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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Sat Oct 02 11:18:25 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Massimo Taibi and Mickael Silvestre return for United at Chelsea on Sunday
2. Schmeichel has no regrets «« 
3. United quiet on Beckham "fine" «« + Cole & Sheri left out ««  :))))
4. MEN - Cole sees light
5. Sun Never Sets on United Empire - from Toronto Globe & Mail
7. To put the TOTAL European "Goal Record" straight
8. Two injured in reserves «« 
10. MEN Report - White Knuckle Ride



Barry Comment:
Let us NOT fret over Andy not being picked for England.
Just remember how many players have been injured playing for their country
recently. Ling live Andy Cole and Manchester United!
Read more in today's mews how close Andy is to a RED all time record!
Next match tomorrow Sunday - a relaxing Saturday

Uniteds unbeaten runs currently stand at:
29 games League
45 games League and Cup
38 games domestic League and Cup

Message from Paul Hinson:
The 40-game record Nottingham Forest hold is 40 games in domestic League
and Cup. United need to remain unbeaten against Chelsea/Watford
and Aston Villa in the Worthington Cup 3rd Round to beat it.
The League only record is 42 games, against by Forest, and we would need to
avoid defeat up to around January 15 2000 to manage that!

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Group D  ** Manchester United **
Olympique de Marseille * NK Croatia Zagreb * SK Sturm Graz

Manchester United FC Champions League Squad List
 1 Mark John Bosnich      2 Gary Alexander Neville 3 Dennis Joseph Irwin
 4 David May              6 Jakob Stam             7 David Robert J Beckham
 8 Nicholas Butt          9 Andrew Alex. Cole      10 Edward Sheringham
11 Ryan Joseph Giggs     12 Philip Neville         14 Johan Jordi Cruyff
15 Lars Jesper Blomqvist 16 Roy Keane           17 Raimond RJH Van der Gouw
18 Paul Scholes          19 Dwight Yorke           20 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
21 Henning Berg          23 Michael Jamie Clegg    25 José Quinton Fortune
26 Massimo Taibi         31 Nicholas James Culkin  33 Mark Antony Wilson
34 Jonathan Greening

Real Audio - Last weeks Daily News Sound Archive:
Click on INDEX at http://www.red11.org/sound

*** FIXTURES ON 02/10/99 ***
         Aston Villa  v  Liverpool
       Bradford City  v  Sunderland
             Everton  v  Coventry City
 Sheffield Wednesday  v  Wimbledon

*** FIXTURES ON 03/10/99 ***
             Chelsea  v  Manchester United
    Newcastle United  v  Middlesbrough
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  Leicester City
             Watford  v  Leeds United
     West Ham United  v  Arsenal


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!


           Wimbledon   1-1   Tottenham Hotspur     17,368


Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United     9   6   3   0  23  10   13   21
 2  Leeds United          9   6   1   2  17  11    6   19
 3  Arsenal               9   6   1   2  12   7    5   19
 4  Sunderland            9   5   2   2  14   8    6   17
 5  Chelsea               7   5   1   1  10   3    7   16
 6  Aston Villa           9   5   1   3  11   9    2   16
 7  Leicester City        9   4   2   3  14  11    3   14
 8  Tottenham Hotspur     8   4   2   2  14  11    3   14
 9  Everton               8   4   1   3  14   9    5   13
10  West Ham United       7   4   1   2   9   5    4   13
11  Middlesbrough         9   4   0   5  10  13   -3   12
12  Liverpool             7   3   1   3  10   9    1   10
13  Southampton           8   3   1   4  13  16   -3   10
14  Watford               9   3   0   6   5   9   -4    9
15  Coventry City         9   2   2   5  11  13   -2    8
16  Wimbledon             9   1   5   3  13  18   -5    8
17  Bradford City         8   2   2   4   4   9   -5    8
18  Derby County          9   2   2   5   7  15   -8    8
19  Newcastle United      9   1   1   7  18  22   -4    4
20  Sheffield Wednesday   9   0   1   8   3  24  -21    1

03-OCT-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Chelsea  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
16-OCT-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Watford  (FA Premier League, HOME)
19-OCT-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Marseilles  (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)

The line-up for the testimonial game is:
Eric Cantona		Peter Schmeichel
Zinedine Zidane		Gabriel Batistuta
Paul Gascoigne 		Juninho
George Weah		Alessandro Costacurta
Christian Ziege		Lillian Thuram
Roberto Mancini		John Collins


