www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Mon 08 Nov 1999 23:33 GMT
1. MEN Report - UNITED 2 LEICESTER CITY 0
2. CL Watch by Terry
3. Keane questions United's ambition - Guardian Monday
4. FERGUSON FREEMAN OF GLASGOW
5. Dwight Yorke - BBC 5-Live interview running!
6. Survey #61 How much should UNITED offer Roy Keane to stay?
7. DVD has landed - its great!
8. Double keeper injury ««
9. Keane's pay freeze warning ««
10. YORKE BACKS COLE TO START BIG GAME - Sky
11. Keane gives clearest hint yet of United departure
12. UNITED TASTE THEIR OWN MEDICINE - Carling October Review
13. Axed Kidd gets a lift with Under-21s
MANCHESTER UNITED DAILY NEWS Tues 9th Nov 1999:
It was Fergie anniversary yesterday.
It is thirteen years ago that Manchester United played their first
game under Sir Alex Ferguson - and what a turn around there has been since then.
On November 8, 1986 Fergie had been in charge for less than 48 hours when
his struggling side went to Oxford and lost 2-0 at the Manor Ground thanks
to a John Aldridge penalty and a late goal from Neil Slatter. The result
plunged United to 20th in the table - two places from the bottom, a sharp
contrast to today's top spot in the Premiership.
Actually Sir Alex had little to do with what happened that day, leaving
team selection to Brian Whitehouse - one of the backroom staff inherited
from Ron Atkinson. He began to influence things from the start of the next
week and the transformation started.
United ended the season in a safe 11th place, but it was another three
seasons later before the success streak began and the FA Cup was won in 1990.
The rest is history!
* 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.
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
Second stage Euro Draw GROUP B
Manchester United Valencia Bordeaux Fiorentina
Tues Nov 23
Group B: Fiorentina v Manchester United
Group B: Valencia v Girondins Bordeaux
Wed Dec 8
Group B: Girondins Bordeaux v Fiorentina
Group B: Manchester United v Valencia
Wed Mar 1
Group B: Manchester United v Girondins Bordeaux
Group B: Fiorentina v Valencia
Tues Mar 7
Group B: Girondins Bordeaux v Manchester United
Group B: Valencia v Fiorentina
Wed Mar 15
Group B: Manchester United v Fiorentina
Group B: Girondins Bordeaux v Valencia
Tuesday, March 21
Group B: Fiorentina v Girondins Bordeaux
Group B: Valencia v Manchester United
Real Audio - Last weeks Daily News Sound Archive:
Click on INDEX at http://www.red11.org/sound
99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at
Mark Bosnich's Personal Details
MANCHESTER UNITED STATS v ALL teams on the Web
BSKYB Takeover news/pics at http://www.red11.org/mufc/bskyb.htm
Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!
*** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 06/11/99 ***
Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton 26,474
Bradford City 1-1 Coventry City 17,587
Liverpool 2-0 Derby County 44,467
Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City 55,191
Middlesbrough 1-1 Sunderland 34,793
Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Watford 21,658
*** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 07/11/99 ***
Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United 34,935
Newcastle United 1-1 Everton 36,164
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal 36,085
Wimbledon 2-0 Leeds United 18,747
*** CONDENSED LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 07/11/99 ***
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester United 14 9 3 2 33 19 14 30
2 Leeds United 14 9 2 3 26 18 8 29
3 Sunderland 14 8 4 2 24 12 12 28
4 Arsenal 14 8 2 4 21 14 7 26
5 Liverpool 14 7 3 4 18 12 6 24
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 7 2 4 23 18 5 23
7 Leicester City 14 7 2 5 23 19 4 23
8 Middlesbrough 14 7 1 6 19 18 1 22
9 Chelsea 12 6 2 4 18 10 8 20
10 Everton 14 5 4 5 23 21 2 19
11 West Ham United 13 5 3 5 12 11 1 18
12 Aston Villa 14 5 3 6 13 16 -3 18
13 Coventry City 14 4 5 5 21 16 5 17
14 Southampton 13 4 4 5 20 23 -3 16
15 Wimbledon 14 3 7 4 21 27 -6 16
16 Newcastle United 14 3 3 8 24 28 -4 12
17 Bradford City 13 3 3 7 11 21 -10 12
18 Derby County 14 3 3 8 13 24 -11 12
19 Watford 14 3 1 10 10 24 -14 10
20 Sheffield Wednesday 14 1 3 10 10 32 -22 6
*** TEAM STATISTICS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 06/11/99 ***
AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE: 55,168
HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 25/09/99 - Southampton (55,249)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (54,941)
BEST WIN: 11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1)
HEAVIEST DEFEAT: 03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)
BEST HOME WIN: 11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1)
HEAVIEST HOME DEFEAT: -
BEST AWAY WIN: 22/08/99 - Arsenal (2-1)
25/08/99 - Coventry City (2-1)
11/09/99 - Liverpool (3-2)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT: 03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)
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 W 2-0 1 55,191
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
MEN Report - UNITED 2 LEICESTER CITY 0
Cole-waiting for call
THERE'LL never be a better time for England to pick Andy Cole.
The Manchester United's striker's sparse international appearances have
never coincided with his most effective spells for the Reds.
The emerging pattern of Cole's club scoring form is that he's irresistible
in the autumn - yet he's never played for England at that time of the year.
He's hardly ever played for England at all actually which is a bone of
contention with the player and a mystery to everyone who has witnessed the
evolution of an all-round forward and top class goal executioner.
But if Kevin Keegan is going to give Cole another chance then now's the
time to do it.
On the eve of the Battle of Britain with Scotland on Saturday at Hampden
and Wembley next Wednesday for the valuable Brit ticket to Euro 2000, the
28-year-old's goal tally has risen during the Fall.
Post-Eric Cantona at Old Trafford, Cole has enjoyed a golden period in the
early part of the campaign.
In 1997 he hit 12 goals in a 10-match purple patch which included
hat-tricks against Barnsley and Feyenoord.
In 1998 he burst into life with Dwight Yorke with a personal eight-goal in
This season he's fired 12-goals in 13 appearances during autumn.
Yet Terry Venables, Glenn Hoddle and Keegan have only ever picked him in
spring or summer! Cole's credentials now surely can't be ignored.
He's ripe for a start against the Scots in Glasgow. He should get an
overwhelming vote for his name to be on the Hampden team-sheet.
Yes, even before Shearer! Cole stakes his claim in the 29th minute with an
astonishing strike which forced the breakthrough for United.
After scoring a similar spectacular bicycle kick against Watford recently,
Cole revealed he was trying to track down videos of Stretford End legend
Denis Law in action.
The Scot's trademark were breathtaking and athletic finishes.
One can only assume Cole has was successful in his quest. This one was
another which bore the Law copyright.
Once again the Cole-Yorke-Solskjaer three-card trick wasn't a fluent
formation. Normally it's the Norwegian who tends to suffer but this time it
appeared to subdue Yorke.
Cole, fortunately, was totally unaffected and when Phil Neville's searching
ball was headed backwards into Cole's vicinity, his moment arrived.
Leicester could have been forgiven for not thinking they were in immediate
danger even if they'd seen his over-the-should strike against Watford at
After all, that was eight yards out. He was a further 10 yards away here.
The ball hung in the air, Cole took off horizontally and smashed an
unstoppable shot past `keeper Tim Flowers.
It couldn't have been hit more perfectly or with any more power had he been
facing goal, perfectly balanced with both feet on the ground.
It was an unforgettable highlight but it wasn't Cole's only contribution.
He led United's line with assurance, leading Elliott and Taggart a merry
dance at times with his sharp turning, quick thinking and nimbleness.
United's defence, meanwhile, were having to cope with the opposite style of
centre-forward in another England man Emile Heskey.
