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Date: Mon 08 Nov 1999 23:33 GMT
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This Issue:
2. CL Watch by Terry
3. Keane questions United's ambition - Guardian Monday
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 ««
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



Barry Comment:
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!

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 

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Previous News:
 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!

         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

             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


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

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)
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)


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



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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 11-match period. 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 Old Trafford. 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 ultimately count. 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 the rebound. Sir Alex Ferguson said, ``It will be interesting to see what happens now with England.'' 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 nothing :-(. ______________ Terry Saudi
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Keane questions United's ambition - Guardian Monday Ian Ross 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 elsewhere. "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 position. "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 hamstring.
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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 lose. ``I think England are the better side but Scotland have a great camaraderie and experience and obviously they've got a chance.'' 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 knighthood. 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 Download http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/99/dwight_on_5_live.rm Stream http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/99/dwight_on_5_live.ram Dwight interview comments on: His New Book Alan Shearer Teddy/Andy Cole Future transfers Roy Keane Fa Cup - disappointing? PLC Brazil Trinidad Racism How much of a shock was it to arrive in Manchester? CL this season Enjoy!
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Survey #61 How much should UNITED offer Roy Keane to stay Please vote now: Manchester United Survey #61 http://www.red11.org/survey How much should UNITED offer Roy Keane to stay? (£ per week) £40,000 £50,000 £60,000 £75,000 Whatever it takes! Survey now open: http://www.red11.org/survey Result next week >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Archive of all previous surveys: #1-60 http://www.red11.org/mufc/survey/results.htm If Alex Ferguson is to add to the squad this summer, what position should be strengthened? 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 http://www.red11.org/mufc/survey/results.htm
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DVD has landed - its great! From: Barry Leeming THE TREBLE 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 «« Team Talk 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 the meantime. 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 offer me. "There are eight weeks to go and I am on a free. So obviously that's my bargaining position. "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 that. "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 shops now.
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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 newspaper. 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 good enough. ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ 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 years ago.'' 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 competition. 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 Croatia Zagreb. 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 finale. 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 the club. 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 Rovers. 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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