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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Mon Aug 02 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Barca 99.. Part 3 of 5  by Paul Scully
4. A New Season - Dedicated RED Pics Wanted!


Daily MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Monday 2nd August 1999:

Barry Daily Comment:

Great David Beckham shot and then no more.
The same as last year we lose the friendly and go on to win the lot?
Anything is possible both teams played well today and the season will
be long and hard. Enjoy the season which starts next Sunday!


99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at

Mark Bosnich's Personal Details 



Previous News:
 BSKYB Takeover news/pics at http://www.red11.org/mufc/bskyb.htm
  Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
 Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!


August 3rd [19.30] Omagh Town, St Julian's Road ground
August 4th [19:45] Wigan Athletic

08-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Everton  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
11-AUG-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Sheffield W  (FA Premier League, HOME)
14-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leeds U  (FA Premier League, HOME)
22-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Premier League, AWAY)

UNITED Stats v All teams:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
Subject: First Team Fixtures 1999/2000 [All dates/times subject to change]
Dates of possible cup ties also shown

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/07/99    Melbourne Australia   11.00  pre-season   W  2-0  60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   06.00  pre-season   W  1-0  78,000 
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     12.30  pre-season   W  2-0  80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China 08.30  pre-season   W  2-0  40,000
 1/08/99    Arsenal        Wembley Charity Shield     L  1-2

 3/08/99    Omagh Town     friendly in aid of Omagh Bomb Fund 19.30
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly at JJB Stadium.           19.45

 8/08/99    Everton                  away      16.00 Live on Sky
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      home PL   20.00
14/08/99    Leeds United             home PL   12.00
22/08/99    Arsenal                  away PL   16.00 Live on Sky
25/08/99    Coventry City            away PL   20.00
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio           ESC       19.45
30/08/99    Newcastle United         home PL   13.00
11/09/99    Liverpool                away PL   11.30 Live on Sky
15/09/99    ?     EC
18/09/99    Wimbledon                home PL   15.00
22/09/99    ?     EC
25/09/99    Southampton              home PL   15.00
29/09/99    ?     EC
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  away PL   16.00 Live on Sky
*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Cantona + Schmeichel]
13/10/99    ?     WC 3
16/10/99    Watford                  home PL   15.00
20/10/99    ?     EC
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        away PL   15.00
27/10/99    ?     EC
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 3/11/99    ?     EC
 6/11/99    Leicester City           home PL   15.00
20/11/99    Derby County             away PL   15.00
24/11/99    ?     EC
27/11/99    Sheffield Wednesday      away PL   15.00
30/11/99    Tokyo  Palmeiras         WCC       20.00
 1/12/99    ?     WC 4
 4/12/99    Everton                  home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
15/12/99    ?     WC 5
18/12/99    West Ham United          away PL   15.00
26/12/99    Bradford City            home PL   15.00
28/12/99    Sunderland               away PL   20.00 Live on Sky
 3/01/2000  Middlesborough           home PL   20.00

 ***** 5-14 /01/2000 Brazil WTC  *****   [3-4 games]

12/01/2000  ?    WC sf i
15/01/2000  Leeds United             away PL   15.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  home PL   15.00
26/01/2000  ?    WC sf ii
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         away PL   15.00
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                away PL   15.00
27/02/2000  ?   Wembley WC f
 1/03/2000  ?   EC
 4/03/2000  Liverpool                home PL   15.00
 8/03/2000  ?   EC
11/03/2000  Derby County             home PL   15.00
15/03/2000  ?   EC
18/03/2000  Leicester City           away PL   15.00
22/03/2000  ?   EC
25/03/2000  Bradford City            away PL   15.00
 1/04/2000  West Ham United          home PL   15.00
 5/04/2000  ?   EC qf i
 8/04/2000  Middlesborough           away PL   15.00
15/04/2000  Sunderland               home PL   15.00
19/04/2000  ?   EC qf ii
22/04/2000  Southampton              away PL   15.00
24/04/2000  Chelsea                  home PL   15.00
29/04/2000  West Ham United          away PL   15.00
 3/05/2000  ?   EC sf i
 6/05/2000  Tottenham Hotspur        home PL   15.00
10/05/2000  ?   EC sf ii
14/05/2000  Aston Villa              away PL   15.00
24/05/2000  ?    EC f



EC links + Personal diaries here:

