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'It is going to be difficult'

Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United side against complacency tonight, as they face Schalke 04 in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

United haven’t had a very good time with German teams in the past, with Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen knocking them out in 1997 and 2002, and Ferguson clearly wants to ward against any idea that it will be an easy tie for United, even if they are currently 10th in the Bundesliga.

‘They (Schalke) have beaten every team they have played in the Champions League at home this season, including Valencia and Inter Milan,’ Ferguson said. ‘Taken in isolation, that's fantastic form and there is no way Manchester United are going to be led into believing that this is easy. This is a difficult game for us and we have no choice but to treat it that way.

‘They never looked like losing the game and that's quite a credit to them in terms of playing a side like Inter Milan. They always looked in complete control and, even in the good spells that Inter had, they (Schalke) never looked like losing. It's a semi-final now and, any semi final you go into, you know it is going to be difficult.’

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