UNITED Stats v All teams:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
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   pre-season  W  2-0     -    60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   pre-season  W  1-0     -    78,000
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     pre-season  W  2-0     -    80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China pre-season  W  2-0     -    40,000

 1/08/99    Arsenal   Wembley Charity Shield  L  1-2     -    70,185
 3/08/99    Omagh Town Omagh Bomb Fund        W  9-0     -     7,000
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly           W  2-0     -    15,000 
08/08/99    Everton                  Away PL  D  1-1    10    39,141
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home PL  W  4-0     3    54,941
14/08/99    Leeds United             Home PL  W  2-0     1    55,187
22/08/99    Arsenal                  Away PL  W  2-1     1    38,147
25/08/99    Coventry City            Away PL  W  2-1     1    22,024 
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio               ESC  L  0-1     -    15,223
30/08/99    Newcastle United         Home     W  5-1     1    55,190
11/09/99    Liverpool                Away     W  3-2     1    44,929
14/09/99    Croatia Zagreb           Home EC  D  0-0     -    53,250
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home     D  1-1     1    55,189
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC  W  3-0     -    16,480
25/09/99    Southampton              Home     D  3-3     1    55,249
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC  W  2-1     -    -

 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL   16.00   "live on sky"
*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Schmeichel + Cantona]
13/10/99    Aston Villa              Away WC 3 19.45
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL   15.00
19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC   19.45 
24/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away PL   15.00
27/10/99    Croatia Zagreb           Away EC   19.45
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 2/11/99    Sturm Graz               Home EC   19.45 
 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
11/12/99    FAC 3 Will not enter ...
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]

*  8/01/2000  FAC 4 Will not enter ...
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
* 29/01/2000  FAC 5 Will not enter ...
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            Home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         Away PL   15.00
* 19/02/2000  FAC 6 Will not enter ...
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
*  9/04/2000  FAC sf Will not enter ...
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
* 20/05/2000 Wembley FAC f Will not enter ...
24/05/2000  ?    EC f