We went to Barcelona in a fine day in May
And all our supporters sang loudly & gay
And when it was over and all said and done
We beat Bayern Munich  by 2 goals to 1

The first one was Teddy's he out foxed the rest
The second was Solskjear's he's simply the best
We could have had 4 or we could have had 9
But we didn't start playing till injury time

 Its the presentation of the European Cup at Nou Camp
  Video including sound   57secs  1.5 meg 


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Subject: Barca 99.. Part 3 of 5 by Paul Scully Part III Wednesday Daytime Wednesday morning I awoke to more bright sunshine and visitors, as we were informed that we would have to move to the room next door as someone else was moving into our room. Still, I didn’t complain as the room next door had 3 beds, allowing us an extra person that evening. I also had a bit of a hangover and realised that my promise to go to the stadium early (where the latest rumour was that 10,000 tickets were being sold on the day), was going to be broken. I wasn’t too disappointed as I’ve heard enough Euro Away rumours to know that they are precisely that and nothing else and so I went out for breakfast around the corner and tried to decide what to do. Kerry was going to the Sports Bar to meet Barney and the rest of the gang so I nipped into the Hard Rock Café to say a quick ‘Hello’ to Barry, Alan, Richard, Bill and Paul among others. I decided to take Barry’s advice and left rather quickly to go to the stadium in search of a ticket. The cheapest I had been offered so far was 200 quid but I only had 170 in my pocket and so was hoping to get lucky with one for about 150. I got to the ground at around 1pm and was shocked to see the number of people looking for tickets. Not only that, they were all outside of my price range. Thinking that a jib might have to be on the cards, I decided to have a closer look at the stadium, only to be stopped by the police before I got within 200 yards. Whether I looked incredibly sincere or whether they were incredibly stupid, I don’t know, but they believed my story that I was there to pick up a ticket off one of the players and let me past the blockade. With a large fence surrounding the stadium in front of me and some evil looking security on the main entrance, I decided that I wasn’t going to attempt to get any further just yet and so picked up a programme and a Manchester Evening News - Barcelona Edition instead. I left for the Metro in the hope that the ticket prices might go down nearer kick off time. I joined everyone else back at the Sports bar and we spent a few hours milling around, eating, drinking, and for myself, worrying about not getting in to see the game of my life. I couldn’t really wait to get on the Metro to the ground quick enough. I just wish that I had a ticket in my pocket so that I could have relaxed and enjoyed the build up and atmosphere a little more. We somehow managed to lose Kerry, Ed, Rob and some others on the way to the stadium and such was the enormity of reds getting off, I somehow lost Barney and everyone else in my dash to get away. As I was so desperate to get a ticket though, I didn’t really want to wait around and so carried on out of the exit. As I left the metro, I was approached by a guy selling fakes for 30 quid which I turned down as I wanted the real thing, however as I got nearer to the stadium, the huge build up of people and the lack of tickets available made me think that maybe I should buy a fake and take my chances. I ran back, but the guy had gone and it now began to hit me how difficult it was going to be to get into the stadium. I reached as close as I could before I found a barricade of police vans and masses of reds blocking my route. I decided to climb on top of an adjacent wall to get a good look at the surroundings and decipher a plan of action. I noticed that a preliminary check was being made on tickets at a blockade just behind the vans - it was getting late now so I knew I had to go and get past this first hurdle. As I got there, I stood aside for a moment and watched the process of checking each ticket. The police were not being very thorough and they had one copper on either side with one slightly behind. I waited for a push and dived in the middle opening my wallet as I went through the middle of the first two coppers and headed for the central one stood slightly behind. As I reached him, I closed my wallet to imply that I had already shown my ticket, then walked straight through without so much as a word, easy I thought. It wasn’t until I had reached the entry gates in front of the stadium that I realised the enormity of the task I faced in getting in. As I stood and watched, I saw reds being dragged away from the turnstiles and thrown to the floor because they were deemed to have fakes, even though some insisted they had bought them from the club. I met some guys who had paid 300 quid each for what turned out to be fakes and I met Mancs, like myself, many of whom had been going to Old Trafford regularly