We're underway at the Veltins Arena, Manchester United kicking off and giving the ball to the hosts almost straight away. A series of poor decisions in the midfield leads to Schalke getting a shot away within thirty seconds, although Alexander Baumjohann's long ranger is struck straight at goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and posed the veteran goalkeeper no problems - he'd have done much better slipping in Jefferson Farfan there, who was in acres of space on the right.
We shouldn't expect United to be under pressure like that for the whole match, of course, and Wayne Rooney has already replied with a shot of his own, forcing Manuel Neuer to tip clear with a curling effort from the corner of the penalty box. The resultant corner comes to nothing, as does the subsequent Schalke attack. It's been a pleasingly back-and-forth opening to the match, and we'll have to see whether both sides can keep it up today.