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Subject: Massimo Taibi and Mickael Silvestre return for United at Chelsea on Sunday Foreign duo for Chelsea «« Massimo Taibi and Mickael Silvestre return for United at Chelsea on Sunday, despite their mistakes which cost the Reds a point last week. It is back to Premiership business for both sides at Stamford Bridge after their Champions' League ventures this week, and there is every possibility Sir Alex Ferguson will be changing his side around despite that victory over Marseille on Wednesday night. Goalkeeper Taibi and defender Silvestre are both available again after missing the European game, because they were not registered before the August 31 deadline, but whether they both start on Sunday remains to be seen. Taibi's blunders against Liverpool and Southampton could have cost United more than just the two points they dropped last Saturday, and Sir Alex may be thinking about giving Rai van der Gouw another taste of the Premiership after keeping a 100 per cent record so far this season. The United boss is unlikely to give any clues about his team until training has finished tomorrow, but van der Gouw has made it clear he would like the chance of playing in the Premiership again. United: (probable) Taibi, Irwin, Silvestre, Berg, Stam, Beckham, Butt, Scholes, Solskjaer (or Fortune), Yorke, Cole. Subs: (also from) van der Gouw, P Neville, Clegg, Jordi, Sheringham.
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Subject: Schmeichel has no regrets «« Peter Schmeichel, despite seeing his new club Sporting Lisbon knicked out of Europe this week, maintains he has no regrets about leaving United. The Great Dane and his new side were sent packing from the UEFA Cup by Erik Nevland's old club Viking Stavanger, 3-1 on aggregate. When asked if he had any regrets about quitting Old Trafford, he said: "No, in no way. "My family like it here very much, I like the country and the people. I would love to get two or three years more here. "I am sure we can start fighting for titles and qualify for the Champions' League. We just need experience."
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Subject: United quiet on Beckham "fine" «« + Cole & Sheri left out «« :)))) United quiet on Beckham "fine" «« Beckham:Fined for "hanky panky"? United are refusing to confirm reports claiming they have fined David Beckham 50,000 pounds for attending a celebrity party in London last week. The club refuse to comment on claims that Beckham has been fined two week's wages, the maximum permitted under PFA rules, for attending the Covent Garden showbiz bash, twelve hours before the team was due to fly out to Austria for a European game. Beckham and his Spice Girl wife Victoria, went to the champagne bash for the launch of Jade Jagger's jewellery collection last Monday. They agreed to be photographed with the Rolling Stone's daughter after being given an assurance that the picture would not appear in the national press but the balloon went up four days later when the photograph appeared. The day after United had beaten Sturm Graz in Austria the picture was reproduced, showing Beckham at the party holding a glass and wearing a bandanna. It is understood Sir Alex Ferguson was furious because the player did not ask permission to go to London. There are no suggestions the Beckhams stayed out late, or that the player was drinking two nights before a Champions League game, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson is far from pleased. Whether the player has been fined or not will never be known because the club will certainly not reveal such private matters. It is also highly unlikely Beckham himself would ever admit to receiving a punishment of that nature. Coincidentally, the story emerges at a time when Beckham is under the spotlight for his antics on the field of play - the FA recently taking the unprecedented measure of calling him in for an informal chat about his behaviour. United's own action may help their cause when it comes to assuring the authorities they have the situation under control. ------------------------------ Cole and Sheri left out «« Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham and Nicky Butt have been omitted from the England squad for next week's friendly against Belgium in Sunderland. Cole and Sheringham have surprisingly been left out in favour of Chris Sutton and Emile Heskey, scorers of far fewer goals this term. Last time Keegan left out Cole he scored four in his next match against Newcastle, hopefully a repeat is on the cards at Stamford Bridge. David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville are all included.
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Subject: MEN - Cole sees light Cole sees light By Stuart Mathieson ANDY Cole could be given the chance to finally illuminate his England career at the Stadium of Light a week on Sunday. England boss Kevin Keegan is preparing to name his squad today for the friendly against Belgium at Sunderland's stadium on October 10. The Wearside workout is set to be an experimental match for Keegan as he assesses the depths of the talent available to him. With England's immediate Euro 2000 out of their hands and due to be decided 24 hours before the Belgium friendly when Sweden play Poland in Stockholm, the match at Sunderland is an opportunity to take a less demanding look at some international credentials. It could mean a reprieve for Manchester United striker Cole after being left out of Keegan's last squad for the double header against Luxembourg and Poland last month. The Reds' hitman's omission was a shock after his international career was revived towards the end of last season under his former Newcastle United manager and mentor. His last appearance for Keegan was in June's 0-0 stalemate with Sweden at Wembley and Cole has yet to score for England. However, his reply to Keegan's decision