Schalke 04 Vs. Manchester United, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Early Chances For United

So far so good as far as 'open games' are concerned. Ten minutes in and we've already seen at least five saves, with Manuel Neuer having much harder work than Edwin van der Sar so far. Manchester United looked like they had a real chance when the German goalkeeper couldn't hold onto a stinging effort from Park Ji-Sung from the edge of the box, and Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez was first to the rebound, but the Mexican striker was flagged for offside. He didn't know that when he tried to latch onto the ball, though, and it took a superb intervention from Neuer to deny him - not that it would have counted anyway.

Jefferson Farfan's first major contribution to the game was to shoot wide after good work on the Schalke right eventually made its way to the winger in the penalty area, and now he's won a corner, the hosts' first of the evening. Is anything going to come from it? Well, yes, but not for Schalke - United broke up the pitch and very nearly managed to slip in Wayne Rooney six yards out and unmarked but for a vital challenge by Joel Matip. Very close there.

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