Neuer 'irritated' by defeat
Manuel Neuer was pleased to earn Sir Alex Ferguson's praise, but was 'irritated' by Schalke's defeat.
Last Updated: 27/04/11 8:58am
Manuel Neuer was pleased to earn the praise of Sir Alex Ferguson, but was left 'irritated' by Schalke's 2-0 defeat by Manchester United.
United secured a comfortable first-leg advantage in their UEFA Champions League semi-final after a dominant performance in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday evening.
But for Neuer's heroics in goal, the Red Devils could have been out of sight and the keeper's performance was hailed by Ferguson after the game.
Neuer has been linked with a move to United, but is expected to join Bayern Munich after recently confirming his intention to leave Schalke in the summer.
Ferguson also spoke to the Germany international on the pitch at full-time, but Neuer's primary concern was the defeat which leaves Schalke with a mountain to climb to reach the Champions League final.
Asked if Ferguson's comments made him proud, he said: "Of course it's nice to hear things like that. But we have lost 2-0 and that irritates me very much."
Schalke had knocked out holders Inter Milan 7-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, but Neuer claimed the Royal Blues showed United too much respect.
"It was not (nerves), but the respect was very big - perhaps too big," he added on Schalke's official website.
The goalkeeper admitted his side now had 'nothing more to lose' in the second leg at Old Trafford next week and insisted Schalke are not out of it.
"The first half will be nervous," he said. "Should we go 1-0 up there would still be a chance.
"The crowd will also get nervous. They expect a clear win against the underdog. But for that to happen then we need a perfect day."