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AZ Alkmaar vs. Manchester United – Reds face tough task in Holland despite the odds

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Manchester United travel to Holland on Thursday to face AZ Alkmaar in their second Europa League Group L game.

Ole’s side got off to the perfect start against Astana at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, with Mason Greenwood scoring the all important game. Since then the Reds have suffered a number of embarrassing results including defeat at West Ham and a draw against League One Rochdale.

However, Monday’s draw with Arsenal will provide some confidence for a team playing well below par. On the road United have been woeful of late. They’ve failed to win any of their last nine away games. Defensively United have struggled and it’s 3/4 for both teams to score.

And while on paper Thursday’s game against Alkmaar should be pretty routine, it won’t be. The hosts are unbeaten in their last nine games at home and scoring for fun.

They’ve scored 13 goals in their last five games and won their last three league games to nil, including a 3-0 away win at Feyenoord.

AZ will be no pushovers and are 6/1 to score 3 or more goals. AZ started their Europa League campaign with a respectable two all draw against Partizan Belgrade.

United head to Holland without Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Martial or Shaw. So another inexperienced Red Devils side is expected, with Greenwood leading the line.

The youngster, who turned 18 this week, is 6/1 to open the scoring.

Oussama Idrissi is a man in form. The striker has six goals to his name so far this campaign and is 16/5 to score anytime.

Despite their poor away form United are 11/8 favourites to make it back to back Europa League wins, the draw is 12/5 and AZ are 2/1 to bag all three points.

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