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.