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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Fri Sep 03 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Taibi Wants To Be No 1 (TeamTalk)
4. Fergie joins coaches' summit for nothing
5. Ferguson's cover blown as Naybet stays in Spain - Guardian



Barry Comment:
I reckon Massimo Taibi will most definatley be nr1 at that price!
Now all he has to do is prove himself in a few games :))
Fingers crossed Sir Alex found the right solution this time.

*** To date our unbeaten runs stand currently as:
26 games League
39 games League and Cup
34 games domestic League and Cup
figures by Masterfan Paul Hinson

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

188k    2m 54s
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99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at

Mark Bosnich's Personal Details 



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 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!


      Leicester City   1-0   Watford               17,920
   Manchester United   5-1   Newcastle United      55,190


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


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     D  1-1    10    39,141
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home     W  4-0     3    54,941
14/08/99    Leeds United             Home     W  2-0     1    55,187
22/08/99    Arsenal                  Away     W  2-1     1    38,147
25/08/99    Coventry City            Away     W  2-1     1    22,024
30/08/99    Newcastle United         Home     W  5-1     1    55,190

11/09/99    Liverpool                Away PL   11.30
14/09/99    Croatia Zagreb           Home EC   19.45 
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home PL   15.00
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC   19.45
25/09/99    Southampton              Home PL   15.00
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC   19.45
 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    ?     WC 3
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL   15.00
19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC   19.45 
23/10/99    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: Taibi Wants To Be No 1 (TeamTalk) New keeper warns Bosnich Massimo Taibi has warned Mark Bosnich that he has not moved to Old Trafford to be second fiddle - and is confident he can become first choice. The new 4.5m keeper has set his sights on becoming Peter Schmeichel's long-term successor, and doesn't care if that ruins Bosnich's United's career which has lasted just three matches. Taibi said: "I want to play otherwise I would not have moved to Manchester. I had dinner with Mr Ferguson on Monday and there was a good feeling between us. "I'm ready to do a job for the strongest team in Europe. I want to repay Mr Ferguson for bringing me to United. And I know I have the chance of being the first choice keeper." Taibi may even make his debut at Liverpool on Saturday week - but he could have been a United player several months ago, following an initial approach back in February. He explains: "I could have come to Manchester earlier this year, but we could not close the deal. Had I joined then, I would have been understudy to Schmeichel, but there would have been no shame in that. "Now I'm just glad to be here and want to take my chance. I know there are other keepers at United, but form will dictate who gets in the team. "I have the utmost respect for Peter Schmeichel - he was a legend in Manchester. He won it all, and to finish with the European Cup was like a dream. "But life goes on. Peter Schmeichel has done a great job but now that chapter is closed."
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Subject: KEANE AND IRWIN PAY FOR GLORY NIGHT By Bill Pierce, PA Sport Roy Keane and Denis Irwin are almost certainly out of the Republic of Ireland's next two Euro 2000 qualifiers - the price paid for Wednesday night's 2-1 home win over Yugoslavia which took Mick McCarthy's team to the top of Group Eight. The Irish face Croatia in Zagreb on Saturday and Malta in Valletta the following Wednesday. But captain Keane has damaged a hamstring, while his Manchester United colleague Irwin limped off with a recurrence of Achilles tendon trouble against the Yugoslavs. McCarthy said: "I can't see Roy being involved at all in the next two matches - and Denis has got to be a big doubt too." The injuries explained why McCarthy found it easy to keep his emotions in check despite the Republic's best performance during his three-and-a-half-year reign. Coventry's 6million teenaged strike star Robbie Keane and Manchester City's 1million 23-year-old winger Mark Kennedy struck spectacular goals to earn the triumph on a dramatic night in front of a eduphoric 31,400 Lansdowne Road crowd. It took Ireland a point clear of Croatia who have played one game more and two points ahead of the Yugoslavs who, like the Irish, have three games left. The group will come to the boil next week when the top three nations catch up with a backlog of postponements. McCarthy said: "We scored two fantastic goals, but it wouldn't have mattered to me if they'd both gone in off somebody's backside. "I'm an Irishman but also a Yorkshireman and in this job I've got to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground because there are two more tough games next week and we look like being without two of our best players." McCarthy is ready to call up Stoke City midfielder Graham Kavanagh to supplement his squad and already has Leeds United's Gary Kelly and Blackburn winger Damien Duff fit enough to jump back into the breach. But he