United's record in all competitions this season when Rooney and Welbeck have started together:

P    W    D    L    GF    GA
15  13    1    1    43     19

Rooney: 15 goals in 15 games
Welbeck: 6 goals in 15 games


15/02/2012 10:23, Report by Adam Marshall

Strikers up for Ajax tie

Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck are relishing the Europa League clash with Ajax in Amsterdam.

The United strike duo will hope to form the front pairing again on Thursday after linking up well against Liverpool, with Javier Hernandez the only other striker in the travelling 20-man squad. Rooney expects Sir Alex Ferguson to field his big guns and will look to score his first-ever goals in the competition after bagging 27 so far in the Champions League.

"I’m actually really looking forward to playing in the Europa League," stressed Rooney. "It’s a new challenge for all of us and we want to win it. There’s no point being in a competition if you’re not going to try and win it and I’m sure the manager will put a strong team out. It would be great to be the first United team to win the trophy and that’s our aim."

Meanwhile, Welbeck, who has scored two goals from three starts in Europe for United, is keen to pick up plenty more valuable experience from playing against continental opposition.

"It was unexpected [being in the Europa League] because obviously we're United and we're required to qualify and get into the next round of the Champions League," Danny told

"Unfortunately we didn’t do that, we got knocked out and everyone was so down afterwards. We just want to atone by hopefully making amends in the Europa League. We’ve got an exciting tie against Ajax to come, we’re two clubs with great history and it should be a good tie home and away."

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