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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Tue Aug 10 07:08:35 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. www.red11.org REDitorial -  MONEY - FOOTBALL - THE FUTURE
2. A tale of triumphant toffees and mysterious pockets
4. Keane celebrates his 28th birthday today
5. Raimond van der Gouw ready to make a rare appearance as stand-in goalkeeper
6. Fergie Defends Bosnich
7. Manchester United launches red chocolate bar
8. Champions League fans hit by new TV shock - Daily Mail


Daily MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Tuesday 10th August 1999:

Barry Daily Comment:
Read our "Devil May Care" IMPORTANT Editorial today.
Keano is now 28 and its decision time within the next 48 hrs.
Fingers crossed Roy can work something out! More in todays Daily News


99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at

Mark Bosnich's Personal Details 



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!

Monday, August 9 1999

Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 1 Newcastle United
Iversen (29)            Solano (17)
Ferdinand (45)
Sherwood (61)

        Derby County  v  Arsenal
          Sunderland  v  Watford
           Wimbledon  v  Middlesbrough

*** FIXTURES ON 11/08/99 ***
         Aston Villa  v  Everton
      Leicester City  v  Coventry City
   Manchester United  v  Sheffield Wednesday
         Southampton  v  Leeds United

*** FIXTURES ON 14/08/99 ***
       Bradford City  v  Sheffield Wednesday
        Derby County  v  Middlesbrough
      Leicester City  v  Chelsea
           Liverpool  v  Watford
   Manchester United  v  Leeds United
          Sunderland  v  Arsenal
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  Everton
           Wimbledon  v  Coventry City

*** FIXTURES ON 15/08/99 ***
         Southampton  v  Newcastle United


Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Chelsea               1   1   0   0   4   0    4    3
 2  Wimbledon             1   1   0   0   3   2    1    3
 3  Arsenal               1   1   0   0   2   1    1    3
 4  Liverpool             1   1   0   0   2   1    1    3
 5  Aston Villa           1   1   0   0   1   0    1    3
 6  Bradford City         1   1   0   0   1   0    1    3
 7  Southampton           1   1   0   0   1   0    1    3
 8  West Ham United       1   1   0   0   1   0    1    3
 9  Everton               1   0   1   0   1   1    0    1
10  Manchester United     1   0   1   0   1   1    0    1
11  Derby County          1   0   1   0   0   0    0    1
12  Leeds United          1   0   1   0   0   0    0    1
13  Watford               1   0   0   1   2   3   -1    0
14  Leicester City        1   0   0   1   1   2   -1    0
15  Sheffield Wednesday   1   0   0   1   1   2   -1    0
16  Coventry City         1   0   0   1   0   1   -1    0
17  Middlesbrough         1   0   0   1   0   1   -1    0
18  Newcastle United      1   0   0   1   0   1   -1    0
19  Tottenham Hotspur     1   0   0   1   0   1   -1    0
20  Sunderland            1   0   0   1   0   4   -4    0


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
08/08/99    Everton                  Away     D  1-1    10    39,141


11-AUG-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Sheffield W  (FA Premier League, HOME)
14-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leeds U  (FA Premier League, HOME)
22-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Premier League, AWAY)

UNITED Stats v All teams:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
Subject: 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   11.00     W  2-0    F    60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   06.00     W  1-0    F    78,000 
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     12.30     W  2-0    F    80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China 08.30     W  2-0    F    40,000
 1/08/99    Arsenal Wembley Charity Shield  L  1-2    F    70,185

 3/08/99    Omagh aid of Omagh Bomb Fund    W  9-0    F     7,000
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly.        W  2-0    F    15,000 
 8/08/99    Everton                  away   D  1-1    10   39,141

11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      home PL   20.00
14/08/99    Leeds United             home PL   12.00
22/08/99    Arsenal                  away PL   16.00 Live on Sky
25/08/99    Coventry City            away PL   20.00
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio           ESC       19.45
30/08/99    Newcastle United         home PL   13.00
11/09/99    Liverpool                away PL   11.30 Live on Sky
15/09/99    ?     EC
18/09/99    Wimbledon                home PL   15.00
22/09/99    ?     EC
25/09/99    Southampton              home PL   15.00
29/09/99    ?     EC
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  away PL   16.00 Live on Sky
*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Cantona + Schmeichel]
13/10/99    ?     WC 3
16/10/99    Watford                  home PL   15.00
20/10/99    ?     EC
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        away PL   15.00
27/10/99    ?     EC
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 3/11/99    ?     EC
 6/11/99    Leicester City           home PL   15.00
20/11/99    Derby County             away PL   15.00
24/11/99    ?     EC
27/11/99    Sheffield Wednesday      away PL   15.00
30/11/99    Tokyo  Palmeiras         WCC       20.00
 1/12/99    ?     WC 4
 4/12/99    Everton                  home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
15/12/99    ?     WC 5
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

