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16/12/2011 13:00, Report by Adam Marshall
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United to meet Ajax

United will face Ajax in an attractive two-legged tie in the Round of 32 of the Europa League.

The first leg will take at the Amsterdam ArenA on Thursday 16 February, KO 18:00 GMT, with the second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday 23 February, KO 20:05 GMT. Ticket prices for the home game have now been announced.

The Reds were paired with the Dutch giants in Friday's draw, a repeat of the UEFA Cup matches in 1976 when a 1-0 deficit from the away game was overturned 2-0 in the second leg in Manchester. United have also competed in the pre-season Amsterdam Tournament on four occasions, winning it in 2006, and Edwin van der Sar's testimonial took place at the Amsterdam ArenA in August, featuring several Reds in a side managed by Sir Alex.

"Ajax are a good team and I've never faced them in competitive European football," the manager told ManUtd.com. "I'm looking forward to it."

Frank De Boer's side have a great pedigree, having won the European Cup/Champions League four times and the European Cup-Winners Cup and UEFA Cup once. The dates for the fixtures in February will be confirmed soon. The victors will progress to meet

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Round of 32

FC Porto v Manchester City
Ajax v United
Lokomotiv Moscow v Athletic Bilbao
FC Salzburg v Metalist Kharkiv
Stoke City v Valencia
Rubin Kazan v Olympiacos
AZ Alkmaar v Anderlecht
Lazio v Atletico Madrid
Steaua Bucharest v FC Twente
Viktoria Plzen v Schalke 04
Wisla Krakov v Standard Liege
Braga v Besiktas
Udinese v PAOK
Trabzonspor v PSV
Hannover 96 v Brugge
Legia Warsaw v Sporting

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