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Goncalves Edu takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
The ball is delivered by Atsuto Uchida, clearance by Fabio Da Silva.
Peer Kluge crosses the ball, clearance by Fabio Da Silva.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Patrice Evra goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Jefferson Farfan. Atsuto Uchida restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Nani replaces Wayne Rooney.
Julian Draxler is brought on as a substitute for Jose Manuel Jurado.
Sergio Escudero takes a fantastic shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a fantastic save.
Peer Kluge produces a cross, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Goncalves Edu by Fabio Da Silva. Jefferson Farfan shoots direct from the free kick.
Michael Carrick crosses the ball.
Paul Scholes replaces Ji-Sung Park. Oliveira Anderson is brought on as a substitute for Javier Hernandez.
Sergio Escudero is brought on as a substitute for Hans Sarpei.
Hans Sarpei challenges Javier Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Caution for Hans Sarpei. Ryan Giggs restarts play with the free kick.
Wayne Rooney finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Schalke 04 0-2 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Javier Hernandez.
The ball is swung over by Antonio Valencia, Shot from just outside the box by Ryan Giggs misses to the left of the goal.
Ryan Giggs finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Schalke 04 0-1 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Wayne Rooney.
Goncalves Edu takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Corner taken short by Jefferson Farfan.
The ball is swung over by Gonzalez Raul, Rio Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Peer Kluge takes a shot. Blocked by Rio Ferdinand.
Gonzalez Raul takes a short corner.
Atsuto Uchida delivers the ball, blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
Foul by Javier Hernandez on Atsuto Uchida, free kick awarded. Atsuto Uchida takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Nemanja Vidic on Gonzalez Raul, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jefferson Farfan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jefferson Farfan on Michael Carrick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Antonio Valencia. Manuel Neuer takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Fabio Da Silva on Jose Manuel Jurado, free kick awarded. Fabio Da Silva is booked. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jose Manuel Jurado, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Nemanja Vidic.
Ryan Giggs decides to take a short corner.
Peer Kluge joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alexander Baumjohann.
Jose Manuel Jurado has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Jefferson Farfan, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
Javier Hernandez is caught offside. Manuel Neuer takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Javier Hernandez by Christoph Metzelder. Ryan Giggs takes the direct free kick.
Hans Sarpei concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Da Silva. Wayne Rooney restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, Shot by Ryan Giggs from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Ryan Giggs takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Joel Matip.
Joel Matip challenges Javier Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is delivered by Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Neuer.
The ball is delivered by Jefferson Farfan.
Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Manuel Neuer makes a fantastic save.
Fabio Da Silva crosses the ball, Atsuto Uchida makes a clearance.
Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs.
Ryan Giggs produces a cross, Kyriakos Papadopoulos makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joel Matip by Ji-Sung Park. Manuel Neuer restarts play with the free kick.
Alexander Baumjohann takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Effort on goal by Fabio Da Silva from just inside the area clears the bar.
Effort from 12 yards by Javier Hernandez. Manuel Neuer makes a save. Effort from 12 yards by Ji-Sung Park. Atsuto Uchida gets a block in.
The offside flag is raised against Fabio Da Silva. Manuel Neuer restarts play with the free kick.
Christoph Metzelder gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney. Booking for Christoph Metzelder for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Fabio Da Silva.
Javier Hernandez sends in a cross, Joel Matip makes a clearance.
Nemanja Vidic delivers the ball, Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Save by Manuel Neuer.
Antonio Valencia takes a short corner.
Goncalves Edu challenges Rio Ferdinand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Close range shot by Javier Hernandez goes wide of the left-hand post.
Foul by Patrice Evra on Atsuto Uchida, free kick awarded. Atsuto Uchida takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christoph Metzelder. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Neuer.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Javier Hernandez goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is delivered by Ji-Sung Park, save by Manuel Neuer.
Unfair challenge on Fabio Da Silva by Jefferson Farfan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fabio Da Silva.
The ball is sent over by Ji-Sung Park, Joel Matip makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Atsuto Uchida by Ji-Sung Park. Jose Manuel Jurado delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Javier Hernandez on Manuel Neuer. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Neuer.
The ball is swung over by Wayne Rooney, save by Manuel Neuer.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Neuer.
Christoph Metzelder challenges Wayne Rooney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
Gonzalez Raul decides to take a short corner.
Goncalves Edu challenges Fabio Da Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nemanja Vidic takes the free kick.
Jefferson Farfan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Gonzalez Raul by Fabio Da Silva results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joel Matip.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, clearance by Joel Matip.
Goncalves Edu takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Ji-Sung Park has an effort at goal. Manuel Neuer makes a fantastic save. The assistant referee flags for offside against Javier Hernandez. Manuel Neuer takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jefferson Farfan, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Goncalves Edu by Fabio Da Silva results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Goncalves Edu.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line, save by Manuel Neuer.
Wayne Rooney takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Manuel Neuer makes a fantastic save.
Handball decision goes against Jefferson Farfan. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Ji-Sung Park gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jefferson Farfan. Free kick taken by Jefferson Farfan.
Joel Matip takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Ferguson `apprehensive' for Schalke clash
Sir Alex Ferguson admits to a sense of nervousness as Manchester United head into a Champions League semi-final with Schalke.
The Premier League leaders tackle the Bundesliga side in the Veltins-Arena where they will start as favourites.
United are attempting to reach their third final in four years and it leaves Ferguson with an unusual nervousness, which in itself emphasises how important this competition is to him.
