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Date: Mon Oct 11  GMT+00:00 1999
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This Issue:
2. French teenager Philippe Mexes linked «« 
3. Campbell ruled out «« 
4. Dwight is still up there with the best!
5. Stage one for leading man - Independent



Barry Comment:
Sir Alex fergusons Testimonial is tonight
Here is the Fergie Story available NOW at the Theatre Of Dreams 
Real Audio: in 5 parts 25mins in all......
300k Oct99   4.39 fergie_years_pt1.rm Alex Ferguson Years
   Pt1 Start of Career [Streaming sound] 
285k Oct99   4.23 fergie_years_pt2.rm Fergie Years 
   Pt2 Playing years in Scotland [Streaming] 
311k Oct99   4.47 fergie_years_pt3.rm Fergie Years 
   Pt3 Manage's Aberdeen [Streaming] 
317k Oct99   4.53 fergie_years_pt4.rm Fergie Years 
   Pt4 1986 joins UNITED [Streaming] 
405k Oct99   6.14 fergie_years_pt5.rm Fergie Years 
   Pt5 91-99 final part [Streaming] 

Team News from OUR SALFORD LASS:
According to the MEN tonight, Giggs will play half the game on Monday to
prepare for a full comeback against Watford next Saturday and French
goalkeeper Pascal Olmeta will be returning to OT to take part in the game -
the chants of "Fergie, Fergie sign him up" might be meant (or even taken)
seriously this time!

More good news is that Batistuta has cried off (every time I see him I
remember the way he reacted to Beckham's sending-off against Argentina).
New recruits for the game are Cafu, Taribo West and Rio Ferdinand, along
with Paulo Di Canio (can we get him to push the ref over, just for fun?).

Scholes won't play because he's playing for England tomorrow, but all the
other (fit) senior players will be in attendance.

ENJOY the match tonight!

Manchester United Reserves will play Manchester City Reserves in the
Manchester Senior Cup to be played at Gigg Lane, Bury on Thursday 28th
October, kick off 7 p.m.

ECL Group D  ** Manchester United **
Olympique de Marseille * NK Croatia Zagreb * SK Sturm Graz

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

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99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at

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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!

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Leeds United         10   7   1   2  19  12    7   22
 2  Manchester United    10   6   3   1  23  15    8   21
 3  Sunderland           10   6   2   2  18   8   10   20
 4  Chelsea               8   6   1   1  15   3   12   19
 5  Arsenal              10   6   1   3  13   9    4   19
 6  Everton              10   5   2   3  16  10    6   17
 7  Leicester City       10   5   2   3  17  13    4   17
 8  Aston Villa          10   5   2   3  11   9    2   17
 9  West Ham United       8   5   1   2  11   6    5   16
10  Tottenham Hotspur     9   4   2   3  16  14    2   14
11  Middlesbrough        10   4   0   6  11  15   -4   12
12  Liverpool             9   3   2   4  10  10    0   11
13  Southampton           9   3   2   4  16  19   -3   11
14  Coventry City        10   2   3   5  12  14   -2    9
15  Watford              10   3   0   7   6  11   -5    9
16  Derby County         10   2   3   5  10  18   -8    9
17  Wimbledon            10   1   5   4  14  23   -9    8
18  Bradford City         9   2   2   5   4  13   -9    8
19  Newcastle United     10   2   1   7  20  23   -3    7
20  Sheffield Wednesday  10   1   1   8   8  25  -17    4

Tonight!     Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Schmeichel + Cantona]
13-OCT-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Aston Villa  (Worthington (League) Cup, AWAY)
16-OCT-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Watford  (FA Premier League, HOME)
19-OCT-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Marseille  (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)
24-OCT-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Spurs  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
27-OCT-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs NK Croatia  (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)

The line-up for the testimonial game is:
Eric Cantona		Peter Schmeichel
Zinedine Zidane		Gabriel Batistuta
Paul Gascoigne 		Juninho
George Weah		Alessandro Costacurta
Christian Ziege		Lillian Thuram
Roberto Mancini		John Collins


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

TONIGHT!    Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Schmeichel + Cantona]
13/10/99    Aston Villa              Away WC 3 19.45
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL   15.00
19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC   19.45 
24/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away PL   15.00 - moved from 23/10
27/10/99    Croatia Zagreb           Away EC   19.45
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 2/11/99    Sturm Graz               Home EC   19.45 
 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
11/12/99    FAC 3 Will not enter ...
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]