to ignore him for those two qualifiers was to slam four past Newcastle at Old Trafford. Cole has now notched seven in four appearances since his last international heartache and against Marseille on Wednesday night in the Champions League the 27-year-old forward took his European Cup tally to 13 for United and within one of Denis Law's all-time club record in the competition. ``If we get into the next round I am sure he will pass Denis Law's record,'' says Dwight Yorke. ``I'll be right behind him. Hopefully there are going to be a few more years with both of us notching up goals in this competition. ``We will continue to help each other. The understanding between us is as strong as it has ever been.'' Cole's breathtaking overhead kick conversion against the French brought his season's haul up to eight to move alongside partner Dwight Yorke as Old Trafford's leading scorer. The spectacular goal epitomized the confident form Cole is currently in and it would seem an ideal time for Kevin Keegan to give the striker the chance to break his international duck. Liverpool's Robbie Fowler is a rival to Cole but the Anfielder is extremely doubtful with injury. Keegan could rest most of his regular Manchester United contingent for the Belgium match as he did for the friendly with Hungary in Budapest last April. Nicky Butt, who has returned to United's line up after injury, could also be in line for a recall.
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Subject: Sun Never Sets on United Empire - from Toronto Globe & Mail Article from Toronto Globe & Mail on a Canadian Sports reporters view of United and the Marseilles Game Sun never sets on United EmpireManchester soccer team has raked in riches bycreating brand name known around the world STEPHEN BRUNT Manchester, England -- The fans on the tram bound for the stadium,wearing team caps and T-shirts and scarves decorated with the SouthPark cartoon characters sporting oh-so-familiar red jerseys, were fromIreland. But they might just as well have been from Tokyo, from Oslo,from New York or from Toronto, from anywhere in Britain and perhapseven from Manchester. Such is the power of the most valuable, most successful, most identifiablefranchise in all of professional sport. North American chauvinism is going to make many think of the DallasCowboys here, or the New York Yankees or the Los Angeles Lakers.None of those is even close. Last year, Rupert Murdoch, through his European pay television concernBskyB, offered $1-billion (U.S.) for Manchester United, winners in1999 of the English Premier League crown, the FA Cup and theChampions League title. That's nearly twice what was paid not long agofor the Washington Redskins and equal to what is still considered anoutrageous (and perhaps fictional) offer for a Los Angeles NationalFootball League franchise from billionaire Marvin Davis. (The Murdochdeal was eventually scuttled by the British government because it wasseen as anticompetitive.) Everyone in the sports world can learn from what's taken place here inEngland's industrial heartland. Part of it has involved taking NorthAmerican sports marketing methods and applying them to the formerlytradition-bound business of British soccer. But they also have gone farbeyond that at Manchester United, creating a brand name that crosseslanguages and cultures. Last night, as United played Olympique Marseilles in a first-roundChampions League match at Old Trafford (packed, as it is for everygame), there were Norwegian flags flying in the crowd, Greek flags andthe flag of the Netherlands. There are Manchester United fan clubsfound around the world. And anyone on their way into the stadium last night could have opened aManchester United bank account, signed up with a ManchesterUnited Internet service provider, played a Manchester United lottery,bought a ridiculous range of souvenir items from the ManchesterUnited Megastore or had a picture taken with the three championshiptrophies for a mere £15. They could have purchased the goods of amyriad of corporate sponsors whose logos filled the park. The only product on the grounds so far unencumbered by the team nameand colours are the grisly hamburgers served by various fry wagons,patronized by those interested in tempting fate. Once upon a time, this was a soccer team like other soccer teams, whichhad gone through a series of cyclical ups and downs -- the tragedy ofMunich in 1958, when most of a great team was killed in an airplanecrash, the miraculous rise of the Busby Babes who followed, thebrilliance of the 1960s side led by Bobby Charlton and George Best andfollowed by a period of steep decline in the 1970s. In that, they werelike Arsenal, like Leeds, like Newcastle United and like the other teamsthat are more often than not found at the top of the tables. In the past five years, though, Manchester United have becomesomething else entirely. The team, built by dour Scot Sir Alex Ferguson,the former factory shop steward, confidant of Tony Blair and author of anew aren't-I-clever biography in the style of Donald Trump, combinedhomegrown talent (such as glamorous David Beckham, who is both Mr.Posh Spice and perhaps the best player in the world at this moment) withcleverly placed international stars. They became very, very good and the money poured in. The moneymeant that in the relative free market of professional football, they couldremain very, very good year after year. With that kind of certaintyaround the on-field product, the off-field efforts to make United the firsttrue world team could proceed without fear that they'd some day bebattling against relegation. And so even more money poured in. An independent analysis of the1997-98 season had United's revenues at more than $220-million(Cdn.), 50 per cent more than the take of the next richest club,Barcelona. Much to the disgust of everyone else in British soccer, theclub started to throw around that