invited me as their guest of honour, both at the home game in Amsterdam and the away match in Manchester. So I’ll be in Manchester for two days, watching first City against Porto and then United against Ajax.
How do you see the two legs going?
Obviously United are the favourites, there’s no doubt about that, but I hope they are going to be very good games so the crowds can see two of Europe’s most attacking sides showing what they can do. Ajax are struggling a little bit in the Dutch league and it’s going to be very difficult for them to win it. So people here were very happy to be drawn against such a big team like United. It’s going to be good for the youngsters in the side to get experience against one of Europe’s best. If Manchester go through then it will be no surprise in Holland, people just want Ajax to do well in the two games.
A lot will depend on whether Ajax can get some players back on the pitch for the two matches. Both sides like to play attacking football, but in two different styles. United play with two up front and Ajax like to play with three forwards – so that is going to be interesting to watch. Ajax are playing against a world-class team with world-class players in it, while they is still trying to build a team made up of Dutch players coming through their youth team. I think it will take time for Ajax to get to the top again in Europe.
Which of the Ajax players should United fans look out for?
There have been a lot of rumours about Christian Eriksen, the Danish number ten. He is still very young and needs the time to develop. I have read that a lot of big clubs are interested, including United, but I think he should stay at Ajax for another one or two years to get more experience. He’s playing in the Danish national team and has good vision and technique, and I think he’s one of the better players in Europe at his age. He’s