Fergie calls for calm ahead of two 'massive' games

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will ring the changes ahead of tomorrow's Champions League semi-final second leg tie with Schalke.

Following defeat at the hands of Arsenal in Sunday's Barclays Premier League encounter, the United boss has emphasised the importance of keeping the squad fresh ahead of the two biggest games of their season.

Despite going down 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to an Aaron Ramsey goal, the Red Devils are still in a great position as they continue their pursuit of a domestic and European double.

"We'll regroup and get them freshened up. I'll make some changes, without question, on Wednesday," said Ferguson.

"We'll bring Paul Scholes back in. Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, fresh players. We need to do that but also, I've probably got to keep experienced players at the back. We'll be alright."


United welcome Schalke to Old Trafford tomorrow night with a two-goal cushion from last week's first leg.

Meanwhile, they remain three points clear of second placed Chelsea in the league ahead of next weekend's potential title-decider.

"We're in as good a position as we could ever have wished for from the start of the season," he continued.

"We're in the semi-final of the European Cup in the second leg, with a two-goal lead, and we go into Chelsea with equal goal difference and a home game.

"They're two massive games."

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