*  8/01/2000  FAC 4 Will not enter ...
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
* 29/01/2000  FAC 5 Will not enter ...
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            Home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         Away PL   15.00
* 19/02/2000  FAC 6 Will not enter ...
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
*  9/04/2000  FAC sf Will not enter ...
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
* 20/05/2000 Wembley FAC f Will not enter ...
24/05/2000  ?    EC f



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Subject: SCHMEICHEL, CANTONA BACK FOR FERGUSON TRIBUTE A wave of nostalgia will engulf Old Trafford when Peter Schmeichel and Eric Cantona return to lead a Rest of the World XI against Manchester United in tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson. It is fitting that the two players who helped Ferguson enjoy so much success in the 1990s should come back for his testimonial. The fans will revel in watching them again and Cantona has only returned once since retiring in 1997 - for the Munich testimonial 14 months ago - while this is Schmeichel's first visit since he left United at the end of last season. Cantona and Schmeichel will line up alongside some of the true greats of world football including Zinedine Zidane, George Weah, Gabriel Batistuta and Lilian Thuram. United will field a strong side and Ryan Giggs is expected to play half a game on his comeback from his hamstring injury. Ferguson is expected to field Giggs to help him build up his match fitness ahead of Saturday's Premiership home match with Watford. Old Trafford will be packed as the fans turn out to pay tribute to the manager who has won the club a staggering 12 major trophies during his 13 years at United, including last season's historic Treble. The match is the high point of Ferguson's season-long testimonial and some of the money raised from all the events will go to the Greater Manchester charity From Street to Stadium, which helps young athletes realise their sporting potential.
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Subject: French teenager Philippe Mexes linked «« One Sunday tabloid has claimed that United have offered £2m for 16-year-old French defender Philippe Mexes. The highly-rated Auxerre youngster is reported to have already been to Old Trafford for initial talks. Mexes has been described in France as "the new Laurent Blanc" but that is as much to do with the hype of the French sports press as much as anything else. The report claims that Ferguson is to offer £1m up front, with another £1m based on appearances. We'll keep you posted with any developments.
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Subject: Campbell ruled out «« Sir Alex Ferguson appears to have ruled out a bid for Tottenham's Sol Campbell once and for all. For the last week or so, speculation has been hotting up that United are about to put in a bid for the England centre-half, but Ferguson has rubbished reports of a move. The boss exclaimed: "Contrary to what anyone has been saying, we have not been in touch with Spurs to try and buy him this season. Yes, we did make an enquiry for him during the summer but nothing came of it. Nothing has happened since then." Talk of a £15m move, also involving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moving the other way, has been rife for the past few days. Earlier last week, Tottenham Director of Football David Pleat said: "We can confirm that Manchester United have asked about Sol in the past." Although, that quote tells us nothing Ferguson hadn't already said.
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Subject: Dwight is still up there with the best! Dwight Yorke 1998 - ? LATEST PICS: http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/player/yorke/?M=D Debut v West Ham 22/8/98 Career updated 03/10/99: Played 62 (W37 D21 L4) Scored 37 goals! [ratio 0.59] Dwight is still up there with the best! from http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats.htm UNITED CAREER "ROLL OF HONOUR" GOALS PER GAMES RATIO up to June 1st 1999 Qualification = Minimum 50 Appearances. Ratio better than 0.30 League and Cup games included. Charity Shield excluded. Ratio - Apps Goals 0.677 Tommy Taylor 189 128 (1952-58) 0.663 Tommy Reid 101 67 (1928-33) 0.611 Dennis Viollet 291 178 (1952-61) DWIGHT YORKE! today [ratio 0.596] 0.591 Denis Law 399 236 (1962-73) 0.580 Alex Dawson 93 54 (1958-61) 0.574 Joe Cassidy 174 100 (1892-99) 0.564 Henry Boyd 62 35 (1896-98) 0.552 Johnny Turnbull76 42 (1907-10) 0.549 David Herd 262 144 (1961-68) MUFC Hon. Executive CP Cheah Webmasters: Barry Leeming & Bill McArthur Stats: Masterfan 1999 Paul Hinson Design: Diana Low Graphics: Justin Eagleton & Sam Hayward Url: http://www.red11.org Webmaster Mail: barry@www.red11.org World of Manchester United Football Club.
