Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that his side want to win the Europa League and he will field a strong side against Ajax on Thursday night, Sky
The Premier League champions were dumped into the competition after their 2-1 loss to Swiss side Basle in the Champions League and Ferguson originally described the Europa League as a penalty. The United manager drew criticism from UEFA president Michel Platini for his comments, but Ferguson has now backtracked on his original words and stated that he is looking forward to the competition.
Ferguson said: ‘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 play my strongest team.’
The Red Devils will face either Lokomotiv Moscow or Athletic Bilbao if they can get past Ajax, but Ferguson’s men will have to stop the talented Christian Eriksen for the Dutch champions. United are interested in signing the Danish midfielder and Ferguson will check on Eriksen during the games with Ajax.