admitted: "Anybody would miss a player of Roy's ilk. He's world class. "But all the lads were superb tonight, and so were the crowd who were given a performance to be proud of and gave the team the support and appreciation they deserved. "But we can't afford any euphoria when we look ahead to Croatia. I'm sorry, I just can't be that way." McCarthy hinted he is not looking forward to a conversation with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, to whom he had been grateful for releasing Keane and Irwin at the weekend to join the Irish squad. He said: "There will be a few managers in England feeling pig-sick when they see what their players have had to go through to get this result for Ireland. There is blood and bandages all over our team bus - and we've still got a hell of a schedule to go through." Croatia's manager Miroslav Blazevic watched the match from the stands and must have been just as impressed with Ireland as Yugoslav boss Vujadin Boskov, who admitted: "Ireland surprised me." "Their goalkeeper was magnificent and they organised themselves extremely well, but they also played pure football. It was a pure football match - no nasty incidents even though both sides were determined to win. "It is difficult for us now to qualify. But we still have a good chance, although it may come down to our last match in October against Croatia. Right now we face two games in six days, both against Macedonia, but we still have a good prospect because we beat Ireland in Belgrade." New boss Boskov - his first match in charge was the goalless draw home draw with Croatia two weeks ago - refused to use the excuse that five players who had helped beat Ireland in Belgrade in November were missing through injuries and suspensions. PA Sporting Life
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Subject: UNITED OLD-BOYS BACK IN ACTION Thursday, September 02, 1999 09:32 Nine former United stars were on parade at Manchester's MEN Arena last night, but only one of them, one-time midfield man Mike Thomas, was on the winning side. This galaxy of Reds' old-boys were participating in the latest Masters Soccer League incarnation, the Sanatogen Masters Home Nations tournament. Six-a-side teams, made up of players 35 years or slower, battled through a round-robin competition for the right to claim the Masters Home Nations title and the prize of an engraved crystal bedpan. England, with Ray Wilkins one of their number, finished bottom of the group table with no points from their three games. Wilkins continually passed sideways and failed to make any impression on a rugged Welsh side, who were only threatened by the reflected glare off the bald pate of the former United and England skipper Brian McClair and Gordon Strachan were included in the Scotland side, but they only did slightly better than the English with a solitary 3-0 victory when the teams met head-to-head. Strachan ran through the legs of Terry Butcher to open the scoring, and Choccy added a goal when a clearance rebounded off his ample rump and bounced in. This left Wales and a combined Republic and Northern Ireland team to contest the final. Wales went through the qualifying contest suffering just one defeat against the Irish. Meanwhile the boys in green gradually became everyone's tip to take the title as, one-by-one, they picked off the opposition to finish the group stage undefeated. A 3-2 win against the Welsh earlier in the evening also suggested that it was going to be their night, but in the final it was the red & white of Wales which triumphed over the all green of Ireland. Alan Curtis and Ian Rush scored the goals, which tipped the scales in Wales' favour, whose fans celebrated by burning down the arena after the presentations. Former Red Mike Thomas was so thrilled he ran round the pitch throwing fivers at the good-natured Bank Holiday crowd. Former Middlesbrough striker Bernie Slaven took the "Old Man of the Tournament" award of a silver-plated wheelchair after ending the evening with seven goals, a slipped disc and a barrel of Caffreys for the Irish. RESULTS: England 3, Wales 4; Scotland 1, Ireland 4; England 0, Scotland 3; England 3, Wales 2; England 4, Ireland 5; Wales 2, Scotland 0. FINAL: Ireland 1, Wales 2.
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Subject: Fergie joins coaches' summit for nothing By Ivan Speck in Geneva As they sat in the bar of the President Wilson Hotel approaching midnight with the ripples of Lake Geneva behind them, the three casually dressed middle-aged men laughed and joked and swapped anecdotes about football. Not unusual for a business centre such as Geneva, except for the unmistakeable aura of importance hovering around the three figures. Between them, Sir Alex Ferguson, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Louis van Gaal have won three of the last five Champions League titles and seemingly countless domestic championships. A more eminent collection of modern coaches would be hard to find. Or maybe it wasn't. Earlier in the same bar Marcello Lippi, Fabio Capello and John Toshack had also been engaged in light-hearted banter. If UEFA's initiative to pull together Europe's best footballing brains for a summit designed to cure football's ills produces no tangible results, it will at least have left an indelible picture on the minds of those who witnessed it. To see Sir Alex strolling out of yesterday's meeting, his hand clasped around a UEFA paper bag and its reinforced string handle, and engaged in earnest conversation with one of Europe's new breed - Michael Skibbe of Borussia Dortmund - inevitably gave rise to wonder about what tips the Manchester United manager might be imparting to his youthful colleague. For the previous four hours 10 of the most influential coaches in Europe - Liverpool's Gerard Houllier, Otto Rehhagel of Kaiser-slautern and AC Milan's Alberto Zaccheroni made up the party - had sat around a debating table in front of UEFA general secretary Gerhard Aigner and technical director Andy Roxburgh. Their most meaningful suggestion - that Roy Keane's suspension from United's Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich in May because of two bookings in the competition should not be allowed to be repeated - was raised by Sir Alex, whose side had been deprived of the Irishman in Barcelona. 