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Date: Thu 09 Dec 1999 01:59 GMT
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This Issue:
1. Keane leads the way ««
4. Manchester United 3-0 Valencia Just a perfect day...
5. Manchester United 3 - 0 Valencia Minute by Minute
7. Taibi back home for a teach-in



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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

1999/2000 UEFA Champions League Second Group-Match Stage - Group B 
Group B           P W D L  F A  Pts 
Fiorentina AC     2 1 1 0  2 0  4 
Manchester United 2 1 0 1  3 2  3 
Valencia CF       2 1 0 1  3 3  3 
Bordeaux          2 0 1 1  0 3  1 

Second stage Euro Draw  GROUP B
Manchester United Valencia Bordeaux Fiorentina
Tues Nov 23 Fiorentina v Manchester United  2-0 
            Valencia v Girondins Bordeaux   3-0
Wed Dec 8   Girondins Bordeaux v Fiorentina 0-0
            Manchester United v Valencia    3-0

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 

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 


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   Tottenham Hotspur   0-0   West Ham United       36,233


Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Leeds United         17  12   2   3  30  19   11   38
 2  Manchester United    16  11   3   2  40  21   19   36
 3  Arsenal              17  11   2   4  31  16   15   35
 4  Sunderland           17  10   4   3  31  17   14   34
 5  Liverpool            17   9   3   5  24  14   10   30
 6  Leicester City       17   9   2   6  26  23    3   29
 7  Tottenham Hotspur    16   8   3   5  25  20    5   27
 8  West Ham United      16   7   4   5  17  14    3   25
 9  Chelsea              15   7   3   5  21  15    6   24
10  Middlesbrough        17   7   3   7  21  24   -3   24
11  Coventry City        17   5   6   6  23  18    5   21
12  Everton              17   5   6   6  25  27   -2   21
13  Wimbledon            17   4   8   5  27  29   -2   20
14  Newcastle United     17   5   4   8  28  30   -2   19
15  Aston Villa          17   5   4   8  14  19   -5   19
16  Southampton          16   4   5   7  20  25   -5   17
17  Bradford City        16   3   4   9  13  25  -12   13
18  Derby County         17   3   3  11  15  29  -14   12
19  Watford              17   3   2  12  13  33  -20   11
20  Sheffield Wednesday  16   1   3  12  14  40  -26    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)
     		     04/12/99 - Everton (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)
     		     04/12/99 - Everton (5-1)
BEST AWAY WIN:           22/08/99 - Arsenal (2-1)
     			25/08/99 - Coventry City (2-1)
     			11/09/99 - Liverpool (3-2)
     			20/11/99 - Derby County (2-1)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT:   03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)

18-DEC-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs West Ham  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
26-DEC-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Bradford C  (FA Premier League, HOME)
28-DEC-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Sunderland  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
06-JAN-2000 [18:15] Manchester Utd. vs Necaxa  (World Club Championship, AWAY)

Current Injuries                       Possible return
 Jesper Blomqvist        ankle           early Dec 
 Ronny Johnsen           knee            January
 Wes Brown               knee            August


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     W  2-1     1    33,370
23/11/99    AC Fiorentina            Away EC  L  0-2     -    40,000
30/11/99    Tokyo  Palmeiras         N   WCC  W  1-0     -    53,372
 4/12/99    Everton                  Home PL  W  5-1     2    55,193
 8/12/99    Valencia CF              Home EC  W  3-0     -    54,606 

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"

  pp  3/01/2000  Middlesborough         Home PL ???  *No new date yet
  pp 27/11/1999  Sheffield Wednesday    Away PL ???  *No new date yet

