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Date: Fri Mar 05 08:39:33 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Baby Celebrations For Posh Spice And Beckham 
2. Bliss in the rain    Match Report by OUR SALFORD LASS
3. You say Rolex - I say watch this space Match Report by RED KELLY
4. A historical RED moment? Certainly was! by Barry Leeming
5. Fwd: A few LONG DISTANCE thoughts on the match


Daily RED Trivia  Friday 5th March 1999:

5/3/1907: Stewart Chalmers born in Glasgow. A skilful Inside-forward, Chalmers was
 recruited from Heart of Midlothian and made his debut against Preston North End
 in October 1932. Between 1932-34 he made 35 appearances but score only 1 goal,
 and eventually departed to Dunfermline Athletic. He was capped once by Scotland.

1997: In a brilliant performance United beat FC Porto (Portugal) 4-0 at Old 
 Trafford in the Champions League Quarter-Final 1st leg watched by 53,415.
 Eric Cantona, David May, Andy Cole and Ryan Giggs scored the goals for the
 Reds. Team was: Schmeichel, G.Neville, Irwin, May, Johnsen, Pallister, Cantona,
 Solskjaer, Cole, Beckham, Giggs. 


Barry Daily Comment:

Wednesday night Simplenet Webmaster Bill McArthur met Chris Durham & the Canadian REDS
at club headquarters 'Scallywags' in Toronto for the Inter match "live". 
Visit the new Canadian website at: http://www.muscc.com

Victoria has given birth to a boy last night...details in todays newsletter

Previous News:
 Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

7  Chelsea      (H) 14.00 FAC6 *SKY SPORTS* LIVE* + DkTV1 Scand. 
10 Liverpool    (A) 19.45 PL (moved due to FAC)
13 Newcastle    (A) 15.00 PL
17 Inter Milan  (A) ECL "Quarter Final" 2nd leg 19.45
21 Everton      (H) 15.00 PL

UNITED Stats v All teams:

 Sheffield Wednesday   1-2   Wimbledon             24,116

*** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 03/03/99 ***

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    28  16   9   3  63  29   34   57
 2  Chelsea              27  14  11   2  41  22   19   53
 3  Arsenal              27  13  11   3  35  13   22   50
 4  Leeds United         27  12   9   6  41  26   15   45
 5  Aston Villa          27  12   8   7  38  31    7   44
 6  Wimbledon            27  10  10   7  32  37   -5   40
 7  West Ham United      27  11   7   9  31  38   -7   40
 8  Liverpool            27  11   6  10  50  34   16   39
 9  Derby County         27   9  11   7  26  25    1   38
10  Tottenham Hotspur    27   8  12   7  33  32    1   36
11  Sheffield Wednesday  27  10   5  12  35  27    8   35
12  Newcastle United     27   9   8  10  35  36   -1   35
13  Middlesbrough        27   7  12   8  34  39   -5   33
14  Leicester City       26   7   9  10  26  36  -10   30
15  Everton              27   6  10  11  20  29   -9   28
16  Charlton Athletic    27   6   9  12  31  37   -6   27
17  Coventry City        27   7   6  14  28  38  -10   27
18  Blackburn Rovers     27   6   8  13  27  38  -11   26
19  Southampton          27   6   5  16  26  53  -27   23
20  Nottingham Forest    27   3   8  16  22  54  -32   17


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal                  Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181
03/10/98    Southampton              Away     W  3-0     2    15,251
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475
29/11/98    Leeds United             Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159
19/12/98    Middlesbrough            Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Nottingham Forest        Home     W  3-0     3    55,216
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741
10/01/99    West Ham United          Home     W  4-1     3    55,180
16/01/99    Leicester City           Away     W  6-2     2    22,091
31/01/99    Charlton Athletic        Away     W  1-0     1    20,043
03/02/99    Derby County             Home     W  1-0     1    55,174
06/02/99    Nottingham Forest        Away     W  8-1     1    30,025
17/02/99    Arsenal                  Home     D  1-1     1    55,171
20/02/99    Coventry City            Away     W  1-0     1    22,596
27/02/99    Southampton              Home     W  2-1     1    55,316

This weeks fixtures:

