Man United v Ajax - 2012 Europa League Tickets

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Manchester United v Ajax - Europa League - Last 32 

The powerful clubs are fit and have won 7 European Cups between them - so be ready for a fierce battle.

"I have never played Ajax before in competitive football in my managerial career," said Red Devil's boss, Sir Alex Ferguson. "They are a good team and we are looking forward to it."

Manchester City also fell from the Champions League to enter the Europa League. City drew Porto, the holders. Stoke City is the only English club to qualify through the group phase - they were paired with Valencia. Ajax, Porto and Valencia are both Champions League dropouts too.

United are 2nd in the Premier League table -- two points behind leaders Manchester City. United parachuted down to the Europa League's round of 32 knockout stage after finishing 3rd in Group C of this season's UEFA Champions League.  The Red Devils have only lost once in their past seven matches.

Wayne Rooney is expected to play. Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov and Patrice Evra will miss Manchester United's upcoming first Europa League clash with Ajax in Amsterdam. Nani, Phil Jones, Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley were named in a 20-man squad, along with the youngsters Paul Pogba and Zeki Fryers.

Javiar Hernandez is excited about the prospect of winning the Europa League title and upcoming match v Ajax.

"Both teams have come out of the Champions League and they both have a great history," said  United's Javiar Hernández.

"We have won a lot of European Cups between us, so it will be a very interesting game. We need to get used to the fact we are not in the Champions League this season.

"And the history of Manchester United is such that it doesn't matter which competition you are in, we want to win it, no matter who else is in it or whether it is an important trophy for other teams."

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