UEL (early) roundup: Man Utd held to 0-0; Wolves win in Turkey
A roundup of all of Thursday’s (early) action in the Europa League…
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AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Manchester United
Man United have won just three out of 10 games this season (all competitions) after being held to a scoreless draw away to Dutch side AZ Alkmaar on Thursday. Scoreless and without a shot on target, that is. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side managed just six shots in total — that’s one every 15 minutes of a 90-minute game.
Manchester United become the only the third club to fail to register a single shot on target in the 36 Europa League group games this season.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 3, 2019
One of Man United’s three wins came against tiny Kazakh side Astana, via a late goal from 17-year-old Mason Greenwood, in the Red Devils’ group stage opener. They have four points and sit second in Group L, behind Partizan Belgrade on goal differential.
Besiktas 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
On a slightly more positive note for a Premier League side, Wolves snatched a stoppage-time victory from their trip to Istanbul. With 93 minutes on the clock, Willy Boly cleverly collected a chipped ball from Ruben Neves, turned in on goal and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper in one fluid motion.
The away win puts Wolves back on track in Group K — where they sit third, trailing Slovan Bratislava and Braga by just a point — after losing at home to Braga in the group stage opener.
Notable (early) Europa League scores
CSKA Moscow 0-2 Espanyol
Wolfsberger 1-1 Roma
Istanbul Basaksehir 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Saint-Etienne 1-1 Wolfsburg
Feyenoord 2-0 Porto
BSC Young Boys 2-1 Rangers