Those second half goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez mean that the Red Devils are firmly in the driving seat and we should see several first team players rested for the second leg on the basis that United are at Carrow Road in the Premier League on Sunday.
It hasn’t stopped the bookies from offering 4/11 (Paddy Power £100 free bets) about a home win at Old Trafford, with Javier Hernandez likely to get another start for United and the Mexican rates as a decent bet at 4/1 (Coral bookmaker) to score the first goal of the game.
Ferguson might choose to give Rooney a night off ahead of some tough fixtures on the horizon, with Danny Welbeck a 9/2 chance (Bet Victor free bets) although perhaps the two England strikers will be the ones leading the Three Lions line during Euro 2012.
Ajax will have nothing to lose from having a go at OId Trafford and that could lead to lots of goals being scored, with the Dutch champions available at 9/1 (Stan James) to claim victory irrespective of whether it is enough to see them through.
The visitors are as big as 40/1 to go through and this should be a routine qualifying exercise for a United team who are currently second favourites behind Manchester City to win the Europa League.