financial muscle, playing by its ownrules -- opting out of this year's FA Cup playdowns, for instance, so thatit could play in a world club championship tournament in Brazil andholding out the threat of becoming one of the pillars of a new superleague that may yet become fact. In the face of all that, many have taken pleasure in ManchesterUnited's stumbling start to this season, with its hints that perhaps itsmaster plan isn't entirely foolproof. A shaky 3-3 draw with Southamptonlast weekend suggested a team that might be bored, or just a little past it.It was widely noted that Massimo Taibi, the most expensive goalkeeperin England (and Ferguson's choice to replace departed PeterSchmeichel) had let the tying goal dribble between his legs because, heexplained afterward, the studs on his boots weren't long enough. Key injuries also have had something to do with United's slightly offform, especially those to Ryan Giggs, who remains out with hamstringproblems, and captain Roy Keane, whose knee may or may not requiresurgery. Keane also is involved in a salary dispute with the club that hasbeen fractious enough that Ferguson threatened to transfer him unless heaccepts what the team has offered. All of which made last night's match against Olympique Marseilles all themore intriguing. It was, all involved with Manchester United agreed,the team's most important game so far this year and a must-win at home.Marseilles is just edging back into European competition after thematch-fixing scandal that sent its club president to jail and all but killedthe franchise in the early 1990s. They arrived here without ChristopheDugarry (on suspension), with once great but now sluggish FabrizioRavanelli and with a boisterous group of fans who made life interestingfor any woman who dared walk beneath the stands in the hours beforethe match. Inside the stadium, that group of supporters seemed to have doubled insize. That little loaves-and-fishes mystery was solved just after theopening kick, as a banner was unfurled reading Maine Road: Theatre ofYour Nightmares -- a play on Old Trafford: Theatre of Dreams, anotherbrand name marketing concept. Maine Road is the home of ManchesterCity, a team these days very much on the other side of the tracks from itscrosstown rival, fighting to win promotion from the First Division, notglamorous, not wealthy -- though it did become a bit chic when theGallagher brothers from Oasis identified themselves as supporters. It can be safely said that nearly everyone in the soccer world who is nota United supporter hates them -- simply because they're too rich, toogood and too smug. It can be even more safely said that no one hatesthem as much as those who love City, for a host of reasons that are allself-evident. So becoming French for a night was hardly a stretch. The franco-City conglomerate had much to celebrate in the first half.Though United controlled the play, Marseilles scored the only goal whendefender Henning Berg, under no particular pressure, inexplicablycoughed up the ball and Olympique striker Ibrahima Bakayoko fired ithome in the 41st minute. That made for a tense interval, and a tentative beginning to the secondhalf, as Marseilles fell into a defensive shell. Finally, in the 79th minute,on a set play from a free kick, Beckham, who does it better than anyoneelse, bent the ball to Jaap Stam, standing in front of the far post. Stamheaded the ball to the centre of the box, where Andy Colebicycle-kicked it past Marseilles keeper Stéphane Porato. The winning goal wasn't quite so spectacular. Teddy Sheringham, whohad come on as a substitute, headed the ball forward to Paul Scholes,who briefly broke free just before running into Porato. He tumbledtoward the goal and the ball came with him, allowing him to scramble upfrom his knees and kick it home just before it passed the touch line. Thatcame in the 83rd minute, after which Marseilles couldn't come close tomounting a serious attack. "The qualities of perseverance and determination paid dividends for us,"Ferguson said afterward. There was celebration here, at least everywhere but City's part of town.There was celebration, also, in a whole lot of places that have noconnection to Manchester but a team, a uniform, product identificationand the universal allure of winning. sent in by Bruce Barnes
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Subject: COLE EYES LAW EUROPEAN RECORD Andy Cole is just a goal away from gaining another entry in the Manchester United record books. His strike against Marseille on Wewdnesday took his Champions League tally to 13, only one behind the club record held by sixties Old Trafford hero Denis Law. The spectacularly executed overhead bicycle kick not only put United back into a tie - and a competition - in which they were in danger of losing - but brought the England discard level with former Busby Babe Dennis Viollet in second place in the list of Reds' goalscorers in Europe's premier club competition, in its various guises. One can sense Cole's pride to be in the company of such great United strikers: "I'm very proud to be up there on 13 goals," he said. "I've taken a bit of stick from the lads now that I'm only one behind Denis Law. "If I get there I will be delighted with it. It's a great landmark for me because Denis Law was such a great player. I'm delighted to even be as close as I am to Denis Law's number of goals in Europe." The goal helped United leapfrog the French side to top Group D at the halfway stage of qualification with seven points. "I was delighted with my goal from my point of view and also from the team's point of view because this was one game we had to win," said Cole, scorer of eight goals already this term. "We still have to go out to Marseille and get a result. They're going to come at us hopefully and if we play well, then I can't see why we can't beat them out there as well." ---------------- Cole - closing in on