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Date: Sat 06 Nov 1999 24:08 GMT
1. BECKHAM BANNED FOR LEICESTER CLASH TODAY
2. SAVAGE RELISHING OLD TRAFFORD RETURN
3. UNITED FACE BATISTUTA SHOWDOWN
4. Batistuta bars United's path
5. NEVILLE-SAY-DIE FERGUSON HUNGRY
6. YOUNG REDS TO FACE FOREST
7. To all those interested in Becks Pics - 104 Beckham Unlimited!
8. United officially ranked No.1 in the world
9. New pitch causes headache
MANCHESTER UNITED DAILY NEWS Sat 6th Nov 1999:
CL Draw announced all fixtures and details in todays news
David Beckham is suspended for the game at OT v Leicester today.
* UK TV info: BBC TO COVER UNITED'S BRAZIL MISSION
The BBC will broadcast live coverage of Manchester United's World Team
Championship challenge in Brazil.
United will play Brazilians Vasco de Gama, Mexicans Necaxa and South
Melbourne of Australia in the group stages of the new FIFA event which
begins on January 5.
All three games will kick off at 2015 UK time and will be shown on BBC1.
WEB NEWS - www.redissue.co.uk !NEW!
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
FINAL Group D P W D L F A PTS
Manchester United FC 6 4 1 1 9 4 13
Olympique de Marseille 6 3 1 2 10 8 10
SK Sturm Graz 6 2 0 4 5 12 6
NK Croatia Zagreb 6 1 2 3 7 7 5
United's Euro Draw GROUP B
Tues 23 November AC Fiorentina (A)
Weds 8 December Valencia CF (H)
Weds 1 March FC Girondins de Bordeaux (H)
Tuesday 7 March FC Girondins de Bordeaux (A)
Weds 15 March AC Fiorentina (H)
Tues 21 March Valencia CF (A)
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Mark Bosnich's Personal Details
MANCHESTER UNITED STATS v ALL teams on the Web
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Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!
*** CONDENSED LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 31/10/99 ***
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Leeds United 13 9 2 2 26 16 10 29
2 Manchester United 13 8 3 2 31 19 12 27
3 Sunderland 13 8 3 2 23 11 12 27
4 Arsenal 13 8 2 3 20 12 8 26
5 Leicester City 13 7 2 4 23 17 6 23
6 Middlesbrough 13 7 0 6 18 17 1 21
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 6 2 4 21 17 4 20
8 Chelsea 11 6 1 4 18 10 8 19
9 Everton 13 5 3 5 22 20 2 18
10 Liverpool 12 5 3 4 13 11 2 18
11 Aston Villa 13 5 3 5 13 15 -2 18
12 West Ham United 12 5 2 5 12 11 1 17
13 Coventry City 13 4 4 5 20 15 5 16
14 Southampton 12 3 4 5 19 23 -4 13
15 Wimbledon 13 2 7 4 19 27 -8 13
16 Derby County 13 3 3 7 13 22 -9 12
17 Newcastle United 13 3 2 8 23 27 -4 11
18 Bradford City 11 3 2 6 9 17 -8 11
19 Watford 13 3 0 10 8 22 -14 9
20 Sheffield Wednesday 13 1 2 10 8 30 -22 5
06-NOV-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leicester C (FA Premier League, HOME)
20-NOV-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Derby C (FA Premier League, AWAY)
30-NOV-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Palmeiras (Inter Continental Cup, AWAY)
04-DEC-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Everton (FA Premier League, HOME)
18-DEC-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs West Ham (FA Premier League, AWAY)
*** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED -
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 - 54,276
3/10/99 Chelsea Away PL L 0-5 2 34,909
11/10/99 Sir Alex Testimonial Home F L 2-4 LEGENDS 54,842
13/10/99 Aston Villa Away WC3 L 0-3 - 33,815
16/10/99 Watford Home PL W 4-1 2 55,188
19/10/99 Marseille Away EC L 0-1 - 57,745
23/10/99 Tottenham Hotspur Away L 1-3 3 36,072
27/10/99 Croatia Zagreb Away EC W 2-1 - 30,000
30/10/99 Aston Villa Home PL W 3-0 2 55,211
2/11/99 Sturm Graz Home EC W 2-1 - 53,745
6/11/99 Leicester City Home PL 15.00
20/11/99 Derby County Away PL 15.00
23/11/99 AC Fiorentina Away EC 19.45
pp 27/11/99 ? Sheffield Wednesday Away PL *No new date yet
30/11/99 Tokyo Palmeiras WCC 20.00
4/12/99 Everton Home PL 15.00
8/12/99 Valencia CF Home EC 19.45
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
JAN 05-14 Brazil WTC [3-4 games]
