Giggs ‘disappointed’ with 2-0

Sir Alex Ferguson praised the efforts of his players as United
dominated a poor Schalke side in the first leg of their Champions
League semi-final to take a commanding lead back to the second leg
at Old Trafford. United completely ran the first 45 minutes but
could not find a way to beat Schalke’s highly-rated goalkeeper
Manuel Neuer and it took until the 67th for the away side to
finally break the deadlock. Giggs, who had missed a couple of
fantastic chances, was played in by Wayne Rooney and finished well
before Rooney himself made it 2-0 only two minutes later. “Our
concentration, intensity and speed of passing was excellent,”
Ferguson told Sky Sports 2. “We had less chances in the second half
but were more dangerous, when Chicharito scored and it was offside
it told the players they could beat the goalkeeper.” Ferguson also
suggested the ability to name the same starting 11 that played
against Chelsea in the last round was a deciding factor. “The
continuity of selection in these games gives us good experience and
work-rate and I have good options with the likes of Nani, Scholes
and Anderson. We have selection problems now but that is what we
want.” The United boss even went as far as suggesting he could rest
key players in the return leg as the fight to win back the Premier
League takes preference. “Depending on the result on Sunday [at
Arsenal] I could make two or three changes because we play Chelsea
the following weekend.” “We are a bit disappointed we didn’t take
more chances but overall we are delighted with the performance,” he
added. “In the first half especially we had some good chances and
we were disappointed at half time not to be in front.” But Rooney
refused to accept that United now have one foot in the final at
Wembley, knowing that Schalke scored five goals in the San Siro
against Inter in the last round. “Schalke are a good team and we
can’t take them lightly. We need to make sure we are professional
and full concentrated,” he said. Giggs insisted the players were
confident they would be able to find a goal despite being
constantly thwarted by the impressive Neuer. “We knew that if we
kept creating chances one would go in and hopefully I would get one
on my left foot rather than my right,” he said. “Before the game we
would have taken 2-0 but now we are slightly disappointed.” The
Welshman, who becomes the oldest player to score in the history of
the Champions League, also praised the depth of Sir Alex Ferguson’s
squad. “We’ve got a tough game coming up Sunday so the manager
rotated and we are obviously pleased, the lads who came on did well
too so it’s not just about the 11 players, it’s about the squad,”
he said.