European goalscoring record. COLE CLOSES IN ON LAW RECORD By David Anderson, PA Sport Andy Cole feels honoured to be just one strike away from equalling the legendary Denis Law's goalscoring record for Manchester United in Europe. Law is United's leading marksman in Europe's premier club competition with 14 goals. Cole's spectacular overhead kick against Marseille, which was reminiscent of Law at his best, was his 13th for United in the Champions League. He is now level with former Busby Babe Dennis Viollet and it seems only a matter of time before he breaks Law's 30-year record. Cole feels privileged to be in the company of such great United strikers. "I'm very proud to be up there on 13 goals," he said. "I've taken a bit of stick from the lads now that I'm only one behind Denis Law. "If I get there I will be delighted with it. It's a great landmark for me because Denis Law was such a great player. "I'm delighted to even be as close as I am to Denis Law's number of goals in Europe." Cole was delighted with his 79th-minute strike against Marseille, which hauled United level, before Paul Scholes scored the winner four minutes later. United are now top of Group D at the halfway stage with seven points. They have one more point than Marseille, who they play next in the Stade Velodrome in three weeks time. "I was delighted with my goal from my point of view and also from the team's point of view because this was one game we had to win," said Cole. "We still have to go out to Marseille and get a result. "They're going to come at us hopefully and if we play well, then I can't see why we can't beat them out there as well." Denis Irwin is also closing in on another United record in Europe. The Republic of Ireland defender equalled Peter Schmeichel's club record of 36 Champions League appearances against Marseille and needs just one more game to set a new best. Like Cole, Irwin is thrilled by the prospect considering all the icons who have played for the club. I'm very proud obviously because there are so many great names up there on the list," he said. "Obviously with the way the competition has changed over the last few years, we play a lot more matches now. "But's it still great to be up there at the top." Irwin claims he is not finished yet and he wants to enjoy a few more great European nights with United. "I've been here for 10 years now and I've been in the Champions League five or six times," he said. "I love playing football and I want to play as many games as possible. "You can't beat playing in Europe and we've had so many great nights in Europe and hopefully we will have some more great nights."
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Subject: To put the TOTAL European "Goal Record" straight RE: COLE EYES LAW RECORD >Andy Cole is just a goal away from gaining another entry in the Manchester >United record books. >His strike against Marseille on Wewdnesday took his Champions League tally >to 13, only one behind the club >record held by sixties Old Trafford hero >Denis Law. GOAL KING Denis has 28 goals in ALL Euro games! Here is the complete list to put the record straight. CL yes maybe, Andy has some ways to go before he beats a Denis Law TOTAL in EUROPE! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Most European Goals Denis Law: 4 Goals against against Waterford (1968) 3 Goals against Willem II Tilburg (1963) Sporting Lisbon (1964) Djugaarden (1964) Waterford (1968). ***** 28 Denis Law 1963-1969 22 Bobby Charlton 1957-1969 14 David Herd 1963-1968 13 Dennis Viollet 1956-1958 ***** 13 *Andy Cole 1996- 11 Tommy Taylor 1956-1958 11 John Connelly 1964-1966 11 George Best 1964-1969 10 *Ryan Giggs 1991- 9 *Dwight Yorke 1998- 8 Bryan Robson 1983-1994 8 *Paul Scholes 1994- - - Current-leading players 6 *Roy Keane 1993- 5 *David Beckham 1994- * still playing http://www.red11.org/stats
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Subject: Two injured in reserves «« United's injury jinx continued last night when Jonathan Greening and Mark Wilson picked up knocks in the reserves 1-1 draw with Sunderland. Both had treatment this morning after the match at a rain-soaked Gigg Lane, and have to wait until tomorrow before finding out if they have recovered enough to be included in the squad for Sunday's trip to Chelsea. United, without Mark Bosnich who withdrew because of a stomach problem, took the lead on 23 minutes when Wilson fired in after Luke Chadwick's left foot cross was palmed out to him. Brazilian trialist Marcos Di Giuseppe equalised two minutes before half-time when United failed to play to the whistle while claiming offside. Quinton Fortune was again withdrawn at the break and once more United lost their way in the second half. Sunderland found stand-in keeper Paul Rachubka in excellent form and the scoreline finished all square. However, only Rachubka, Wilson and Danny Higginbotham - making his first appearance of the season after his ban from Belgium - could take any credit from their performance. United: Rachubka, Clegg, Higginbotham, Curtis, Wallwork, Cruyff, Wilson, Healy (Twiss), Chadwick, Fortune (Notman), Greening (Nevland).
