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The Dennis Viollet Fund

www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Mon Mar 08 07:43:34 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. DENNIS VIOLLET 1933 - 1999
2. Denis Viollet Tributes:
3. Semi-detached rivals left to rue unwanted extension - By Oliver Holt / Times.
5. Fergie's magic moments - Guardian
6. Van der Sar offers United bait «« 
7. Chelsea thoughts (reps/pics) by Boon Wee 


Daily RED Trivia  Monday 8th March 1999:

8/3/1897: Jack Wilson born in Leadgate. Wilson joined United from Stockport County
 and the enthusiastic Half-back made his debut against Leeds United in September
 1926. Between 1926-32 he made 140 appearances and scored 3 goals. Wilson
 moved to Bristol City in June 1932.

1950: United thrash Aston Villa 7-0 in a Division 1 game at Old Trafford watched
 by 22,149. Charlie Mitten 4, Johnny Downie 2 and Jack Rowley were the scorers,
 Mitten scoring 3 penalties. Team was: Crompton, Ball, Aston, Warner, Carey,
 Cockburn, Delaney, Downie, Rowley, Pearson, Mitten. 


Barry Daily Comment:
Many tributes are coming in for Denis Viollet.
If you have one please mail to barrylee@post3.tele.dk 
I will mail it forward to the daily news and his family.

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

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

10  Chelsea     (A) 14.00 FAC6 Replay 
pp Liverpool    (A) 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:

      Manchester United   0-0   Chelsea       54,587
       NEWCASTLE UNITED   4-1   Everton       36,584

 Manchester United or Chelsea  v  Arsenal     
 Newcastle United  v  Barnsley or Tottenham Hotspur

       Coventry City   2-1   Charlton Athletic     20,259
         Southampton   1-0   West Ham United       15,240
           Wimbledon   0-1   Leicester City        11,801


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            28  10  10   8  32  38   -6   40
 7  West Ham United      28  11   7  10  31  39   -8   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       27   8   9  10  27  36   -9   33
15  Coventry City        28   8   6  14  30  39   -9   30
16  Everton              27   6  10  11  20  29   -9   28
17  Charlton Athletic    28   6   9  13  32  39   -7   27
18  Blackburn Rovers     27   6   8  13  27  38  -11   26
19  Southampton          28   7   5  16  27  53  -26   26
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

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


*** FIXTURES ON 09/03/99 ***
             Arsenal  v  Sheffield Wednesday

*** FIXTURES ON 10/03/99 ***
    Blackburn Rovers  v  Everton
        Derby County  v  Aston Villa
        Leeds United  v  Tottenham Hotspur
   Nottingham Forest  v  Newcastle United

*** FIXTURES ON 13/03/99 ***
             Chelsea  v  West Ham United
       Coventry City  v  Blackburn Rovers
        Derby County  v  Liverpool
             Everton  v  Arsenal
      Leicester City  v  Charlton Athletic
    Newcastle United  v  Manchester United
 Sheffield Wednesday  v  Leeds United
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  Aston Villa
           Wimbledon  v  Nottingham Forest