Heskey relies, not exclusively, on brute force and anyone who can win a
test of strength with Jaap Stam has to have something going for him.
Word from the Reds' dressing room was that England should even pair Heskey
with Cole against the Scots. Stam and Co survived Heskey's attempts to
muscle in on Cole's show while Roy Keane and Paul Scholes worked overtime
in midfield to ensure Leicester's extra bodies in the engine room didn't
It may have been apt if Cole's ingenious conversion in the first half had
been the sole goal of the afternoon.
It was a worthy match-winner for any occasion.
But such poetic thoughts aren't uppermost in anybody's mind when Ryan Giggs
and Ole Solskjaer's missed opportunities were threatening to be punished by
the likes of Heskey and Tony Cottee.
Nonetheless it was only slightly less apt that Cole should be the one to
wrap it all up.
And in case anyone was wondering if champagne goals were the only ones in
his collection now he proved he can still grab the bread and butter strikes
in the 83rd minute.
Cole tried to stroke home his second but was initially thwarted by a
defender's leg which pushed the effort onto the post but the Reds' top
scorer reacted to the disappointment quicker than anyone and scrambled in
Sir Alex Ferguson said, ``It will be interesting to see what happens now
Over to you, Kevin.
Match facts Shots on: United 9 Leicester 1. Shots off: United 7 Leicester
8. Goals: Cole (29,83) for United. Attendance: 55,191.
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CL Watch by Terry
Thought I'd have a snoop around some of the European leagues and see how
our next CL opponents were doing.
Cagliari 1 - 1 FIORENTINA
Fiorentina are now on 13 points (Lazio top with 21) and are sitting 6th
from the bottom of Serie A. Coach Trapattoni, who had threatened to resign
before the CL win against the Arse, says he's confident that his team are
back on track and only failed to get full points on Saturday because of a
dodgy penalty decision for Cagliari. In the Press player ratings for the
game, Wembley hero Batistuta came out last with just 5 out of 10.
Majorca 1 - 0 VALENCIA
This defeat puts Valencia 3rd from bottom of the Spanish League with just
11 points, half the total of the leaders.
BORDEAUX 1 - 1 Sedan
This draw gives Bordeaux 23 points and puts them into 5th place 4 points
behind Celtic-slayers, Lyon.
Leaving aside the relative strengths of the four leagues, United appear to
be the in-form team in Group B :-) ... which, of course, means absolutely
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Keane questions United's ambition - Guardian Monday
Monday November 8, 1999
Roy Keane yesterday criticised his Manchester United paymasters, stopping
only marginally short of accusing the club of arrogance and complacency.
The Republic of Ireland international is embroiled in an acrimonious
dispute with United over a new contract designed to ensure he spends the
remainder of his career at Old Trafford.
"The club have a wage structure but they will have to move on to continue
to be successful," he said. "United have to move with the times; nobody
wants them to wait another 30 years to win the European Cup."
United are believed to have offered to make Keane the highest-paid player in
their history with £32,000 a week, but he has rejected the offer in the
belief that he
is worth at least £40,000. Leading clubs including Internazionale, Lazio
and Real Madrid are all reported to be ready to offer him £60,000 a week.
Although his current deal does not expire until next summer, Keane will be
free to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club on January 1, which leaves
United only eight weeks to find a compromise or lose the player recently
described by Sir Alex Ferguson as "irreplaceable".
Keane said that when he signed for United from Nottingham Forest seven
years ago the club were fully aware he could have made more money by moving
"The attitude was 'We are the biggest club in the world', and they have
always used that as a tool to bargain with," he said.
"They could have bought some good players over the years - Ronaldo, Desailly,
Batistuta - but they wouldn't come because of the wage structure. That's fine;
I respect the club's position. But they have to respect my position as well.
"It will come back to United and whether they can move towards what some of
these other clubs are prepared to offer me. If not, we'll see. There are eight
weeks to go and then I'm on a free, so obviously that's my bargaining
"To be honest, I don't really want to move. My kids are happy and settled in
Manchester but there is nothing wrong with going away for three years. As much
as I love United I won't be afraid to move."
