Thursday 23 November 2017

Schalke boss vows to go for jugular

Manchester United have been warned not to treat their unheralded Champions League semi-final opponents Schalke as pushovers, with the German side's manager and players adamant they will go for the Premier League leaders' jugular tomorrow night.

Alex Ferguson would hardly have expected to face a mid-table Bundesliga team at this stage of the world's most exclusive club competition and the draw has been treated in some quarters as little more than a free pass to next month's Wembley final.

However, Schalke manager Ralf Rangnick is confident that the 8-3 aggregate demolition of Inter Milan in the previous round is a surer measure of his side's abilities than their domestic travails, and has promised United's lofty reputation is not enough to make him temper the relentless attacking approach which swept the champions aside.

"If we play as we did against Inter twice, then we have a chance," said Rangnick, who was appointed manager in March.

"We are not aiming for a 0-0. We want to win the game and we will certainly play as we did against Inter at home.

"Nobody expected us to win 5-2 at Inter, either, so we will try to win both games."

Irish Independent

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