*** FIXTURES ON 14/03/99 ***
       Middlesbrough  v  Southampton


Dennis runs out as Capt at Highbury

Subject: DENNIS VIOLLET 1933 - 1999 During a family trip to the US last June I arranged a visit with one of the all time Manchester United greats. Dennis Viollet was badly injured in the Munich crash and had a gaping wound over his right ear when Harry Gregg pulled him out of the wreckage. He recovered from his injuries and made his comeback just in time for the FA Cup Final against Bolton. He went on to play for United until his transfer to Stoke City in January 1962. All in all Dennis Viollet made 291 appearances and scored 178 goals and still holds the club record of 32 league goals from just 36 games during the 1959-60 season. Dennis never wanted to leave United but one day, right out of the blue Tony Waddington rang him from Stoke City and introduced himself as his new manager. Dennis felt let down but said things had never been quite the same since Munich. He loved Manchester United but the family he had known were gone. It had devastated everyone and made it difficult to cope because so many of their friends had died. So as his friend Denis Law arrived, he departed. He had five great years at Stoke and enjoyed every moment, picking up a Second Division Championship medal along the way to add to the First Division tally from his time at United. Dennis and Helen went to the US in1973 where Dennis was renowned for his coaching skills and had recently been awarded the Freedom of the City in Jacksonville where he was based. Ironically the injury he received in the crash caught up with him at Munich. Just prior to the European Cup Final reunion he had had a couple of dizzy spells and moments of deja-vu but had still been very busy with his coaching. He was in two minds whether to go to Munich but was eventually persuaded to meet up with his old team-mates. After the Final and on his way back, Dennis disappeared at the airport. When he was found he didn't know where he was and was immediately rushed home and into hospital where the brain tumour was discovered. The thing that struck me about Dennis was that he may have looked different facially because of his condition, but his body was still the same as I remember when he played for United. His forearms were still as strong and it was easy to imagine him gliding gracefully over the pitch on his way to yet another goal. Dennis Viollet played a huge part in the history of Manchester United and significantly during the re-birth of the club after the crash and it was one of the greatest thrills of my life to have spent time in his company. A few days ago Helen phoned me and told me that Dennis had gone into hospital. He had been admitted into intensive care and put on life support. The day before he was admitted to hospital Helen had taken him out to St. Augustine. She drove him around rather than pushing him as Dennis hated to be seen in the wheelchair. He hadn't been very responsive the last few times he had been taken out as his condition had deteriorated, but this time was different. She commandeered the help of one of his physios, an ex football player of about six foot four or five and they drove him the short distance to the old Spanish town. St Augustine is a beautiful place, one of those special places you get to visit every now and then. It is stacked full of history. You can be sitting by a trickling fountain under the fronds of a swaying palm in an ornate Spanish courtyard and dream yourself back in time. The day Dennis was driven to St Augustine he didn't fall asleep as he usually did. His eyes were wide open and staring as he took in everything around him visiting all the places he used to love. They didn't stay long, but long enough, and when they returned home to their house in Jacksonville Dennis was helped from the car by the ex football player, but before he was seated in his wheelchair he was stood upright by an interior wall. And then something remarkable happened. He stood bolt upright by himself and very slowly but deliberately he moved that famous right foot of his and took a single step forward. It was something he hadn't done under his own volition for some considerable time. When seated back in his wheelchair you could easily detect the look of satisfaction which had crept over his face. When he was asked whether he had enjoyed himself he smiled and murmured as best he could to indicate that he had. It turned a nice day into a very special one. There are moments in a life that are memorable for various reasons. Dennis' life had always been concerned with football whether it was playing or coaching, but that day in St. Augustine and the brief aftermath was every bit as good as an injury time winner. Just after 3pm local time on Saturday 6th March Dennis passed away. The time and date significant. His memory will linger in the minds of those of us who were privileged enough to watch him play. I will always remember his power and grace and his ability to be in the right place at the right time, the hallmark of a good striker. That day in St Augustine was the right place at the right time. He could well have been on his way into the opposition box and latching on to a knock down from Tommy, gracefully encouraging the ball into the back of the net and turning away to take the adulation of his team-mates with just a hint of a smile. Dennis was a man who played life as he played football, with as little fuss as possible, but he played it very effectively. We will remember him as one of our own. Paul Windridge
Dennis runs out as Capt at Highbury

