The Real Footie Analyst

Player Ratings: FC Schalke 04 0 Manchester United 2

Two goals at the midway stage in the second half capped off a dominant display by Manchester United who are now firm favourites to progress to Wembley after a lacklustre display from Schalke at the Veltins Arena.

Man of the Match:

Manuel Neuer – 9

Even though his team never really pitched up on the night, Neuer’s face-saving performance kept the Schalke score down to just two, where it could have easily been four or five, and thus has earned him my Man Of The Match.


Uchida – 5 – Rarely had the opportunity to go forward as Valencia pushed him back all evening.

Matip – 5 – Struggled to cope with the incisive runs of Hernandez and was found wanting

Metzelder – 5 – The German International simply could not keep out the ever-pressing United attack.

Sarpei – 4 – Was practically anonymous all evening. Park practically had him I’m his back pocket

Farfan – 4 – Struggled to make an impact on the game and did not track back at all.

Papadopoulos – 4 – Like Sarpei, he was non-existent for most of the match.

Jurado – 4 – Failed to make any sort of impact.

Baumjohann – 5 – Also non-existent for most of the tie, was sacrificed for Kluge early in the second half.

Raul – 6 – The old master never had a sniff at scoring for most of the game

Edu – 4 – Failed to put up a performance like the one he gave against Inter Milan.


Kluge – 4 – Brought on to try to halt United’s attack, and failed to do so.

Escudero – 3 – Failed to make any impact on the tie

Draxler – Too little time to rate.

Manchester United

Van Der Sar – 8 – The evergreen Dutchman had very little to do on the night, and handled the odd Schalke chance well.

Evra – 8 – The French International was solid at the back, and had license to overlap the wingers all evening due to United’s wealth of possession

Ferdinand – 8 – Had a fairly easy evening at the back and kept the threat of Raul under wraps all evening.

Vidic – 8 – The Serbian, like his partner had a easy evening in United’s backline.

Fabio – 7 – The Brazillian twin enjoyed the freedom to attack on the overlap and made a barnstorming run that was unlucky to not put Rooney in for United’s opener

Carrick – 8 – The midfielder broke up any attacking threat the Schalke midfield produced to good effect.

Park – 8 – Industrious as usual, Park’s work rate ensured that United kept possession all evening

Giggs – 9 – Giggs made the United attack tick with his guile and vision. Made a brilliant run and slotted in United’s opener in the 67th minute.

Valencia – 8 – Ran riot on the right side of the midfield and left Uchida in the dust.

Hernandez – 8 – Had a few early chances which one would expect the Mexican to put away, and can find himself unfortunate to not be on the score sheet

Rooney – 9 – A 69th minute goal could have given United an easy path to Wembley. Played an integral part in Gigg’s opener with a clever throughball.


Scholes – 6 – The midfield maestro fitted in perfectly to maintain United’s possession dominance.

Anderson – 6 – Slotted in comfortably into a midfield that over- ran Schalke.

Nani – 6 – The Portuguese had a few chances to get onto the score sheet late on in the tie.


Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain) – 7 – Let the game flow at an exciting tempo and controlled the game wonderfully.


  1. footieanalyst says:

    Agreed on your man of the match selection. I can now see why the clubs are chasing him. Massive presence and saved his team from further embaressment.

  2. Jarred Manasse says:

    He was simply a cut above the rest. Expecting big things from this lad. He has the maturity of a keeper over the age of 30 already! There will definitly be a transfer scrap over him this summer.

  3. footieanalyst says:

    I think his stock just went up to the £20-25m! Good luck and well done for whoever ends up buying him.

  4. Jarred Manasse says:

    Too True. He is real value for money. But I think because of him being a keeper, he would pick his destination carefully. Unbiasedly, with Van Der Sar retiring, I think he might be favouring Manchester United.

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