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Date: Thu Jan 07 00:14:34 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
3. Spurs' skipper Campbell praises United's youth policy 
4. Riedle Cup blow as German striker is ruled out at United
5. Inter Watch
6. Scholes Rested - M.E.N. Article


Daily RED Trivia  Thurs 7th January 1999:

7/1/1883: Jack Allan born in South Shields. Allan was signed from Bishop Auckland 
 and scored twice on his debut at Burslem Port Vale in September 1904, netting 16
 goals in 27 appearances. He contributed 5 goals in as many games in Uniteds 
 promotion season in 1906, and between 1904-06 made 36 appearances and scored
 22 goals. He returned to Bishop Auckland in 1906.

1981: Goals from Jimmy Nicholl and Garry Birtles earn United a 2-0 win at Brighton
 in an FA Cup 3rd Round replay watched by 26,915. Team was: Bailey, Nicholl,
 Albiston, Wilkins (Duxbury), McQueen, Buchan, Coppell, Birtles, Jordan, Macari,Thomas. 


Barry Daily Comment:
Terry Cooke will be going to Manchester City, on loan for the rest of this

Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

  10/1 West Ham    (H) Sky Sports time 16.00 UK
  16/1 Leicester   (A)  15.00
  24/1 Liverpool   (H)  12.00 Sky Sports FA CUP 4th rnd
  31/1 Charlton    (A)  15.00 UK

UNITED Stats v All teams:


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                    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    Middlebrough             Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Notts Forest             Home     W  3-0     3    55,216 
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741

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    v   Inter Milan
 Real Madrid       v   Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus          v   Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich     v   Kaiserslautern