• Paul Lambert, the Celtic captain, is out of Scotland's squad for the Euro
2000 decider against England after being concussed and taken to hospital with
broken teeth during yesterday's Old Firm derby.
• Denis Irwin of Manchester United will probably miss the first leg of the
Republic of Ireland's tie with Turkey because of a knee injury, and the Manchester City
winger Mark Kennedy will definitely miss both games after pulling a
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FERGUSON FREEMAN OF GLASGOW
By Andrew Denholm, PA News
Football knight Sir Alex Ferguson was tonight made a
freeman of his native city.
The Manchester United manager received the honour from
Glasgow's Lord Provost Alex Mosson at a civic reception at
the City Chambers.
Before the ceremony Sir Alex said there was no higher
honour than being recognised by those from his home city.
``I am very proud and to be recognised by your own people
far exceeds all the achievements you get in life - it is
absolutely wonderful,'' he said.<
``The fact that the last person to receive this honour was
Nelson Mandela shows you how prestigious it is and it
makes you very humble.
``When you get these sort of awards it is important to
rationalise them and keep your feet on the ground and
although I am very proud of what I have achieved at
Manchester United and Aberdeen it all comes from a basic
grounding of just being ordinary.''
Sir Alex said winning the European Cup, receiving awards
such as his knighthood and being granted the Freedom of the
City of Glasgow were different because while one gave
instant acclaim the other was for a lifetime's achievement.
And he joked that the honour of the Freedom of Glasgow
would allow him to enjoy some strange privileges.
''Apparently I can hang my washing on Glasgow Green,
which is an interesting one. And if I do ever get arrested in
the city I am entitled to my own cell, which could come in
handy at some point.''
On the Scotland and England Euro 2000 qualifier, he said the
game was going to be a tough one for Scotland.
``I think it is the best draw they could have got and I think
Scotland would rather play against England than come up
against Italy or France or a major country like that and they
can look forward and know that they have got nothing to
``I think England are the better side but Scotland have a
great camaraderie and experience and obviously they've got
Sir Alex is the first Freeman of the City since the council
reorganisation in 1996.
The Freedom of the City is just the latest in a long line of
honours to be given to him, including the knighthood in the
Birthday Honours earlier this year, after guiding Manchester
United to an historic treble - the Premiership title, FA Cup
and Champions League.
Sir Alex, who was born in the Glasgow district of Govan, is
only the eighth football manager or player to receive a
In March he was awarded the Freedom of Aberdeen, where
thousands lined the streets for the ceremony.
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Dwight Yorke - BBC 5-Live interview running!
Thanks to Pat I managed to record and compress the file to 617k 10 mins
Dwight interview comments on:
His New Book
Fa Cup - disappointing?
How much of a shock was it to arrive in Manchester?
CL this season
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Survey #61 How much should UNITED offer Roy Keane to stay
Please vote now: Manchester United Survey #61
How much should UNITED offer Roy Keane to stay? (£ per week)
Whatever it takes!
Survey now open: http://www.red11.org/survey
Result next week
Archive of all previous surveys: #1-60
If Alex Ferguson is to add to the squad this summer, what position should
Defence 62 28.8%
Central Midfield 55 25.6% Total 215 voted Closed 04-JUL-99
Do you agree with UNITED participating in the FIFA World Team Championships
at the expense of the FA Cup?
No: 88 64.7% Total: 136 Closed 18-JUL-99 18:30 EST
Who was Sir Alex Ferguson's best signing?
Peter Schmeichel 55 38.7%
Eric Cantona 48 33.8%
Total 142 Closed 01-AUG-99 22:30 EST
What do you think of UNITED's new blue/white kit?
Not too bad 38 29.0% Total: 131 Closed 15-Aug-99 01:00 GMT
Should UNITED break their wage structure for Roy Keane?
