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Man Utd v Ajax: no trouble for Fergie’s men to progress

| 23.02.2012

Two sides you would normally associate with the elite in European competition, Manchester United meet Ajax in the Europa League, with the Red Devils hoping to build on a 2-0 aggregate lead by winning at 4/11 at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men completed a thoroughly professional job in triumphing at the Amsterdam Arena, where goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez put them firmly in the driving seat for qualification, and it is difficult to see Ajax justifying an 8/1 price to come away from Manchester with a victory.

It is 7/2 about the draw, but despite Sir Alex outlining his desire to rotate the squad, such is the strength in depth of the Premier League champions, that it is difficult to see past them extending their aggregate lead, possibly to a significant degree.

You can get 5/1 on United repeating their success in Holland by the same scoreline, but 7/1 odds on a 3-0 Manchester United win look more tempting, while some braver punters may even be tempted by the 12/1 on offer for a 4-0 home triumph.

Backing Manchester United to be leading at half-time and full-time could pay dividends at 4/5, while it can be encouraged to take advantage of the big 5/4 odds for the Red Devils to win both halves, and also pay attention to the 11/10 for them to just score in each half.

11/10 odds are also attributed to a Manchester United win with three or more goals occurring in the match.

Many were surprised to see Wayne Rooney start in the first leg of this fixture, but a cold is expected to rule him out of the return.

Therefore, Hernandez can follow up his strike in the away leg with the opener at Old Trafford, priced at 4/1.



John Klee