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Date: Sat 06 Nov 1999 24:08 GMT
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4. Batistuta bars United's path
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



Barry Comment:
CL Draw announced all fixtures and details in todays news
David Beckham is suspended for the game at OT v Leicester today.

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
Manchester United

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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 Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!


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)


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



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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 minutes left. "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 opposition. 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 legendary side.'' 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 David Lacey 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 Bordeaux president. 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 highly-successful reign. 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," he said. "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 difficult opponents." 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 England." 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 dire straits. 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 new pitch. 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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