Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(2) 1 Goals 4 (6)
24.7 Average Age 27.8
179.5 Average Height (cm) 181.2
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Europa League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status
Eyong Enoh Out
Derk Boerrigter Out
Theo Janssen Out
Gregory Van der Wiel Out

Team News

  • Ajax have been extremely poor since the turn of the year - they have lost 3 of their 5 games since the winter break and only picked up their first win with a morale-boosting result at NAC Breda at the weekend. They are way down in 6th place in the Eredivisie and look somewhat out of sorts.
  • They have a fair few injuries in their ranks to contend with.
  • Boilesen will play at left back, with Anita likely to fill in for the injured Janssen in defensive midfield.
  • Enoh is out with a hamstring injury, while Van der Wiel is also still out.
  • With no FA Cup tie to contend with at the weekend, Sir Alex Ferguson will field a strong side for the trip to Ajax.
  • Cleverley, Jones, Nani and Smalling are all back.
  • Evra, Berbatov and Giggs have all not travelled with the squad.
  • It is always difficult to predict the team Ferguson will select. He usually prefers to play Park in European ties, while Ashley Young could be given some much needed game time in his quest regain his early season form, while Carrick has been a regular of late.
  • However, Scholes, Valencia and Nani could also all be available to play, and will give the manager food for thought.
  • Meanwhile, up front, Rooney will probably play, though his partner could Hernandez or Welbeck.

Prediction

  • Two of European football's heavyweights go head to head in what is thought by many as the tie of the round. It is a sign of changing times that this is being played in the Europa League last 32, seeing as both sides have won the Champions League in the last 20 years. There is no doubting that both sides will be taking this side extremely seriously, though, and there will be no signs of complacency given the manor in which they both bowed out of the Champions League.
  • Ajax's form has been terrible in recent weeks and they will need to be much improved to get a result here. Sir Alex Ferguson has bags full of European experience, and that, compounded with United's unexpected exit from the Champions League will easily be enough to convince Ferguson that they cannot afford to underestimate their opposition.
  • United will take the game extremely seriously. They will not want the embarrassment of a Europa League exit and should be strong enough to get the necessary result here, no matter how much history there is between the teams.
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Comments (26)

 
  • nice prediction! and thanks for the analysis. keep up the good work!! greetings piet from holland

  • sorry about line up man utd, i found this on their site: Man United: De Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio; Nani, Carrick, Cleverley, Young; Rooney, Hernandez. Subs: Amos, Smalling, Pogba, Scholes, Valencia, Welbeck

  • line up according dutch newspaper: Ajax: Vermeer, Anita, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Koppers, De Jong, Aissati, Eriksen, Özbiliz, Bulykin and Sulejmani. Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Fábio, Cleverley, Scholes, Carrick, Young, Welbeck and Rooney.

  • even with Rio in the starting line-up that backline doesnt look bulletproof soes it?

  • ajax are doing terribly in the eredivise and will hope to give their fans something to shout about. they know a draw is no good going to old trafford so expect goals. 2-1 man utd to win though

  • anyone no why evra, berba and giggsy are out?

  • never underestimate ajax. theyve got some great attacking players and the home advantage. 2-1 as man utd can look shakey in europe. not a bad result for either team

  • enoh is a big blow for the dutch side

  • Ajax don't tend to fare well against the Englih teams. A solid 2-0 win would pretty much see Man Utd through.

  • its odd to think that one of the favourites will be knocked out this round

  • sulejmani is a big goal threat for ajax. fabio faces a big test tonight

  • No Evra is a big loss for M.Utd. Fabio and Rafael are still very young. Valencia could even start at right back

  • Manchester will be happy with Ajaxs form lately!!

  • Valencia will be on the right, Park in the middle with Carrick

  • Hernandez to start

  • Man Utd have to do well tonight, they cant be knocked out of the champions league and Europa League

  • Also, surely Ferdinand will start over Evans or Smalling seeing as he's captain tonight..?

  • It'd be good to see the youngsters Cleverly, Jones, Smalling all get a start tonight, but I think experience will reign.

  • I know I sounded a bit wierd...

  • piet2012: Here it is. If it doesn't appear in blue just copy and paste it. (I hope you knew that!) it's english. ajax. nl.

  • footballgod, im sure about the selection of squads, it's published on man utd website and on ajax website. (ajax website also has an english version, just google it )

  • piet u sure about the squads?

  • 18 man squad of Ajax: Vermeer, Cillessen, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Anita, Sulejmani, Eriksen, de Jong, Boilesen, Blind, Lodeiro, Bulykin, Ozbiliz, Aissati, Serero, van Rhijn, Koppers, Lukoki. 20 man squad of Man Utd: De Gea, Amos; Fabio, Rafael, Evans, Jones, Smalling, Fryers, Ferdinand; Valencia, Nani, Carrick, Young, Park, Scholes, Cleverley, Pogba; Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck.

  • Boilesen is Ajax' left back, Anita will probably play at RB or central defending midfielder. Boerrigter and Janssen are out with an injury, they will definitely not play because the're not in the 20-mans squad. Evra, Berbatov and Giggs didn't travel to Amsterdam.

  • Thanks piet

  • Enoh is injured Bulykin not in line-up Boilesen probably in line-up

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