since they were kids, but who could simply not get tickets. Everyone was pleading their case to anyone who would listen and this was of course generating a lot of tension outside the stadium. The total disorganisation, as is found at most European Aways, was becoming increasingly evident. I knew there was absolutely no chance that I would get through the gates as it was obvious that the police were extremely alert. I withdrew to a grassy mound behind and considered my options. I either went back to the Sports bar now and watched it on TV or made an effort to get in. There was no choice really, this was the opportunity of a lifetime and so I dragged myself up and told myself I had to try, even if I had to wait to the very last minute and scale the fence. I went back and cheered as one red attempted this only to be captured on the other side - so much for my plan I thought. As a van came toward the fence, the police opened up a huge gate to let it through, which gave many people, myself included, the idea of storming it if they opened it again. I walked up and stood at the gate as they put a steel chain back around it. There was a lot of Mancs around and I sensed that something was going to happen sooner or later as people were looking at one another and waiting for the cops to go away. It wasn’t until about ten minutes later that I heard a shout of ‘Lets go United’ go up just in front of me. Before I could move, I looked up to see the huge fence gate being pulled back and forth by about 20-30 reds. Within seconds, it flew up open and I took my chance along with about 100+ other reds who managed to get through before the police stormed over and secured it once more. A few who reached the inner turnstiles first, ran straight in and seemed to disappear into the stadium, however the police reacted quickly, blocking off the route to the inner turnstiles and taking their baton to anyone seen running. The fact that I wore shorts and was running whilst holding my wallet and camera in my pockets never helped my cause and so I stopped and waited for the furore to die down, after all I thought I was in now. It wasn’t until I walked up to an entrance and noticed that they had a steward on every door scanning bar codes on tickets that disappointment hit yet again. Just, how many bloody times do I have to get into this stadium I thought. Not only this but there was an extra steward stood behind every three or so turnstiles just in case anyone did attempt to run it. I looked at my watch, it was 8.15pm, giving me half an hour to find a way to get in. If I didn’t, I knew the police would want to know how I had got this far. I gathered with around 10 others and we attempted to rush one of the gates. This was a complete failure as there just wasn’t enough room for more than two people to get inside the turnstile and so I retreated and considered some options on my own. The police were walking around the inner ground area watching peoples movements and so I knew it was important to keep on the move and not look as though I didn’t have a ticket. Several times I had to pretend to use a mobile phone to look as if I was doing something, whilst really I was looking for a way in. With ten minutes to go to Kick Off and desperation kicking in, I was finally given the lifeline I was looking for. Somebody passed a ticket back through a hole in the fence in an attempt to get his mate to use the same ticket. None of us could believe it as it was scanned for a second time and he was actually let through. The word soon spread and reds were scrambling outside asking people to pass tickets back through for them, promising them that they would return them as soon as they got inside. I asked many people who turned me down, which I can understand to a point as they probably didn’t have the nerve to roll up a ticket and pass it back through a fence, but at the time all I could think was that this was the European Cup Final and these bastards wouldn’t help a fellow red in. One of the stewards recognised what was happening and called the police over. Everyone quickly retreated, though the copper obviously said he was busy at the outer turnstiles and could do nothing here. It was just approaching Kick Off time when a guy in front of me got someone to pass a ticket back through for him. He told me not to go away and promised me he would sort me out when he got inside. I never knew this guy or ever saw him again but I will be forever grateful for what he did. He could have run straight into the stadium where the game was now kicking off, but instead he chose to wait around until a suitable time when no-one was looking, at which point he passed a match ticket into my hand for the first time. I took a deep breath and joined another queue. I handed the ticket over apprehensively and waited for what seemed an eternity while it was scanned. The steward looked at me, then handed the ticket back and let me through. My heart leapt with joy and relief. I looked around for my saviour, but he had vanished as quickly as