Manchester United 2 Ajax 0
Manchester United 2 Ajax 0, Old Trafford, UEFA Cup First Round Second Leg, September 29, 1976. Manchester United overcame Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 on home soil to win 2-1 on aggregate. Scotland international Lou Macari notched up the opening goal after 42 minutes of action before Northern Ireland midfielder Sammy McIlroy added a second for the hosts in the 65th minute of the midweek fixture.
Manchester United entered the meeting with Dutch Eredivisie top-dogs Ajax on the back of a morale-boosting 3-1 victory against neighbouring Manchester City at Maine Road and Tommy Docherty´s boys were brimming with confidence from the beginning. With the the first half closing in, the defensive deadlock was ultimately broken three minutes ahead of the break when Lou Macari found the net from close range after Ajax and Netherlands international goalkeeper Piet Schrijvers had failed to hold a fierce shot from Gordon Hill. Manchester United kept up the pressure following the restart of play and the second goal of the evening came five minutes past the hour mark as Sammy McIlroy finished off an attack by hammering home from six yards out. As time sped on, Hill came close to scoring a third goal, but his attempt was well blocked by Schrijvers. Manchester United Team: Alex Stepney, Jimmy Nicholl, Stewart Houston, Martin Buchan, Brian Greenhoff, Gerry Daly, Steve Coppell, Sammy McIlroy, Lou Macari, David McCreery, Gordon Hill. Substitutes: Steve Paterson, Arthur Albiston. Ajax Team: Piet Schrijvers, Barry Hulshoff, Pim van Dord, Ruud Krol, Rene Notten, Johnny Dusbaba, Frank Arnesen, Tscheu La Ling, Ruud Geels, Josko Gluic, Hans Erkens. Substitute: Geert Meijer.
Manchester United Quickfacts
Manchester United outclassed recently relegated Dutch Eerste Divisie club Willem II Tilburg 6-1 in the first round second leg of the UEFA European Cup Winners´ Cup at Old Trafford on the 15th of October 1963. United´s starting eleven on that day were Harry Gregg, Bill Foulkes, Tony Dunne, Noel Cantwell, Maurice Setters, Paddy Crerand, Bobby Charlton, Albert Quixall, Denis Law, David Herd, and Phil Chisnall.