Neuer eyes Rooney repeat
German stopper aiming to deny England star again
By Graeme Bailey - Follow me on Twitter @graemebailey. Last Updated: April 26, 2011 7:56pm
Neuer: Eyes on clean-sheet
Manuel Neuer is hoping he can again shut out Wayne Rooney for Schalke after successfully denying him during the World Cup finals.
The Schalke star has played against Rooney just once before, last summer in South Africa when he helped Germany beat England 4-1, and on that occasion Rooney failed to find the back of the net.
Now with Schalke facing Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, Neuer is looking to keep Rooney at bay again.
"I've already played against Rooney once, in the World Cup, and it ended positively for Germany. I hope it will be similar against Manchester United," he said ahead of the first leg at the Veltins Arena on Tuesday.
"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 United. I have to say I really like the way they play."