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Subject: Stage one for leading man - Independent Nick Townsend looks forward to the return of the United talisman These days he sits in a dressing room designed for one, not a squad, as he prepares to turn out in the celluloid league for Thespians United. Yet life for Eric Cantona, apart from the absence of intrusive scrutiny that blighted his former existence, has not altered drastically. Appearing in film drama requires much the same kind of imperious presence and self-belief, whether he be clad in le bleu costume of his country, the red shirt of Manchester United or as a boxer in 1930s rural France in his latest film, Les Enfants du Marais. As Sir Alex Ferguson surveys him captaining a world XI against Manchester United in the manager's testimonial at Old Trafford tomorrow night, it will evoke contrasting emotions as he recalls his tempestuous years, during which the Frenchman appeared on the coastline of English football in February, 1992, as devastatingly as a hurricane, and departed it just as abruptly, in May, 1997. Not since George Best has a player achieved such notoriety, though as time elapses Cantona will surely be remembered more for the distinction with which he endowed the club rather than the disgrace. As Ferguson recalls, Cantona had been instrumental in procuring a draw at Chelsea at the turn of 1992, soon after his arrival: "We were an inspired and transformed team and I knew that when I had found myself longing in the previous summer for someone who would lift our already formidable qualities on to another plane I had been imagining a footballer very much like Eric Cantona." He adds, in his autobiography, Managing My Life: "If, as Bryan Robson suggested, United's rise to championship standard reflected the development in me, no one should have any doubt about the massive contribution made by Eric Cantona. He brought priceless presence and style to the team." That stiff-backed gait, that Gallic surliness, not to mention the upturned collar of the No 7 shirt, were all affectations of a character performing a role on Europe's greatest stages. Possessing the arrogance of a Hollywood leading man, he was a curious amalgam, that of a team player yet one whose whole demeanour cried out, like Patrick McGoohan's character in The Prisoner: "I am not a number, I am a free man." That freedom was infringed by enforced community service, his sentence on appeal following the Selhurst Park kung-fu incident, which produced in his manager "a fury I had vented only once before in our association - when he had trampled on John Moncur (of Swindon). Not for the first time, his explosive temperament had embarrassed him and the club and tarnished his brilliance as a footballer." For Cantona, the whole affair was undoubtedly the catalyst for a premature retirement, though it was not until the following year, immediately after the European Cup semi-final elimination by Borussia Dortmund, that he informed Sir Alex "he wanted to take his life in another direction". Although his European performances tended not to attain the same excellence as those in domestic competition, the Cantona years were a foundation on which the treble-winning side was constructed. The Frenchman he purchased from Leeds for £1m, says Sir Alex, was "as talented, as exciting and as productive a footballer as I have ever managed. We were losing not just a player but a talisman. Nobody had more imagination when it came to spotting the opportunity for an improbable and devastating pass, or more technical dexterity in threading the ball through crowding defenders". Cantona subsequently told his manager that he did not believe United were ambitious enough in the purchase of players and that he could no longer accept being "a pawn of Manchester United's merchandising department". Neither was a particularly convincing explanation, and the truth could probably be discovered more in his own soul. This was never a performer who would tolerate simply going through the motions; neither will it satisfy him as an actor, you suspect. There are those critics in France who predict that he could become the new Gerard Depardieu. Perhaps. It is certainly more plausible than him becoming the new Gerard Houllier. His attitude towards football, always somewhat ambivalent, is epitomised by a scene in which he appears in a film entitled Mookie where a football kicked by street children rolls to his feet. His character merely steps over it and walks on. Thus far, his roles have been diverse, both in duration and content. In that comedy he was a small-time boxer transformed into a guardian angel, who has to play against a chimpanzee, the eponymous Mookie. He also had a minor role in the British film, Elizabeth, in which he played the French Ambassador, Monsieur de Foi. But Les Enfants du Marais, or Children of the Marshes, set in rural France, where he portrays Jo Sardi, a boxer who has a long-running feud with the town's drunk and ends up wrecking a bar and attacking the police, will determine the direction of his new career. In France, it has been as well received as Vinnie Jones's has in cinemas here. Who could have imagined that, when five years ago, the then Wimbledon player had committed a fierce challenge on Cantona at Selhurst Park, the pair would become major names in the film industry. On that day, incidentally, it was Cantona who came out on top, despite Jones's best endeavours. He scored immediately afterwards in a 3-0 defeat of the Dons. "It was a reminder to Vinnie that it is pointless trying to intimidate a king," says Ferguson. Tomorrow, his lead role will be to captain a team out of the Old Trafford tunnel, which will include Peter Schmeichel, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Mancini, George Weah and Juninho. With his current injury dilemmas, Sir Alex might well be tempted to request some of that number to remain, not least goalkeeper Schmeichel. Since his departure, a stubborn rearguard has displayed alarming fragility. When did he last oversee a United team that had not won for three consecutive Premiership games? When David Beckham is not at the height of his powers, the manager might also yearn for a certain Frenchman to provide a source of inspiration Manchester United - The Legend - http://manunited.net
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