Yes 57 64.8% Total: 88 Closed 29-Aug-99 16:30 GMT
Should UNITED spend over £20 million to bring Rivaldo to Old Trafford?
Yes 64 68.1% Total 94 Closed 13-Sep-99 13:30 GMT
Who should be UNITED's keeper for the Champions League?
(Note: Massimo Taibi is inelegible since he signed after the UEFA deadline)
Van der Gouw 37 57.8% Total: 64 Closed 25-Sep-99 02:00 GMT
What do you think of UNITED's new keeper Massimo Taibi?
He's good but he's no Schmeichel - YET! 44 55.7%
Total: 79 voted
Which injured UNITED player is missed the most?
Roy Keane 30 68.2% Total 44 Closed 11-Oct-99 10:35 EST
Which of the current UNITED players was Fergie's best buy?
1 Roy Keane (Nottm Forest £3.75m JUL 1993) 40 34.8%
2 Denis Irwin (Oldham £625,000 JUN 1990) 25 21.7%
3 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Molde £1.5m JUL 1996) 23 20.0%
Total 115 Closed 24-Oct-99 21:50 EST
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DVD has landed - its great!
From: Barry Leeming
E Exempt from Classification
Length 130 mins
*View Program - highlights
*Interactive Interviews - Alex comments on each game
choose by month or by competition
*Direct access to games and goals
*Goal Action choose from top scorers to see all their goals from the season.
Celebrations in the changing room after Nou Camp [not on the pitch]
Great quality - plenty to see :)
Just relived Brondby 6-2 + 5-0 hehe
Barry in REDland
*I purchased mine on the net at http://www.infront.co.uk £15.99
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Double keeper injury ««
Mark Bosnich could miss Australia's matches against Brazil next week with a
double injury reccurrence of knee and hamstring problems.
The United keeper was chosen to captain his country's Olympic side in
prestigious friendly clashes against Rivaldo, Ronaldo and co in Sydney and
Melbourne during the international break.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson revealed the injuries to the press after
Saturday's game and he appears unlikely to report for duty.
If Bosnich knows what is good for him he will not argue.
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Keane's pay freeze warning ««
Roy Keane has blamed the club's stringent pay structure for his potential
departure and claims they must change to stay successful.
Keane will be able to start contract negotiations with other clubs on
January 1, and there is already a race for his signature with Italian
giants Juventus, Lazio and Inter Milan expressing an interest.
The Republic of Ireland ace is citing United's unwillingness to alter their
pay structure as the reason for his likely exit from Old Trafford.
He said: "I think United are going to have to move on if they are going to
continue being successful.
"They could have bought some good players over the years but they wouldn't
come because of the wage structure. I respect the club's position, but they
have to respect my position as well.
With Lazio apparently ready to offer Keane a massive £72,000 a week, he is
willing to give United a chance to come up with a competitive package in
He said: "From January 1 they will have to move again. It will give certain
clubs the chance to put a package together and then it will come back to
United and whether they can move towards what some of these other clubs can
"There are eight weeks to go and I am on a free. So obviously that's my
"I'm just waiting to see what happens. As much as I love the club I am not
going to sell myself short."
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YORKE BACKS COLE TO START BIG GAME - Sky
by Ben Lyttleton
Dwight Yorke has admitted to Sky Sports Online that he would be
"disappointed" if Andy Cole fails to make Kevin Keegan's starting line-up.
Cole has been in terrific form this season, which peaked in an outstanding
two-goal salvo against Leicester at the weekend.
With public pressure mounting on Keegan to start with the former Arsenal,
Bristol City and Newcastle forward - Cole romped to victory in Sky Sports
Online's striker poll - Yorke added his name to those advocating Cole's inclusion.
United's Trinidadian striker said: "I'd be disappointed if Andy did not start
because on current form he's the best striker in the league.
"What is amazing is that last season we had great times and a fantastic
period of scoring goals, and this season he has been able to carry it on in
breathtaking style. It's absolutely breathtaking.
