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UEFA Europa League

  • February 16, 2012
  • • 1:00 PM
  • • Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 48966
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Europa League Preview: Ajax - Manchester United

Europa League Preview: Ajax - Manchester United

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Ryan Giggs, set to make his 900th appearance, was involved in the Red Devils' last second-tier European match as they crashed out to Russian side Rotor Volgograd in 1995.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

AJAX

Vermeer
Koppers, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Anita
Janssen, Eriksen, De Jong
Sulejmani, Bulykin, Lodeiro

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Park
Rooney, Welbeck


For the visit of Manchester United, Ajax will have to do without several members of the first team squad as injuries continue to take their toll. In defense, Andre Ooijer (calf) won't be involved. Neither will Gregory Van der Weil (groin), with youngster Dico Koppers likely to start at right-back.

In midfield the host has mixed news as Theo Janssen (groin) is ready to return and could even start, but Eyong Enoh (hamstring) and Derk Boerrigter (back) look very doubtful. In attack Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (back) is struggling to be fit.

United on the other hand, seems to be coming to the end of its injury-ravaged spell as Tom Cleverley (ankle) could start after taking a place on the bench against Liverpool. Nani (ankle) and Phil Jones (foot) may also be able to feature.

Chris Smalling (slight knock) remains touch-and-go for the trip to Amsterdam, though Anders Lindegaard (ankle), Anderson (unspecified knock) and Michael Owen (thigh) remain a couple of weeks away from action.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • This match will be Manchester United's first non-Champions League European match since 1995.
  • United came up short in its last Europa League (then UEFA Cup) tie as it was beaten on away goals by Russian side Rotor Volgograd in the 1995 first round.
  • Should he play, Ryan Giggs (pictured right) will make his 900th appearance for Sir Alex Ferguson's team.
  • Both Giggs and Paul Scholes featured when United was knocked out of the UEFA Cup in 1995.
  • The two sides have met just twice before, a two-legged affair during the 1975-76 season, with United winning 2-1.
  • Ajax has lost three of its last five home matches, but had previously only been defeated at its own ground once in 24 outings.
  • The last English team to play at the Amsterdam Arena in a competitive match was Arsenal, with the Gunners picking up a 2-1 win in 2005.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Ajax

Manchester United

Wins
1
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AFC Ajax AJX
AFC Ajax Ajax
Draw
Manchester United FC MUN
Manchester United FC Manchester United
86%

Top 3 Predictions

AFC Ajax AJX
0 - 2
Manchester United FC MUN
AFC Ajax AJX
0 - 3
Manchester United FC MUN
AFC Ajax AJX
1 - 3
Manchester United FC MUN

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