 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
Final? 14/01/2000

15/17? /01/2000  Leeds               Away PL   15.00  
24/01/2000  Arsenal                  Home PL   20.00  "live on sky"
 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   11.30  "live on sky"
 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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Keane leads the way «« Manchester United 3 Valencia 0 Keane 38 Solskjaer 47 Scholes 70 Roy Keane inspired United to an emphatic 3-0 win over Valencia as he dominated midfield and opened the scoring, to the delight of a packed house. The newly contracted Irishman's crisp edge-of-the-area volley to put United ahead was greeted with predictable glee by an Old Trafford crowd who had been keen to acknowledge, "there's only one Keano" from the very start of the evening. It was his fifth goal in nine games. A second United goal just after the break from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added an extra fizz to the champagne feel, and Paul Scholes' typically well taken header late on kept the party going long into the night. It could have been a very different story though. Old Trafford's early buzz at the news of Keane's renewed commitment to the club was nearly silenced inside 60 seconds. Right winger Mendieta raced past Dennis Irwin and Raymond van Der Gouw was forced to make a smart save from Farinos. It took United another 15 minutes to carve out as good an opportunity for themselves. Cole flicked on Beckham's clever free kick, and Solskjaer swivelled quickly but shot weakly and a nervy looking Palop made a straightforward save. But from that point on United's dominance was not in question. Two runs from Giggs set the capacity crowd buzzing, although his shots, on both occasions, flew wide. They did go closer on the half hour when another Beckham free kick spanked off the crossbar with Palop rooted to his line. And with the pressure mounting Solskjaer miscued another good chance before Keane's telling strike. In truth the goal had been coming for a while, Valencia's defending was anything but convincing. Solskjaer underlined that fact just after the break with a precision second, nudging home Beckham's low cross from just three yards out. Valencia hit back as United looked to relax, Lopez and Oscar both fired over from clear openings and the rampaging Angloma brought an excellent save from Van der Gouw. But Keane - getting through a good £40,000 worth of labour - and United, were not to be denied. Another Beckham cross presented Paul Scholes with the third twenty minutes from time, his glancing header speared into the top corner and ended any hopes Valencia had of getting back into the game. United's performance was by no means perfect. Valencia did carve out too many clear cut sights of goal for that to be the case, but with so much at stake going into the game Alex Ferguson had every reason to smile at the final whistle. Like his skipper he had enjoyed a very productive day's work. United are now second in Group B, a point behind Fiorentina and ahead of Valencia by dint of having conceded one less goal. Teams: Man Utd: Van der Gouw, Neville P, Stam, Neville G, Irwin, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Cole, Solskjaer. Valencia: Palop, Angloma, Djukic, Bjorklund, Pellegrino, Carboni, Farinos, Milla, Mendieta, Oscar, Lopez C.
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FERGUSON SAVOURS DUAL TRIUMPH By Paul Walker, PA Sport Sir Alex Ferguson led the celebrations at Old Trafford after skipper Roy Keane signed a four-year deal and Manchester United rediscovered the form that made them European champions. Ferguson watched Keane score the goal that set United on their way to a 3-0 victory over Valencia 3-0 and then revealed that Keane informed his team-mates "at tea-time" that he was going to stay at the club. "This has been a very good day for Manchester United," said Ferguson, after United had put the disappointment of defeat against Fiorentina behind them by opening their Group B account against the Spaniards. "Firstly we knew that Roy Keane was going to sign a new contract and secondly we got the result and performance that showed we were back to our very best form." United swept previously unbeaten Valencia aside to re-establish the holders' credentials to retain the crown they lifted in Barcelona last season. Keane, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Scholes scored the goals that sent United on to victory. Ferguson said: "It was a first class performance, and we had already been given a wonderful piece of news about Roy." The United chief added: "I was always confident that he would stay despite the fact that many people had him leaving months ago. "I have a good relationship with my captain, and he personifies everything I like in a player. "His determination, his will to win and hunger. They are all qualities that I can identify with. "Roy told his team mates at tea time and it gave them all a lift. There was a good atmosphere all night. "The players want the best players to play here. They respect Roy and they were all very pleased." Valencia coach Hector Cuper said: "We were unfortunate to meet a Manchester United side at the very best of form and with their full team out. "They took their chances so well and when we created ours, we failed to do that." © PA Sporting Life
