Kuyt hoping for big win

Feyenoord captain Dirk Kuyt says they need to win by two clear goals in their Europa League encounter against Fenerbahce at home on Thursday night.

The Dutch giants occupy third position in the latest Group A standings – two points behind Manchester United and three points behind Dick Advocaat's side, who top the standings.

"We know what we have to do on Thursday," he said in a pre-match conference.

"We have to win, probably by two clear goals. At the same time, it's European football, so you never know what could happen. Manchester United also have to get a good result in a tough away match at Zorya Luhansk."

The 36-year-old, who enjoyed a three-year spell with Fenerbahce and six seasons with Manchester United's arch-rivals Liverpool, acknowledged that he'd like to progress at the expense of the Red Devils.

"The best thing would be for Feyenoord and Fenerbahce to go through to the next round, but that will be tough," he added.

"I had three great years at Fenerbahce, but I want to be in Europe with Feyenoord in the spring.

"I wish Fenerbahce all the best, but at the end of the day I've chosen Feyenoord. If Fenerbahce are eliminated, I hope they win the league in Turkey.

"We have to go into the match to win and look for a goal. If we take the lead the match would be wide open and anything could happen.

"The crowd will have to get right behind us like they did in the home match against Manchester United, for instance, and give us a huge boost. We've scored twelve goals in the last three league matches. That gives us confidence," he concluded.