidiakos 76, 0-5 Boadu 77
    Bizot, Svensson (61 Sugawara), Hatzidiakos, Midtsjø (66 Clasie), Stengs (77 Aboukhlal), Koopmeiners, Boadu, D. De Wit, Idrissi, Wijndal, S. Wuytens
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    AZ Alkmaar 2-2 FK Partizan
    0-1 Asano 16, 0-2 Soumah 27, 1-2 Druijf 88, 2-2 Druijf 90+2
    Bizot, Svensson, Hatzidiakos (53 Druijf), Midtsjø, Stengs, Koopmeiners, Boadu, D. De Wit (71 Clasie), Idrissi, Wijndal, S. Wuytens (60 Sugawara)
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    Manchester United FC-AZ Alkmaar

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Competition stages

  • F: Final
  • GS: Group stage
  • GS1: First group stage
  • GS2: Second group stage
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R1: First round
  • R2: Second round
  • R3: Third round
  • R4: Fourth round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • SF: Semi-finals
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • R16: round of 16
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 1st: first leg
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 2nd: second leg
  • FT: Final tournament
  • PO: Play-off
  • ELITE: Elite round
  • Rep: Replay
  • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
  • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
  • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • f: Match forfeited


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • QUAL: All UEFA qualifiers
  • UEL: Current season total UEFA Europa League appearances from the group stage onwards prior to the current matchday
  • UEL: Total appearances in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final only
  • UEFA: All-time total appearances in UEFA club competition including qualifying
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on