he had appeared leaving me with a 40 pound ticket in my hand as well. I ran as fast as I could into the first entrance I found, just in case anybody changed their mind about letting me in. As I reached the top step, I stood and gasped at the awe inspiring view of a capacity Nou Camp, my hands still shaking as I came to terms with actually being inside. The view was nothing more than excellent, half way up the second tier at ground level. There was a large congregation around the entrances, mostly people who got in for nothing, so I just forced myself onto the end of a row and was half stood on top of a chair, bunched up like the old days of the Stretford End. Part 4/5 tomorrow! P.SCULLY 1999 No copying without permission === Paul Scully (on-site BT Labs, Martlesham) Logica UK, 75 Hampstead Road, London email: scullyp@logica.com
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Subject: CHARITY SHIELD PLAYER RATINGS By David Anderson, PA Sport ARSENAL Alex Manninger: Flapped at a couple of crosses before he produced a good save to deny Andy Cole. 6 Lee Dixon: Solid display from the Gunners' stand-in captain. 6 Nigel Winterburn: Had a busy afternoon, but fared reasonably well. 6 Patrick Vieira: Had a relatively quiet game, although he did bring the Arsenal faithful to their feet with one mazy run in the second half. 6 Martin Keown: Stupidly got involved with Nicky Butt and was lucky to escape with just a booking after he pushed the United midfielder. 6 Fredrik Ljungberg: Troubled United with his pace even though he was playing out of position up front. 7 Ray Parlour: Hit the post with a great effort before he netted Arsenal's winner with a precise finish. 8 Silvinho: One or two flashes from the Brazilian, who like several other of the Arsenal players had been deployed out of position. 6 Emmanuel Petit: Another all-action display from the French midfielder without having any real impact. 6 Gilles Grimandi: Played centre-half and lost his man on a couple of occasions. 5 Kanu: The livewire Nigerian fully deserved his goal before he laid on the second for Parlour. 8 Substitutions: Luis Boa Morte (for Silvinho, 65 minutes): Willing runner up front for Arsenal, although with little end product. 6; Oleg Luzhny (for Parlour, 89 minutes): The Ukrainian's main contribution to the match was to waste a few seconds at the end when he came on. 5 MAN UTD Mark Bosnich: Looked at home back in United's goal and could do little to keep out Kanu's penalty. 6 Phil Neville: Capable replacement at right-back for his injured brother, Gary. 6 Denis Irwin: United's stand-in skipper made one terrific saving tackle before he fouled Vieira to give away the penalty. 6 Jaap Stam: The world's most expensive defender had relatively little to do before he was replaced by David May at half-time. 6 Henning Berg: His lack of pace was evident on a couple of occasions. 5 Paul Scholes: Made up for Roy Keane's absence with a tough-tackling display in United's midfield. 6 Nicky Butt: Fortunate to remain on the pitch after he aimed a boot at Keown's face, while he also made a late challenge on the Arsenal defender in the second half. 5 David Beckham: The England star's crossing was up to his usual high standard and his free-kick for United's goal was stunning. 8 Jordi Cruyff: The Dutchman was too much of a peripheral figure and squandered his chance to shine in Ryan Giggs' absence. 5 Andy Cole: One decent effort, which was saved by Manninger, but looked out of sorts. 6 Dwight Yorke: Thought he had scored only for television replays to show Beckham's free-kick had crossed the line before his intervention. 6 Substitutions: David May (for Stam, 46 minutes): Looked too pedestrian at times at the heart of the United defence. 5; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (for Cruyff, 61 minutes): Produced a great ball to release Cole only for the striker's shot to be saved by Manninger. 6; Teddy Sheringham (for Butt, 81 minutes): Unfortunately for United, the England striker could not repeat his supersub role from the FA Cup and Champions League Finals. 5 Referee: Graham Barber: Booked five players in a seven-minute spell in the first half and kept control of this sometimes heated clash. 7
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Subject: FULL REPORT WEMBLEY ARSENAL RETAIN CHARITY SHIELD 90 mins: The final whistle goes and Arsenal retain the Charity Shield. 90 mins: Beckham's free-kick is wide of the right post. 89 mins: Oleg Luzhny replaces Parlour. 87 mins: Kanu's shot is gathered cleanly by Bosnich. 84 mins: Petit's free-kick is headed over by Grimandi. 81 mins: Teddy Sheringham enters the fray. 77 mins: GOAL PARLOUR - Kanu sends Parlour clear and he fires inside the right post. 74 mins: Beckham is given a final warning after his free-kick is deflected for a corner. 72 mins: Manninger makes a fine one-handed save to deny Cole. 71 mins: Yorke has a clear run at goal but he screws his shot wide of the right post. 67 mins: GOAL KANU - Kanu rolls his penalty into the left-hand corner after the spot-kick is awarded for Irwin's tug on Vieira. 