Champions League: Watch Manchester United vs Schalke Live Online (Free Live Stream)
Manchester United vs Schalke Live Stream: Exactly thirteen days after knocking out holders Inter Milan, German club FC Schalke 04 are looking to cause another upset as they welcome Manchester United at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final tie.
The winner will face either Real Madrid or FC Barcelona in the Wembley final on May 28.
United may be favorites to progress, however, they have not had the best of their encounters with Bundesliga opposition recently. In fact they have lost all four attempts, most recently against Bayern Munich last season in the quarter-finals. And here’s another blow to the Old Trafford club: Dimitar Berbatov, United’s top scorer, will be on the sidelines as the 30-year-old Bulgarian striker is still suffering from a groin problem which saw him miss Saturday’s Premier League victory over Everton.
Despite Schalke’s lowly position of 10th in the 18-team German league, the Royal Blues are unbeaten in their last nine European matches. Their 7-3 aggregate win over Inter in the quarter-finals was spectacular and a lot of football pundits believe they are capable of causing bigger upsets. The atmosphere at the Veltins-Arena is also a huge factor. Ever since the Germans won the UEFA Cup in 1997, Schalke fans love nothing more than taking on bigger and more prominent teams.
“Of the two teams, we have much less to lose,” Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick said. “We may be less experienced, but we are hungry and we have a lot of passion.”
While the Red Devils depend on the experience of Ryan Giggs and Edwin Van der Sar, the German outfit will turn to Raul Gonzalez. The veteran Spanish striker, now 33, won the Champions League three times with Real Madrid and is the leading scorer in the competition’s history with 71 goals.
Kick-off time is 20:45 CET.
UPDATE: Wayne Rooney set up one goal and scored another two minutes later to help United to a 2-0 win over Schalke. The result puts the Red Devils in the driving seat ahead of next week’s second leg at the Theatre of Dreams, when they will seek to book their place in the Champions League final against Real Madrid or Barca. Check out the highlights below.
UPDATE 2: Watch Manchester United vs Schalke [2nd Leg] here.