06/01/2000 Necaxa (Mexico) Neut WTC 16.00
08/01/2000 Vasco da Gama (Brazil) Away WTC 16.00
11/01/2000 South Melbourne (Australia) N WTC 16.00
22/01/2000 Arsenal Home PL 15.00
5/02/2000 Coventry City Home PL 15.00
12/02/2000 Newcastle United Away PL 15.00
26/02/2000 Wimbledon Away PL 15.00
1/03/2000 FC Girondins de Bordeaux Home EC 19.45
4/03/2000 Liverpool Home PL 15.00
7/03/2000 FC Girondins de Bordeaux Away EC 19.45
11/03/2000 Derby County Home PL 15.00
15/03/2000 AC Fiorentina Home EC 19.45
18/03/2000 Leicester City Away PL 15.00
21/03/2000 Valencia CF Away EC 19.45
25/03/2000 Bradford City Away PL 15.00
1/04/2000 West Ham United Home PL 15.00
5/04/2000 ? EC qf i
8/04/2000 Middlesborough Away PL 15.00
15/04/2000 Sunderland Home PL 15.00
19/04/2000 ? EC qf ii
22/04/2000 Southampton Away PL 15.00
24/04/2000 Chelsea Home PL 15.00
29/04/2000 West Ham United Away PL 15.00
3/05/2000 ? EC sf i
6/05/2000 Tottenham Hotspur Home PL 15.00
10/05/2000 ? EC sf ii
14/05/2000 Aston Villa Away PL 15.00
24/05/2000 ? EC Final
BECKHAM BANNED FOR LEICESTER CLASH TODAY
Jaap Stam, Dwight Yorke and Paul Scholes return for Manchester United
against Leicester but David Beckham is serving a one-match ban after
totting up five bookings this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be on the bench, while youngsters Jonathan
Greening and Mark Wilson are set to make way for the regulars.
Sir Alex Ferguson has a surplus of defenders and could decide to use Phil
Neville in midfield or to replace his injured brother Gary at right-back.
David May is fit again and could partner Stam in defence.
Team (from): Bosnich, Irwin, P Neville, Stam, Berg, May, Silvestre, Keane,
Scholes, Giggs, Solskjaer, Yorke, Cole, Cruyff, Greening, Wilson, Clegg,
van der Gouw.
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SAVAGE RELISHING OLD TRAFFORD RETURN
Robbie Savage is hoping his fine record at Manchester United, the club who
released him in 1994, will continue on Saturday.
The Welsh midfielder said: "We all know it is going to be a really really
tough game. United are the European champions, so nobody will be expecting
us to go there and get a result.
"The feeling in the camp is good, and we are on a high. We are all looking
forward to it. It's a great occasion for the likes of me and young lads
like Stefan Oakes. Hopefully we can go to Old Trafford and get a few points.
Leicester have picked up four points out of six in their last two visits to
Old Trafford, and Savage added: "The last two season we have been there we
have won on, TC scored, and last year we were two nil up with twenty
"Beckham scored a free kick in about the thirty-sixth minute of injury
time, I think! We were unfortunate last year."
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UNITED FACE BATISTUTA SHOWDOWN
Manchester United face another tough hurdle in their bid to become the
first team to retain the European Cup since AC Milan in 1990.
United, the first team pulled out in Friday's draw for the second phase of
the Champions' League, were put into Group B with Spaniards Valencia,
French side Bordeaux and Italian Serie A outfit Fiorentina.
United's opponents all have recent experience of tackling Premiership
Fiorentina put Arsenal out of this year's competition after winning 1-0 at
Wembley last month thanks to a brilliant strike from dangerman Gabriel
Batistuta. They drew the first meeting 0-0 in Italy.
Valencia were unlucky to go out to Liverpool in last season's UEFA Cup, the
Reds going through on away goals after a 2-2 draw in Spain. The Spanish
club also beat Rangers twice in the first round in which they were unbeaten
in six games.
Bordeaux were beaten by a single goal over two legs by Aston Villa in the
UEFA Cup two seasons ago.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals and
the first match days will be on November 23 and 24 with another round of
games before Christmas. The groups will be completed in March.
United secretary Ken Merrett said: ``I think it's a very attractive draw.
