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Steady United take charge against Ajax

Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 21.10CET
AFC Ajax 0-2 Manchester United FC
Second-half goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernández gave the English champions a two-goal cushion to protect at Old Trafford next week.
by Derek Brookman
from Amsterdam ArenA

Match statistics

AjaxMan. United

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners5
 
8
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed10
 
6
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 21.10CET

Steady United take charge against Ajax

AFC Ajax 0-2 Manchester United FC
Second-half goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernández gave the English champions a two-goal cushion to protect at Old Trafford next week.

AFC Ajax's hopes of a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League are hanging by a thread after they lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United FC.

The first half was a low-key affair with both sides struggling to keep hold of possession. The hosts' Siem de Jong came closest to scoring, but was denied by a fine David de Gea save. The English champions were much improved after the break, though, and deservedly secured a handsome first-leg lead thanks to goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernández.

The crowd had to wait 18 minutes for the first shot on target, with Wayne Rooney's lofted effort easily caught by Kenneth Vermeer. The Ajax keeper was soon called into action again, rushing out to smother the ball as Hernández sprinted clear. Nani miscued when bearing down on Vermeer, yet the best effort of the half came at the other end on 32 minutes, De Gea diving full-stretch to turn De Jong's drive behind.

United started the second period more purposefully. Within a minute Vermeer had to tip Nani's drive over, and from the resultant corner only a fine lunge by Jan Vertonghen denied Phil Jones. The Ajax keeper once again saved at Hernández's feet as Sir Alex Ferguson's men continued to assert themselves.

A goal looked increasingly likely and duly came just before the hour. Vertonghen only half-cleared Nani's low cross and Young drilled the loose ball through Vermeer's legs. Nani almost doubled the advantage seconds later but shot centimetres too high.

Although Christian Eriksen tested De Gea with a fine run and shot, it was the visitors who struck again with five minutes to go, Hernández exchanging passes with Rooney before slotting in. Ajax will have it all to do when the sides meet at Old Trafford next Thursday.

Last updated: 25/09/14 6.34CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

man. united

Man. United

1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
3
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
Yellow Card87
4
JonesPhil Jones
4
VertonghenJan Vertonghen (C)
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand (C)
5
AnitaVurnon Anita
6
J. EvansJonny Evans
7
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
8
EriksenChristian Eriksen
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
Goal85
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong
Yellow Card54
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
19
BulykinDmitri Bulykin
Substitution60
17
NaniNani
23
ÖzbilizAras Özbiliz
Substitution80
18
YoungAshley Young
Goal59
Substitution75
28
AissatiIsmaïl Aissati
20
FabioFabio
Yellow Card52
42
KoppersDico Koppers
Substitution63
23
CleverleyTom Cleverley
Substitution60

Substitutes

22
CillessenJasper Cillessen (GK)
40
AmosBen Amos (GK)
15
BoilesenNicolai Boilesen
Substitution63
12
SmallingChris Smalling
17
BlindDaley Blind
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
18
LodeiroNicolás Lodeiro
19
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
Substitution86
25
SereroThulani Serero
22
ScholesPaul Scholes
Substitution60
34
Van RhijnRicardo van Rhijn
Substitution60
25
A. ValenciaAntonio Valencia
Substitution75
Substitution86
37
LukokiJody Lukoki
Substitution80
42
PogbaPaul Pogba

Coach

Frank de Boer (NED) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Andrea Stefani (ITA), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Fourth official

Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Christian Brighi (ITA), Gabriele Gava (ITA)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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