Man Utd scored four goals in 11 minutes, Man Utd won AZ Alkmaar 4-0 on 12/12 to enter the round of 16 of the Europa League as the first team in Group L.
Both Man Utd and AZ Alkmaar won tickets to the round of 16 before entering the final match. But the match at Old Trafford still makes sense for the two teams, when the first place in the table will help them avoid strong opponents in the first knockout round like Inter Milan, Ajax, Salzburg or Benfica.
In front of nearly 66,000 spectators at Old Trafford, Man Utd and AZ Alkmaar played the first 45 minutes cautiously. Without Rashford, the Man Utd attack did not create many threats on the Dutch opponent’s goal. The visitors were dominated by possession, but the number of opportunities provided was not great.
In the balance game, Man Utd broke up at the beginning of the second half in an unpredictable way. The home side scored four goals in just 11 minutes, opening with Ashley Young’s goal in the 53rd minute. Andreas Pereira teamed up with Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata, before the ball was stretched into the penalty area. Young finishes the top of the net from a narrow angle to open the score.
Just four minutes later, Mason Greenwood doubled the lead from a quick shot from outside the box. Among the young talents coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave the opportunity in the Europa League this season, Greenwood impressed the most. The teen striker scored in all three matches at Old Trafford, before Astana, Partizan and AZ Alkmaar.
Greenwood, on the day of the upliftment, also contributed to two more goals. 62 minutes, striker No. 26 brought the penalty after a situation he was Jordi Clasie fouled. Mata increased the score to 3-0 from a distance of 11 meters.
Man Utd’s fourth goal came just two minutes later. Greenwood received the ball from the right wing and took the ball a beat before shooting into the near corner from a tight angle. It was the sixth goal in 18 times this season for Greenwood. At Man Utd, only Rashford has scored more goals than him.
Four consecutive goals determine the match as well as the situation of Group L. The two teams almost stopped attacking in the remaining time. Man Utd, with a 4-0 victory, reached the round of 16 with 13 points, four points ahead of AZ Alkmaar.