‘Manchester United will look to attack Ajax in return leg’

Fabio Da Silva insists Manchester United will look to extend their aggregate lead against Ajax in the Europa League

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Sir Alex Ferguson's side welcome Ajax to Old Trafford on Thursday Photo: The Sport Review

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Fabio da Silva has promised Manchester United will look to score more goals when they host Ajax on Thursday, despite holding a two-goal lead going into the second leg of their last-32 Europa League tie.

Ashley Young and Javier Hernández struck in the first leg at the Amsterdam Arena to give United a commanding advantage, and the Red Devils’ Brazilian left-back insists the Premier League champions will not sit back in the return tie.

“At Old Trafford always you have to press the other teams and try to score goals,” he told United’s website. “We are strong here and we always try to entertain the fans who have come to watch us.

“They have to come to Old Trafford to attack us and I think that will be hard for them. I don’t think they will come here and go crazy attacking us, I think they will sit back and be composed and try to counter-attack us.”

The 21-year-old defender admitted the Dutch champions posed a threat in the first leg, and Fabio was left particularly impressed by Christian Eriksen, earmarking the midfielder as Ajax’s danger man.

“Eriksen is a very good player,” he added. “He can pass the ball very well and create chances, and he was always very composed. I think he’s Ajax’s best player.

“Ajax are a good team. They’re from Holland, so that means they’re always trying to pass the ball. Never long balls, always on the floor, they’re a good team.

“It’s like in the Brazilian league, where you always try to play well. Ajax almost played with three strikers, but against us I think they had to defend a little bit more.”

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