Marcel Desailly: Schalke will face Manchester United without fear but Sir Alex Ferguson is unstoppable

The Premier League side have the upper hand in the Champions League semi-final, according to the World Cup-winning centre-back, as the return leg will be at Old Trafford

Former France international Marcel Desailly has predicted that Manchester United will be a mountain too high for ambitious Bundesliga side Schalke in the semi-finals of the Champions League next week.

Desailly plied his trade with Chelsea in the English Premier League for six years and the Ghanaian-born star firmly believes Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will reach the Wembley final.

Desailly was quoted by Marca as saying: “Schalke are a strong ambitious team. [But] I personally do not expect that they will be able to pass through the semi-finals of the Champions League.

“I think it’s a negative that the Gelsenkirchen club will have their first game against Manchester United at home. If the opponent [United] scores, it will make it much easier for them in the return [leg] at Old Trafford.

“For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is an unstoppable train. But Schalke have already achieved a lot, so I think they will play without nerves. Therefore we will witness an interesting and exciting battle."

Schalke host the Red Devils next Tuesday before the return leg in Manchester on May 4.

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