                  Arsenal  v  Derby County
                 Barnsley  v  Tottenham Hotspur

        Manchester United  v  Chelsea
         Newcastle United  v  Everton

Premier League

*** FIXTURES ON 06/03/99 ***
       Coventry City  v  Charlton Athletic
         Southampton  v  West Ham United
           Wimbledon  v  Leicester City

Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


 Manchester Utd  2 v 0  Inter Milan
 Real Madrid     1 v 1  Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus        2 v 1  Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich   2 v 0  Kaiserslautern

return Ties to be played on March 17


Beckham swaps shirts [click pic for match reports]

Subject: Baby Celebrations For Posh Spice And Beckham From the Press Association Friday March 5, 1999 5:40 am Spice Girl Victoria Adams and her soccer-star fiance David Beckham are celebrating the birth of their first child. Posh Spice gave birth to a baby boy at a central London hospital - the second Spice baby in less than a fortnight. The proud parents have called the baby, who arrived at 7.28pm, Brooklyn Joseph Beckham. The couple had gone to the private Portland Hospital for Women and Children. An overwhelmed Mr Beckham announced the news to reporters outside the hospital shortly afterwards, saying that Brooklyn weighed 7lb and he and his mother were "very well". Victoria, 24, toasted her son's arrival with champagne after relaying the good news to fellow Spice Girls Mel B, Mel C and Baby Spice. The Spice Girls' manager, Alan Edwards, speaking outside the hospital entrance, said: "Victoria spoke to them all afterwards. They are all thrilled." Beckham said: "Victoria is very well. She is sitting up drinking champagne and has spoken to the other girls. "It is something I have always wanted, it is something I have always wanted to do." The birth came 13 days after fellow Spice Girl Mel B gave birth at the same hospital to daughter Phoenix Chi on February 19. A spokeswoman for the band said the couple had chosen the name Brooklyn because Victoria discovered she was pregnant while in New York on a Spice Girls tour. Joseph is Beckham's middle name, and also the name of one of his grandfathers, she added.
Beckham swaps shirts [click pic for match reports]