Subject: Denis Viollet Tributes: From: "Mr. Science" RIP Dennis Viollet Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 22:10:59 -0500 As a longtime soccer fan in Washington, DC, please let me express my sorrow at the passing of Dennis Viollet. To those who remember 1970's soccer here in the Nation's Capital, he will be fondly remembered. This from an Arsenal supporter, as well. Fair Play! <<<< Subject: Dennis Viollet From: stuart@emphasis-inflight.com (Stuart Lawrence) I've just heard the sad news about the passing of Dennis Viollet. Sat here in Hong Kong, I watched the United v. Chelsea F.A. Cup match and wondered why the players were wearing black armbands. It was not explained by the Chinese commentator. I attended my first United game in 1966 and so I never saw Dennis play for us. But I was aware of his abilities and his goal-scoring record. I believe that he was cruelly undervalued by football fans, writers and commentators. As a Munich survivor who left the club in 1962, he was neither canonised like those who lost their lives in the crash, nor part of the team that went on to achieve so much in the sixties like his friend Bobby Charlton. Yet his achievements and goalscoring record still stand the test of time. Please pass on my condolences to his wife Helen and his family. Also, please let me know if the Dennis Viollet Fund is still in operation and if there is any way I can make a small contribution towards the family's medical bills. I see to recall some prints of Dennis being available for purchase. Is it still possible to obtain these? Thank you for your help. United in grief for the passing of a true great, Stuart Lawrence Manchester United Hong Kong Supporters Club Member. <<<< From: Michelle Lim Dennis Viollet I'm glad I'm on the lists. If all the information about United I get were only from the papers and the TV, I would never have known about Dennis Viollet. Time can be cruel, and I daresay that many people all over the world who used to watch and marvel at Dennis play don't know that he's now gone. I'm not old enough to have witnessed the man actually play, but I wish I was -- his goalscoring record, if anything, speaks volumes for itself. Being on the lists kept me informed on Dennis' condition, and at least I knew something about his circumstances. Thanks to Paul for keeping us all updated, and letting us share his last days -- it was a lovely account. Kudos too to those of you who tried to get information about the new experimental drug, even though it didn't help much. Please let Helen and Rachel know that our thoughts and sympathies are with them. Even in the midst of match-winning joy and fixture congestion, there is still place for sobriety and reflection. Michelle <<<< Tribute http://www.red11.org/mufc/dviollet99.htm
Dennis runs out as Capt at Highbury

