Man United Starting XI Prediction, Team News vs AZ Alkmaar

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Having already secured qualification to the knockout round, Manchester United are now seeking to claim the top spot in their UEFA Europa League group when they host AZ Alkmaar tomorrow night. Just a draw will suffice to see United earn a place among the seeds when the draw for the round of 32 takes place on Monday.

Of course, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will play to win, and if they do so, it’ll be three wins in three home European matches this season. You might remember the reverse fixture, which ended in a goalless draw and zero shots on goal for the Red Devils as the match where Solskjaer came off as extremely tone deaf. He labeled the outcome, in which AZ were forced to play in a different stadium due to a natural disaster, as a good result.

Hopefully, the standards will be higher this time around. Also, in case you missed it, Romelu Lukaku and Inter Milan got bounced from the Champions League last night, and are now relegated to the Europa League tournament. United left back Luke Shaw trolled his former teammate on Twitter, by welcoming the big Belgian back to the competition!

In turning to the team news for this one, Solskjaer will rotate his side from the road Manchester Derby win, and give his regulars a rest ahead of the weekend fixture versus Everton.

Also, winger Jesse Lingard has a knock and will not likely be risked. Sergio Romero was the player selected to meet the media along with Solskjaer, and he will retain his place in the team as the cup competition keeper.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction versus AZ Alkmaar (UEL)

Greenwood

  Chong    Gomes      Mata

      Matic       Garner

   Williams        Jones     Tuanzebe     Young

Romero

Romero and Solskjaer press conference video:

Manchester United vs AZ Alkmaar UEFA Europa League FYIs

Kickoff: Old Trafford, Thursday Dec. 12, 8pm

TV: BT Sport 2 in the UK

Referee: Sandro Scharer

Prediction: United 2, Alkmaar 0

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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