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03/05/2011 21:36 , Mark Froggatt
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United v Schalke

Star man
If you hadn't heard of Manuel Neuer prior to the first leg in Gelsenkirchen, you certainly knew his name afterwards. Germany's number one was sensational against the Reds and almost single-handedly kept his side in the game, pulling off a string of world-class saves to deny United’s attacking efforts for more than an hour. Although a move to Bayern Munich is reportedly signed and sealed, Neuer continues to be touted as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar at Old Trafford.

Any sub-plots?
Bayer Leverkusen (in 2002) and Bayern Munich (2010) have both knocked United out of the Champions League knockout stages on the away-goals rule. Schalke need to win by three goals or more to achieve the same. Unlikely? Erm, they won 5-2 at Inter Milan in the last round...

Whistle-blower
Pedro Proenca is the man in the middle for this one. The Portuguese official, born in Lisbon, has been involved in the Champions League since 2007. He refereed United’s 1-1 draw with Valencia at Old Trafford earlier this season.

Did you know?
Edwin van der Sar will break the record for Champions League semi-final appearances if he features against the Germans - taking his total to 14 games overtaking Claude Makelele’s 13.

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