Manchester United v Schalke

Rangnick looks to United for inspiration

May 4, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick is hoping Manchester United's unlikely comeback against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final can inspire his side to achieve something similar at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Ralf Rangnick
GettyImagesRalf Rangnick's transfer activity will be restricted by the Schalke board

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The Bundesliga side go into the second leg of their semi-final two goals down following a woeful performance at the Veltins-Arena and staring elimination in the face. It leaves Rangnick clutching at the smallest of straws as his side bid to book a final meeting with Barcelona at Wembley on May 28.

But he knows it can be done, as United proved at Camp Nou 12 years ago and Bayern also managed when they got their revenge in last season's quarter-final against United after initially falling three goals behind.

"We have to be well organised and take our chances when they are presented,'' Rangnick said. "Even if there are just two minutes left we still have to think about United and in 1999 when they were a goal down going into injury time and they still managed to win.

"You can never tell what will happen in football. Things can turn around so quickly, and United's match against Bayern last year is another example.''

Schalke also have their impressive 5-2 win over holders Inter Milan at the San Siro as a reference point.

Young defender Benedikt Howedes was fit for that one and after two games out with an abdominal strain, Rangnick is considering picking the 23-year-old for Wednesday night's clash.

"The last four games he played we won,'' he said. "But this is not the last game of the season.

"He has to be 100% fit and we will listen to the medical staff because we don't want to take a risk and find out that he will be missing for another three or four weeks.''