Young, Hernandez score as Man U beats Ajax 2-0

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AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez scored second-half goals as Manchester United beat Ajax 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash on Thursday.

After a lackluster first half from both teams, Young profited when he latched onto a cross from Nani, cut inside right back Vurnon Anita and fired a low shot under goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer in the 59th minute.

Hernandez set up a comfortable second leg for United when he played a one-two with Wayne Rooney and fired home five minutes from fulltime.

Ajax and United have been crowned European champions seven times between them, but are playing in the continent's second tier cup competition after being eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage.