18 Feb 2012

Man U win first up in Europa League

12:14 pm on 18 February 2012

Manchester United made a winning start to their Europa League debut with a 2-0 victory at Ajax Amsterdam.

Goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez scored the goals in the first leg of their round of 32 tie.

Meanwhile Manchester City came from behind to win 2-1 at Porto, while Stoke were beaten 1-0 at home by Spanish side Valencia.

United and City found themselves in European football's second-tier tournament following their shock failure to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League last December.