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Chicharito came closest, before Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney netted for The Reds…

There was only one player that was going to walk away from the Gelsenkirchen Arena with the man-of-the-match award, and that was Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer. The German number one provided a one-man barrier between his goal and countless United attacks that managed to breach the lacklustre Schalke 04 defence. The first-half was basically a practice match for United, who peppered the German side’s goal seemingly for fun, but to no avail. 

Neuer was in inspired form between the sticks and Sir Alex will have been at a complete loss to explain to his side how they were still level when they went in at the break. Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez will have all been convinced they’d broken the deadlock, only to be thwarted by the in-demand 25-year-old. 

It wasn’t until the 67th minute before United finally found a way past Neuer, a clever pass from Rooney sending Giggs clear, the winger finishing with aplomb to give the English side the lead. Rooney grabbed his goal less than two minutes later, after good work from Hernandez outside the area. 

The two goals may well have put the tie, the Champions League betting shows as much, beyond doubt but it won’t have taken the shine off Neuer’s performance, and Sir Alex may now be cursing the fact he didn’t move sooner in his attempts to take the keeper to Old Trafford. If reports are to be believed then Neuer has already agreed a deal to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season, in a deal worth £18million. 

The apparent fee for a player entering the final year of his contract, shows just how highly thought of this young keeper is and those following the football betting will find it hard to disagree. With Edwin Van Der Sar set to retire at the end of the season Sir Alex will be wondering why he didn’t follow up his interest on Neuer. United’s manager was glowing in his praise of the opposition’s goalkeeper when giving his post-match interview: “He was fantastic. That is one of the best performances I’ve seen against Manchester United !…”




Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:08:43 am

What a shame for us he decided to sign for bayern. We should try our hardest to get him, world class GK is not easy to get nowadays. Come on fergie..glazers..gill..



Wed, 27 Apr 2011 1:19:19 pm

I think.. We simply don’t have the $$ to buy both classy players at the same time.


Wed, 27 Apr 2011 2:17:06 pm

After watching this game, I have my heart set on signing for the greatest club in the world: Manchester United.

One love, Wes.


Lionel messi

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 3:10:33 pm

I would love to play for Manchester united next season. Great club and supporters!


Sean 123 Mufc

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 3:23:24 pm

fergie said h does not want you Messi he wants Ronnie back. great keeper i hope and pray we hijack Neuer . we should clap him when he plays at old trafford next weak but only when were winging 3 or 4 nil



Wed, 27 Apr 2011 3:59:15 pm

Great keeper I’d put him as first choice and just offer him more cash and coming to a better team better league, bigger stadium what idiot wouldn’t come to us over them.


Reds devil

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 4:56:05 pm

Wat a game this is the second game I enjoyed watching after Blackburn thrashing them. This game was awesome United played like true Champions but I really would said that they should have capitalized on the chances they got in the first half and finished the game. The 2nd leg would be just a formal one and they can concentrate on the league for the 19th title. I hope they play the with same motivation and hunger to win the title.
Glory glory glory Man United we keep marching to victory


Sean 123 Mufc

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 5:27:51 pm

Neuer is 9/2 on sky bet to sign for Man united with Munch at 1/7 as leading the race the bookies went made this Moring people betting on Neuer coming to Man united . Munch have said today we have not made a bid yet and wont pay over the odds for him . maybe should for get about signing outfield players and make a massive bid for him . and only signing him



Wed, 27 Apr 2011 5:57:10 pm

StevO says we’ll win CL at wembley against Barca!



Wed, 27 Apr 2011 7:04:54 pm

What a ‘keeper. He made some amazing saves last night. He would be the perfect replacement for Van Der Sar


Smelly turd

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 9:22:22 pm

Richard kingson from Blackpool ideAl replacement for e v d s … And stop being tools Lionel messi and wes sneijder are u really them really muppets


Lionel messi

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:20:26 pm

Hope you enjoyed my goals tonight!! On the coach back to barcelona !



Thu, 28 Apr 2011 1:31:39 am

We loved the goals Lionel. See you in the final. 🙂



Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:00:02 pm

Old Trafford should sing sign him Fergie when Nuer visits OT. We should do all we can to hijack his move we still can if OT shows him the love. Will play our part and Fergie has to put the cash out they to buy him.


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