Superstar striker lauds United's 'big signing'

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Schalke striker Raul has identified Nani as the biggest threat to the German side in their Champions League semi-final tie against Manchester United.

Die Königsblauen have been the surprise package this season having dispatched of reigning European champions Inter Milan in the last round, and host United tonight in the first leg of their last four clash.

United have benifited of late from a return to form of talismanic striker Wayne Rooney, but Spanish goalscoring legend Raul believes Nani will cause the most problems for Schalke when the two sides meet.

“Rooney is key for United’s attacking game. It’s basic football, but we have to stop the ball getting to him in the area because he is able to create danger in any situation," said the 33-year-old.


“But it is also necessary to stop Nani. He is now the engine of United and was a big signing for the club."

Meanwhile, Raul has also praised the evergreen Ryan Giggs for his incredible Old Trafford career. The United record breaker is hoping to be part of a third Champions League winning side and Raul as total respect for the 37-year-old.

He added: “Ryan Giggs’ contribution has also been enormous. These people are a symbol for the club and it is normal that the supporters will always remember their efforts."

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