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Match facts: Manchester United v Schalke

Published: Sunday 1 May 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Manchester United v Schalke
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Published: Sunday 1 May 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Manchester United v Schalke

Manchester United

UEFA milestones
• United have scored 299 goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

• Ryan Giggs became the oldest scorer in the competition with his first-leg goal against Schalke. Aged 37 years and 148 days, he surpassed the record of Filippo Inzaghi, who was 37 years and 86 days when he registered for AC Milan against Real Madrid CF on Matchday 4.

• Giggs became United's oldest UEFA Champions League outfield player in the quarter-final first leg against Chelsea FC. He surpassed Laurent Blanc, who was 37 years and 119 days when he played against RC Deportivo La Coruña in March 2003.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• United have scored 14 goals, seven fewer than any other semi-finalist. They have let in three, the lowest total.

• United have had fewer shots on goal (60) and collected fewer yellow cards (nine) than any other semi-finalist.

Latest domestic information
Sunday 1 May: Arsenal FC 1-0 Manchester United FC (Ramsey 56)
Van der Sar; Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidić, Evra; Nani, Carrick (Owen 85), Anderson (Valencia 56), Park; Rooney, Hernández (Berbatov 74)

• Sir Alex Ferguson made two changes to the side that won at Schalke, Antonio Valencia and the ill Giggs making way for Nani and Anderson. Paul Scholes completed a three-match domestic ban.

• United were 15 points clear of Chelsea before a 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge on 1 March, having played a game more. Ahead of Sunday's meeting at Old Trafford that lead is down to three.

• United have won five out of 18 away games in the league this term, picking up 24 points from a possible 54. At Old Trafford they have won 16 out of 17, the only blemish a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion FC on 16 October.

• United are 29 games unbeaten at home in all competitions, since a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea on 3 April 2010.

• Sir Alex's side have won all 14 of their home matches since being held 1-1 by Valencia CF on Matchday 6. They have scored in their last 23 games at Old Trafford, last drawing a blank against Rangers FC on 14 September.

• United have kept seven clean sheets in their last 12 matches, and five in their last seven home games.

• Dimitar Berbatov has scored 21 league goals this season, equalling his best return set in the Bundesliga with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2005/06. He became the fourth player to score five goals in a Premier League game on 27 November as United beat Blackburn Rovers FC 7-1.

• Giggs played his 607th league game for United at Anfield on 6 March, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's club record.

• United's unbeaten start to the league season ended with a 2-1 loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on 5 February.

Injury news
• Berbatov returned from a groin strain that had kept him out since 16 April on Sunday.

• Giggs missed the Arsenal game with "a bit of flu" according to Sir Alex, who is hopeful he will be fit for Wednesday.

• Darren Fletcher, who has been suffering from a virus, made his last appearance on 8 March but played 45 minutes in the reserves' 0-0 draw with Arsenal last Thursday.

• Rafael has made just one appearance since 15 March due to hamstring and knee problems, though he has been an unused substitute in United's last three games.

• Anders Lindegaard has been out since early March with a knee problem.

• Sir Alex is to be made a Doctor of the University of Stirling on 29 June in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport.

• Edwin van der Sar has confirmed he will hang up his gloves at the end of the campaign at the age of 40.

• Owen Hargreaves lasted ten minutes against Wolves on 6 November – his first start since 21 September 2008 – before going off with a hamstring injury. He is not in United's UEFA Champions League squad.


UEFA milestones
• Schalke have scored 48 goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

• Atsuto Uchida became the first Japanese player to appear in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals last week.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Schalke have conceded ten goals, committed 183 fouls and collected more 28 yellow cards, all more than any other semi-finalist.

• Jefferson Farfán and Sergio Ramos are the only players to have collected five bookings in this season's competition.

• Raúl González, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Hans Sarpei and José Manuel Jurado are within a yellow card of a ban.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 30 April: FC Bayern München 4-1 FC Schalke 04 (Robben 6, Müller 13 84, Gomez 19; Badstuber og 7) 
Neuer; Uchida, Matip (Escudero 79), Metzelder, Sarpei (Edu 46); Kluge, Annan, Papadopoulos; Farfán, Jurado; Raúl (Baumjohann 46)

• Ralf Rangnick made two changes to the side beaten by United, Edu and Alexander Baumjohann making way for Peer Kluge and Anthony Annan. Annan is ineligible for the UEFA Champions League.

• Manuel Neuer had never conceded three goals before half-time in a Bundesliga match prior to Saturday.

• Having won his first four games in charge and drawn the next, Rangnick has presided over three successive defeats.

• Schalke have won only three of their last ten away matches.

• Including the 2-0 defeat by Bayern in the German Super Cup on 7 August, Schalke have lost 17 times this term – nine more than in the whole of 2009/10. They lost six of their first seven games this season.

• Schalke parted company with Felix Magath on 16 March. Assistant Seppo Eichkorn presided over a 2-0 defeat at Bayer 04 Leverkusen four days later before Rangnick was unveiled as Magath's long-term successor.

• Schalke meet second-tier MSV Duisburg in the German Cup final on 21 May. They have lost every game following a German Cup tie this term: the only potential fixture after the showpiece is the UEFA Champions League final.

• Schalke lost their opening four league games this season, their worst start to a Bundesliga campaign.

• The 5-0 defeat at 1. FC Kaiserslautern on 27 November was Schalke's heaviest Bundesliga loss in 18 years.

Injury news
• Benedikt Höwedes has missed Schalke's last three games with a stomach strain sustained in training.

• Mario Gavranović has been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury at FC St Pauli on 1 April, a game Christoph Metzelder ended with a broken nose.

• Huntelaar has not played since suffering a knee injury on 2 March.

• Christoph Moritz (knee) and Christian Pander (toe, cold) have not featured since 29 January.

• On 26 April Schalke received their licence for the 2011/12 Bundesliga season without any constraints and conditions.

• On 20 April Neuer said he will not extend his contract beyond summer 2012, when his current deal runs out.

• Uchida won the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with Japan in January.

• Winter signings Danilo Avelar (from FC Karpaty Lviv) and Annan (Rosenborg BK) are ineligible for the UEFA Champions League. Tim Hoogland (knee, pancreatitis) and Levan Kenia (ankle), both yet to play this season, were left out.

Last updated: 01/05/11 19.03CET

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