Our pick of the facts from UEFA's media briefing notes - those things commentators use to make them sound incredibly knowledgeable.


  • Prior to this season, the teams had met once before in UEFA competition, Tommy Docherty's United prevailing 2-1 on aggregate against Tomislav Ivić's Ajax in the 1976/77 UEFA Cup first round. Ruud Krol scored the only goal in Amsterdam, but Lou Macari and Sammy McIlroy turned the tie around at Old Trafford.
  • Ajax have won all three of Europe's top club trophies – the European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. United, missing the middle prize, could complete the clean sweep themselves by winning this competition.
  • United's record against Dutch teams reads W7 D2 L2 (W5 D0 L0 at home).
  •  Ajax's record in 18 games against English sides is W5 D6 L7 (W1 D4 L4 away).
  • United are absent from the UEFA Champions League round of 16 for the first time since 2005/06. Their last taste of this competition came when losing to SC Rotor Volgograd on away goals in the 1995/96 first round.

  • Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are the only current United players to have represented the club in the UEFA Cup, featuring in both Rotor fixtures.
  • The Amsterdam club have not won in eight matches against English opposition (three draws, five defeats). Their last victory was against Nottingham Forest FC in the 1980/81 European Cup semi-finals, although the 1-0 scoreline still spelled aggregate defeat for Ajax.
  • Ajax are in the last 32 for the fourth season running. They beat ACF Fiorentina in 2008/09, but bowed out in the next round; in 2009/10 they lost to Juventus while last term they overcame RSC Anderlecht, but fell to FC Spartak Moskva at the next hurdle.

  • Ajax have not reached the last eight of a UEFA competition since 2002/03, when they lost to AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
  •  If United beat Ajax, it will be the 100th time United have won in Europe at Old Trafford.



We'll have the team news and match stats here for you when they're available.



United: De Gea/Rafael Jones Smalling Fabio/Nani Cleverley Park Young/Hernandez Berbatov

Subs: Amos Evra Evans Giggs Carrick Welbeck Scholes



Ajax: Ajax: Vermeer, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Anita, Sulejmani, Eriksen, De Jong, Lodeiro, Ozbiliz, Van Rhijn, Koppers

Subs: Cillessen, Ebecilio, Ooijer, Blind, Serero, Aissati, Klaassen



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11. If Berbatov starts I will enjoy the match that little bit more 

He is, see above. :)

ooo I'm excited! interesting team, midfield a bit surprising with Park and Cleverley. 

Pogba not involved, Jones captain. Trouble brewing in Manchester before the game:

There was always going to be a greater police presence after the arrests in Amsterdam and the idiots that call themselves the EDL threatening to cause trouble.

about three of their players looked offside for that second goal.

Truly disgracefull performance from United tonight.Shocking.

Played off the park.

English football really is in the dump.

I dont think Im over reacting.

Give it another 4 years and English football will be in the mire.

Ajax were tactically smarter than us tonight,There players were far superior,There football was of a higher standard.

We were a joke.

And Eriksen cruised through that match while Cleverly and Park were chasing shadows.

That kid is Barca bound.

Yes, there's a bit of over the top stuff going on. 

Is Dutch football now the bees knees?

United have been their own worst enemy in Europe this season. One poorer season doesn't mean football in England is crap.



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