66 mins: Parlour's shot from the right strikes the right-hand post and Kanu's follow-up is blocked. 64 mins: Luis Boa Morte replaces Silvinho. 60 mins: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaces Jordi. 56 mins: Beckham's cross is well cleared by Grimandi. 54 mins: Kanu finds a little space in the area but his shot is off-target. 52 mins: United force two corners in quick succession but Arsenal deal with the danger. 49 mins: Vieira makes a surging run at goal but then goes to ground looking for a penalty. 47 mins: Grimandi makes a fine saving tackle to stop Yorke having a clear run at goal. 46 mins: David May replaces Jaap Stam for the start of the second-half. 45 mins: The half-time whistle goes and United hold the lead at the interval. 45 mins: Parlour's cross is headed wide of the right post by Ljungberg. 44 mins: Jordi's 20-yard shot is over the top. 41 mins: Ljungberg beats Henning Berg for pace but his shot, from a narrow angle, only finds the side-netting. 39 mins: A neat chip from Ljungberg finds Parlour at the back post but the midfielder makes a complete hash of his intended volley. 35 mins: GOAL BECKHAM - a 30-yard free-kick from Beckham strikes the underneath of the crossbar and crosses the line, Yorke follows up with a header to clear any doubt but the goal is awarded to the England man. 32 mins: Mark Bosnich comes out of his area to clear Kanu's pass ahead of Vieira. 30 mins: Manninger races from his goal to meet Beckham's pass ahead of Cole. 28 mins: Jordi Cruyff is booked for a foul on Parlour. 26 mins: Cole's drive is pushed away by Manninger. 24 mins: United have appeals for a penalty rejected and a melee ensues which sees Martin Keown and Nicky Butt, the two protagonists involved, plus Patrick Vieira are booked. 22 mins: Dwight Yorke's header on goal is blocked by Andy Cole and Arsenal scramble clear. 21 mins: David Beckham is booked for dissent. 19 mins: Arsenal force their fourth corner which is fired across the six-yard box, Parlour then produces another teasing cross but Frederik Ljungberg can't apply the decisive touch. 16 mins: Lee Dixon makes a marauding run down the right but Denis Irwin makes a vital interception. 11 mins: Both sides commit a number of free-kicks in a scrappy period of play. 7 mins: Alex Manninger flaps at David Beckham's free-kick but Martin Keown hacks to safety. 4 mins: United earn their first corner but the Gunners deal with the danger. 2 mins: United only half-clear the corner and Silvinho's fierce shot is deflected just over the crossbar. 1 min: Arsenal kick-off attacking the Tunnel End and Ray Parlour forces an early corner. FULL REPORT Arsenal 2 Manchester United 1 Arsenal came from a goal behind to triumph in the Charity Shield clash and strike an early psychological blow aaginst arch rivals Manchester United. Victory for the Gunners had seemed an unlikely prospect when United ace David Beckham had given Arsenal a reminder of Gazza '91 by striking a savage free kick from 35 yards to bring red-hot Wembley to the boil Beckham, one of three United players booked in the first half as a Sunday afternoon stroll turned into a confrontation of occasional spite, hammered his explosive set-piece against the underside of the bar in the 36th minute. The ball appeared to bounce down over the line and when it came back into play Dwight Yorke made sure by forcing it past goalkeeper Alex Manninger, who must have felt as miserable as David Seaman eight years ago when Paul Gascoigne struck from similar range in the FA Cup semi-final when Spurs beat Arsenal 3-1. Both sides had key personnel missing for the season's traditional curtain-raiser, but Wembley was packed for this early confrontation of the super powers of English football. And these two old enemies just could not help themselves going for each other's throats when the heat was on. And there was plenty of heat inside Wembley, despite a brief rainstorm early in the first half. Arsenal's famously resilient defence lacked skipper Tony Adams and England goalkeeper Seaman. And Seaman's deputy, Manninger was covered by two other keepers on the bench - veteran John Lukic and teenager Stuart Taylor. Up front there was an enormous burden on Nwankwo Kanu, with not only the lack of AWOL striker Nicolas Anelka but with Dutch pair Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars also missing. Denis Irwin, last seen lifting the European Cup last May, retained the United captaincy in place of injured Roy Keane. Ryan Giggs and Ronny Johnsen were other notable injury absentees but manager Sir Alex Ferguson was able to pair last year's 52-goal combination of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke up front. Arsenal started the brighter and forced a corner in the first minute and it almost led to a goal. Emmanuel Petit's flag kick was flicked on in front of the near post by Kanu and only scrambled half-clear by United's defence to Silvinho, the Gunners' new £4 million Brazilian whose volley was deflected over the