 ***** 5-14 /01/2000 Brazil WTC  *****   [3-4 games]

12/01/2000  ?    WC sf i
15/01/2000  Leeds United             away PL   15.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  home PL   15.00
26/01/2000  ?    WC sf ii
 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
27/02/2000  ?   Wembley WC f
 1/03/2000  ?   EC
 4/03/2000  Liverpool                home PL   15.00
 8/03/2000  ?   EC
11/03/2000  Derby County             home PL   15.00
15/03/2000  ?   EC
18/03/2000  Leicester City           away PL   15.00
22/03/2000  ?   EC
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 f



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Subject: www.red11.org REDitorial - MONEY - FOOTBALL - THE FUTURE by 'The Devil May Care' Published: Aug 7th 1999 It's the day before our start of the season and seemingly an awful long time since that momentous day in Barcelona when all my dreams came true as Ole put the ball in the Germans' net. Since then our close season has been a mess of pay negotiations, an FA Cup withdrawl, a higher than high profile wedding, a merchandising tour half way around the world and that book. Close season - what close season. Hardly a time to relax and enjoy the reflected glory of the treble achievement and so it rumbles on and on and on and on. I have just read the short article from Fergie's book which was posted to the list about the pay negotiations between himself and Martin Edwards and whereas I cannot say I'm surprised at the news, I am still astonished that Edwards has treated Fergie with such contempt. It is plainly obvious to me and surely to most others, that the success of Manchester United is down primarily to the skills of one man and that man is Alex Ferguson. And as Jon Leigh has already said, "the business has succeeded despite Martin Edwards and not because of him". To have treated the man who has done more than any one person since Sir Matt in such an outrageously disrespectful manner is reprehensible and I'm surprised Fergie didn't walk away. But there again he is obviously afflicted by the same virus we all are and that is a love for Manchester United. That is also despite Edwards and not because of him. But what Edwards doesn't understand and never will is that Manchester United are bigger than anyone including Alex Ferguson, but more importantly, bigger than Martin Edwards. The article about pay negotiations must surely now be incontravertable proof that Martin Edwards is not fit to be the figurehead of our club and must be ousted at all cost and a successor found who actually does care about the club. It doesn't bode well for the Keano negotiations as he too will be held to ransom. It doesn't bode well for any other transfers either and it must surely be agreed that just as Liverpool did in their most successful reign two decades ago - you build from strength. Not in Martin Edwards opinion obviously. Edwards and the plc have not allowed that to happen and by all accounts are not likely to. This is a worrying aspect to all business in the nineties - short term gain, not long term planning for the future. In other words make your money and get out. Bleed the bastards dry the punters don't matter, they're drugged with blind devotion and unswerving allegiance - the ultimate captive audience. I suppose we all knew this book of Fergies would be open and frank but until it is in front of us in black and white we believe what we want to believe. Now of course, as long as you trust Fergie's words and I presume, like me, you do, you have got to be very concerned for the future of our club. The attitude of Edwards and his like aresucking the lifeblood from our bodies and creaming the game and by reference that means they are creaming from us. We are paying for them to ruin our game. We are paying for them to ruin everything Fergie has built up over the last decade - and believe me, if nothing is done, they most certainly will ruin it. Martin Edward's great maxim is merchandise and more merchandise - sell to the masses and as far away from the birthplace of the club as possible so that the "brand" be made ever more powerful. Of course what Martin has conveniently ignored or is just too blind or prejudiced to see is that the "brand" depends on a successful team. A successful team depends on great management and great players. You either show them the respect they deserve or risk them moving on to where they will be shown that respect. And what happens then you shrewd business man you? well I'll tell you, if you can be bothered to listen - the team doesn't perform so well because their greatest assets have left or maybe their moral has been dented by money and "brand" matters off the pitch and your all pervading "brand" is no longer the all conquering omnipotent icon it once was and suddenly the great empire tumbles. total disillusionment and a destroyed hardcore fanbase. It's already happening. No doubt by then you will have made countless millions to boost your already countless millions and will have taken retirement and just like Dogleash left Liverpool - you will leave Manchester United in a huge mess of debt with countless useless merchandising outlets in every corner of the globe and a playing staff grossly under