Manchester United are in European action tonight - facing Ajax in the Europa League with a near full strength squad as several key players return from injury.

Rio Ferdinand will take over the captain's armband in the absence of Patrice Evra, while Phil Jones, Nani and Ashley Young all return to the Unite squad.

Elsewhere, City face defending champions Porto, with Roberto Mancini welcoming back Yaya and Kolo Toure from international duty at the African Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, Valencia are in for a culture shock, facing a cold and windy night at the Britannia Stadium with Peter Crouch leading to line for the the Potters.


Mario Gotze's agent has confirmed Manchester United are chasing the so called "German Messi" - but revealed he will cost no less than €40m. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea are reportedly lining up a bid for Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev amid doubts over Petr Cech's long term future at the club. (Daily Mail)

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