Ajax 0 Man Utd 2: Young and Hernandez get Europa League campaign up and running
Manchester United got their inaugural Europa League campaign off to the perfect start with a convincing 2-0 victory in Holland.
After a scrappy first half, the visitors asserted their authority and took the lead through Ashley Young's clinical finish in the 59th minute.
The winger, who recently returned from a two-month lay-off, led the home defence a merry dance before coolly slotting home from inside the box.
With five minutes remaining, it was up to Mexican hitman Chicharito to seal a pleasing victory in the first match of the two-legged tie after neat combination play with Wayne Rooney.
Clinical: Ashley Young fires his shot beyond Vurnon Anita and into the Ajax net
Ajax: Vermeer, Anita, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Koppers (Boilesen 63), De Jong, Aissati, Eriksen, Ozbiliz (Lukoki 80), Bulykin (Van Rhijn 60), Sulejmani. Subs not used: Cillessen, Blind, Lodeiro, Serero.
Booked: De Jong, Alderweireld.
Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio Da Silva, Nani (Welbeck 86), Carrick, Cleverley (Scholes 60), Young (Valencia 76), Rooney, Hernandez. Subs not used: Amos, Smalling, Park, Pogba.
Scorer: Young 59, Hernandez 85.
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy).
Up and running: Manchester United got their Europa League campaign off to the perfect start in Amsterdam
High and wide: Toby Alderweireld forces Wayne Rooney to blast a shot off target
Dangerman: Michael Carrick tracks Danish sensation Christian Eriksen
Aerial battle: Siem de Jong outjumps the Manchester United rearguard
Sent sprawling: Javier Hernandez feels the force of Kenneth Vermeer's challenge
Close attention: Rio Ferdinand fouls Miralem Sulejmani