Manchester United have made their worst start to a league season in 30 years and the result in the Netherlands extended their winless run on the road to 10 games across all competition
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepts his side are no longer the force they were during the trophy-laden years under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson but has backed the new generation of players to build a brighter future.
United's away supporters whipped up a lively atmosphere with songs hailing the iconic players of the past as Solskjaer's side were held to an uninspiring goalless draw against Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League Thursday.
The performance was a far cry from the glory days at Old Trafford when Ferguson guided United to 13 Premier League titles during his 26-year reign.
"We're not in the 90s now," Solskjaer told reporters ahead of Sunday's league trip to Newcastle United.
Manchester United now at 10 games without an away win, worst run in 30 years.— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) October 4, 2019
Worst league start in 3 decades; 10th after 7 games.
2 wins in last 12 PL games.
Scored more than 1 goal just once in last 16 matches.
Solskjær: ‘I'm very happy with the boys.’https://t.co/Z1RGsZWJq0 pic.twitter.com/BsBong0uNf
"It's a different era, a different group that we're building.
"We know there are going to be ups and downs. I'm ready to see these boys blossom.
"I don't know what the opponents think of us. I just know sometimes when you walk off games, we're not doing bad here. Sometimes there's a gap. I've felt that a couple of times, but not very often."
United have made their worst start to a league season in 30 years and the result in the Netherlands extended their winless run on the road to 10 games across all competition.