Subject: Bliss in the rain Match Report by OUR SALFORD LASS The walking wounded are all over the streets of Manchester this morning. What differentiates them from your average Manchester citizen, half asleep on his/her way to work, is the way that (despite their suffering) they just can't stop the smile that regularly flickers across their suffering faces. You know the one - that twitching of the corners of the mouth when a particularly pleasant memory disturbs the brain cells for a second. Despite the hangover, the celebration injuries and the loss of the voice, the Red part of Manchester is happy this morning. Late Wednesday afternoon brought another typical matchday to Manchester - pouring rain and a freezing wind. Arriving wet and bedraggled in Piccadilly station, the Italian waiters were arriving in their thousands on the London-Manchester train. Italians were everywhere - noisy and bubbling over with the confidence that they were going to wipe the floor with Manchester United. In the Nest before the game, I talked with Hal Hargreaves of times past. I thoroughly enjoyed the memories of Johnny Carey, Roger Byrne, Duncan Edwards and Martin Buchan and I hope I have persuaded Hal to think about sharing some of his memories with the list. I particularly enjoyed his story of Duncan Edwards taking a penalty in the penultimate game before Munich. Apparently he hit the ball so hard and so fast that the keeper didn't even have time to move before it was nestled in the back of the net. But underlying all the talk was a nervousness about the task ahead. Have we really matured enough to have a real chance this season? Would Inter destroy us? Are we really as good as we think we are? We headed off to Old Trafford early to experience the atmosphere and prepare ourselves for the answering of all questions. Walking down Sir Matt Busby Way, amongst thousands of Reds, there was no doubting this was a European night. The air almost crackled with excitement and the misty rain lent an almost magical feel to the sounds and the sights - the excited chatter, the chanting, the lights. It's on nights like these that I feel closest to everything that is United and to all those who have trodden this way in the past - both fans and players. It is this feel for the history of the club, this feeling of continuity - of being part of something bigger than just a mere game of football - that is what makes being a United fan so special. Walking into East Lower the place was "buzzing", with nerves, with excitement, with talk about who will play, is Ronaldo playing, is he on the bench? We waited for the announcement of the teams - when it came we were relieved to hear that Fergie was putting out his strongest team but there were mixed feelings about the missing Ronaldo - I would have quite liked to see him play, being far from match-fit, but others were relieved. It was soon time to get down to our seats (standing places) and out the lads came on to the pitch - looking vulnerable under all the lights and with the attention of the world upon them. Would they be "up for it"? Did they finally have the maturity to move that final step, from almost there to European champions? Are Yorke and Stam really as good as we think they are? Is Becks really a world class player able to move beyond all the winding-up from opposition players? All the questions would be answered in the next 90 minutes and I was shitting myself with bloody nerves!! And indeed all the questions were answered. I'm not going to attempt to write about the game chronologically. It's now Thursday morning and I'm writing this in work after 4 hours sleep. Even if I had had chance to view the video of the game, I doubt whether I could describe it coherently. From the moment that Yorke's goal went in the net right in front of us, to the moment that Henning Berg finally got his own chant a couple of minutes from time, it was a blur of agony and ecstasy. Of celebration and nerve-shredding near-misses. All I can remember is emotion and individual moments. The first 6 minutes I don't remember at all, apart from the absolutely stunning atmosphere. This is what Old Trafford used to be like every game - a stunning cacophony of noise that gets inside your head, inside your being. Standing in the front of the Scoreboard Paddock, with the noise swelling and swirling behind me, singing my head off, the hairs on the back of my neck went up - 50,000 people singing the Red Flag, there is nothing in the world like it. Then at 6 minutes, the ball went out to Becks on the right and he put the sweetest cross into the box - straight onto the head of Dwight Yorke and the back of the net was bulging. The players wheeled off into the corner to leap all over Becks whilst we went absolutely mental. Various injuries were sustained as we jumped up and down, screaming and hugging and kissing each other. I hit something hard with my hand (don't ask me what it was, I'm trying not to think about it!) and realised later that my little finger was probably broken (actually, it wasn't - it just felt like it!) but who cared? That moment was so sweet, that I would have happily sacrificed my whole arm for it! The rest of the first half was wonderful. We sang and we chanted all the old favourites. There were a few scary moments, but in the main it was all United, despite the fact we were playing against 14 men. The Italians were falling around all over the place - keeling over every time a United player came within 3 feet of them and the referee was being conned every time (that's the generous version of the events - some around us were suggesting something much more sinister). As the cheating and diving got worse and worse the crowd got more and more angry - the whistling almost bursting my eardrums at one point - and we sang "Same old Iti's, always cheating". They were getting everything and we were getting nothing except a rash of yellow cards. Up in the away corner, the Inter fans were lighting flares and responding with much over-exagerrated gesturing - like their counterparts on the pitch. Simeone was being booed every time he touched the ball, but then so were all the other Italian players. Then, out of the blue, they were down our end and Simeone scored. For a second, there was stunned silence - oh no, not again! Then we realised the referee had disallowed it. As Simeone picked himself up stunned at what had happened, and the Italian fans celebrated up in the corner, we howled with laughter and relief. Then joy unbounded. In the last minutes of the first half we were soaking up loads of pressure. We were praying and promising (to whoever we prayed to) everything we had for another goal, when in a carbon copy of the first goal, Becks put another perfect cross onto the forehead of Dwight Yorke and we were two up! The son-and-heir was down at the front doing some male bonding with a group of rather happy fellas (including the usual steward) and I was doing some male-female bonding with the old fella next to me, leading to me bashing my knee on a seat and sustaining yet another injury in the line of duty! The whistle soon blew for half-time and the players went off the pitch. In the stands, however, the celebrations continued. We jumped up and down singing "We shall not be moved". As fans went off to the toilets, they were hugging and kissing everyone between them and the end of the row - as we sit at the end of the row, I had a great time! The second half was much more nervy than the first. Bitter experience has taught me never to take anything for granted with United and Inter came out ready to pour forward and throw everything they had at us. All I could think of was how if we went over there at 2-1, they would only need to beat us 1-0 and it was the dreaded away goals rule again! In the end, we survived. Thanks to a classic performance from a rejuvenated Peter Schmeichel and a last-minute, goal-line clearance from Henning Berg, who finally got his name chanted at Old Trafford. It wasn't a classic chant - "Henning Berg, Henning Berg, Henning Berg" - but the best we could do on the spur of the moment and it must have been very sweet for him to hear. We weren't able to relax until the final whistle, but the lads showed how much they have matured. This time last season, or the season before, they would have conceded that last-minute goal, but not this time. This time, they had a superb Roy Keane in midfield and a back line that was letting nothing go past them. When Stam made his only mistake of the match, Berg was there to cover. The lads rose above all the provocation and the hype and beat one of the top European teams (and Inter still are that, whatever their form at the moment) 2-0, despite not playing at their best. Last season, we played better, but conceded goals - that is the difference, the extra maturity. So the final whistle blew and we sang again "We shall not be moved" as Becks swapped shirts with Simeone on the pitch. Then it was "Schmeichel, Schmeichel" as we saluted his part in a brilliant evening. Man of the match? Stam was again a colossus at the back - no way was he going to allow any of these pesky Italians to get the better of him! Peter was superb, back to his confident best. Berg had an excellent half and finally worked his way into the hearts of United fans. Keane and Scholes ran the midfield with skill and power. Giggs was always troublesome, often with three Inter players on him, but still winning out in the end. Denis and Gary Neville didn't put a foot wrong all night and what can we say about Yorke and Cole? Again, a superb performance. But there really is only one David Beckham and for me, he was the best player on the pitch by far. Every cross was superb, only let down on occasion by the intended recipient not being in the right place! We were discussing before the game the fact that we don't have a recognised right-winger, with performances like this, who needs one? I can't praise Becks enough, not just for the performance last night, but for the way he's dealt with the aftermath of the World Cup fiasco. He has been superb, he has dealt with the situation with maturity and intelligence and he has become the player we all knew he could. Not just man-of-the-match for me, but player of the season so far without a doubt. Leaving the ground we walked up Sir Matt Busby Way in the rain, singing and chanting, only stopping to give some grief to the Sky crew who was filming on the forecourt. This morning, I can't move my finger and my knee is swollen and sore. My voice has gone and I'm knackered - all sure signs of a successful European night at Old Trafford! Arriving at Piccadilly Station on my way to work, I discovered a familiar scene - again, it was full of Italians, this time waiting for the London train to return to their jobs in the Italian cafes of the Capital. This time, though, they were neither noisy nor confident. Ahh, the sweet satisfaction! Copyright OUR SALFORD LASS, 1999 All rights reserved
Beckham swaps shirts [click pic for match reports]