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Subject: ALLONS ENFANTS DE MANCHESTER! ALLONS ENFANTS DE MANCHESTER! The French retreated from Old Trafford with their confidence in tatters and already conceding defeat in the battle to top group D in their Champions League battle with Manchester United. Marseille coach Rolland Courbis virtually admitted that Manchester United were home and dry. And Marseille went back across the English Channel with words ringing in their ears from the United camp that will strike fear into their souls. Courbis was already talking about their final game in Group D at home to Croatia Zagreb as the one that will decide who will be second behind United in the group. Those two late goals by Andy Cole and Paul Scholes were the devastating blow to Marseille's morale as United took over the top spot. Courbis' defeatist words were all too obvious. He said: ``United are top now, it will be down to the last game for us against Zagreb to decide whether we qualify for the next stage with them.'' Such is the mastery United now achieve over their foes that they are already talking in such terms even before the return match in Marseille next month. United defender Phil Neville summed up the mood by claiming: ``I feel if we win in Marseille, that will be enough to qualify. We are certainly confident now when we go out there that we are going to win. That will really put us in pole position.'' And he clearly will not have any argument on that from Courbis. Neville added: ``One of our biggest attributes here is that we never know when we are beaten, we do fight to the end, surely people know that by now. ``We have been a goal down before you know, and we have fought back to win. ``It's a nice feeling when you know and feel you are never beaten. Once we got that first goal, the crowd really got going. ``It was like a proper European night then because they had been quiet up until then. They played their part in us winning.'' Neville went on: ``We deserved it, they only had about two shots on goal in the whole game. We had so many more chances and at one point I thought it was going to be one of those nights. ``But the forwards came up with the goods again, like they have done for the last couple of seasons. ``That's where the experience of what we have achieved in the last couple of years showed tonight. ``Because we didn't just hoof the ball forward and we showed a little bit of patience. We knew if we kept playing our normal game the goals would come.'' And if Marseille needed any more underlining of the United approach when the two teams meet again next month, they came from Sir Alex Ferguson. He said: ``We will now go to Marseille top of the group and when we play away from home in Europe we have a good record and are always a threat on the break. ``That's how we will approach the game and they will know what a danger we can be. We can always score away, that is such an advantage to us in Europe. ``The game will be a virtual reverse of the one you saw tonight. It will be our turn to try to hit them on the break.'' --------------------------------------- Marseille boss says Utd are through «« Marseille coach Rolland Courbis says United are already through to the next stage of the Champions' League after defeating the French last night. The Reds are top of Group D with seven points but still theoretically need five more from their remaining three games to be assured of qualification, although in reality four may be enough. Courbis said: "United are top now, it will be down to the last game for us against Zagreb to decide whether we qualify for the next stage with them." Alex Ferguson is looking forward to the return clash in Marseille in three week's time when the roles reverse and United will be able to counter attack. He said: "You take risks and you deserve everything you get from a game like that. I'm always confident that we will never give in." Phil Neville said: "I feel if we win in Marseille that will be enough to qualify. We're confident now when we go out there that we're going to win."
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Subject: MEN Report - White Knuckle Ride MANCHESTER UNITED 2 MARSEILLE 1 by Stuart Mathieson MANCHESTER United fans are going to be as white haired as Fabrizio Ravanelli watching the Reds defend the Champions' League. If you thought last season stretched tales of heroic comebacks to the limit and exhausted epic finales, then think again. A season ticket to Old Trafford and a passport to the Reds away matches should carry a Government Health Warning. `Suicide squad' and `Masters of Suspense.' Call them what you like but things ain't going to change. With potentially four extra European matches on United's calendar this campaign, the white knuckle ride is going to be even longer and as stomach churning. Who else but the Stretford sadists could one minute be faced with the possible ignominy of the European Cup holders going into the next three-week Group D programme in October scrambling to stay out of the UEFA Cup and the next be leading the section and going into this mini break with the psychological advantage of being the favourites. After an hour last night the prospect of battling to avoid that third place spot which would have meant a consolation spot in the UEFA Cup was a distinct possibility. In Eastern Europe Croatia Zagreb were 3-0 up against Sturm Graz and level on four points with the Champions' League holders. Marseille, courtesy of Ibrahima Bakayoko's first half goal with more kamikaze help, were at that stage five points clear of United and the Austrians. Having shot themselves in the foot again, United were limping badly and probably more than ever before were losing the look of a team capable of another fanciful finale. Why do I still doubt their comeback powers? It was another remarkable rescue snatched from a night of frustration. Marseille had the ominous giant Pierre Issa stationed right in front of their back four. It gave the visitors a solid barricade and with that French resistance it became obvious early that patience and frustration were going to be much used words again. Perez indicated that despite a steely backbone Rolland Courbis's side might not rely on that alone and the full back got forward in the second minute to send a 25-yard shot rising into the West Stand and give United a warning about the danger of the counter attack. While Ole Solskjaer may look alien as a left winger the role does allow him to cut inside and he did that after six minutes after Andy Cole's sweeping pass put him away. The Nou Camp hero crashed in a shot which 'keeper Porato double-fisted away to safety. Nicky Butt burst through