Manchester U 4 Schalke 1

Sir Alex Ferguson

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.


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