Rangnick looks back to 1999

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Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick is taking inspiration from Manchester United's momentous 1999 Champions League final triumph over Bayern Munich as he tries to complete mission impossible at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

The German outfit go into the second-leg of their semi-final two goals adrift but Rangnick knows his side can turn it around as United proved in the Nou Camp 12 years ago, and Bayern also managed when they got their revenge in last season's quarter-final after initially falling three goals behind.

"We have to be well organised and take our chances when they are presented," said Rangnick, whose squad was delayed after finding visas had not been issued for five of their players, including Edu, Jefferson Farfan and Atsuto Uchida. "Even if there are just two minutes left we still have to think about United and in 1999 when they were a goal down going into injury-time and they still managed to win."

He added: "You can never tell what will happen in football.

"Things can turn around so quickly, and United's match against Bayern last year is another example."

Schalke also have their impressive 5-2 win over holders Inter Milan at the San Siro as a reference point.

Young defender Benedikt Howedes was fit for that one and after two games out with an abdominal strain, Rangnick is considering picking the 23-year-old against United.

"The last four games he played, we won," he said. "But this is not the last game of the season.

"He has to be 100% fit and we will listen to the medical staff because we don't want to take a risk and find out that he will be missing for another three or four weeks."

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