MX23RW : Sunday, October 6 18:03:35| >> :600:250160:250160:
Oct 3, 2019 at 5.55pm UK at ​De Grolsch Veste (Enschede)
Attendance: 13,863
Man UtdManchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleased with "good point" after goalless draw against AZ

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleased with
© Reuters
The Red Devils are without an away win in 10 games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed to be "very pleased" with his players despite Manchester United's winless away record stretching to a 10th match against AZ Alkmaar.

The wait for a first triumph on the road since March's remarkable Champions League victory over Paris St Germain continued with a tepid Europa League display on ADO Den Haag's plastic pitch.

The artificial surface and number of changes did not help United, but the lack of creativity, coherence and cutting edge was an even bigger issue as they rode their luck to secure a 0-0 draw against AZ.

Mason Greenwood saw a close-range effort blocked but the statistics showed that Solskjaer's side failed to muster a shot on target, while their current winless streak on the road is their worst such run since going 11 without a victory in 1989.

Yet, despite all that, Solskjaer gave his side's performance in Holland the thumbs up.

"It's a good point away from home against good, difficult opponents, very difficult surface," he said.

"They beat Feyenoord 3-0 away from home just now. We made many changes and I'm very pleased.

"Of course, it should've been a win – I am fed up of talking about penalties we should have had. Arsenal on Monday and now. That's a penalty 101 times out of 100. You cannot make that decision wrong in football."

Solskjaer was referring to a late challenge that left substitute Marcus Rashford on the deck – something he preferred to focus on rather than United's dire away form.

"Handball is always a discussion," he said. "But if you look at the Arsenal one we should have had on Monday that's not even a discussion because you've got so much time to move your hand out of the way.

"The linesman today can look straight at the tackle on Marcus and he just wipes his foot off the floor, so that's a bad decision.

"Unfortunately for us we didn't get it, so there's no point me complaining, which I don't like doing. But there will come a point when these decisions will turn out our way. That's always my positive belief."

Pushed on United's poor away form, Solskjaer added: "Today was the decision of the referee. It should have been a penalty. We could have been sat here smiling.

"Of course, there's many games that we should have, could have won away from home. I don't think that's an issue.

"Today is a good away point and in the group if you get a point away, you win at home, you go through."

It was a positive outlook on a frustrating night that was compounded by substitute Jesse Lingard being forced off with a hamstring complaint, just hours after being dropped by England.

"He tweaked his hamstring, so we didn't feel he could risk it so hopefully it's not too bad," Solskjaer said.

One of the only positives in The Hague was the promising full debut of 19-year-old academy graduate Brandon Williams at left-back.

"Today I'm pleased with the boys," he said. "The debut of Brandon, fantastic.

"You can't see any nerves. He's so brave, courage to take the ball, go forward, great defending. Very pleased – big, big plus today."

Meanwhile, AZ Alkmaar counterpart Arne Slot felt unlucky not to have won.

"It was a good performance," he said. "It doesn't matter what team they put out – they're still a top Premier League side. That said, we had enough chances to maybe get a bit more."

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Click here for more stories about Manchester United

Share this article now:
Instagram - Follow Sports Mole
Paul Pogba in Premier League action for Manchester United on May 12, 2019
Read Next:
Solskjaer not risking Pogba on "one of the worst" pitches

Premier League
Rugby World Cup
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Swiss Super League
Danish Superliga
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Segunda Division
Serie B
Major League Soccer
Argentine Primera Division
Liga MX
Shanghai Masters First Round
Premiership Rugby Cup
2Manchester CityMan City85122791816
4Leicester CityLeicester8422147714
6Crystal Palace842288014
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham83321111012
9Tottenham HotspurSpurs83231412211
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves82421111010
12Manchester UnitedMan Utd82339819
13Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd82337709
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8233810-29
15Aston Villa8224131218
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8224513-88
19Norwich CityNorwich82061021-116

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!