Van der Sar staying grounded
Edwin van der Sar is taking nothing for granted in Manchester United's tie against Schalke, despite Tuesday's 2-0 win.
Last Updated: 27/04/11 12:32pm
Edwin van der Sar insists he is taking nothing for granted in Manchester United's UEFA Champions League semi-final tie against Schalke, despite their first-leg victory.
The Red Devils are overwhelming favourites to reach their third European final in four years after securing a 2-0 win at the Veltins Arena on Tuesday night.
A blockbuster decider with either nine-time winners Real Madrid or 2009 conquerors Barcelona is clearly in their sights, with Sir Alex Ferguson's men expected to triumph in next week's return leg against Schalke at Old Trafford.
But, despite the one-sided nature of Tuesday's game, Red Devils goalkeeper Van der Sar believes it would have taken a third United goal to ensure there was no need for a second leg.
"Probably people think we are at Wembley now but we cannot take anything for granted," said the veteran Dutchman.
"Yes we played great but there is no celebrating in our dressing room because it is only half-time.
"If we had scored a third goal that would have made the second game unnecessary but we have to focus on Arsenal on Sunday now."
United have completed their entire Champions League away programme this season without conceding a goal, but former Ajax man Van der Sar refuses to take too much of the credit for that impressive record.
"Our clean sheet record is all right," he shrugged. "The midfield played well. It is good to be behind those players."
Van der Sar was appreciative of the display of Schalke counterpart Manuel Neuer, who has been touted as a potential replacement for the Dutchman when he steps down at the end of the season.
It now appears 25-year-old Neuer is bound for Bayern Munich instead but Van der Sar said: "Neuer played really well.
"I haven't seen a lot of him because I don't get to see much of German football on TV but, according to all the reports, it is nothing new."