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Manchester United 4-0 against AZ Alkmaar

By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See my LinkedIn

Manchester United eventually lead on their rival, AZ Alkmaar of Netherlands on a 4-0 landslide. Ashley Young, who plays as a winger for Manchester United scored the first goal within the first fifty-three minutes of the game against AZ Alkmaar. Following suit by Mason Greenwood, who plays as a forward for Manchester United, scoring the second goal on the fifty-seventh minute mark. After what seemed to be an eternity throughout the first half, the game picked up pace when Ashley Young drove home Juan Mata’s maneuver for his first goal since February. Greenwood followed suit, firing home from the edge of the box to eventually produce a fine left-footed finish to end the scoring frenzy for the first time.

It was the first time the 18-year-old had scored two in a first-team game and boosted his overall ranking for the season to six. Now, he is United’s leading scorer in Europe this season. Only Marcus Rashford has scored more in all competitions. 

This is the third time that United has led third in a row in all competitions. That is all coming after impressive triumphs against Tottenham and Manchester City. It is the third time United have done that since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began his position as United’s manager with eight consecutive wins after he replaced Jose Mourinho on 19 December last year. According to BBC

When they go against Everton on Sunday, United will reach a frightening  4,000 consecutive games where a player they have been responsible for developing has been part of their matchday squad already. A statistic that already dates back since 1937. Two of their recent players are Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood, who were introduced as late substitutes in the memorable Champions League victory at Paris St-Germain in March.

The third score was a penalty shot from Juan Mata. Mata is a Spanish player whose position is that of midfielder for Manchester United. He scored within the sixty first minute mark. To conclude, Mason Greenwood scores the fourth and final score of the game within the sixty third minute mark. Impressive for Manchester United league and even for both Mason, Ashley and Juan. Alkmaar still competing but the game technically lost all the excitement after the four goals. United is now going into the Europa League knockout stages as group winners and one of the top seeds. An unimpressive first half performance but they have more than done the job in the second half, according to Telegraph.uk. 

Since becoming manager in March, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had the best moments in December. They have not lost a single game that month, defeating both Tottenham and their sworn rival, Manchester City. This game’s results signify that they qualify for the last 32 in top spot in Group L. That means that they will avoid facing teams that have been excluded  from the Champions League which included Dutch league Ajax as well as Inter Milan. At 18 years old, Mason Greenwood is the youngest player to score in major European competition. 

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