We don't have a long history with any of the clubs but we're certainly
looking forward to going to Bordeaux, Valencia and Florence.
``They're great places to go to and those of us who like the wine will be
delighted to be going to Bordeaux!''
Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud said: ``Every draw at this stage of
the competition is difficult.
``Marseille proved that Manchester United are beatable. Maybe United will
take more care against the French teams now but United are still a
Fiorentina general manager Giancarlo Antognoni added: ``Manchester United
are the team to beat but we have to try and finish second; we have to beat
Valencia and Bordeaux.
``We always have good matches against English teams and we're looking
forward to it.''
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Batistuta bars United's path
Saturday November 6, 1999
Manchester United's hold on the European Cup has not been seriously
disturbed by the draw for the second group phase but Chelsea will need to
look to the most profound of their Franco-Italian influences to reach the
quarter-finals. Neither of England's remaining representatives have much
room for error.
French and Italian opponents lie across the paths of both teams. United
will meet Fiorentina, Arsenal's conquerors at Wembley, and Bordeaux.
Chelsea have to play Lazio and Marseille, who beat United in the Stade
Vélodrome in the previous round.
In addition Sir Alex Ferguson's team will encounter Valencia, who have
defeated Rangers twice this season, while Chelsea also meet Feyenoord, who
managed to qualify with one win and five draws. It could have been worse;
Real Madrid, for example, have to meet Bayern Munich and Dynamo Kiev.
Manchester United will resume their defence of the trophy in Florence a
fortnight on Tuesday confident of seeing off a very average Serie A side
but conscious of the way Gabriel Batistuta ended Arsenal's interest in the
tournament last week.
Valencia visit Old Trafford the following night. Though their league form
has been indifferent they have thrived in Europe, finishing top of their
group in the opening phase. Their strength lies in the pace of the front
pair, Claudio Lopez and Adrian Ilie, the Romanian who played a significant
part in England's World Cup defeat in Toulouse last year.
After the midwinter break in Champions League activities both United and
Chelsea play French opponents, Chelsea in Marseille on February 29,
Manchester United at home to Bordeaux the following night. Bordeaux are
another team relying on attacking strength, in their case the France
internationals Lilian Laslandes and Sylvain Wiltord. Chelsea will need to
be aware of the runs Robert Pires makes from deep positions for Marseille.
This part of the Champions League will not be completed until March 21 and
22, when United are in Valencia and Lazio visit Stamford Bridge.
Reactions to yesterday's draw ranged from the fatalistic to the defiant.
"Manchester United are the team to beat but we have to try and finish
second," said Fiorentina's general manager Giancarlo Antognoni. "Marseille
have proved that United are beatable," declared Jean-Louis Triaud, the
The third round of the Uefa Cup has thrown up intriguing ties for English
and Scottish interests, although Leeds United can hardly relish the
prospect of another trek to Moscow. Having just beaten Lokomotiv, David
O'Leary's side face Spartak. However, Bobby Robson's Newcastle United have
the most difficult task, facing Roma, but will be pleased that the first
leg is away.
Arsenal meet Nantes in a tie which is hardly going to be a novel experience
for their large French contingent and will be a relatively easy drive for
Dennis Bergkamp. For those other Champions League drop-outs Rangers, the
consolation for a narrow failure in the prime tournament is a difficult tie
against Borussia Dortmund.
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NEVILLE-SAY-DIE FERGUSON HUNGRY
By David Anderson, PA Sport
Phil Neville has a message for anyone who thinks Sir Alex Ferguson might
ease up as he marks his 13th anniversary as Manchester United boss: He's as
hungry as ever.
Neville was still at primary school when Ferguson was confirmed as Ron
Atkinson's successor on November 6, 1986.
Even though Ferguson has won 12 major prizes - including last season's
historic Treble - at United, Neville claims the passing years have not
dimmed the Scot's desire to win.
He wants the players to honour Ferguson on his latest milestone by beating
Leicester tomorrow at Old Trafford and collect three more Premiership points.
"He's been here a long time now and he's achieved many things," Neville
said on MUTV.
"He's driving the team on to bigger and better things now so the hunger is
still there with the manager and with the players. Hopefully against
Leicester we can give him a nice present of a victory."
Typical of Ferguson, who will retire as manager in the summer of 2002, he
preferred to look forward to Leicester rather than back at his
He is more concerned about the threat posed by Martin O'Neill's in-form
side, who are fifth in table, rather than bask in his own glory.