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KEANE GETS UNITED BACK ON EURO TRACK Man Utd 3-0 Valencia Adrian Sherling reporting The day really couldn’t get any better for Roy Keane. Before the match, the Irishman celebrated becoming the highest paid player in Manchester United’s long history and he followed that with a wonderful strike to give his side all three points in this vital Champions League encounter. Maybe it’s time for him to ask for a pay rise. Keane struck in the 38th minute, firing powerfully home from the edge of the box after Valencia failed to clear. The shot fizzed past reserve goalkeeper Andres Palop, proving that having got his mind off his own net profits, he had re-focussed upon United’s net profits. Considering the importance of a victory, Alex Ferguson made a daring decision, leaving Dwight Yorke on the bench, preferring to play Ole Gunner Solskjaer, four-goal hero from the weekend. It was a decision that could have backfired badly on the United manager, but it worked perfectly and that is why Fergie is now known as Sir Fergie. Valencia, decimated by injuries, relied on a solid 3-6-1 formation, yet any worries that they were playing for a draw vanished within with first 30 seconds. Skipper Gaizka Menideta went on a fabulous winding run, setting up Claudio Lopez, whose effort was blocked by stand-in stopper Raimond van der Gouw. It took half-an-hour for the next noteworthy attempt, but when it came, it was a moment of dead-ball magic that could only come from the feet of one man – David Beckham. As United waited to take a free-kick from the right, the Valencia defence expected for Ryan Giggs to curl an in-swinger dangerously into the middle, Becks nipped in and chipped a cheeky effort towards the near-post, which crashed off the bar. Seven minutes of midfield scrapping later and Keane gave United the lead. It was just as well, as the crowd had been strangely quiet until then. This was the biggest match that Old Trafford had witnessed this season and the fans appeared to be enjoying the sound of silence. Two minutes into the second half and United grabbed a second. David Beckham, who, on Thursday, will become the second United star this week to appear in court for speeding, created just a yard of space on the wing and whipped in a vicious low cross for Solskjaer to tap in at the near post. Rather bizarrely, United appeared to take their foot off the pedal after that and nearly allowed the Spanish side back into the game, through talented striker Claudio Lopez, nicknamed ‘The Bug’. For 50 minutes, the United defence had swatted out the danger of the Bug, but he had four chances to pull his side back into the match in quick succession. Firstly, he scooped the ball wastefully over the bar after a deflection had set him through on goal. For the other three efforts, at least he made Van der Gouw save the ball. The Dutchman produced a string of marvellous saves to prevent the Argentinean scoring, the best low to his right from a stinging free-kick. For the rest of the game, Lopez got nowhere near Jaap Stam in the home defence, although perhaps that was because the Dutchman had been laid low with a virus all day and he didn’t want to catch anything. On 68, Manchester United finally made the game safe and again it was created by the European player-of-the-year in-waiting. Beckham’s free-kick was met by Scholes, timing his run to perfection, as always, who flicked his header perfectly inside Palop’s far post. Three goals from only five chances shows the quality of the Manchester finishing. Within the course of three hours, United’s season - and the future of their most influential player – was back on track. Strangely, and rather ominously, they destroyed Valencia’s unbeaten European record without really getting out of second gear. That will be the thing that will worry their European rivals more than anything else. Man Utd: Van Der Gouw, P. Neville, G. Neville, Stam, Irwin, Beckham, Keane, Scholes (Butt 71), Giggs, Cole (Yorke 71), Solskjaer. Subs Not Used: Culkin, Sheringham, Cruyff, Berg, Higginbottom. Goals: Keane 38, Solskjaer 47, Scholes 69. Valencia: Palop, Angloma, Djukic, Bjorklund, Pellegrino, Carboni, Farinos, Milla, Mendieta, Lopez (Vlaovic 84), Oscar (Sanchez 68). Subs Not Used: Bartual Molina, Camarasa, Soria Lopez, Fagiani, Cabezas. Booked: Mendieta, Carboni, Farinos. Att: 54,606 Ref: Kim Nielsen (Denmark).
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Manchester United 3-0 Valencia Just a perfect day... By Paul Walker, PA Sport As perfect days go, it doesn't come much better than this for Manchester United. Roy Keane slammed home a cracking opening goal with the ink still drying on his new four year contract, and United recaptured the form which had taken them all the way to the European title last season. United started their assault on the talented Spaniards with a fanfare for Keane and a glittering exhibition of their striking talents. Keane's new contract was announced over the loudspeakers just as the whistle went to start this crucial Champions League group B game that United knew they dare not lose after the defeat in Florence a fortnight ago. The roar of approval battered the ears of United and their Spanish opponents, and set the high octane level of performance that was sustained by Sir Alex Ferguson's men throughout. Ferguson had been quick to admit that United had not recaptured their European form of last season, but they managed it tonight. Keane was the guide and inspiration, David Beckham the architect at his very best, while the rest of the United side clicked into top gear in spectacular fashion to inflict Valencia's first defeat in European competition this season. Admittedly Valencia could have been ahead after just 40 seconds when when Claudio Lopez saw a snap shot from 12 yards beaten away by Raimond van der Gouw, and then his follow-up shot held by the Dutch goalkeeper. But from then on the first half was one of growing mastery by the European champions, who knew they needed a solid performance and result to wipe away the memory of that awful defeat by Fiorentina. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer forced a low, diving save from Andres Palop after a fine build-up between Denis Irwin and Andy Cole before Ryan Giggs produced a high speed run and a deflected chip that fractionally missed the post. Valencia were relying on the pace of Lopez on his own up front, and it was generally an uneven battle with Jaap Stam and Gary Neville the full-back moved into the centre of defence to counter the Argentinian's blinding speed. Lopez did try an audacious 40 yard chip that looked for a second or two that it would clear van der Gouw, but the back-pedalling keeper clutched the ball above his head. But with Keane the controller in midfield, United increased their tempo and pressure. A foul by Luis Milla on Paul Scholes gave Beckham one of those dangerous free-kick positions on the edge of the box, and his trademark curler crashed against the Valencia bar after 30 minutes. Lopez did find a way through soon after, onto a Gaizka Mendieta pass, but Stam's perfectly timed tackle swept the ball away from danger. It was just the spur United needed to finally take control. And the moment arrived it just had to be Keane. After 38 minutes Gary Neville's ball into the box was headed out by Miroslav Djukic under pressure from Solskjaer, and there was Keane with a drilled 25 yarder that flashed into the bottom corner past Palop. Valencia wasted a fine opening when Mendieta put Jocelyn Angloma in on the right, but the Frenchman saw his dipping drive fizz just over. And Lopez and Garcia Oscar both threw away further chances to get Valencia back into the game early in the second half, their response to another United goal three minutes after the restart. Beckham's ball in from the right was met by Solskjaer on the near post to stab the ball home, fully justifying his inclusion in the side at Dwight Yorke's expense. Cole had a wonderful chance to make it three after 61 minutes when he collected a Keane chip and saw Palop make an outstanding reflex save to his left, and then block the follow up shot from point blank range. But the third was not long in coming. Beckham was again the architect with a curling 69th minute free-kick, and there was England colleague Scholes making the perfectly timed run to crash an unstoppable header into the top corner. It was a cruise now, and off came Scholes and Cole to allow Yorke and Nicky Butt into the fray a minute later. Beckham was by now at his impudent best with little flicks and clever passes, plus the appetite to chase back and tackle. He got kicked a bit too, but this time he was on his best behaviour. With Danish referee Kim Milton Nielsen the official who sent off Beckham in France 98 having an outstanding game, it was obviously wiser this time for the England man to shake a few hands, pat some backs and just destroy Valencia with his skills. He did just that. The game ended as it had started. with the fans belting out their 'Keano, Keano' chant, to remind the man of the moment how much he is wanted and admired.
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Manchester United 3 - 0 Valencia Minute by Minute Wednesday December 8, 1999 Manchester United: Van Der Gouw, P. Neville, G. Neville, Stam, Irwin, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Cole, Solskjaer. Substitutes: Culkin, Butt, Sheringham, Cruyff, Yorke, Berg, Higginbottom. Valencia: Palop, Angloma, Djukic, Bjorklund, Pellegrino, Carboni, Farinos, Milla, Mendieta, Lopez, Oscar. Substitutes: Bartual Molina, Camarasa, Soria Lopez, Sanchez, Vlaovic, Fagiani, Cabezas. 1 min Manchester United kick off in a match the home team cannot afford to lose. Great work by Mendieta on the right as he reaches the byline through pace and determination, ignoring Irwin's challenge. His cross is cleared by Stam onto Phil Neville, and the ricochet falls invitingly for Farinos at the edge of the area. his strike is parried by Van Der Gouw. Farinos stretches for the rebound, but Van Der gouw gathers comfortably. All in the first 45 seconds. 3 A free kick for Valencia on the right is hit well and gathered by Van Der Gouw at Lopez's feet. The Argentine should prove a handful for Stam. The four goals he scored against Everton on Saturday means that Solskjaer retains his place in the starting eleven. 6 An excellent cross-field pass by Beckham, who seems to be enjoying some early space on the right, wins United a corner, but the centre is easily cleared and Valencia break at pace with Lopez leading the charge. His pace may prove a factor tonight. 