I'm not afraid of Manchester United - Schalke's Manuel Neuer

The Germany international has stated that he's not afraid of the Manchester United players as he has already faced them before and came out victorious
Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is eagerly anticipating the upcoming Champions League semi-final against Manchester United, and is hopeful that the German side can repeat their heroics from the previous round against Inter.

The first leg of the semi-final between Schalke and United will be played on Tuesday evening in Gelsenkirchen, and the much-coveted shot-stopper insists that not being the favourites is a position that the team excels in.

"It was certainly surprising, especially after we fell behind after only 20 seconds and then later went 2-1 down. Nobody thought we could score five at San Siro. Our fans had faith in us but I don't think they believed we'd go through in the way we did," said Neuer to Uefa.com.

"I'm not worried about our underdog status against Manchester United – we enjoyed playing that role against Inter."

The highly-rated glovesman added that he is not scared of facing the Premier League table-toppers, stating: "I have respect for the Manchester players but I'm not afraid of them. I've already played against Rooney once, in the [2010] World Cup, and it ended positively for Germany. I hope it'll be similar against Manchester United.

"They have many good players. There is the experience of Ryan Giggs and Edwin van der Sar. I was a big fan of Van der Sar when I was growing up, but you can't just pick out one player. The team is the star at Manchester United. I have to say I really like the way they play."

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