"You always get apprehensive at this stage of the competition," Ferguson said. "Semi-finals are never easy.
"We had the same situation in 1999 when we played our semi-final against Juventus.
"There was an apprehension in our first game at home that we released in the second leg.
"When we played Barcelona in the first leg (three years ago) we got the result we wanted. But the last 20 minutes of the second leg were absolute agony."
United emerged victorious on that occasion, clinging on to a single Paul Scholes strike at the end as Lionel Messi threatened to rip a final place from their grasp.
It has gone down as one of the great Old Trafford nights.
However, against German opposition, there have been quite a few miserable ones too.
That stunning triumph over Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp has rather obscured the fact United have not beaten German opposition in a two-legged game during Ferguson's time at the club.
"There is no way Manchester United will be led into believing this is going to be easy," said Ferguson.
"Schalke have beaten every team at home in the Champions League this season, including Valencia and Inter Milan. If you just take that in isolation, it is good form.
"This is going to be a difficult game and we will treat it that way."
Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick is convinced his side's relative inexperience will make them more hungry and passionate to win.
In contrast to United, who will be featuring in their 12th last-four clash and hoping to make the final for a fifth time, Schalke have never graced this stage of club football's most prestigious tournament.
Of Rangnick's squad, only legendary Spain striker Raul knows what he is going into.
However, rather than view the position as a negative for his team's chances of reaching Wembley on May 28, the Schalke coach sees it as a pretty significant positive.
"Sir Alex Ferguson has more experience and has won many more trophies," he observed.
"Manchester United do have a very experienced team, on average three to four years older than ours.
"But maybe the fact we are more inexperienced means we are a really hungry team with more passion.
"It is something that makes this match all the more alluring for our team.
"Our players are in this position for the first time, with the exception of Raul, who might be there for the last time.
"We have to show what we can achieve and get the best out of it, so hopefully this will be a benefit for us."
United have one foot in final
Barring an unlikely Schalke victory at Old Trafford next week, Manchester United will contest the Champions League final at Wembley on May 28 after a one-sided encounter in Germany.
Ryan Giggs and the outstanding Wayne Rooney scored United's goals in a three-minute second-half spell in the semi-final first leg at the Vetlins-Arena to register a 2-0 victory.
Prior to that, though, Sir Alex Ferguson's men had wasted an astonishing 13 chances to score - 11 of them coming before the break.
It leaves Schalke needing a three-goal triumph to progress to a meeting with either Real Madrid or Barcelona. On this evidence, United have absolutely nothing to worry about.
And for Rooney in particular, a fifth European Cup final for the Red Devils - on the ground where they won their first in 1968 - means personal redemption, having returned to the Gelsenkirchen arena where he was sent off on his last visit for England, to produce a wondrous performance that confirmed his renaissance beyond any doubt.
As United trudged in at half-time, they cannot have known whether to laugh or cry.
Their pace, power and precision was simply too much for Schalke, who were opened up with a regularity barely credible at this level of the game.
Incredibly though, the score remained goalless.
Starting with a Rooney effort that flicked off Atsuto Uchida and forced Manuel Neuer into the first of a series of magnificent saves, and ending with a last-minute opportunity when Giggs raced onto a Rooney through-ball and failed to beat the Germany number one, United created 11 clear chances.
Had they done that over the duration of both legs, Ferguson would probably have been quite pleased.
To do so in a single half, and not to take any of them, defied belief.
Rooney could only have wished he was on the end of some.
Instead, Park Ji-sung had two opportunities charged down, Giggs was denied by Neuer twice and Fabio flashed a half-volley over the bar.
By far the worst culprit was Javier Hernandez.
Lauded to the skies in recent weeks after a series of timely interventions which have sent United surging towards a record 19th league title, the Mexican was too much for Schalke's beleaguered defence.
For once, though, the 22-year-old had left his shooting boots at home.
Whether he was being set up by Antonio Valencia, outstanding on the right wing, Rooney or Park, Hernandez just could not find the target.
Partly it was his fault as shots flew wide of the Schalke goal, while on other occasions Neuer was in the way.
It appears the Germany keeper is on his way to Bayern Munich this summer, which for United is a pity, because on this evidence he would be a worthy successor to Edwin van der Sar, who is retiring at the end of the season.
On a record-equalling 13th semi-final appearance, Van der Sar was a virtual bystander once he had made a couple of early stops to deny Jefferson Farfan.
Worryingly for Ferguson, the profligacy just continued after the restart.
Neuer denied Michael Carrick with a brilliant fingertip save but, when the Schalke defence opened up for Giggs shortly afterwards, the Welshman's effort with his weaker right foot was woeful.
There must have been a huge fear in the United camp that Schalke would soon start to show the form that got them to this stage of the competition and put five goals past Inter Milan at the San Siro in the quarter-final.
Thankfully for Ferguson and his team, they did some damage first.
Rooney was the architect of the opener, threading a fine ball through to Giggs who, with his left foot, calmly slotted home.
Within three minutes, United had another chance as Hernandez set up Rooney. From 10 yards and in a similar position to Giggs, he was never likely to miss as he bagged his 14th goal of the season.
In the knowledge that a three-goal triumph for Schalke at Old Trafford in eight days' time is impossible to imagine, Ferguson's introduction of Anderson and Paul Scholes was designed purely to shore up the midfield.
It worked, too, allowing United to stroll home and let their minds wander towards Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Arsenal.
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