"And it brings out the best in the players around him too. It's like golf
really, and if your partner is playing really well you just try to match
"Basically Andy has taken last season's performances on an extra level
and if he does get the nod for the big game, I would be delighted."
Tomorrow, Dwight Yorke tells Sky Sports Online who he thinks will win
the big game - and why...
Dwight Yorke (Andre Deutsch, £14,99) by Hunter Davies is in the
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Keane gives clearest hint yet of United departure
By Jeremy Butler
MANCHESTER, England Nov 8 (Reuters) - Manchester United captain Roy Keane
has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will leave the European Cup
holders when his contract ends in the summer.
Keane, 28, is wanted by top clubs throughout Europe with Lazio, Inter Milan
and Real Madrid all reported to be interested in signing him for next season.
And the Republic of Ireland international has so far left fans guessing on
whether he would stay at United on a restricted deal, which did not break their wage
structure, or move abroad on a lucrative contract.
But now Keane has revealed he will listen to offers from other clubs, after
the January 1 window opens for talking to players available on Bosman-style deals,
before returning to United to see if they can match his demands.
'As much as I love Manchester United I am not going to sell myself short,'
he told the Manchester Evening News on Monday.
'They could have bought some good players down the years but they wouldn't
come because of the wage structure.
'I respect the club's position but they have to respect my position as
well. From January 1 they will have to move again.
'It will give certain clubs the chance to put a package together and then
it will come back to United to see whether they can move towards what some of the
other clubs can offer me,' Keane, who has been at United since 1993, told the
United chairman Martin Edwards has come under heavy criticism from United's
fans at recent home games for refusing to hand Keane the contract he is
demanding despite the Reds being named as the richest club in the world.
But Edwards claims he has put to Keane the best deal the club can offer and is
still waiting for a reply on whether the contract currently on the table is
UNITED TASTE THEIR OWN MEDICINE - Carling October Review
UNITED TASTE THEIR OWN MEDICINE
Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United found themselves receiving a dollop
of their own medicine in October - the taste of defeat.
United had gone 30 league games unbeaten before their FA Carling
Premiership trip to Chelsea, but found themselves on the wrong end of a 5-0
drubbing from Gianluca Vialli's rampant side.
They were a goal down within a minute when an appalling mistake by Italian
goalkeeper Massimo Taibi was capitalised upon by Gustavo Poyet.
After a quarter of an hour Chris Sutton pounced to grab his first of the
season and then the floodgates really opened when Nicky Butt was sent off
for kicking Dennis Wise right in front of the referee.
In the second half Poyet fired his second before Henning Berg made it four
when he put through his own net. Substitute Jody Morris completed the rout
nine minutes before the end to inflict United's worst defeat since they
lost by the same score at Newcastle in 1996.
It was the first time the Reds had lost at Stamford Bridge for six years
and Ferguson promised after the game that there would be fall-out after
such a heavy defeat.
He said: ``There will be a reaction, no doubt about that. It's another of
those days we get now and then, just like the Newcastle game two or three
Then, despite the setback, United went on to win the title by seven points
and Ferguson added: ``We've got to hope history repeats itself.''
On their travels in the Worthington Cup, a team consisting mainly of
United's second string were beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa.
Ferguson shrugged off criticism after the game for selecting so many
unknowns and said he had expected his fledglings to get a result.
He said: ``Just look at the fixture list. I've got 11 first-team players on
the injury list, a Premiership game against Watford on Saturday and a
European tie next week.
``I fully expected to get a result tonight and if we had not lost a second
goal just after half-time we might have done it.''
So it was Premiership new boys Watford who felt the United backlash when
they came to Old Trafford.
Dwight Yorke (39), Andy Cole (42) and Denis Irwin (pen, 44) all fired
first-half goals and Cole grabbed his second five minutes after the break
to inflict 11 minutes of pain on the visitors, who had Mark Williams sent
off for felling David Beckham.
United then faced a trip to the south of France, against Marseille, the
French still smarting from their 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in September.