Subject: You say Rolex - I say watch this space Match Report by RED KELLY So Inter have only failed to reach the semis once and United have never knocked an Italian side out of a European Competition. I'm not one to tempt fate.............................BUT. Our journey to Manchester was mercifully easy, not just for us but also for you as you don't have to read a travelogue for once. We arrived at the usual spot, too late for the Throstles Nest so we wandered down to a pub by the canal and met up with my daughter and Steve before going off to pick up a couple of tickets. There is always a special flavour about the place on Euro nights and I don't mean the pasta dogs and pitzza burgers. It was raining - naturally, and the place was buzzing. We climbed the steps up to K Stand and took our seats. Surprisigly there were a few empty ones about apparently due to queues outside. Maybe the latecomers had been caught in traffic or maybe they'd been held up at the bar for last orders. The teams came out to a deafening roar and the kids in the centre circle waved a big daft flag about. I love European nights, but not this new razzamataz that has been manufactured for TV. I had no nerves before this game. All the pre-match hype coming from the Inter camp suggested to me that they were shit scared of coming to Old Trafford and when the game got underway there was no doubt. United started at full tilt and took the game to the Italians and they had no answer. We thought that if we could keep a clean sheet for the first ten minutes we'd be fine. Keep Inter under control and then assume the ascendency, that must have been the game plan, but we didn't expect it to be activated in quite such a positive manner. the lads just went at them hell for leather. The noise from the Stands reflected the play and once again we were standing without any trouble from the stewards. The standing makes European matches even more special for me as it is a treat to have the freedom to chose. Anyone who doesn't want to stand now opts for a different part of the ground and so there is no problem. Inter set their stall out early with their despicable box of tricks well and truly open revealing a variety of cheating tactics to match anything ever seen before. Unfortunately for us the referee, Heir Krug from Germany was either totally incompetent, as Pete said, or preferred to turn a blind eye. I have my own opinion on which of these two choices is the correct one but I'll leave that to your own imagination. But my constant bellowing at Krug's inept performance prompted my 'next door neighbour' to ask whether I was going to the second leg and when I answered no, he said he thought it was just as well or I would have to make arrangements for a protracted stay at the Italian government's pleasure so vehement were my protestations! It reminded me of times past when referrees in the sixties came in the same coach as Italian teams, used the same dressing rooms and probably the same communal baths too - or so it seemed! I lost count of how many times we screamed "dirty Eye-tie bastards" but it was a lot and they deserved every bit of vitriol that was hurled in their direction. Funnily enough in those first few minutes whenever the ball went out of play it was retrieved by a ballboy who tumbled over the advertising hoardings, in fact later one of them was hit smack in the face when two balls appeared on the ptich at the same time from a thrown-in and the spare was returned a little too vigorously by an Inter player. The boy was knocked back into the hoardings and tumbled over the other way, from back to front as it were. It was obvious from the start that Becks was on a mission, not just to show the cheating Simeone what real football was all about, but I suspect also to show all the pathetic ABU's how he could handle himself in a Red shirt in front of the watching millions who were hoping against hope that he would react to the Inter gamesmanship. It was right and fitting that it should be he who supplied the ball into the box which found Yorke's head for the first goal. We watched as Yorke made so much space for himself and couldn't understand why he hadn't been picked up when the next moment a perfect ball came over and ended up in the back of the net and I ended up under a pile of screaming bodies in the mayhem that followed. It was bedlam as screaming face met screaming face and it was a moment which obviously altered the course of the game because Inter now had to play beyond their eighteen yard box and we were going to give them even more hell. The noise was defeaning. I lost my voice, found it again and only just managed to hold onto it until the end of the game. A rousing chorus of the Red flag was the highlight of the songs for me. It's guaranteed to bring a lump to anyone's throat when it us sung with such force. After such a magnificent start United seemed to take a while to get it back together as if they were startled rabbits transfixed in the glare of their own headlights, but they eventually upped the tempo again. Milan were already warming up substitutes including Taribo West with the most bizarre hairstyle seen at Old Trafford since the infamous Pineapple himself. He looked more like he had a furry animal hat on than a haircut and we greeted him with "what the f**king hell is that?" Andy Cole was desperate to match the scoring prowess of his soul brother and we thought he had when he stuck out a leg to deflect the ball towards goal, but it hit Pagliuca and flew just past the post. The keeper couldn't have known anything about it, it happened so fast. We had to wait until injury time at the end of the half til we could celebrate again and it was almost a carbon copy of the first goal. Another Beckham cross, another Yorke header duly despatched, another celebration to match, if not better the first and when the whistle blew the singing just carried on and on and on. Down stairs at half-time the noise was unbelievable. In the toilets the singing was so loud it bounced off the tiled walls and reverberated in the ears until it became painful, but it didn't stop us. "We shall not be moved" echoed round over and over again. Beneath K Stand the faces were wide-eyed and slightly shocked and no-one knew quite what would be in store in the second half. We soon found out. The action continued fast and fiurious, but Giggsy could have, and should have sewn it all up in the first 30 seconds when he misplaced his header and it flew past the post with the goal gaping. I had thought the flag had gone up, but looking at the replays I don't think it had. It would have offered an excuse, but now there is none. Shortly afterwards Zamorano got on the end of a ball and we braced ourselves for an Inter revival, but big Peter was there - a star in every meaning of the word. What a save it was. We were behind that goal as usual and could see the ball in the back of the net, but not with Peter there, he had no intention of allowing anything past him last night. I spoke with someone this morning who critiscised Schmeichel for his eccentricity, but he got short shrift from me. You can't critiscise a man who can make saves like that. OK so he's a big daft sod at times, but I'll take him between the sticks any day of the week. Last night he saved us at least three times in one-on-one situations, he was superb. At the other end Andy went close again. It wasn't to be his night in scoring terms because as Yorke had twisted, turned and wriggled free he laid the ball on a plate for Cole who, no more than two yards out belted it into the net. But just as Fergie said, you can never be sure with these Italians, if they give you a plate of pasta you have to look under the sauce to make sure that it is really what they say it is. And what a sauce it was! Winter just happened to be on the line in the right place at the right time, the ball struck his leg and pinged away from goal. There were many times during that 45 minutes when we had our heads in our hands over a near miss at one end or the other. It was one of those games when you wished you hadn't cut your nails so you'd have something to bite on. Towards the end you could see United tiring and Inter coming more into the game especially when Ventola came on. He was a real handful and I can only hope he continues to have fall-outs with the manager because it will hopefully keep him on the bench for the second leg. As we approached the ninety minutes, the third official held up the electronic board which told us there were still another three left. Three minutes or three goals, because it could have been either. In the very last minute Schmeichel punched away from Ventola and the ball fell to Colonnese and with Peter rushing out of his goal at a pace which would have any normal player shit their pants, Colonnese calmly rounded him and shot for the empty net. For once Peter was helpless. Bastards! A goal in the last seconds, noooooooo! But Henning Berg had other ideas. We could see him leave his man and make up ground so fast he would have beaten Linford Christie in the sixty metre dash. It was a purely instinctive flash of brilliance which even seemed to take him by surprise as he dislocated his leg and flung it at the ball knocking it clear. We celebrated as though we'd scored another goal, but it was better than a goal in fact because an away goal would count as double in the event of a tie. The final whistle blew and we left the stadium singing "we shall not be moved", still bewildered by the ferocity and pace of those last few minutes. Out in the cold night air it was still drizzling, but the faces around were happy ones. Peter said he had had a feeling of unfullfillment after the game, I'd say it was slight frustration in that a referree, for whatever reason, had stopped a game of football so many times that he had tarnished it as a spectacle. That game, had it been allowed to ebb and flow unrestricted could have ended up as one of the great games of all time, but it was prevented from achieving that lofty status by one Helmut Krug - a Sauerkraut indeed. Mind you, he did blow for that foul on Berg which nullified Simeone's 'goal' - and it couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke! Oh the irony of it all! One last thought which would have capped a great night. The Italians spent the whole game diving, rolling around, feigning injury, whinging and generally using every cheating ruse known to the unscrupulous modern-day footballer, but wouldn't it have been nice if w'ed won a penalty through devious means and Dennis had stepped up and nonchalantly placed the ball past Pagliuca? It would have brought a smile to my face, anyway!! Copyright RED KELLY 1999
Beckham swaps shirts [click pic for match reports]

