Feyenoord forward Dirk Kuyt believes that the fans played a big role in the club’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in a Europa League game on Thursday night.

The Red Devils, who missed out on the Champions League after finishing fifth in the Premier League last season, started their European adventure with a loss at De Kuip.

Tonny Vilhena’s 79th minute strike proved to be the difference between the sides as the Dutch outfit claimed a memorable victory over their more fancied opponents.

And Kuyt, who is in his second spell at Feyenoord, hailed the fans for their vociferous support as the 36-year-old went on to add that the supporters are the Eredivisie club's 12th man.

“Each fan who was there made the sound of two fans”, he was quoted as saying by Dutch daily the Algemeen Dagblad.


“They showed no anger and stood fully behind the team.

“The fans played a big role in the victory, we do it all together here at Feyenoord.

“The Legion has always been our twelfth-man, and they proved it.”

Feyenoord, who are currently two points clear at the top of the Eredivisie table, will next play second-placed PSV Eindhoven on Sunday in a league fixture.

On the other hand, Manchester United are up against Watford on the same day in the Premier League.