8 Mendieta beats two on the right as he surges down the flank, but his cross is a poor one. United break from the clearance. Giggs finds space on the left and the defensive header finds Beckham at the edge of the Valencia area, but his shot is high and wide and in the crowd. 11 United should be boosted by the news that Roy Keane has signed a four-year contract, and they have started brightly. Their constant pressing upfield does expose some gaps in defence, and the visitors are looking to catch them on the break. 13 Dennis Irwin decides better safe than sorry as he upends Mendieta twice in quick succession. A free kick is awarded, and United clear comfortably upfield. The referee is having none of it, as David Beckham would be able to inform his teammate. It's Kim Nielsen, the Danish official he last met in St. Etienne. 15 An cleverly worked free kick from United sees Beckham float a free kick from the centre-left, flicked on by Giggs to Irwin, who controls with his knee and squares to Cole. He can't turn, but Solskjaer is there to hit a low drive straight into Palop's arms. Great interplay that deserved to end in a goal. 20 Phil Neville plays a sharp one-two with David Beckham. Neville overlaps and finds space to run into the box, but you can almost hear the blood rushing to his head as he overhits his cross and forwards and defenders alike crane their necks and watch as the centre sails over verybody. Irwin gathers on the opposite wing, but the linesman's flag intervenes. Offside. 23 United pressure through the centre sees Giggs break from midfield and try to lob Palop from 20 yards. The Valencia keeper is equal to the challenge, and deflects the effort for a corner. Beckham's set piece is melodramatically punched out. United attack again, and another corner results. Good, sustained pressure from the home team. 27 Valencia can really pass, and when they string a few together the ball can travel the length of the field without United having a chance to win possession. United do well to clear from their own area as the Spanish side show great skill in their control and movement. 29 Midfielder Carboni surges past Keane and Scholes, only losing the ball with a stray pass. 31 An infringement on the United right by Djukic gives Beckham a chance for a showpiece strike from 30 yards. He does not disappoint, as his curling, dipping strike cannons off the crossbar and shoots into the night sky as 55,000 people say: 'ooohh!'. Goal kick. 33 Solskjaer is found in space on the left of the area, as Angloma misses his tackle and the left leg goes back... but the shot is screwed across goal. 35 United back in numbers to head off the pacy Lopez. Stam halts the Argentine's progress, and a good through ball from Gary Neville releases Beckham down the right, but there's just a little too much on the ball and the cross suffers due to a hurried delivery. 38 GOAL Manchester United 1 - 0 Valencia That's why you pay him so much. Gary Neville plays a speculative ball in from the right. A Valencia defender rises with Solskjaer to challenge, and his knockdown is met by a ferocious drive by Keane five yards outside the box. Palop's dive is in vain as the Irishman's strike is already nestling in his right-hand corner. 42 A delightful flick over Irwin by Mendieta is met by the boot of Angloma who has temporarily traded defence for attack. The effort is well hit, but over Van Der Gouw's outstretched hand and over the bar. Goal kick. 44 Palop doesn't seem to comfortable with crosses. Irwin delivers from a free kick on the left, and the Valencia keeper is clearly uncomfortable as Cole challenges. He elects to parry, and is lucky that his weak palming of the ball doesn't fall to a red shirt. 46 Apart from a couple of early scares that originated through Mendieta, Valencia have produced little in the way of attacking football. United deserve their lead and should be able to extend it in the second half. 47 Half time. 45 Valencia restart the match with a lot to do if they are going to make any impression on a game that United are controlling. 46 Giggs is really enjoying the freedom of the left. Irwin is also happy to overlap and push up. They switch wings to Beckham. 47 GOAL Manchester United 2 - 0 Valencia Beckham, in as much space as Giggs, takes his time and curls in a low, measured centre to the near post where an unmarked Solskjaer slots home from five yards. How many more to come? 50 Valencia seem to have left their desire on the luggage carousel at the airport. No real drive forward as their midfielders shuffle sullenly upfield. Only Farinos and the tireless Mendieta are showing any creativity. They exchange passes and Farinos tests Van Der Gouw from outside the area, forcing a good one-handed save. 54 Valencia's best chance, as Carboni crosses from the left, a deflection off Gary Neville presents Lopez with the ball ten yards out from goal. Lopez's left foot lets him down as the ball sails over the bar. 55 Another great chance, this time for Oscar Garcia, who, like his more illustrious colleague, scoops the ball into the crowd from fifteen yards out on the right. A little encouragement for the visitors as they recover from the shock of going two down. 58 Enormous effort expended by the French right-back Angloma, who races the length of the pitch to just keep a ball in play, then stepping up a gear to cut inside and lash the ball across the face of the goal in a cross-shot. 61 Roy Keane, on the left, plays in an innocuous cross that is flicked on by a Valencia defender. Andy Cole, unmarked on the penalty spot, connects with a diving header that Palop does well to block. Cole collects the rebound and the keeper denies him again. Horrible marking and Valencia are indebted to Palop for keeping them in the game. 66 Mendieta wins a free kick from Stam in a central position, about 35 yards out. Claudio Lopez elects to hit it and Van Der Gouw does well to deflect the Argentine's low, curling effort round his right-hand post for a corner. The centre is poor, and United regain possession. 