6 May 2011

Man U heading back to Wembley

6:08 am on 6 May 2011

Manchester United will face Barcelona in a mouthwatering Champions League football final later this month after they fielded a second-string side and still handed Schalke a 4-1 thrashing at Old Trafford.

United reached their third European Cup final in four seasons thanks to a 6-1 aggregate demolition of the Germans with two second-half goals from Anderson after Antonio Valencia and Darron Gibson had already put the tie out of reach.

United made nine changes for the match to rest players for Monday's Premier League game with Chelsea and the deputies notched the highest aggregate win ever seen at this stage of the competition.

United manager Alex Ferguson was relieved the gamble came off.

Three-times winners United won their first European Cup at Wembley in 1968 as did Barcelona in 1992.