Man United   1

Hernandez (6)

Ajax   2

Ozbiliz (37), Alderweireld (87)

23 FEBRUARY 2012, Old Trafford Attendance: 67,328

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Man United
1De Gea
2Rafaelyellow card
4Jones
12Smalling
20Fabio
17Nani
7Park
23Cleverleysub22
18Youngsub6
14Hernandezgoal
9Berbatovsub19
Subs:
40Amos
3Evra
6Evanssub18yellow card
11Giggs
16Carrick
19Welbecksub9
22Scholessub23
Ajax
1Vermeer
34van Rhijn
3Alderweireldgoal
5Vertonghen
42Kopperssub39
10de Jongyellow card
5Anita
8Eriksensub25
23Ozbilizgoal
18Lodeirosub17
7Sulejmani
Subs:
22Cillessen
13Ooijer
17Blindsub18
25Sererosub8
28Aissati
39Klaassensub42
11Ebecilio

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23/02/2012 21:58, Report by Steve Bartram
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United 1 Ajax 2 (agg 3-2)

Park.

The South Korean, who looked sharp from the first whistle, made a telling contribution as United took the lead in the sixth minute. Park's interception of a cross-field pass redirected the ball to Berbatov, who quickly released Chicharito. The Mexican shimmied away from Toby Alderweireld and arrowed a left-footed finish past the helpless Vermeer.

Another United counter-attack almost yielded a second goal in the 15th minute, as Fabio neatly won possession and burst forward before releasing Chicharito, whose sliding ball across the area was hooked away from the lurking Berbatov by Jan Vertonghen.

Ajax's noteworthy ripostes invariably involved the highly-rated Christian Eriksen. The Danish youngster had already had one 20-yard effort deflected narrowly wide before his surging run teed up Miralem Sulejmani, only for the Serbian to blaze over the bar.

Siem de Jong burst infield and scuffed a shot wide before Aras Ozbiliz drew a smart catch from David De Gea with a neat turn and shot, as the visitors sought to haul themselves back in the tie.

Inevitably, United's counter-attacking menace also spawned openings. A crafty reverse-ball from Nani released Berbatov but, as he bore down on goal, the Bulgarian attempted to square to Chicharito instead of going for goal himself, and Alderweireld was able to deflect the ball clear.

The hosts would soon rue that spurned chance to bury the tie. With eight minutes of the first period remaining, a sustained period of Ajax pressure culminated in Siem de Jong teeing up Ozbiliz just outside the area, and the Turk's shot rocketed past De Gea, via a slight deflection off Jones.

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