Subject: Semi-detached rivals left to rue unwanted extension - By Oliver Holt / Times. Through gritted teeth and laboured smiles, Alex Ferguson and Gianluca Vialli paid lip-service to the importance of living to fight another day in the FA Cup. When they could hide their disappointment no longer, though, their thoughts wandered to the only team who can still deprive them of a title that they hold more dear. By their scowls yesterday, it was clear that they were thinking about Arsène Wenger cracking open a bottle of fizzy water and toasting his old sparring partner, fixture congestion. This was the day when the FA Cup exacted its revenge on Manchester United and Chelsea. In the past, they have managed to get away with their callous treatment of the famous old competition, riding along on their pragmatism and their shadow sides, grabbing late winners or losing gallantly, but always, always, avoiding that worst of all fates, the Scylla and Charybdis of modern football: the replay. Ferguson, in particular, has often joked about his horror of not deciding a cup-tie at the first attempt, of wild plans to send Peter Schmeichel up with the forwards for the last five minutes if the match was in the icy grip of deadlock. The Manchester United manager stopped short of that yesterday, but, in desperation, he did bring some of the heroes of the win against Internazionale off the bench for the last 20 minutes of this quarter-final. By then, it was too late. The replay will take place at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, which means that United have to sacrifice their scheduled FA Carling Premiership match against Liverpool at Anfield and Chelsea their game against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. Worse, both sides had a player sent off for two rather innocuous offences, which means that Roberto Di Matteo and Paul Scholes will miss a game in the championship run-in. "We have got fewer games to play than Chelsea and Arsenal," Ferguson said. "If anything, it is worse for Chelsea than us, because they will find that their games start to come thick and fast now. Arsenal are the ones who will really benefit from what happened today. They are probably the favourites to win the league now." Vialli agreed. "Both teams could have done without another match and the winner at the end of the day is probably Arsenal, because now is a very decisive moment of the season and the fewer matches you play, the better," the Chelsea manager said. That the FA Cup has become something of a frippery was evident when Ferguson left out Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, the forwards who have been terrifying defences from Filbert Street to the Nou Camp, and played Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the focal point of an unfamiliar formation that was as close as United have come to dispensing with their trusted 4-4-2. Somehow, it all seemed rather half-hearted and conservative. The match itself was untidy and devoid of fluency. Phil Neville was used, to good effect, to man-mark Gianfranco Zola and stifle what remained of Chelsea's creativity, deprived as they were of Frank Leboeuf, Celestine Babayaro, Dennis Wise and Vialli himself. The result was a rather tetchy impasse, a game smothered by caution when it should have been liberated by the abandon of its lowly place in the scheme of things. It was typical of the occasion that just when it seemed it might be cut loose from its bonds shortly before half-time, when Gary Neville had glanced a fine diving header against the face of Ed de Goey's right-hand post, it was killed stone dead by the sending-off of Di Matteo for an ill-judged tackle on Scholes that compounded his earlier mistimed challenge on Beckham. It is hard to criticise Paul Durkin, the referee, because, taken individually, both were bookable offences. There was no malice in either challenge and common sense should have allowed the Italian to stay on the pitch. In a refereeing culture where the officials are punished for such diversions into sentiment, though, Durkin had little option but to administer the letter of the law. The same applied to the dismissal of Scholes four minutes from the end for a similarly innocuous tackle on Goldbaek. By then, the game was all but over anyway. Chelsea, who managed just one shot on target in the game, a first-half curler from Morris that was saved easily by Schmeichel, had decided that a draw was the best they could achieve with ten men and defended so well that they earned it. In its pursuit, De Goey and Marcel Desailly were outstanding. The Dutch goalkeeper made his first important save in the fifth minute, hurling himself to his right to parry a stinging drive by Keane and then doing just enough to distract