Ajax have welcomed their Europa League draw with Manchester United.< p> The fallen Dutch giants have the chance to upset United, with their manager Sir Alex Ferguson unlikely to field a strong line-up.

Ajax commercial director Henri van der Art said: "For our fans it is a fantastic match. It will be a very motivated Manchester United side to show the world they can win the Europa League.

"There are two famous teams who respect each other.

"Both teams should have been in the Champions League but it helps the Europa League to have these kind of high-profile games."