bar with Mark Bosnich looking beaten. But when United began to settle and earned a free kick on the right after Gilles Grimandi obstructed Cole, Martin Keown had to come to Manninger's rescue when the keeper failed to deal with Beckham's curving delivery. There was a sign of things to come when United's Phil Neville brought down Silvinho and Fredrik Ljungberg in quick succession. Kanu was also tightly marked but his nimble touches maintained Arsenal as a going concern up front. He started a 19th minute move which ended with Grimandi's header being carried over the line for a corner by Bosnich after Lee Dixon crossed from the right. And Bosnich was in no man's land when Silvinho's corner flashed low across the six-yard box, Ljungberg just failing to get a touch. Petit returned the ball into the goalmouth but again the Swede failed to connect with the goal gaping at him. United were stung into action and Beckham's run forced a corner although it was delayed when he was booked by referee Graham Barber for what seemed to be dissent. He clearly felt he had been impeded by Petit. Beckham kept his concentration though, and his corner was arrowed straight to Cole who was desperately unlucky to see his goalbound header hit Yorke on the back and bounce to safety. Another Beckham corner led to another scramble in the Arsenal area - and two more bookings. Butt went down as though pole-axed by Petit and was angrily hauled to his feet by Keown. The United midfielder appeared to lash out with both feet and the referee booked both protagonists. The freak cloudburst which soaked the stadium for six minutes appeared to have done little to cool tempers. Jordi Cruyff was the next in the book for a late challenge on Ray Parlour. Then Arsenal's Patrick Vieira was also shown the yellow card for a push. In the 28th minute Manninger saved Arsenal with a full length dive to keep out Cole's shot after he had been up by Beckham. But the keeper was left gasping by Beckham's rocket free kick eight minutes later. Arsenal tried to repair the damage before the interval and Ljungberg sprinted through onto Kanu's pass only to be forced wide before screwing his shot into the side-netting. HT: Arsenal 0 Manchester United 1 United put on David May as substitute for centre back Jaap Stam at the start of the second half but the first crisis was at the other end when Grimandi had to produce a magnificent recovery tackle to prevent Yorke breaking clean through. The ball squirted clear only as far as Cole who declined the opportunity to shoot first time and the chance was lost. Within two minutes Vieira breasted the ball down from Petit's pass and burst into the United box, going down under May's challenge but referee Barber was unimpressed. Cole failed to make anything of a clear opening when Neville's ball found him on the edge of the box looking suspiciously offside but allowed to go on. Arsenal were relieved to clear the danger but then a handling offence by Parlour gave Beckham a free-kick chance in the 52nd minute from slightly less distance than his first-half strike but it cannoned off the Arsenal defensive wall for a corner. Arsenal's instant reply came from Vieira who found Kanu inside the box but after making space for the shot the big Nigerian scuffed it wide. United replaced Cruyff with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after an hour and Arsenal sent on Luis Boa Morte for Silvinho four minutes later. Within two minutes the Gunners had equalised with a Kanu penalty. Vieira took the ball on his chest, turned in the box and as he held off Irwin with an outstretched arm the Irishman appeared to pull him down by the back of his shirt. Referee Barber had no hesitation about pointing to the spot and Kanu calmly slotted past Bosnich. Arsenal were clearly buoyed by the equaliser but United hit back with a fierce effort from Cole on 72 minutes, which brought a fine save from Alex Manninger. However it was destined to be Arsenal's day and on 77 minutes Kanu showed great vision before releasing Ray Parlour with a deft little touch. The midfielder mad no mistake this time as he coolly fired the ball past Bosnich to the obvious delight of the massed Arsenal fans. The Old Trafford outfit could not respond and despite a last gasp effort from David Beckham - succumbed to the inevitable. It was United's first defeat of 1999 but it is a certainty they will prepared to suffer it if they can collect more significant silverware in the new campaign. Teams Arsenal: Manninger, Dixon, Winterburn, Vieira, Keown, Ljungberg, Parlour (Luzhny 89), Silvinho (Boa Morte 65), Petit,Grimandi, Kanu. Subs Not Used: Taylor, Wreh, Malz, Lukic, Vernazza. Booked: Vieira, Keown. Goals: Kanu 67 pen, Parlour 77. Man Utd: Bosnich, Neville, Irwin, Berg, Stam (May 45), Beckham, Butt (Sheringham 81), Cole, Cruyff (Solskjaer 61), Scholes,Yorke. Subs Not Used: Wilson, Curtis, Greening, Culkin. Booked: Beckham, Butt, Cruyff. Goals: Beckham 36. Att: 70,185 Ref: G Barber (Pyrford).
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