Subject: A historical RED moment? Certainly was! by Barry Leeming Hi gang well this was certainly a historic day in all our RED lives. I was whooping it up and down at Rock Nielsen Aalborg with the sound from OT ringing in our ears. Our team played as a unit, determination experience and passion all playing there parts in carving out this important "clean sheet" victory. I have spoken to Pete, Richard and Bill in Toronto all on the blower we are agreed this one, 100% RED class :)) A historical RED moment? Our Salford Lass mentioned it in her moving report and I must say that after all the stick David has come through it was great to see him show Simone the right way by playing him off the park last night! + a fitting gesture and a hand shake. This pic must say heaps for our young talent David Beckham: "David Beckham, 23. England midfielder whose ability to deliver pinpoint passes and dangerous crosses gives United a huge attacking weapon down the right, as he proved against Inter. His brilliant repertoire of free-kicks punishes fouls around the edge of the box and he seems to have curbed his once quickfire temper." To see this historical picture go to match report at: http://www.red11.org/miva/matchreports.mv or for the pic only at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/player/beckham/becksimone99.jpg All the best from Denmark "the land of goalkeepers" Barry. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Beckham makes his peace «« David Beckham made his peace with Inter Milan midfielder Diego Simeone by exchanging shirts with the Argentine following Manchester United's 2-0 Champions' League win on Wednesday night. Beckham, who was a constant thorn in the Inter defence and set up both goals for Dwight Yorke, made the offer at the end of a pulsating game at Old Trafford. Beckham said: "It was just something I wanted to do and it was my idea to swap shirts." Simeone admitted prior to the quarter-final clash that he had feigned injury in the incident that led to Beckham receiving his marching orders in France 98. But the United star said he was more interested in his own performance than gaining any sort of revenge. He added: "There were things said before the game but I was just focussed in my own game and the way I wanted to play."
Beckham swaps shirts [click pic for match reports]

