Schalke 04 Vs. Manchester United, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Wayne Rooney Withdrawn For Nani

More substitutions! Manchester United withdraw goalscorer Wayne Rooney for Nani, which just seems a little bit unfair, while Schalke deploy Julian Draxler in the place of Jose Manuel Jurado. If you're unfamiliar with Draxler, he's a 17-year-old midfield prodigy and the second-youngest player ever to start in a Bundesliga game, so at least that's interesting. Also interesting: Patrice Evra nearly just scored after a beautiful chipped pass from Nani, who is playing in the middle for some reason, the left back running onto the ball and flashing a shot inches wide of the far post.

Schalke, incidentally, have managed to test Edwin van der Sar with a thumping effort by substitute Sergio Escudero from range forcing the Dutch goalkeeper into a good stop down and to his left. But that's too little, too late, and doesn't look anything like being a theme. United have been dominant and are thoroughly deserving of their lead, and if not for Manuel Neuer could be up by an absolutely absurd score. It's been a pretty disappointing performance by Schalke today, who were at least supposed to be able to test United's defence. Wembley awaits.

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