"Leicester always give us a tough game so we are expecting a tough game,"
"I think Martin O'Neill has done a fantastic job at Leicester and I don't
think there's any question of that.
"He's done it on limited resources too, and he keeps plucking out players
from small teams lower down the scale and making them into better players
and that's a quality.
"He's proved himself a good motivator and he's got his players determined.
"He's created a good team spirit and that's good management."
Ferguson is particularly impressed by how the O'Neill and his players have
not let the club's boardroom battles unsettle them.
"It doesn't seem to affect them and I think they have had their best form
in the Premiership and they are now in fifth place," he said.
"The one thing about Leicester is that they have a good attitude.
"They all work hard and they have a good team spirit, which makes them
Gary Neville has been ruled out of the game - and England's Euro 2000
showdown with Scotland - after he suffered a recurrence of his groin injury
on his comeback against Sturm Graz on Tuesday.
Ferguson is disappointed to lose his services for a third time this season
and admitted that perhaps he needed a longer preparation before coming back.
"He's going to need a bit of build-up work before I can actually play him
in really serious matches again," he said.
"The reserve game he had was maybe not enough so he needs a concentrated
training spell before he's allowed back in.
"It's unfortunate for the lad because obviously he was keen to play for
United will also be without Nicky Butt, who is recovering from a hernia
operation while he serves a three-match ban for his sending off at Chelsea,
and David Beckham, who is banned for one game for accumulating five bookings.
Mickael Silvestre is available after he was ineligible in midweek, while
Jaap Stam, Paul Scholes and Dwight Yorke all return.
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YOUNG REDS TO FACE FOREST
Friday, November 05, 1999 13:01
The UEFA Champions League wasn't the only competition to
endure a draw this week.
Somewhat overshadowed was The Times FA Youth Cup, even
though it pulled out an interesting tie for former Aston
Villa, Arsenal and England star David Platt.
The Nottingham Forest manager was famously released by
Ron Atkinson when he was a promising starlet on
Manchester United's books.
Now Platt has the chance for a tiny bit of revenge, with his
current club pitched into a Youth Cup tie with the club that
showed him the door.
The match will be played on Thursday 2 December, with a
7pm kick-off at Bury's Gigg Lane, but it will be more like
memory lane for Platt.
The senior boss is certain to watch his juniors from the
stands. He might there bump into United's former youth
coach, Eric Harrison, who opposed David's departure all
those years ago.
Ex-Forest and Leeds defender Paul Hart will take charge
for Platt in the dugout, in opposition to United's Dave
Williams who is determined to win the Cup last won by the
Reds in 1995.
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United officially ranked No.1 in the world
Fergie: Time to remember.
Thirteen years ago today Ron Atkinson was still manager
of Manchester United, but the events of the following
24 hours changed football history and turned a sleeping
giant into the most successful club in the world.
This week United were officially ranked number one in
the World after last season's treble winning success,
and tomorrow as Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates the
anniversary of his appointment as manager, he can look
back with satisfaction on the most significant thirteen
years of his career.
He accepted the job on November 6, 1986, arriving at
the United training ground 24 hours after Big Ron had
been shown the door.
He left Aberdeen where he had taken the club from
obscurity to the top in Scotland, and it is an
indication of his influence that as United go from
strength to strength today, the Pittodrie club is in
One irony which marks the anniversary is Brian McClair,
who was one of Ferguson's first major signings -
arriving at Old Trafford at the same time as Viv
Anderson - is this morning out of work. He has followed
manager Brian Kidd out of the door at Blackburn.
McClair was hotly tipped to join United's coaching
staff when he ended his playing days, but instead was
given a free transfer and had a spell with Motherwell
before linking up with Kidd at Ewood Park.
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New pitch causes headache
As if this season's massive injury list was not enough to cope with,
Manchester United look as if they are going to have a major headache their
It is obvious to anyone who watched the last two games, that the newly
laid turf is causing problems for the players. Some are finding it
difficult to keep their feet at times, as well as having to cope with the
unpredictable bounce of the ball.
It almost went unnoticed on Saturday when twice Paul Scholes missed
scoring chances because of an awkward bounce, but eyebrows were raised
when the same thing continued to happen last night.
Sir Alex welcomed Saturday's torrential downpour which drenched the
surface at half-time and helped settle it down, but it seems United are
going to have more than the opposition to combat this season.
The pitch was only laid a fortnight ago, and last autumn a similar
operation had to be carried out when an Australian growing system failed.
It is unlikely United will attempt to use the system for a third time,
even though it has been a huge success at their training ground.
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