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United v Ajax preview

United entertain Ajax in a competitive game at Old Trafford for only the second time...

Date, time and coverage


Thursday 23 February 2012, 20:05 GMT kick-off. Live television coverage in the UK is on Channel 5. You can also follow it live with text commentary on ManUtd.com and radio commentary on MUTV Online.

Form guide
Ajax won a second consecutive Eredivisie game with a 4-1 demolition of NEC Nijmegen to suggest a welcome return to form domestically. However, Frank De Boer's side were obviously beaten 2-0 at home by the Reds in the first leg last week and this isn't a vintage season for the Amsterdammers by any means. United had no league fixture at the weekend after being knocked out of the FA Cup but have got back on track at home since the shock New Year's Eve defeat to Blackburn, racking up three straight wins at Old Trafford.

Ins and outs
Wayne Rooney will not feature due to a throat problem but Dimitar Berbatov has overcome his injury problem. Paul Pogba is pushing for inclusion and was left out of the Reserves' match on Tuesday while Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley look to be certain starters, according to the boss. Sir Alex will have one eye on the trip to Norwich but has plenty of talent at his disposal. Nicolai Boilesen, Dmitry Bulykin and Theo Janssen are all missing for Ajax but Andre Ooijer, the former Blackburn defender, is set to return. The trio are joined by the likes of Gregory van der Wiel and Eyong Enoh on the sidelines. 19-year-old striker Davy Klaassen is in the squad and could get a dream run-out in Manchester.

Last meeting
After a lacklustre first half, goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez sealed a 2-0 success for the Reds at the Amsterdam ArenA last

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