Manchester United (6) 4 - 1 (1) Schalke

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Manchester United booked their place in this year's Champions League final with Barcelona after cruising to a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford, to progress 6-1 on aggregate.

Goals from Antonio Valencia and Darron Gibson just after the half hour mark sent United into an early 2-0 lead on the night, adding to the two goal advantage from the first leg last week.

Jurado responded for the visitors before half time, to leave the tie poised at 2-1 going into the break.

But two second half goals from Anderson, the first a well taken shot from a Luis Nani cross, and the second a close-range tap in from a Dimitar Berbatov cut-back gave United a scoreline their dominance over the two legs thoroughly deserved.


Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola was spotted in the stands at Old Trafford, an interested onlooker ahead of the Wembley showdown on 28 May.

He was joined by fellow spectators including Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand - who were given the night off to enjoy a comfortable performance from an under-strength Manchester United side.

Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs were also dropped to the bench in a shake-up that saw Sir Alex Ferguson make nine changes from the first leg encounter in Germany last Tuesday.

But the result was never in doubt as the Red Devils eased to victory without ever really getting out of second gear, and the attention now turns immediately to Sunday, where United face a potential title-deciding showdown with Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League.

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