from midfield after 12 minutes to latch onto Henning Berg's knockdown from David Beckham's corner but the midfielder's effort was saved by the keeper. Ibrahima Bakayoko is only remembered in England as an expensive Everton misfit but after a quarter of an hour the Ivory Coast striker gave a hint of things to come and showed the quality so lacking at Goodison. Surrounded by a host of Red shirts he did a couple of twists and then turned sharply to fire at Raimond Van Der Gouw. The incessant rain had made the Old Trafford surface a treacherous skid pan at times but the slickness of the Reds' best move of the early exchanges owed nothing to the pitch and everything to United's sharpness as Solskjaer, Cole and Yorke swept forward with an interchange of passes. Cole, however, couldn't complete the move satisfactorily and his shot skidded wide of the post. The best chance, though, was later to fall to his strike buddy Dwight Yorke. Cole chased a long Beckham ball into the box and nudged a volleyed pass into Yorke's path but he disappointingly weakly hit his shot at Porato's legs. The suicidal tendencies highlighted with a resigned laugh by Sir Alex Ferguson at the pre-match conference surfaced again in the 41st minute and you could hardly imagine Fergie would have been creased up by this one. United were comfortably playing the ball along the back when Berg was caught in two minds whether to move out or turn back to safety. In the end he swivelled right into danger and Bakayoko seized on the error as the Norwegian ran into the striker. Bakayoko streaked away rifled the opener between Van Der Gouw's legs. If he'd been offered such gifts on Merseyside maybe he'd never have been labelled a Premiership flop. Old Trafford couldn't believe they'd witnessed another present. Christmas only comes this early in the big department stores! Cole almost gave the Reds an early second half platform on which to build a recovery before the real tension would set in. He sped past Gallas in the area after taking Yorke's chest-down in his path but the bullet shot skidded across the turf and just wide. The very same path was then taken seconds later by Solskjaer's shot. United's first-half enterprise was fast becoming a distant memory as they toiled to make headway against the disciplined visitors who certainly didn't look prone to the gift-wrapped goals which looked set to be the Reds undoing. Marseille continued to break up United's efforts and the holders confidence and quality passing disintegrated as the minutes slipped by and the French refused to buckle. But those two missing ingredients `quality' and `confidence' were very much in evidence when the revival sparked into life. Beckham's high free kick to the far post was headed back into the danger area by Stam and Cole's overhead kick was a peach of a finish. It took him to within one goal of Denis Law's all time United record of 14 European Cup goals and Cole's equaliser wouldn't have looked out of place in the Law Man's collection. Whereas Cole's goal was all about spectacular agility and ingenuity, Paul Scholes' winner was downright persistence and drive. Teddy Sheringham and Dwight Yorke's headers took the ball through the now tottering Marseille defence and Scholes bludgeoned his way through one tackle, forced his way past the keeper's efforts to halt him and then as he lay flat out he scrambled the ball home. Match facts: Shots on: United 8 Marseille 5 Shots off: United 9 Marseille 2 Goals: Cole (79), Scholes (83) for United. Bakayoko (41) for Marseille. Bookings: P Neville for United. Attendance: 54,276
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Subject: BERG OFFERS NO EXCUSES By David Anderson, PA Sport Henning Berg offered no excuse after the biggest blunder of his career almost gifted Marseille victory over Manchester United. The Norway defender was distraught after he was dispossessed by Ibrahima Bakayoko and the former Everton striker raced through to open the scoring just before half-time. Berg could not believe how careless he had been and he was the most relieved man inside Old Trafford when Andy Cole and Paul Scholes netted in the final 11 minutes to cancel out his gaffe. Goalkeeper Massimo Taibi blamed his short studs for his blunder against Southampton last Saturday when he let Matt Le Tissier's gentle daisy cutter pass through his legs, but Berg blamed only himself. "It was a really bad mistake from me and you are not supposed to make mistakes like that," he confessed. "You could try and say that it was one of those things, but it should still never have happened and I was very disappointed. "I could probably try and explain it all day, but it wouldn't help. "I got the ball and I thought he was going to chase me down, so I turned on it. "But he didn't chase me down and instead I turned straight into him and he's nicked the ball off me and I've put him through one on one with Rai. "It was a very stupid, stupid mistake. "I was gutted and it's the worst I have ever felt on the pitch. "I've made mistakes before, but you just don't do things like that. "The boss could have tore straight into me and hammered me at half-time, but he didn't and I think he maybe saw how bad I felt about it. "I was just so happy when we got the two goals in the second half. It was just fantastic." Before the Champions League Group D game, boss Sir Alex Ferguson had claimed he will never be able to stamp out his team's "suicidal defending" as he called it. United have looked sloppy at the back in their last three games and Berg does not know what has happened to their once rock-solid defence. "I don't know what's wrong with our defending," he said. "Before the game we said we must keep our concentration and not make any slip-ups. "But then I go and make a mistake like that, which was stupid really. "I just hope I don't do anything like that again."
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