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Date: Mon Oct 11 GMT+00:00 1999
1. SCHMEICHEL, CANTONA BACK FOR FERGUSON TRIBUTE
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
MANCHESTER UNITED DAILY NEWS Monday 11th Oct 1999:
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 SENIOR CUP
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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Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!
*** CONDENSED LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 04/10/99 ***
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
*** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED -
UNITED Stats v All teams:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
First Team Fixtures 1999/2000
All dates/times subject to change
Dates of possible cup ties also shown
Date Opposition Score Pos. Attend.
15/07/99 Melbourne Australia pre-season W 2-0 - 60,000
18/07/99 Sydney Australia pre-season W 1-0 - 78,000
21/07/99 Shanghai Shenhua pre-season W 2-0 - 80,000
24/07/99 Hong Kong South China pre-season W 2-0 - 40,000
1/08/99 Arsenal Wembley Charity Shield L 1-2 - 70,185
3/08/99 Omagh Town Omagh Bomb Fund W 9-0 - 7,000
4/08/99 Wigan Athletic friendly W 2-0 - 15,000
08/08/99 Everton Away PL D 1-1 10 39,141
11/08/99 Sheffield Wednesday Home PL W 4-0 3 54,941
14/08/99 Leeds United Home PL W 2-0 1 55,187
22/08/99 Arsenal Away PL W 2-1 1 38,147
25/08/99 Coventry City Away PL W 2-1 1 22,024
27/08/99 Monaco - Lazio ESC L 0-1 - 15,223
30/08/99 Newcastle United Home W 5-1 1 55,190
11/09/99 Liverpool Away W 3-2 1 44,929
14/09/99 Croatia Zagreb Home EC D 0-0 - 53,250
18/09/99 Wimbledon Home D 1-1 1 55,189
22/09/99 Sturm Graz Away EC W 3-0 - 16,480
25/09/99 Southampton Home D 3-3 1 55,249
29/09/99 Marseille Home EC W 2-1 - 54,276
3/10/99 Chelsea Away PL L 0-5 2 34,909
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
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
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
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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
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 - ?
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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!
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)
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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
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
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