par for a club of United's standing and reputation. In an interview on television this morning Fergie said that he would love to be involved in Manchester United in some advisory capacity when his present, and last contract ends when he reaches 60. But if his book is anything to go by there is no chance of that while Edwards is in charge. A fear of the Busby phenomenon - my arse! It would be like me saying to my dad "I know you have 50 years of business knowledge, but sorry dad I don't want to know!" It would surely be absolutely ludicrous to allow a man of Ferguson's skill and knowledge to leave the club. And I suspect the reasoning behind this is that Edwards worries about Fergie. I'm sure they don't see eye to eye - how could they. And Edwards would be glad to see the back of the antagonistic Scotsman - he wants him out of his empire. And that is the crux of it - Edwards sees Manchester United as his and his alone. He believes the success is due to him. Sad disillusioned megalomaniac - but a very dangerous man nevertheless. To illustrate this point even further it just so happened that the IMUSA newsletter dropped through my letterbox this morning. And before some of you think this is a propaganda piece by a bunch of reactionaries please think about it logically. I'm not going to type out the whole of this particular article - a couple of paragraphs will suffice: "The Truth - Edwards and the FA Cup" ............."Alex Ferguson does not want to go to Brazil; he has said so both before and after Barcelona. The idea of playing in a tournament in the heat and humidity of a Brazilian summer could end up ruining the rest of the domestic and European programme. Forget the number of games that have to be rearranged, immediately on returning from Brazil we are due to be facing Arsenal. Behind Ferguson's back, whilst he was on holiday, Edwards met with the Government and FA representatives and at a meeting on 15th June demanded that United be exempted from this season's FA Cup as the price for going to Brazil. Davis and Banks have said it was United's decision but only after they both declared that refusing to go to Brazil would 'do irreparable damage' to the 2006 World Cup bid. Edwards should and could have turned down the opportunity in line with Ferguson's wishes but he and Roland Smith had decided that the potential worldwide audience would give them an ideal opportunity to 'expand the brand'. The FA, blinded by the slim hope of the World Cup nomination, and with scant regard for the integrity of the domestic game agreed to the demand." So there you have it folks - another example of Mr Manchester United, Martin Edwards putting money before the team that represents the club. Putting money before the fans who support the club and before the oldest competition in the football world. Contempt on the highest possible scale I would say. I cannot put my feelings into words, I am so angry, but the short sighted nature of the man who runs our club at the moment must be realised. If you would like to read the whole of the article and a whole lot more you will have to apply to IMUSA and they will send you their newsletter which comes free to members several times a year. IMUSA is an organisation of supporters of Manchester United which fights for supporters rights - join them and express your opinions - they are open to every point of view so make yours known to them at PO Box 69, Stretford, Manchester M32 )UZ or visit: www.imusa.org THE FUTURE IS FANPOWER - DMC ------------------------------------------- Comments/Email to: The RED-Devils_Advocate reditorial@yahoo.com Guest Book: Sign http://jupiter.guestworld.tripod.lycos.com/wgb/wgbsign.dbm?owner=reditorial View http://jupiter.guestworld.tripod.lycos.com/wgb/wgbview.dbm?owner=reditorial RED Regards from The Devils Advocate, Barry and Bill! http://www.red11.org/mufc/devilsadvocate/
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Subject: A tale of triumphant toffees and mysterious pockets Personal Report by OUR SALFORD LASS The day began as it ended - in McDonalds in Stockport. At 12 noon, this famous starting point for away trips was full of Sunday dads starting the day in time-honoured fashion, and families having a pre-cinema meal. I was early (having arranged to meet the son-and-heir in Manchester at 1.30pm), so had decided to pass the time with some chicken nuggets and a little people gazing. Sitting by the window, I marvelled at the "local" bitters on their way to Maine Rd. As usual, Stockport was emptying for a City home game and the A6 was packed with cars, minibuses and coaches all driving into Manchester from such City heartlands as Macclesfield, Buxton and Disley. And I thought all City fans lived within walking distance of Moss Side and supported their local team! Still, it was entertaining watching them - all fired up for their biggest game in years, wearing their lazer blue shirts with pride. The odd group of United fans could also be spotted, heading for Stockport station. No colours here of course, but cool as ****, they were as obvious as the City fans. A couple of hours later and we were driving towards Goodison, way too early as we always over-estimate how long it takes to get to Merseydive. As usual, we