Subject: [Fwd: A few LONG DISTANCE thoughts on the match] Hi fellow Reds, I'm om the Inter list for now 8 months or so, {yep, I use to follow Inter!}, and I'm sharing with you last night's debate with an Interisti {an American of Egyptian origin} regarding last Wed. brilliant game.... Enjoy :-))) All the best... Mohamed S Chbaro From: MOHAMED CHBARO Organization: "Middle-East Sports Services" Mr.X wrote: This is embarrassing to read. I thought you were better than that, but I guess I was wrong. But anyway, I had a feeling that you would expect everyone to submit to United after they beat Inter, which will never happen because they still aren't as good as you think they are. The great Ryan Giggs was shut the hell up by the lesser regarded Zanetti, and really Beckham's devastating crosses were the only great concern. Funny you should judge people, (Mr.X), according to your very own thinking. Why don't you get it right and accept that we were beaten by a much-organized and superbly- collective side? Will you ever learn? "As far as we are improving, I won't complaint", you mentioned early on !!! Oh yeah, talking about improvement....such a narrow defeat is now an improvement (after all, it's better than a full debacle of 5 or 6 conceded goals!) and when? As the season is drawing to its closing end !!! You just keep dreaming....I'm not !!! Niether Keane nor any of the other midfielders looked tough at all, and like I said before, it was only the amazing work by Beckham that did the damage. Yorke was also good and his headers were nice, but look at the bloody passes he got in from the wing. If you can stand there and move your head, you can score on a Beckham cross. Oh yeah? You're saying that even my grandma can score from Becks' crosses!!! how charming indeed !!! What strikes me about his passes is that he can hit them straight as an arrow or curl them and still maintain the right accuracy. Unbelievable -- his value goes up with each cross. This is United stuff.....something other people can only dream of !!! But like I said before, United give up a lot of space in midfield, So why Inter failed to capitalize on, smarty ??? This is because we were in dire straits, to say the least. +++This is what happened to them last year when Arsenal urinated in their faces several times Now you're talking, Mr.X...This is exactly what you are made of...Using childish wording when countered with true facts. "Elli estahou matou", this is an Egyptian quote, typically fitting your STYLISH WRITING !!! The truth is, Inter hasn't been playing with a full deck of cards since the beginning of the season. They've been struggling just to maintain a set starting lineup, and they are severly lacking the finishing and defending that they need to consistently win matches. Goodness me !!!!! But was it supposed that we were going to kick the arse of Juve, annihilate Milan, thrash United, demolish Fiora, and destroy Parma ??? It's easy just to complain about struggling to maintain a steady line-up, and lacking the killing instinct at defending talents, and all that blablabla... This is not a surprise to me at all -- you would expect a team who has been dealing with injuries to their star players to have troubles. Inter is no different. Oh yeah.....talking about injuries !!! Baloney !!! Anyway, if you were objective, you'd be wondering why United, with their totally full deck of cards, did not dominate nor look as powerful as they are made out to be. Good, yes. But powerful and dominating -- hell no. Errrrrrrrrr...the result speaks for itself !!! Maybe Roberto or Riffster need to explain those words to you. But don't you wonder why Paul (and even Roberto) is refraining from posting after the match? I tell you why (and I'm bloody sure everybody on this list agrees with me): it's because they deeply believe that only a handful of players are suitable to play and defend the colours of a mighty club like Inter, and that because both of them are utterly frustrated by the latest dismal showing !!! This is why my dear, this is why !!!!! Isn't it funny how you were all booing Beckham a few months ago, and now he's suddenly the golden boy of Manchester? Is that what being a real fan is all about? And you wonder why United fans get such a bad wrap. You should all be thankful that he even bothered dealing with people who totally disrespected him regardless of his immense contributions to the team -- he could be at Meewan or some other team right now. Hey, leave Beckham to where he truly belongs....Luring his services to AC Milan? Have you had your HEAD checked recently, Mr.X? After all, they don't come bigggggger than UNITED !!!! All the best guys out there, particularly Avv. Longo :-))) ,,,,Mohamed
Beckham swaps shirts [click pic for match reports]

