Schalke v Man United preview

Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes will be given every possible
chance to recover from his stomach strain. The Germany Under-21
star was a goalscorer in Schalke’s quarter-final win over Inter
Milan and coach Ralf Rangnick knows he will have to reshape his
entire starting line-up if Howedes does not make it. There was
better news about Kyriakos Papadopoulous and Peer Kluge, who have
both recovered from minor problems and will be available. Sir Alex
Ferguson is hoping to break new ground by steering Manchester
United past German opposition in a two-legged European encounter.
After four previous failures as United boss, Ferguson is hoping to
make it fourth time lucky in the Champions League semi-final
against Schalke. Dimitar Berbatov (groin) and Darren Fletcher
(virus) are out, otherwise the Red Devils manager is selecting from
strength. Schalke (from): Neuer, Schober, Sarpei, Escudero,
Howedes, Plestan, Papadopoulous, Metzelder, Uchida, Hao,
Baumjohann, Kluger, Schmitz, Jurado, Diac, Draxier, Matip, Raul,
Edu, Charisteas, Farfan. Man Utd (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak,
Rafael, O’Shea, Brown, Ferdinand, Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra,
Fabio, Valencia, Gibson, Anderson, Park, Carrick, Giggs, Nani,
Rooney, Hernandez, Owen.