Scholes as he ran on to Beckham's delightful lob over the Chelsea defence six minutes later. Beckham should have scored himself five minutes after half-time, but he lifted his shot high over the bar from ten yards after Scholes pulled the ball back from the byline. De Goey came to the rescue again in the 58th minute, when Solskjaer's first-time ball freed Scholes. De Goey managed to block his shot and Beckham snatched at the rebound and pulled it wide. Midway through the half, Scholes, whom Ferguson singled out for his profligacy, put a shot into the side-netting at full stretch and, 13 minutes from the end, De Goey frustrated United one last time, turning Scholes's touch over the bar after Yorke's attempt at an overhead kick had cannoned off Le Saux. Le Saux, by the way, behaved impeccably in the face of the all too predictable baiting from the crowd. Spare a thought, too, for Beckham, who was also taunted. He did not fling out his elbows or lose his temper, but who among the outraged chat-show and phone-in hosts and the new football intelligentsia will take up his cause?
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Subject: 365 report MANCHESTER UNITED 0 CHELSEA 0 Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson's attempt to rest strikers Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke backfired against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final as he succeeded only in adding to his side's fixture pile-up. Even though Chelsea were reduced to 10 men for the entire second-half, United's profligacy in front of goal and a string of fine saves ensured that a replay was necessary at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. It was the outcome that neither Ferguson nor Gianluca Vialli wanted, given that vital Premiership games at Liverpool and Middlesbrough respectively will now have to be rearranged. But while a replay was all Vialli could have hoped for after Roberto Di Matteo's dismissal for two yellow cards, Ferguson compounded his selection error by bringing Yorke on for just 18 minutes and Cole for a paltry eight minutes. Meanwhile, if referee Paul Durkin had not seen Graeme Le Saux's apparent elbow to the head of Robbie Fowler last weekend at Stamford Bridge, he certainly made up for it at Old Trafford. For Ferguson's misery in a largely disappointing game was compounded four minutes from time when Paul Scholes became the second player to be dismissed for a second booking. United did create and waste several clear-cut chances, with Scholes and David Beckham the main culprits, but Chelsea defended with vigour and rugged determination in the second period. The Blues had a burning desire to set the record straight after a 4-0 FA Cup Final defeat in 1994, a semi-final elimination two years later and a 5-3 humiliation last year in the third round at United's hands. Although being without Gianluca Vialli, Frank Leboeuf, Dennis Wise and Celestine Babayaro through suspension, one glance at the United team-sheet must have given them instant confidence. Not only were Yorke and Cole on the bench but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was up front on his own, Ryan Giggs was also out, Jaap Stam banned and Ronny Johnsen injured - a shadow even of the side which beat Fulham in the last round. Jesper Blomqvist and Beckham attempted to support Solskjaer, while Scholes also pushed forward and placed a hurried effort wide early on as he just beat Ed De Goey to a through-ball, while the keeper also parried a drive from Roy Keane. Chelsea, with Gianfranco Zola being man-marked by Phil Neville, were completely shorn of invention and were playing far too predictable high balls up to Tore Andre Flo. They did manage to create their only chance of the first-half on 37 minutes when the industrious Jody Morris placed his shot far too close to Peter Schmeichel from the edge of the penalty area. However, that simply sparked United into life, with Beckham finally managing to find the space to whip in a cross reminiscent of the lethal deliveries with which he destroyed Inter Milan in midweek. Gary Neville got the slightest of touches on the ball at the near post but it ran across the face of goal, rebounded off the far post and was cleared to safety. Then Blomqvist escaped the attentions of Albert Ferrer on the left and Keane left his cross to Scholes, who lamely mishit his volley off target. As United pressed again, Scholes turned instantly and Di Matteo came flying in to tackle the spot where the ball had been - connecting only with the midfielder's legs. It was not vicious or pre-planned but referee Durkin was technically correct in sending off the Italian, who had earlier been booked for a foul on Beckham. Within five minutes of the restart, the England