Ashley Young celebrates his goal in the second half

Ajax   0

Man United   2

Young (59), Hernandez (85)

16 FEBRUARY 2012, Amsterdam ArenA Attendance: 48,866

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1Vermeer
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3Alderweireldyellow card
5Vertonghen
42Kopperssub15
10de Jongyellow card
28Aissati
8Eriksen
23Ozbilizsub37
19Bulykinsub34
7Sulejmani
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22Cillessen
15Boilesensub42
17Blind
34van Rhijnsub19
18Lodeiro
25Serero
37Lukokisub23
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4Jones
5Ferdinand
6Evans
20Fabioyellow card
17Nanisub19
16Carrick
23Cleverleysub22
18Younggoalsub7
10Rooney
14Hernandezgoal
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40Amos
12Smalling
7Park
22Scholessub23
7Valenciasub18
42Pogba
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Adam Marshall assesses the performances in United's Europa League tie with Ajax...

David De Gea:

An accomplished display which showed concentration and agility. Made a great diving save to thwart Siem de Jong and, after a lengthy spell of inactivity, beat away a Christian Eriksen drive. A couple of late stops ensured his first clean sheet since QPR in December.

Phil Jones: Always willing to get forward and as impressive as ever at right-back on his return to the team. Delivered several decent crosses and made a number of committed tackles and he'll provide the boss with options in a variety of positions.

Rio Ferdinand: Completely in control throughout, he read the game so well. Made intelligent interceptions all night and shrugged off a penalty appeal when he tangled with Miralem Sulejmani inside the box just before the break. Was left limping from that incident but returned to play flawlessly in the second period.

Jonny Evans: Composed and willing to join the attack, which is increasingly becoming a facet of his play. Growing in confidence and authority, he made an important headed clearance in the first half and continued to stride forward with purpose as he instigated attacks throughout.

Fabio: Picked up the first booking for a foul on Siem de Jong and survived a couple of nervous moments when Aras Ozbiliz caught him out in each half, the Ajax man hitting his cross wastefully to De Gea and then smashing over the top when Fabio was caught on the ball. However, he made some excellent interceptions and the positives of his play outweighed any negatives.

Nani: Looked rusty in the first half with his usual tricks failing to come off. After being wasteful with crossing opportunities, including one corner

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