Schalke v Manchester United

Neuer hoping to thwart Rooney again

April 26, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is hoping to keep Wayne Rooney off the scoresheet once again when Schalke take on Manchester United in the semi-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night, just as he did at the World Cup.

Manuel Neuer (r) faced Wayne Rooney (l) at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa
APManuel Neuer (r) faced Wayne Rooney (l) at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

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Neuer was in goal during Germany's 4-1 thumping of England in South Africa last summer, when Rooney failed to find the back of the net and cut a forlorn figure.

Speaking ahead of the semi-final first leg at the Veltins Arena, the Schalke 'keeper said: "I've already played against Rooney once, in the World Cup, and it ended positively for Germany. I hope it will be similar against Manchester United."

"They have many good players. There is the experience of Ryan Giggs and Edwin van der Sar.

"I was a big fan of Van der Sar when I was growing up, but you can't just pick out one player. The team is the star at United. I have to say I really like the way they play."

Despite the plaudits, Neuer, who has been tipped as a possible replacement for Van der Sar when he retires at the end of the season, believes it is his own team-mate Raul who will "definitely" score.

"Raul has great statistics in the Champions League," Neuer told UEFA.com. "He scores a goal every two games - so he'll definitely score against Manchester United."