Match statistics show that Manuel Neur, was indeed a pivotal player in this first leg of the semi-final between Manchester United and Shalke 04. That preview to the match, hinted at such. Having close to 70% possession away from home, along with an almost two-to-one shooting advantage, shows that United likely dominated this match. One of the keys, has to have been the reemergence of critical players after injury. Not only have the likes of Anderson and Rooney returned to form, but their freshness at this late stage of the season is a great boon.
Giggsy opened the scoring in the 67th minute and was soon followed by Rooney's to give Manchester a strong position to defend in the 2nd leg on May 4th at Old Trafford. According to at least one report, Ryan's goal makes him the oldest scorer in the history of the UEFA Champions League competition. Wales, England, Britain and footballing fans the globe over can be proud of, a long-serving and loyal performer for both club and country.