And the Marseillaise fans got their revenge when William Gallas'
69th-minute goal ended the European champions' 18-match unbeaten run in the
But Austrians Sturm Graz did the Reds a huge favour by beating Croatia
Zagreb by the same scoreline.
Away to Tottenham back in the Premiership, United again found themselves
slumping to defeat.
This time the White Hart Lane pitch was United's worst enemy and even
though the Reds had enough chances to win the match, it was Spurs who
scored the vital goals.
Ryan Giggs put the visitors ahead after 23 minutes but Spurs came back to
claim a 3-1 victory.
Their first goal was bundled in by Steffen Iversen after a goalmouth
scramble and a mistake by Mikael Silvestre in defence.
The second came when Paul Scholes deflected the ball into the United net
and Spurs youngster Steve Carr grabbed a third with a scorching effort 20
minutes from the end.
Critics were quick to point out that it was United's fourth defeat in five
games, so the European champions were determined to put that right against
Beckham unleashed one of his curling, dipping free-kicks into the Zagreb
net just after the half-hour and Roy Keane doubled the advantage when his
deflected shot wrong-footed the keeper four minutes after the break.
But, as is becoming habit this season, United's defence leaked a soft goal
when Robert Prosinecki scored minutes before the end to set up a nervous
All that mattered, however, was that the holders had booked their place in
the next phase of the competition, no matter what the score against Sturm
Graz at Old Trafford at the beginning of November.
Off-the-field news in October included the draw for the World Club
Championship in Rio in January.
United were drawn in Group A alongside Copa Libertadores winners Vasco de
Gama of Brazil, CONCACAF champions Nexaca of Mexico and Oceana title
holders South Melbourne.
Meanwhile, United confirmed their position as the richest club in Britain
by announcing record turnover and profits, and chief executive Martin
Edwards also netted £41million for his family by selling off almost 20
million shares in the club.
But by far the most important news was that the Reds would definitely not
be taking part in this season's FA Cup.
The cup holders had been given until October 29 to rethink their position
in the competition, but the deadline passed without an announcement from
In the end, though, despite a shaky month for the Treble winners,
Manchester United still found themselves in a favourable position.
Through to the next money-spinning phase of the Champions League, second in
the Premiership behind Leeds and still nowhere near reaching top gear, all
was not looking so bleak for the men from Manchester.
Axed Kidd gets a lift with Under-21s
By Peter Fitton - Exclusive
Brian Kidd will be back in football this week with England's Under-21 team
as he awaits a record compensation pay-out for a sacked manager.
The boss dramatically deposed at Blackburn by wealthy owner Jack Walker after
11 months in charge can expect to collect close to £2million.
While Kidd's advisers finalise the financial package with Rovers chief
executive John Williams, he will take up an invitation from Howard Wilkinson to help
coach his Under-21s in preparation for a vital play-off match against Yugoslavia.
Kidd, No.2 to Sir Alex Ferguson before switching last year, is believed to have his
financial security guaranteed by a special clause in his Ewood Park contract.
The deal, signed last December, carries a guarantee that Kidd must be paid
full compensation for the outstanding 32 months left on his contract within seven
days of his agreement being terminated. He earned around £650,000 a year at
Walker, the most generous benefactor in the game, has a well-deserved
reputation for fulfiling all of his financial commitments. He paid Roy Hodgson
more than £700,000 within five days of his dismissal at Blackburn midway
through last season.
The game was stunned when Brian Clough received a record £98,000 golden
handshake 25 years ago after his sacking as Leeds boss after 44 days. In the
cut and thrust of the modern game it now looks like peanuts.
Wilkinson, the FA technical director, said: 'I spoke to Brian after he'd been
sacked by Blackburn. I know what he's going through and invited him to come
over to our training HQ next week.
'There's nothing worse for a sacked manager than to be left to sit at home,
ruminating on what might have been. I've extended similar invitations in
the past to the likes of Dave Bassett and John Rudge.'
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