Subject: FERGUSON PLANS MAY CHANGE By David Anderson, PA Sport Alex Ferguson has run into problems trying to arrange a date for his testimonial match. The Manchester United manager and his testimonial committee had earmarked August 6 as the date for his Old Trafford tribute. But they have had to think again after the Premier League brought forward the start of the season one week to August 7. Ferguson is now hopeful that the game, which will be between United and a World XI led by Eric Cantona, will go ahead on October 11. Speaking at a press conference at Manchester Town Hall to publicise his season-long string of events, which start in June, Ferguson said: "It is a problem. We had originally agreed a date of August 6, but then the Premier League brought the season forward to August 7. "At the moment we're looking at Monday, October 11, but we will need to review that when the fixtures come out. There's also a rugby league game at Old Trafford on the Saturday and we've asked them to reconsider. Hopefully we can finalise that date." Ferguson is optimistic that Cantona will be free to play in October. "I spoke to Eric and he was delighted to come for August 6," he said. "In the last two or three weeks it's changed, but I'm sure if he is available he will be there." A proportion of the money raised by Ferguson's testimonial season will go to the charity Street to Stadium, which is a project run by the local authorities in Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Tameside to help young people fulfil their sporting potential. United midfielder David Beckham is patron of the trust and Ferguson feels it is right that it should benefit from his testimonial. "Throughout my career I have recognised the importance of developing young talent and Street to Stadium is all about helping young kids achieve their sporting dreams," he said. As well as the match at Old Trafford, Ferguson has also arranged a concert by Simply Red, whose lead singer Mick Hucknall is a fervent United fan. Hucknall said: "It's a huge thrill for me to be involved and it's just typical of Alex that here he is with a testimonial which is supposed to benefit himself and yet he has decided to donate some of it to charity." Simply Red will perform at Haydock Park on August 22 and there will also be a race day at the racecourse. There will be a pro-am golf day at the Belfry on July 5 and a similar event in Mere, Cheshire. Ferguson does not know at this early stage how much money he will be able to give to Street to Stadium.
Beckham swaps shirts [click pic for match reports]