'Mr Ferguson had a problem with Keane who had two yellow cards during the competition and had to miss the final,' said Aigner. 'We don't want that to happen and maybe we will look at changing the system so that fair players are not punished at exactly the wrong moment in the future.' The coaches also expounded their views on the catalogue of games caused by the expanded Champions League programme. There were other more practical thoughts which UEFA may yet embrace. One is the possibility of using four assistant referees in the future with an extra official positioned along each goal-line to help the referee with incidents occurring in the penalty area. Ultimately, though, what was decided under the clear blue Swiss skies may be less momentous than the fact that the coaches talked in the first place. 'Getting the coaches together was the most important thing to be taken from today,' said Houllier as the meeting broke up. 'UEFA wanted to open dialogue with coaches and players to improve the quality of the game.' Houllier's invitation arrived courtesy of Liverpool's high standing in UEFA's all-time list of European achievement and in his role as a member of the technical committee which analysed last season's Champions League. Sir Alex, Hitzfeld, Van Gaal, Lippi and Capello were there as former winners, Toshack and Rehhagel as coaches of clubs who reached the quarter-final stage last season, Skibbe and Zaccheroni for the same initial reason as Houllier. 'We talked about general things for the good of the game, not just one club's point of view,' said the United manager. 'It was good, very good.' Whether Sir Alex was more forthcoming in his private discussions with Van Gaal over the possible purchase of Rivaldo, or with Toshack over Roy Keane's future, no one was prepared to say. As to the substantive issues concerning UEFA, Toshack homed in on the conflict between club and country. He said: 'The main problem is still the amount of games our footballers play. For example, everyone is here today because we are all just waiting for our players to come back from international duty.' A swift lunch and cordial handshakes later, the group of gurus broke up. Some like Houllier and Zaccheroni, who left halfway through the meeting to fly back for Milan's friendly against Real Sociedad, departed early. Others, like Van Gaal, Capello and Hitzfeld stayed to talk on. Sir Alex, having changed into a peach casual shirt and khaki slacks, went out to enjoy the Geneva sunshine with his wife Jean. Their business was done. Now it's up to UEFA.
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Subject: Ferguson's cover blown as Naybet stays in Spain - Guardian Manchester United beat the Champions League transfer deadline yesterday to complete the 4.5m signing of the Italian goalkeeper Massimo Taibi from Venezia, but failed to bring the Moroccan international Noureddine Naybet to Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson has called off negotiations with the Spanish club, Deportivo La Coruna, for the defender be cause a deal could not be finalised before the deadline. United's backline has been depleted by injuries to Ronny Johnsen, Wes Brown and David May, who will all miss the start of this season's Champions League. Taibi, 29, has signed a four-year contract after a successful medical and will provide competition for Mark Bosnich, who is currently injured. Raimond van der Gouw has been deputising in his absence. Thomas Helmer, the former German international, has left Sunderland for Hertha Berlin on loan only a month after being signed by Peter Reid. Helmer, 34, arrived on Wearside from Bayern Munich after being on the substitutes' bench for the European Cup final, but he has been unable to establish himself in the first team. Reid said: "At his age Thomas wants first-team football and we have not been able to give him that because Paul Butler and Steve Bould have struck up a good partnership." Initially Helmer's loan period lasts until January but the move is likely to be made permanent. Portsmouth's manager Alan Ball has been offered a new four-year contract after the First Division side's impressive start to the season. His existing contract is due to end in 2001. The Turkish champions Galatasaray will play PAOK Thessaloniki of Greece tomorrow in a friendly match to raise money for the victims of the recent earthquake in Turkey. ************************* UNITED'S BOARD IS BLASTED MANCHESTER United's plc board has been accused of wrecking Nourredine Naybet's pounds 6million move to Old Trafford. The Moroccan centre-half was back in Spain yesterday, training with Deportivo La Coruna, following the dramatic collapse of his dream transfer hours before the Champions League deadline. But the recriminations over the disastrous transfer howler raged on last night with Naybet's agent Willie Mackay claiming that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign the player but the board proved awkward.
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