were wearing nothing that could identify us as United fans (not a good idea in this part of the world - although why anyone should want to attack a middle aged woman like me, I can't imagine) but we needn't have bothered - unlike their red brethren, the natives were friendly enough. After parking the car (yes, dear readers, I travelled in style!) we strolled through Stanley Park discussing the intellectual capabilities of our dearly loved chairman and what might have been Fergie's motives behind his "attack" on Brian Kidd. Arriving at the turnstyles to find them still closed (as I said, we were very early!) I bemoaned the fact that I hadn't found out whether there was a pre-match meeting and the son-and-heir grunted occasionally (well he had only been up a couple of hours!). Once in the ground (we must have been in the first dozen to arrive) I had a pleasant surprise on entering the ladies to find that they had been doing some much needed renovations in the off season - instead of two toilets for the whole away section, we now have five! Now, I know this might seem of little significance to most of you, but when your last visit was 3 hours ago, and your next not likely to come for at least another 4 hours, these things take on an importance beyond their normal level! Then it was a pastie and a drink and up to the stands to check out our seats and watch the fans arrive. By this time we were both grinning broadly. It had been an uphill struggle to get excited about the first game - the off-season barely seemed to have happened at all, and the Charity Shield last week had been such an anti-climax that I had had to keep reminding myself that there actually was a real game about to happen. Once standing there in Goodison Park though, watching all the usual faces arriving and feeling the atmosphere and tension start to build, we realised that we were indeed back - this was a proper away game. The son-and-heir grinned at me and said "This is more like it!" It was nice to have a chat with Tony just before kick-off but I'd like to make one request - Tony, please start worrying again - it gets better results! Our seats weren't too bad - in the back of the lower section close to the home fans (in the part of the ground where its actually advantageous to be short, since tall people have their view cut off by the roof!). With everyone standing, I could at least see both goals (due to the angle at which I was viewing the one nearest to us, and due to having a little old lady between me and the other goal) and the pillar in front of us blocked off only the centre circle. All-in-all, a triumph compared to other Goodison visits where I have seen virtually none of the play at all! As the players came out to warm up, our section was filling up, and the chanting was sounding good - one thing about the old stand at Goodison, the accoustics are excellent. Bosnich was welcomed with applause to which he responded with a big grin and a thumbs-up, and Keane with a prolonged chant of "Keano, Keano" - we think he got the message as he also responded with a thumbs-up. Once the game started, the chanting began in earnest and continued right through the first half. It was very good to be back amongst the real fans - those who are prepared to get behind the team - and to be part of the terrace humour again. The favourite chants were "We are the Champions, Champions of Europe", "Jip Jaap Stam", and various anti-scouser chants - "Stand up if you've got a job", "There's only one lying b.....d" (to those who stood up), "In your Liverpool slums", "If you all hate scousers" and the very original, but very popular "You scouse b.....d". Whatever you've heard about Everton fans being "nicer" than Liverpool fans forget it - the mass aeroplane impressions (met with "Calm down, calm down") and the abuse of our players was no less for the participants wearing blue, rather than red shirts. The funniest bit was when the Everton fans (for the zillionth time) sang their one song - "Everton, Everton, Everton" and the United fans sang it back at them in a high pitched squeak - priceless! Contrary to what the result might suggest, we actually played some good football ((particularly in the first half). With Ole on the left and Yorke and Cole up front, and with the guile of Keane and Scholes in midfield, we looked like we were going to score at least 3 or 4 and it was no surprise when we got an early goal after a wonderful move involving Ole, Andy and Dwight. We celebrated with a rousing rendition of "Dwight Yorke, wherever you may be", the scousers sat glumly in their seats and we waited for the goal feast to come. Unfortunately, a mixture of complacency and poor finishing, along with a referee who ignored every nasty tackle from an ageing Everton defence (who saw their only chance in the game as being to stop us playing) led to us going in at half-time still only one goal up - a little disappointing, but with plenty to look forward to in the second half. The first half had also seen a bit of a scrap (with Keano having an Everton player's head tucked under his arm for about five minutes, despite the struggles of said player, he refused to let go!) and a debate amongst the fans as to why Dave Watson had had