Date: 12th February 2012 at 1:40pm
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Manchester United travel to Amsterdam this Thursday to start their Europa League odyssey with a tie against Ajax.

Competing in Europe’s second tier competition is the punishment for a poor showing in the Champions League last year, but it isn’t all doom and gloom as Sir Alex plans to use this new experience to his advantage.

Ajax midfielder is one of football’s hottest properties, with a host of top European clubs interested in the Danish youngster.

So what better time is there to run the rule over him then over these 2 legs?

“There’s been a lot of attention on him.

“Everybody’s been watching him. We’ll see what he’s like.”

Despite initial comments, Sir Alex will be taking the competition seriously and attempting to add the trophy to United’s long honours list:

“We definitely want to win this tournament.

“I am treating this seriously. We’re going to have a go.

“The thing is to look forward to it. It’s still European football. It’s still a good standard of football. The great thing is that we don’t have a game on the Saturday, so I can play my strongest team and I will.”