 Ties to be played on March 3 and 17


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BREAKING NEWS - Wednesday 06 January 1999 SORRY, FERGUSON TELLS WENGER Alex Ferguson has denied using psychological warfare in a bid to knock Arsenal's championship challenge off the rails. And the Manchester United boss has revealed he has sent a letter to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger apologising for private remarks about Arsenal becoming public. Ferguson said his comments that Arsenal were 'scrappers' were made privately - but he stopped short of apologising for the comments themselves and said: "Arsene Wenger has a right to be annoyed over this matter. I have already dropped him a note explaining the situation and I offered him the apology he deserved." He added: "It is not my policy to criticise other teams and the way they play. The last thing we want is to have big clubs like ours in this sort of confrontation. People go on about it all being psychological warfare, but that is far from the truth on this occasion." Meanwhile, Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor has suggested that deducting points could be the best way of cracking down on clubs with poor disciplinary records. Taylor believes some sides may be escaping deserved punishment because of their stature within the game, and says shock tactics are necessary. His comments follow the FA's decision to watch a video of an incident at Deepdale on Monday, when Arsenal's Fabian Caballero was alleged to have elbowed Preston's Ryan Kidd. Taylor told the Daily Mail: "Arsenal, to some extent, are ending up as a team with a bad disciplinary record but because they're also the most successful - and you hesitate to say this - you wonder whether a few blind eyes are being turned. The ultimate sanction to cut out the kind of nasty instances we have seen... would be to deduct points." ---------------------------- Wednesday, January 6, 1999 Alex Ferguson has sent a letter of apology to Arsene Wenger after reports that the Manchester United boss criticised Arsenal's aggressive style. Ferguson claims his comments that the Arsenal players "liked a scrap", that they were better at it than Wimbledon in their Crazy Gang heyday, and that more players get sent off at Highbury than anywhere else, were made in an off-the-record briefing and were never intended for publication. He said: "Arsene Wenger has a right to be annoyed over this matter. I have already dropped him a note explaining the situation and I offered him the apology he deserved. "It is not my policy to criticise teams and the way they play. People go on about it all being psychological warfare, but that is far from the truth on this occasion." His comments were published after a press conference to preview United's FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough. "I was stitched up and feel I have been betrayed," Ferguson said.
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Subject: BERG AND MAY READY TO FIGHT FOR THEIR PLACES HENNING BERG and David May are determined to increase the already intense competition for places in Manchester United's defence.Berg made only his eighth start of the season in United's 3-1 FA Cup win over Middlesbrough on Sunday and he hopes he can force his way up the defensive pecking order at Old Trafford. May, who has only started two Worthington Cup games this campaign, is also ready to restake his claim following his recovery from a calf injury. The former Blackburn pair are vying with the likes of Jaap Stam, Ronny Johnsen, Denis Irwin and the Neville brothers for starting places in the backline, while this season has also seen Wes Brown graduate to the senior squad. Berg, 29, who arrived in a £5million transfer from Ewood Park in August 1997, admitted it was frustrating watching so many games from the sidelines, but he remains undaunted. ''I was delighted to be in the team against Middlesbrough,'' he told the Manchester Evening News. ''It's definitely frustrating when you're not playing because all I want to do is play football. When you aren't playing obviously you are not happy. Squad rotation can be frustrating at times because everybody wants to play every week, but with the number of players here at United somebody has got to be disappointed all the time. You just have to make sure you're playing as well as you can and then maybe you'll get in the team. The more competitions we are in, the more chance I have of getting a game.'' May, 28, has been dogged by injuries for the past 18 months and he still feels he is good enough to do a job for United. ''I've had horrendous misfortune injury-wise. Now I have just got to get match-fit and be patient,'' he said. ''The squad we have now is much stronger than it was two years ago so it is going to be a difficult task ahead. But I'll bide my time and hope I am good enough when an opportunity arises.''
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Subject: Spurs' skipper Campbell praises United's youth policy By Gerry Cox LONDON, Jan 6 - England centre-back Sol Campbell said on Wednesday that premier league clubs should follow Manchester United's lead and concentrate on producing more home-grown youngsters. Campbell, 24, the Tottenham Hotspur skipper who also captained England in their last international against the Czech Republic in November, was himself a graduate of English soccer's School of Excellence. He said he was a great believer in developing home-grown talent and would like to see the example set by Manchester United, and latterly by Aston Villa, followed by other clubs. "Everybody wants to see good young English players coming through, and that seems to be the new trend. "Foreign players have come over to spice up the premier league and bring different things with them, but more and more clubs are prepared to look at their youth policies because there is so much money involved in transfers now. "Manchester United are the leaders in this respect, bringing through players from all over Britain, and it will be interesting to see how Aston Villa do this season with what is an almost all-English side." Campbell was speaking after making a draw, with plenty of appeal for those with a playful sense of humour, for a schoolboy cup competition sponsored by Heinz. After drawing a chip, which corresponded to the name of a school, Campbell, dipped the chip in ketchup and ate it. To much general amusement six schoolboys who helped him make the draw did the same. Campbell said that the 300,000 pounds ($500,000) sponsorship from Heinz is a sign that the schoolboy game is being taken more seriously. "If big companies are pumping money into the grassroots of the game it has to be a good thing. "Good young players will always come through, but you need to help them with good coaching and facilities so that talented players don't slip through the net. "I know how important schools football is from my experience, and I am sure there are a lot of young players there now with the potential to go a long way." Campbell was one of England's major successes in France '98, but is opposed to FIFA president Sepp Blatter's idea that the World Cup could be staged every two years. "The World Cup is special and to play it every other year would devalue it. "We have the European Championship in between, and the South Americans have their own competition between World Cups, and that is enough."
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Subject: Riedle Cup blow as German striker is ruled out at United Exclusive by Ric George LIVERPOOL must play a crunch FA Cup fourth round clash against Manchester United without Karlheinz Riedle. The Reds' German striker collected his fifth booking of the season in Sunday's third round win over Port Vale and therefore faces a one match ban which starts 14 days later. That means Riedle will miss the match at Old Trafford on January 24th. But with Robbie Fowler available and ankle injury victim Steve McManaman expected to be fit, Gerard Houllier's men should have sufficient weapons in their armoury to worry United's unstable defence. Houllier is already eyeing up possible replacements for Riedle, whose Anfield future is uncertain after his contract expires at the end of the season. Dutch forward Erik Meijer of Bayer Leverkusen is one of several players who have been recommended to the club, and who is available on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling in the summer. Houllier, who is keeping tabs on recent goalkeeper trialist Tony Silva from Monaco, today gave a week's trial to highly rated Dutch keeper Stefan Postma. The giant Under-21 international is rated at £750,000 by his club Utrecht and could secure a move to Anfield if he impresses, as the Reds manager maintains his policy of planning for the future as much as thinking of the present. Houllier, who was today awaiting the results of a medical which could see 19 year old Norwegian centre-back Frode Kippe complete a £700,000 move from Lillestroem, is hoping skipper Paul Ince recovers from flu in time for Saturday's match at Arsenal. Wing-back Stig Inge Bjornebye is out through suspension, so Steve Harkness and Dominic Matteo are vying to be his Highbury replacement. Houllier also hopes that FIFA's decision to suspend the Cameroon FA indefinitely - its national teams and clubs are banned from international competitions - will not delay the processing of Rigobert Song's work permit. However, if the ban remains, it means the defender will be required for international duty this season, with Cameroon having African Nations Cup matches against Eretria and Mozambique in January and February respectively. Cameroon, though, are seeking a showdown with Fifa to resolve the matter before the Eretria game which is on the weekend of Liverpool's date at Old Trafford. Meanwhile Reds defender Rob Jones, who is out of contract in the summer, made his comeback in the reserves last night and is a target for Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic, plus Portuguese giants Benefica.
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Subject: Inter Watch A quick look at how our CL quarter-final opponents are doing. Today Serie A resumed after the short winter break, and Inter lost 1-0 away to Parma. Ronaldo earned Inter a penalty late in the game after going down in the box (not a clearcut penalty by any means). He left the field for treatment and so super sub Roberto Baggio took the penalty, and missed. The defeat puts Inter into 6th place in the league behind Fiorentina (32), Parma (29), Lazio and Milan (both 26), and Roma (24). Inter's current record reads: P W L D F A PTS 15 7 5 3 26 21 24 With the way both United and Inter are leaking goals, we could be in for two high-scoring games. ______________ Terry Saudi
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Subject: Scholes Rested - M.E.N. Article Jaded Scholes told to rest By Stuart Mathieson PAUL Scholes has been handed a mid-season mini break by Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson. The Reds' England international midfielder is suffering from the after affects of flu and a World Cup hangover and Fergie has decided not to consider Scholes for Sunday's Old Trafford League match against West Ham United. The 23-year-old played in all four of England's France '98 matches and didn't finish for the summer break until July and his United season began again in August with the Champions League preliminary round against LKS Lodz. Scholes has only failed to feature in four Premiership matches for United since. Last Sunday the flu forced him to miss the FA Cup third round victory against Middlesbrough. ``Paul Scholes hasn't been feeling quite right recently so I am going to give him a break,'' says Fergie. ``He had the virus last week but he has also been feeling a bit tired during matches as well. ``The combination of the two has taken it out of him so this is good chance to give him a rest. ``He won't be involved on Sunday and then we'll see how he is next week before I decide whether to consider him for the visit to Leicester a week on Saturday.'' Scholes will be the only absentee from United's massive first team squad for the visit of the Hammers. Gary Neville who didn't play against Middlesbrough in the Cup because of suspension missed training yesterday with a thigh strain but is expected to be available for selection.
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