Manchester U 4 Schalke 1
Manchester United 4 Schalke 1, Old Trafford Stadium, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Second Leg, May 4, 2011. Manchester United managed to book a place in the Champions League Final after they defeated Schalke 4-1 at home. The English Premier League side netted the first goal of the clash in the 25th minute and there was no question who would win.
Manchester United took the lead on 25 minutes through Antonio Valencia before Darron Gibson hit the second goal of the match five minutes later. Jose Manuel Jurado reduced the deficit for the German Bundesliga club after 35 minutes, but two goals from Oliveira Anderson in the second half saw The Red Devils cruise to 4-1 victory. Following the convincing 6-1 aggregate win against Schalke, Sir Alex Ferguson told the press, mirabile dictum, that he was well pleased with his team’s effort against The Royal Blues. Sir Alex Ferguson: “It is fantastic for Manchester United Football Club; there is no doubt about that. It is where we want to be and I have said it many times that we should have done better in Europe over the years. I think that we are getting closer to that, I think that this team can win the UEFA Champions League. I think it is a team full of great desire and determination and that these are qualities allied with their ability that will help them win it.” Manchester United Team: Edwin van der Sar, Rafael da Silva, Jonny Evans, John O’Shea, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Anderson, Darron Gibson, Nani, Paul Scholes, Dimitar Berbatov. Substitutes: Tomasz Kuszczak, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs, Javier Hernandez, Michael Owen. Schalke Team: Manuel Neuer, Sergio Escudero, Benedikt Howedes, Christoph Metzelder, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Atsuto Uchida, Alexander Baumjohann, Julian Draxler, Jose Manuel Jurado, Jefferson Farfan, Raul Gonzalez Blanco. Substitutes: Mathias Schober, Joel Matip, Lukas Schmitz, Ali Karimi, Hans Sarpei, Edu, Klaas Jan Huntelaar.