a pocket sewn into the back of his shorts (I kid you not!). The opinion in the stands was divided between those who thought he kept his baccy and pipe in there and those who believed it to be a receptacle for his toffees (boom, boom!!). Oh yes, and there was also Bozzy's kicking - every kick went into the stands, every kick was worse than the last - this lead to enormous amusement for the Everton fans, who cheered every kick with glee. By the time the half-time whistle blew, even we were joining in with the sarcastic cheering, when we weren't closing our eyes, crossing our fingers and praying of course! The second half was a huge disappointment. We allowed the Everton players to have more and more of the play and most of us couldn't believe what we were seeing. Everton were absolute s**** and yet here were the European Champions, allowing them to walk all over them! There was one particular spell when the United fans were screaming at Yorke and Cole as them both seemed to have decided that this was yet another friendly, for which they didn't need to put in much effort. This was in direct contrast to the first half, when they had both been running their socks off - indeed Cole had been on fire. Whatever the reason, they had certainly gone off the boil and the Everton crowd, sensing an upset, had woken up. The noise levels in the rest of the stadium had risen dramatically and in our section, the atmosphere had changed from a celebratory mood to an edgy, nervous tension. The only positive thing to report of the second half, was that Bosnich had finally settled down and was kicking and placing the ball much better, much to the relief of the United fans and the disappointment of the Everton fans. So it was no surprise, when after a period of sustained pressure by Everton (which included a superb save from Bosnich, a clearance off the line and a match-saving tackle from Stam) the ball finally ended up in our net. The Everton fans went absolutely crazy as we muttered amongst ourselves about how we'd seen it coming. In the end, it was a pity that their goal hadn't come at the beginning of the second half, because it woke our lads up and they played their best football of the half in the last 5 minutes of the game. If Fergie had only brought Teddy on to get to those high balls ............. but he didn't and the game ended in what we (and Everton) deserved, a draw. As we came out of the ground, the rain began to fall, and we made our way glumly back to the car. An Everton fan walking passed us summed up the occasion nicely - "Thank God we only have to face that once a season!" he said. We have to face it every week mate! A couple of hours later I was back in my window seat in McDonalds, enjoying a milk shake whilst waiting for the bus home and trying to ignore a group of Stockport-based Everton fans celebrating in the corner. My man-of-the-match? Stam - despite what turned out to be the own-goal in the closing minutes (it was announced at the game as Nick Barmby's). If it hadn't been for Stam, they would have scored 2 or 3 goals in that last 10 minutes and we wouldn't have got even one point. My moment of the match? The reception Becks received when he came over in front of us to take a corner and then the chant of "What the f****** 'ell was that?" when he kicked it out of play. My mystery of the match? Just what does Dave Watson keep in his pocket? Any suggestions? Copyright 1999 by OUR SALFORD LASS. All rights reserved. Not to be reproduced without permission of the author ********************
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Subject: KEANE CONSIDERS 'FINAL OFFER' Roy Keane claims he is mulling over Manchester United's final contract offer. Sir Alex Ferguson is desperate to hang onto the midfielder, and has encouraged the club's board to ease United's rigid pay structure which seems to have hampered negotiations. "We reached the end of contract negotiations last Wednesday night and the club have put their final offer to me," Keane told the club's Century Radio. "It isn't an easy decision for me to make. I have to take a lot of things into consideration with it being my last contract. "I could talk about it all day but there are a lot of private matters involved in it. "As I've said, a decision will be made, if not by the end of this week definitely by the start of next week and the fans will be the first to know." If the Treble winners decide to sell the Republic of Ireland star, they could move for a quick deal before the Champions League deadline on August 31. ------------------------------------ (Telegraph) Keane pledges to give United an early answer By William Johnson ROY KEANE has promised Manchester United that he will make a decision on his future within the next week. The Republic of Ireland midfielder has been offered a record-breaking contract as manager Sir Alex Ferguson strives to retain his influential captain, but United want a commitment before the Champions' League transfer deadline of Aug 31. That ultimatum conveys a message to the dogmatic Keane that the Treble winners will offer their best player for sale to a host of interested clubs rather than allow him to leave for nothing when his contract expires next year. Inter Milan are