United must show their class says O’Shea

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Manchester United defender John O'Shea has urged his teammates to show their class in tonight's Champions League semi-final, first leg encounter with Schalke.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side head to Germany as overwhelming favourites to book their place in the Wembley final against either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

But O'Shea insists United will not be taking Schalke for granted – a side who remain unbeaten in the Champions League since their opening group game defeat to Lyon.

"We have to make sure we show them our history, why we have got to finals, why we have won them, why we have been in this situation many times before," he said.

"We have to impose ourselves whilst understanding the threats they have, which we will have to cope with."


The seven goals that dumped holders Inter Milan out at the quarter final stage has only added to Schalke's growing reputation across Europe, despite an indifferent domestic season that sees them languishing in mid-table in the Bundesliga.

However, Germany has proved to be a difficult hunting ground for Manchester United in the past, so O'Shea knows that the threat Schalke pose must be treated with respect.

"We are favourites, which adds a bit of pressure but any side who can score so many goals against Inter Milan has to have something about them

"We have to use our experience to quieten their crowd down. An away goal is always nice but it is not the be all and end all.

"We know if we are in sight when we come back to Old Trafford, we will have a great chance."

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