midfielder was presented with a clear-cut opening virtually on the penalty spot but he spooned it horribly over the bar. Chelsea, with Eddie Newton on for Petrescu, were momentarily rattled and Le Saux promptly gifted possession to Blomqvist, who ran menacingly forward and beat De Goey with a powerful drive but also the far post. Still United's chances came and went. Keane hit the side-netting and Scholes had a golden chance from Solksjaer's intelligent pass only for De Goey to pull off a spectacular reaction save. A cross from Solskjaer caused mayhem, Gary Neville drove wide, Scholes half-volleyed off target but still Chelsea held on. Then Ferguson bowed to the inevitable and introduced Yorke for Phil Neville with 18 minutes left, finally relieving Solskjaer of his lone role. The former Aston Villa striker was immediately in the thick of the action, crossing for Scholes to head straight at De Goey and then forcing the keeper into an acrobatic tip over the bar from an overhead kick. A free-kick from Zola did cause Peter Schmeichel a moment of consternation but it was almost completely one-way traffic and the Italian was substituted for Andy Myers with 11 minutes left as Chelsea were forced to look for a replay. That was exactly what United did not want, and Ferguson threw on Cole and Teddy Sheringham, for Solskjaer and Blomqvist, on 82 minutes. Their cause was hardly helped when Scholes was also dismissed with four minutes left for his second yellow card, a late tackle on Bjarne Goldbaek to follow a first-half foul on Dan Petrescu. United did win a flurry of late corners, with Sheringham and Yorke both seeing efforts blocked, but Chelsea's impressive defence held on. And so the two sides, who have not been separated in three meetings this season, prepare for the replay at Stamford Bridge. Some penalty-taking practice would be advisable this week. MAN UTD & CHELSEA PLAYER RATINGS MAN UTD PETER SCHMEICHEL: The Dane was a spectator for most of the game. 6. GARY NEVILLE: Played more as a wing back after Chelsea were reduced to 10 men and increased United's attacking options down the right. 7. DENIS IRWIN: With little threat coming from Bjarne Goldbaek, he was able to push well forward in the second half. 6. HENNING BERG: Jaap Stam was hardly missed after another commanding display from the Norwegian at the heart of United's defence. 7. WES BROWN: Looked solid and composed in his first game in his natural centre-half role. 7. PHIL NEVILLE: Kept Gianfranco Zola reasonably quiet in his role as man marker for the Italian before he came off. 7. ROY KEANE: Lost his cool once in the first half and was booked, but drove United on. 6. DAVID BECKHAM: Fatherhood has clearly not affected his crossing. 7. JESPER BLOMQVIST: Flitted in and out of the game on the left wing. 6. PAUL SCHOLES: Did not have his best day in front of goal before he was sent off near the end. 6. OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER: Led United's attack very well as their lone striker against the formidable presence of Marcel Desailly. 7. SUBSTITUTES: DWIGHT YORKE (for Phil Neville, 72 minutes): Threatened with one overhead kick, but little else. 6. ANDY COLE (for Blomqvist, 81 minutes): Did not have enough time to make a telling contribution. 5. TEDDY SHERINGHAM (for Solskjaer, 81 minutes): The fit-again striker went close with one shot past the post. 6. CHELSEA ED DE GOEY: Made a couple of crucial saves to keep Chelsea in the tie. 8. DAN PETRESCU: Poor game from Chelsea's stand-in skipper before he was replaced at half-time. 5. MARCEL DESAILLY: Enjoyed a fine tussle with Solskjaer and was reasonably solid. 7. BERNARD LAMBOURDE: The stand-in did a decent job alongside Desailly. 7. BJARNE GOLDBAEK: Produced very little down the right. 6. GRAEME LE SAUX: Relatively quiet game from the England international with no Robbie Fowler to bicker with this week. 6. ROBERTO DI MATTEO: Needlessly got himself sent off just before half-time for his second bookable offence. 6. ALBERT FERRER: Fine defensive display from the Spaniard when Chelsea needed it most. 7. JODY MORRIS: Good display was marred by one missed chance in the first half. 7. TORE ANDRE FLO: Disappointing display from the Norwegian who got little change from United's makeshift defence. 5. GIANFRANCO ZOLA: Was shackled for most of the game by Phil Neville and only showed glimpses of his immense talent. 6. SUBSTITUTES: EDDIE NEWTON (for Petrescu, 45 minutes): Played his part in the Blues rearguard battle. 6. ANDY MYERS (for Zola, 79 minutes): Helped keep United at bay when he came on for the final push from the home side. 6. Referee: Paul Durkin: Officiated to the very letter of the law in his sendings off of Di Matteo and Scholes. 6.
Dennis runs out as Capt at Highbury