monitoring developments, along with their Serie A rivals, Lazio and Juventus. Keane, who celebrates his 28th birthday today, has indicated that he would like to stay at United but is determined to make his last big agreement a lucrative one and is holding out for a salary in the region of 40,000 a week. If granted, it would wreck the club's rigid pay structure. "We reached the end of contract negotiations last Wednesday night and the club have put their final offer to me," Keane said yesterday. "It isn't an easy decision for me to make. I have to take a lot of things into consideration. There are a lot of private matters involved. "A decision will be made, if not by the end of this week then definitely by the start of next week. I won't be hiding anything, I'll just be as honest as I can and when I do make up my mind the Manchester United fans will know first." United are hopeful that they will be able to satisfy Keane's demands but if they let him go they will need a replacement before the European deadline. They have been linked with the Brazilian Rivaldo but the financial implications of any deal with Barcelona for him would make the Keane talks look trivial.
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Subject: Keane celebrates his 28th birthday today Keane makes up his mind By Ken Lawrence and John Richardson Tuesday, August 10, 1999 Skipper Roy Keane will end rampant speculation about his Manchester United future by the end of this week. The contract rebel's adviser and solicitor Michael Kennedy said last night: 'Roy is thinking long and hard. He will make up his mind by the end of the week.' Keane celebrates his 28th birthday today hoping there will be more icing on the cake of United's 32,000-a-week pay offer. The Republic of Ireland midfielder is holding out for 40,000,which would make him the highest-paid player in United's history. Keane might do well to remember the example of Steve McManaman and his final, sour months at Liverpool. McManaman, before finally coming clean and admitting he was going to reject an Anfield offer of 35,000-a-week, survived initially on The Kop's sympathy vote. By the time he finally agreed his 56,000-a-week deal with Real Madrid, he had been excommunicated as a Kop Scouser. Week by week, as the contract he never signed gathered dust in the Anfield boardroom, Liverpool's supporters lost faith. By the end, they could not wait to see the back of him. That same fate could await Keane whose dispute, insist United, threatens the club's pay structure. United are growing agitated and manager Sir Alex Ferguson has done everything in his power to make his plc board aware that Keane will walk away unless a compromise can be reached. United need to know fast because, if Keane does not commit to Old Trafford, they will try to sell him for between 12 million and 15m before the August 31 deadline beyond which any new signing cannot play in the Champions League until after the initial group section. Keane may opt to stick it out, even if United decide to dispense with him. On January 1 he would he able to sign a pre-contract to move elsewhere at the season's end. Such a deal might guarantee him around 5m as a signing-on fee and a similar salary to that of McManaman in Spain. Several Italian clubs are waiting with pots of gold. United supporters cherish Keane now but one day, and perhaps not too soon, they may turn against him. However, Keane's pay wrangle has not diluted his resolve to the Treble winners' cause as he demonstrated in Sunday's steely 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park. 'He was phenomenal wasn't he?' was Sir Alex's matter-of-fact observation. He added: 'I have no fears of him being distracted by the contract business. Roy is different from the rest. He has great mental strength.'
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Subject: Raimond van der Gouw ready to make a rare appearance as stand-in goalkeeper Manchester United Raimond van der Gouw is ready to make a rare appearance as stand-in goalkeeper for Manchester United tomorrow night. Mark Bosnich, the United No 1, had trouble kicking the ball in his team's draw with Everton on Sunday and most people thought that it was a continuation of his technical problems, but Bosnich kept rubbing his groin muscles and it was not just an excuse. Bosnich is not certain of making the starting line-up for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday. Van der Gouw, the Dutch keeper signed three years ago, played five times for United last season and was never on the losing side,although United were only beaten four times. Times Newspapers Limited
