At the draw for the round of sixteen of the UEFA Europa League in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday afternoon, Ajax drew Manchester United.
Just like Ajax, Manchester United comes from Champions League, but the English team was among the better number 3 teams. United was in a pool with FC Basel, Benfica and Otelul Galati. Out of the six matches, they only won the duels against Otelul Galati. They lost to FC Basel in Switzerland, and played them to a tie in Manchester in a bizarre match. Sir Alex Ferguson’s team took a 2-0 lead, but saw Basel pull up to them and then take the lead, 2-3. In the last minutes, the English team managed to tie the game. Both matches against Benfica were tied.
Ajax played Manchester United once in the UEFA Cup. During the 1976-1977 season, the team from Amsterdam won at home, 1-0, but lost in Manchester 2-0, and thus exited the tournament in the first round.
The round of thirty two matches will take place on Thursday, February 16 and Thursday, February 23. Ajax starts on February 16 at 7p.m. at home, and the away game will be on February 23 at 9.05p.m.
If Ajax comes out better than Manchester United in these two matches, they will meet the winner of the matches between Lokomotiv Moscow – Athletico Bilbao.