Subject: Fergie's magic moments - Guardian "These are the golden moments in a football year," said Alex Ferguson, accepting the invitation to briefly relive Wednesday's triumph over Internazionale before considering the small matter of Chelsea in today's FA Cup quarter-final. "That sort of form and a result like that only does good for you." If United go into this afternoon's match in half as good heart as their congenially smiling manager, Chelsea had better look out. For the past few months Ferguson and his players have been under the sort of stifling pressure only the game's highest achievers would know about; not just because of all the daft criticism over squad rotation and a cavalier attitude towards the domestic cups, but because they too must have been a little bit worried that Inter - on the face of it a better side than either Dortmund or Monaco - would prove similarly adept at exposing United's lack of European savvy. There is still time for that to happen of course, and Ferguson is absolutely right in stressing United are not out of danger yet. Even so, Chelsea may find their opponents breathing a little easier this afternoon. Wednesday night went a long way to proving United actually are as good as they think they are. Liverpool and Newcastle, who complete a daunting trio of domestic fixtures before the return in Milan next week, should also be worried about facing a side whose customary self-belief may now know no bounds. Which is not to say United might not be tired against Chelsea, or that Ferguson intends to field the same team. He will have to replace both centre backs in any case, since Jaap Stam is suspended and Ronny Johnsen injured, and there is probably a case for bringing in Jesper Blomqvist to rest David Beckham or Ryan Giggs on one of the wings. But there is no question whatsoever of Ferguson sending out a side which suggests the FA Cup is peripheral to the club's priorities. "You can take a few risks in early rounds," he explained. "Sometimes you get away with it, sometimes you get caught like we did against Barnsley last year. But if you are playing at home in a quarter-final, and you are playing against Chelsea, that sets its own agenda. I've got to play a team that's capable of winning." Somewhat cynically, Ferguson suggested that once you get this close to Wembley it is worth trying your hardest to get there, but though one could hardly expect the FA Cup to top the Old Trafford wanted list this season, there is no doubt this most traditional of managers retains a strong affection for the first trophy he won in English football. "It is a fantastic competition, and getting to Wembley is still a big, big incentive for any footballer," he said. "People might think we have moved on to bigger things, but we have players like Dwight Yorke, Jaap Stam and Jesper Blomqvist who would love to get to Wembley. Any player would hate to go through his career at United and not get a taste of an FA Cup final." Should United still be in both cup competitions in May, Ferguson's Wembley line-up should be interesting for an FA Cup final which takes place just four days before the Champions League climax in Barcelona, but at this stage that is far too fanciful a scenario. "We are not out of the woods in Europe yet, there is still a big job to do in Milan," Ferguson warned. "Things can happen in Italy that can amaze you, I think English teams have suffered badly in second legs there over the years, either in not getting refereeing decisions or in seeing decisions go against them. We know that, but the important thing is I think we are strong enough to handle it. There's no doubt they will be desperate to get Ronaldo back in, but that might not be as simple as it sounds. We will have to show courage in the San Siro, but Inter will have to deliver in front of their own fans, and that will put them under a lot of pressure. We will need a sensible, mature performance, keeping possession while offering a counter-attacking threat, and the more experienced players like Roy Keane, Peter Scmeichel and Denis Irwin could have a vital part to play for us." Schmeichel, not forgetting his goal-line insurance man Henning Berg, has already played a vital part in the tie. But for two magnificent second half saves and Berg's dramatic clearance, United would not be in such chipper mood today. "I thought that was a goal," Ferguson confessed. "When I saw Schmeichel beaten I assumed that was it." A 2-1 result - and Inter could hardly have come any closer - and it would have been the Italians outlining their plans for surviving the second leg. "The result was even more pleasing than the performance," Ferguson said. "We can play better than that, but the main thing is we've got them on the back foot. Inter knew, coming away from Old Trafford on Wednesday, that they have a mountain to climb now, and that's good. We've given ourselves a great chance." Indeed they have, and instead of bemoaning the absence of goals in the second half, we should admire instead a job well done in European terms. United would happily have settled for 2-0 in advance, they did not show the Italians too much respect, and rather than conceding an early goal they scored one of their own to open up the game. There seems no reason to doubt Ferguson's assertion that United can score and survive in Milan, and no question of taking it easy in Cup or Premiership in the meantime. "I'll be operating my pool system with even more conviction now," Ferguson said. "Any changes against Chelsea will reflect the enormity of the Milan game and the fact that we play Liverpool in three days time. We can't afford any mistakes in the league. It a very close run affair with Arsenal and Chelsea, and I don't think we can surrender ground."
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Subject: Van der Sar offers United bait «« Ajax's giant 'keeper Edwin van der Sar has reportedly opened the door for Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson to bring him to Old Trafford as Peter Schmeichel's long term replacement. The stopper has constantly been linked with the switch to Manchester United but it was feared that the keeper did not want to leave Amsterdam, where he is contracted until 2003. However, the 28-year-old Dutch regular is now thought to be seriously considering a future outside Holland when the current season ends. Van der Sar was targeted by European Cup holders Real Madrid last month, but the Spaniards have now sacked their former Dutch national coach Guus Hiddink, so that avenue now appears to be closed for the lanky stopper. Ferguson is now said to be considering a £6million move after watching the keeper in action last weekend when he flew out to watch his son Darren in action for Sparta Rotterdam against Ajax. With the current season now entering it's final leg, Ferguson will have to consider whether to make his move for van der Sar sooner rather than later with Peter Schmeichel's Old Trafford exit drawing imminently closer.
