Match corresponding to the UEFA Europa League and played at Old Trafford.
Well, well well. It wasn’t meant to have been like this. After United’s showing at the Amsterdam Arena last week it was meant to be a cake walk. It had all the markings of one when after 5 minutes Chicharito Hernandez out United ahead with a typical finish for his 10th goal of the season. Ajax got a smashing equaliser via the boot of Ozbiliz, though there was a hint of handball in the build up. De Gea didn’t have a chance. United in honesty dominated the first half but came out of the blocks very slowly in the second. Ajax started to dominate midfield with a tiring Cleverly fading out of the game. They piled on the pressure and David De Gea pulled off an excellent reflex save. Nani rattled the Ajax crossbar at 1-1 but Old Trafford, totally out sung by the fantastic Ajax away support, was left stunned after Ajax scored a second on 85 minutes via the head of Alderweireld. Things were not looking so rosy now and if Ajax got a third United would be out. Thankfully United did manage to wrest some control of the ball in the last 5 mintues of the game and saw the game out. Home defeat but 3-2 winners in aggregate. The Lions of Bilbao at San Mames next.
Manchester United Team
1 David De Gea
20 Fabio Da Silva
4 Phil Jones
12 Chris Smalling
21 Rafael Da Silva
13 Ji Sung Park
23 Tom Cleverly
18 Ashley Young
9 Dimitar Berbatov
14 Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (Goal)
Paul Scholes on for Tom Cleverly
Johnny Evans on for Ashley Young
Danny Welbeck on for Dimitar Berbatov