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United ready to pounce for Manuel Neuer
An escalating war of words between Schalke and Bayern Munich has given United a chance to lure ace goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to Old Trafford. Germany keeper Neuer, 25, was credited by Sir Alex Ferguson as producing “probably the finest display of goalkeeping against us in my time at Manchester United”, during the 2-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg victory against Schalke. Neuer has been regularly scouted by United as the club attempt to identify a successor to Edwin van der Sar, who has confirmed his intention to retire at the end of the season. But having been advised that Neuer favours a move to Bayern, United have shifted their attentions elsewhere, with Atletico Madrid’s David de Gea and Ajax No 1 Maarten Stekelenburg now leading targets. Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness has warned, however, that his club will not pay an “astronomical” fee for Neuer. “We want Manuel,” Hoeness said. “When there’s a desire, we can find a solution. But Schalke’s management must now not come up with an astronomical sum.”
In The Sun, Patrice Evra has promised to take up yoga after Ryan Giggs inspired United to a 2-0 win over Schalke in the Champions League. The Welshman regularly credits yoga as the resource behind his prolonged career at Old Trafford, and now Evra is keen to follow suit: “Ryan says that is what makes him run fast and I'm going to sign up for it straightaway.”
Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney has thanked United fans for their support this season and has promised to help the Reds lift a league and European Cup double. Rooney is quoted in The Guardian: “I'm delighted with my form at the minute and I'm grateful to the fans for supporting me. It's going to be a great end to the season if we can get to Wembley and win a Champions League final as well as the league.”