68 Valencia substitution: Sanchez for Oscar. 70 GOAL Manchester United 3 - 0 Valencia David Beckham the provider, from a free kick on the right, met at pace by a sprinting, leaping Paul Scholes. His header spins away from Palop into the top right corner and that should just about break Valencia's collective heart. 72 Manchester United substitution: Yorke for Cole; Butt for Scholes. 77 Giggs flicks on to Yorke, who had he been on for a little longer, may have had the presence of mind to hit the ball first time. He dithers and Valencia clear. Butt collects and sets Solskjaer through on the right flank, but his cross can only find Palop. United look like scoring everytime they come forward. 81 Mendieta is still full of running, as he cuts in from left midfield to release Angloma, but Dennis Irwin simply stands his ground and wins possession back for United. 84 Angloma strikes from distance on the right. The power is there, but the direction is not as an advertising hoarding takes a pounding. 84 Valencia substitution: Vlaovic for Lopez. 87 Yorke and Beckham combine well on the right to win a corner. The set piece is wasted, but Yorke is looking to score in the remaining few minutes - Beckham is spotting him breaking from midfield and is looking to play the early ball over the Valencia defence. 90 Yorke free on the left gains 70 yards with a surging run. A poor one-two with Giggs and the move breaks down. 91 A late chance for Valencia to score as a Farinos back-heel lets in Sanchez for a shot, but it is hit straight at Van Der Gouw and that pretty much sums up their night.
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SOLSKJAER ID SIGN FOR LIFE Norwegian Striker Tells 365 He Never Wants To LeaveManchester United 365 Exclusive by Iain Spragg OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has revealed exclusively to Football365 onthe eve of Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Valenciathat he would jump at the chance to finish his playing days at OldTrafford – despite still not being guaranteed a place in the Treblewinners' starting line-up. The 26-year-old Norwegian scored four goals in United’s 5-1 Premiershipdemolition of Everton at the weekend but, despite his stunning display,he is still likely to be among the substitutes when the Europeanchampions entertain the high-flying Spaniards tonight. Solskjaer has had to be content playing second fiddle to the likes ofDwight Yorke and Andy Cole since he signed for the Red Devils fromNorway's Molde in a £1.5m deal back in July 1996 and an incredible 56of his 135 appearances for the club, in which he has scored 52 times,have come as a substitute. But despite his fringe status, he insists he ishappy to spend the rest of his career at Old Trafford. ''I would be happy to sign for life,'' he told Football365. ''If ManchesterUnited asked me to sign for life, I would do it. I never want to play foranother club. I know I have an important part to play at this club and I'vealways been happy here. I know it may seem strange but just being partof the set-up is enough for me. ''Where else would I have so much success? Let's face it, I'm not doingtoo bad in terms of what I have achieved in my career so far. So manypeople want to write things saying I want to leave but it's just not true. I'mgoing nowhere and, as long as the manager is happy, I'm happy.'' Solskjaer will have to wait to discover if boss Sir Alex Fergusonconsidered his performance against Everton good enough to earn him astart against Valencia. But despite having won 15 caps for his countryand scoring the winning goal against Bayern Munich in last season’sEuropean Cup Final, the Norwegian insists he still has much to learn. ''I think there is more to come from me,'' he added. ''You can alwaysimprove, you never stop learning no matter what stage you are at. Ithelps when you are around world-class players like I am and given thecompetition here, you are always looking to give yourself an edge. I liketo think I work hard on my game to improve it and if I need to staybehind and train some more, I will. Your football education is alwayson-going especially at this level.''
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Taibi back home for a teach-in By Graham Hunter - Exclusive Massimo Taibi has taken the drastic step of returning to Italy for some corrective coaching from his goalkeeping mentor Lorenzo di Iorio. Taibi is so despondent at his loss of form for Manchester United that, with Sir Alex Ferguson's permission, he has put in three days' work in Napoli with the man who made him famous at Venezia. Napoli general manager Filipo Fusco confirmed to Soccernet: 'Massimo asked us if we would help him get back his form and fight for his place in the United team by letting him work with Lorenzo.'
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