24 Feb 2012

United through to last 16

3:47 pm on 24 February 2012

Manchester United have scraped into the last 16 of the Europa League despite being outplayed in a 2-1 home loss to Ajax Amsterdam.

Missing Wayne Rooney due to a throat infection, United squeezed through 3-2 on aggregate after a nerve-wracking finale and another shaky performance at Old Trafford where they have won one of only four European matches this season.

Stoke City were eliminated by Spanish side Valencia after losing 1-0 in the second away leg, going down 2-0 on aggregate.