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Subject: Chelsea thoughts (reps/pics) by Boon Wee Allo all, As usual, the reports and pictures will be up at http://members.xoom.com/heathens/mufc.html ..Half time whistle blown, the United team walked into the dressing room and took up their positions. Ferguson went on giving his usual half time "let's speed the game up" speech, at the same time, he throws each of the player a can of Pepsi, asking each of them to focus at the game. All the guys caught their Pepsi and when it came to Schmeichel, he dropped it. "I was only joking", he said as he walked out for the second half... That, incidentally was a Pepsi advertisement shown on our local television station. It looks quite new, Yorke was in it. It was pretty funny, especially when Schmeichel got his stick from Ferguson. Top stuff. Anyway, back to the match.. Not surprisingly, Ferguson changed the line-up of the team after Wednesday's Inter game. Out went Stam (suspended), Yorke, Cole, Giggs and Johnsen (injured). In came Brown, Solskjaer, Blomqvist and Phil Neville. It was understandable when the game wasn't flowing in the first half. Apart from a couple of shots, it was hardly exciting. Gary Neville's header (from a Beckham cross) hit the upright towards the end of the half. Phil had scored against Chelsea before, it was a pity that Gary could not. Chelsea were lucky then. Only Durkin (the ref) was "up" for the game, he gave away numerous yellow cards and gave two red along the way too. He sure was feeling generous today. Keane was pushing his luck with his constant argument with Durkin in the 11th minute. Keane was already booked prior to that but he just went on and on. Fortunately, Durkin kept his red card intact. Desailly, Scholes, Matteo and Matteo were also booked. Of course, Matteo's name being typed twice, was sent off just before half time. Better still, Petrescu went off injured before Matteo's sending off. It all looked good for United. As usual, United came out looking like a different team from the first half. Chelsea had lost their shape. Scholes in the second half alone, could have scored more than five goals. His shots were either wide or were saved by De Goey. Solskjaer, Beckham, Blomqvist and Keane took turns to test Chelsea's defence but nothing gave. Vialli removed Flo and injected in the kid Forssell, not much impact too. With ten minutes to go, Vialli decided that he had seen enough to be sure that Chelsea will hold on to the draw, he took Zola off. In came Myers, still United pushed on. No matter what United tried, there was always De Goey and blue shirts all over the box. Yorke, Cole and Sheringham were all out on the field trying to do an Arsenal (scoring on the 89th minute i.e.). Sheringham had his try blocked. It was Teddy's favorite set piece but still no luck. Before the end of the game, Durkin decided to go for parity when he sent Scholes off for his second offence. There was no chance that United will do a miracle now. Sure enough, Durkin blew for the final time shortly after. So the replay will be at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The game against Liverpool will be pushed behind yet again. Fergi is going to complain about fixture congestion soon. Overall, Brown performed really well at the back. He is definitely going to be a big star in no time. Blomqvist showed his confidence when he took on the defence over and over again. It was unfortunate that his long range shot missed the target, De Goey hardly moved then. Beckham looked rather quiet compared to Wednesday, he must be a tired lad. Keane (my M.O.M) was his usual self, fiery and strong. He owned the mid field in the game. This wasn't United best game, but they had the chances to prevent the replay. But as Wenger said, you can't score all the time. Yorke and Cole (assuming being rested for the Liverpool game) should be back for the replay. Chelsea will be back to full strength too. It is going to be another smashing game. It's a tough tough month for United. "We shall not be moved.." Finally, deepest condolence to Dennis Viollet's family and friends. Boon Wee
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Subject: WINNER TIPPED TO LIFT THE TREBLE BY LIVERPOOL LEGEND NEAL By Ian Cruise MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea both remain on course to complete the treble after yesterday's 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. For one of them, the dream will die in the replay at Stamford Bridge. Only Liverpool, in 1984, has ever won three trophies in a season. But one of the stalwarts of that team has confessed to Football365 that their unique record is in real danger. Former Anfield full-back Phil Neal was part of the side that won the League Championship, the European Cup and the League Cup 15 years ago. And he feels that whoever comes through the quarter-final clash of the titans could go on to get their hands on three pieces of silverware. United have their sights set on the European Cup, while Chelsea are chasing the Cup Winners' Cup to go with the Premiership and FA Cup titles that both sides crave. Neal told 365 yesterday: "It's a tall order, but I believe both are capable of winning a treble. You have to have very, very good fortune and everything has to go for you, but the players will certainly feel it can be done. I know exactly how the players at both clubs will be feeling. They will be thinking about it and they will want it. They will want to train and to play, and they won't be able to wait for the next match, no matter who the opposition is. They will feel they can beat anyone. It wouldn't surprise me if one of them won all three trophies." The danger for either side is that a season currently bursting with promise could end in bitter disappointment. United found that out last season when they were chasing glory on three fronts at the end of February but ended up with nothing. "The quarter-finals and semi-finals of the European and FA Cups do tend to come at the same time and if things go against you, you can find yourselves out of two competitions in quick succession," said Neal. "Obviously, being knocked out of one can lead to a knock-on effect and throw your whole season off course. You have to be wary of focusing too much on one to the detriment of the others. "But as I say, the more success you have, the more you want. Once you've achieved something one year, you want to repeat it the next. That's what we're seeing with Arsenal at the moment. They did the Double last season and obviously want to retain both trophies. They will be a huge threat to the ambitions of both United and Chelsea."
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