Subject: GIGGS BREAKS NOSE AFTER ZANETTI CLASH Ryan Giggs broke his nose in a clash with Inter Milan Javier Zanetti during the Champions' League game at Old Trafford. The Argentine international accidentally caught the Manchester United star in the face with his elbow as they challenged for the ball. Millions of television viewers saw blood streaming from the Welshman's face and he has also suffered a black eye. He said: "I slid in for a tackle in the last 10 minutes and Zanetti just caught me with his elbow, but it was accidental to be fair." The injury will not keep Giggs out of Sunday's FA Cup quarter final showdown with Chelsea, although it has made him the butt of his team-mates jokes. "I have been called Brucie because of Steve Bruce's bust nose and I've been called every name you can think of by them," he said.
Beckham swaps shirts [click pic for match reports]

Subject: KEANE PUTS CONTRACT ON BACK-BURNER Roy Keane has put his contract talks on hold as Manchester United chase their treble dream. The United captain had been due to have preliminary negotiations with the club over a new long-term deal. But the two sides have not been able to sit down yet, and Keane has revealed discussions will not start until the end of the season. United are pushing for honours in the Champions' League, Premiership and FA Cup, and the Republic of Ireland international does not want anything to get in the way of their pursuit of glory. Keane's current deal does not expire until the end of next season, and he is happy to wait for talks to start in the summer. "The way things stand it will be the summer before we get the chance to talk because of the way the matches are coming up thick and fast," he said. "I would rather concentrate on playing for the team than worry about my contract. "Hopefully we have two months in the summer to sort it out. It's not a priority at the minute - the priority is winning matches."
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