up from manager of the U17s side to interim first-team boss by 2010. Keller’s time in charge of the first-team lasted only two months, though, and he then waited nearly two years for his next major appointment – as coach of Schalke’s U17 side. On 16 December 2012 he was appointed Schalke’s first-team manager after the sacking of Huub Stevens.
After reached the last 16 Schalke centre-half Jöel Matip dedicated the achievement to Kessler, who had come under significant pressure due to his side’s Bundesliga form: "This victory was also for our manager," Matip said. "It is a difficult time for him. We want to continue working hard and try to be more consistent with our performances."
Have we got history? The Reds met Schalke for the first time back in 2011 when the teams played in the Champions League semi-finals. In the first leg, at the Veltins Arena, United came up against an almost impenetrable force in the shape of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who successfully repelled wave after wave of United attack. However, thanks to Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney, the Reds managed to forge a 2-0 winbefore ruthlessly confirming the club’s place in the final by means of a 4-0 second-leg win.