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Subject: Fergie Defends Bosnich Sir Alex Ferguson has played down Mark Bosnich's jittery performance on his Premiership debut for Manchester United. Peter Schmeichel's replacement looked ill at ease against Everton at Goodison Park as he fluffed his kicks and flapped at the odd cross. After years of playing in front of the colossus that was Schmeichel, the United defenders are going to take some time getting used to Bosnich, who gave a good impersonation of Frank Spencer against the Blues. The first danger signs came when Bosnich, who arrived from Aston Villa on a free transfer in the summer, attempted to clear the ball with his right boot. But instead of humping it up field he produced a series of banana kicks, which Roberto Carlos would have been proud of. This caused much merriment among the Everton faithful during the 1-1 draw, who gleefully taunted him with chants of 'dodgy keeper.' For the normally self-assured Australian it was a highly-embarrassing start to his second spell at United. Bosnich's team-mates soon caught on not to knock the ball back to his right foot. In the second half there was the spectacle of David Beckham passing the ball right across the penalty area from the right-back position just to get it onto Bosnich's left foot. However United boss Sir Alex did not see any need for concern. "We knew Mark Bosnich from when he was a kid here," he said. "His kicking was never great, but it didn't cost us any goals did it? "He's all right and there's no problem. As long as he knocks it clear out of the road, we've no problem with it." Bosnich's kicking was not his only problem and the hearts of the United fans were in their mouths after he made a mess of collecting David Unsworth's long ball and lost possession to Kevin Campbell in his own penalty area. Fortunately for Bosnich, Campbell could not steer the ball home from the acute angle. Bosnich also suffered a slight groin injury, although Sir Alex claimed it was "nothing serious" and that he should be fit for Wednesday's game against Sheffield Wednesday at Old Trafford.
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Subject: Manchester United launches red chocolate bar LONDON, Aug 9 - European soccer champions Manchester United (LSE: MNU.L - news) on Monday moved to win over their younger fans' taste-buds by launching a chocolate bar -- the Super Reds. The bar is not only red on the outside, with a red wrapper featuring the team's crest and mascot Fred the Red, but on the inside too. The chocolate covered bar, which will be in the shops soon, has a red crunchy centre made of biscuit and caramel. The snack is being produced by family-run confectionery firm Halo Foods, based in Tywyn, Snowdonia in North Wales. The company landed the licensing deal before the soccer team clinched its treble championship success earlier this year, winning the European Cup, the British FA Cup and Premier League. The product, the latest addition to Manchester United's merchandising range, will sell for about 30 pence a bar and is expected to build into a five million pound a year brand in the UK and overseas. *** Too bad Brian McClair has gone!
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Subject: Champions League fans hit by new TV shock - Daily Mail Monday, August 9, 1999 Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea fans in the UK will have to buy digital television if they want to see their team's matches live in the Champions League this season. ONdigital were due to announce today that they have exclusive live rights to all Tuesday night fixtures in the Champions League that will involve the holders, last season's Premiership runners-up and possibly Chelsea if they get through the qualifying stages. Last season's matches only took place on Wednesdays but the new enlarged competition is to be split over two days, with ONdigital and ITV sharing the live rights. The move is certain to upset supporters but ONdigital's Executive Director of Broadcasting said: "Televised football has never been like this before. Every goal as it happens and free to our customers. It must be the best football deal of all time." Chelsea's third qualifying round game against the Latvian side, Skonto Riga, on Wednesday night will be live on ITV.
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Subject: BOSNICH FACING INJURY BATTLE by Paul Hinson Manchester United reserve goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw is on standby to face Sheffield Wednesday at Old Trafford on Wednesday night if Mark Bosnich fails to shake off an injury. Bosnich picked up the injury at a lap-dancing club last week and aggravated it during Sunday's 1-1 draw at Everton. He will have treatment on his thigh and ego on Monday and manager Sir Alex Ferguson will check his fitness before considering him for United's first home game of the season. The former goose-stepping Aussie netminder was clearly struggling to kick the ball beyond his own 18-yard line at Goodison, and was partly the reason why Everton narrowed the pitch, hoping a feeble clearance could be charged down and bundled in. He almost managed a clean-sheet in his first league game for United in 8 years, but for a deft Jaap Stam header that gave the Scousers a point. Van der Gorgeous is now in his fourth season at Old Trafford and has an excellent record in the Premiership. Last season he stood in for Peter Schmeichel in five League games during which he kept three clean sheets and was never on the losing side. The Dutch pin-up boys' last Premiership appearance was against Wednesday when he sat in a deckchair through United's 3-0 home win on April 17. He kept another clean sheet last week at Wigan Athletics 'Stadium of Pies'. Masterfan Paul Hinson
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