Giggs: Should have been more
Goalscorers Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney illustrated the mentality running through the United camp by declaring themselves disappointed with the 2-0 lead from the Champions League semi-final first leg.
An outstanding team performance made a mockery of Schalke's 100 percent home record in the competition as the Reds set things up nicely for the return fixture at Old Trafford next Wednesday.
But, while refusing to rule the German side out, both players insisted there should have been a wider margin of success.
"We created enough chances to be four or five up at half time," said Giggs. "Before the game, we'd have taken 2-0 but we're slightly disappointed it was only two. I thought if we kept creating chances, one would go in and hopefully I would get one on my left foot rather than my right foot!"
Rooney, again outstanding working in tandem with Javier Hernandez, echoed those sentiments. "You never know," he said of the two-legged tie. "We're a bit disappointed we didn't take a few more of our chances.
"We played very well tonight and I thought we created some great chances. Overall, I'm delighted with the performance and we've done really well to get two away goals so it's a good win for us.
"We have to be professional and finish the job off at home. Schalke are a good team and we won't take them lightly. They went to Inter Milan and won 5-2 there so we need to make sure we're professional and fully concentrated and manage to do the job and try to get to that final."
Giggs, again highlighting the sort of the attitude that filters down from the manager, is already thinking about Sunday's trip to Arsenal in the Premier League.
"It's a tough game on Sunday and the manager will obviously rotate and then get us ready for next week against these at Old Trafford," he added.
"So obviously we're pleased but the substitutes help as well, the lads who came on did well as well, so it's not about 11 players but about the squad."