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Date: Thurs 11 Nov 1999 00:00 GMT
1. Berg reveals pitch problems
2. MEN - Cole's hot says Supermac
3. Ask the StatMan What was Dave Sextons largest Transfer Fee?
4. Meeting with Tony Banks
5. DWIGHT: I CAME VERY CLOSE TO DYING
6. Cole and Shearer kiss and make up
7. TWO OFF AS RESERVES CRASH
8. Break boost for injuries
9. MEN Cole and Shearer make up
MANCHESTER UNITED DAILY NEWS Thursday 11th Nov 1999:
Apologies for my mix up on the reserve match yesterday!
Insert the words Newcastle for Sheff Wed then the report
is purfect. We can all make daft mistakes!
It was Newcastle that beat us, NOT Sheff Wed, sorry!
* UK TV info: BBC TO COVER UNITED'S BRAZIL MISSION
The BBC will broadcast live coverage of Manchester United's World Team
Championship challenge in Brazil.
Manchester United FC Champions League Squad List
1 Mark John Bosnich 2 Gary Alexander Neville 3 Dennis Joseph Irwin
4 David May 6 Jakob Stam 7 David Robert J Beckham
8 Nicholas Butt 9 Andrew Alex. Cole 10 Edward Sheringham
11 Ryan Joseph Giggs 12 Philip Neville 14 Johan Jordi Cruyff
15 Lars Jesper Blomqvist 16 Roy Keane 17 Raimond RJH Van der Gouw
18 Paul Scholes 19 Dwight Yorke 20 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
21 Henning Berg 23 Michael Jamie Clegg 25 Josť Quinton Fortune
26 Massimo Taibi 31 Nicholas James Culkin 33 Mark Antony Wilson
34 Jonathan Greening
FINAL Group D P W D L F A PTS
Manchester United FC 6 4 1 1 9 4 13
Olympique de Marseille 6 3 1 2 10 8 10
SK Sturm Graz 6 2 0 4 5 12 6
NK Croatia Zagreb 6 1 2 3 7 7 5
Second stage Euro Draw GROUP B
Manchester United Valencia Bordeaux Fiorentina
Tues Nov 23
Group B: Fiorentina v Manchester United
Group B: Valencia v Girondins Bordeaux
Wed Dec 8
Group B: Girondins Bordeaux v Fiorentina
Group B: Manchester United v Valencia
Wed Mar 1
Group B: Manchester United v Girondins Bordeaux
Group B: Fiorentina v Valencia
Tues Mar 7
Group B: Girondins Bordeaux v Manchester United
Group B: Valencia v Fiorentina
Wed Mar 15
Group B: Manchester United v Fiorentina
Group B: Girondins Bordeaux v Valencia
Tuesday, March 21
Group B: Fiorentina v Girondins Bordeaux
Group B: Valencia v Manchester United
Real Audio - Last weeks Daily News Sound Archive:
Click on INDEX at http://www.red11.org/sound
99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at
Mark Bosnich's Personal Details
MANCHESTER UNITED STATS v ALL teams on the Web
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!
*** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 06/11/99 ***
Aston Villa 0-1 Southampton 26,474
Bradford City 1-1 Coventry City 17,587
Liverpool 2-0 Derby County 44,467
Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City 55,191
Middlesbrough 1-1 Sunderland 34,793
Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Watford 21,658
*** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 07/11/99 ***
Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United 34,935
Newcastle United 1-1 Everton 36,164
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Arsenal 36,085
Wimbledon 2-0 Leeds United 18,747
*** CONDENSED LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 07/11/99 ***
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Manchester United 14 9 3 2 33 19 14 30
2 Leeds United 14 9 2 3 26 18 8 29
3 Sunderland 14 8 4 2 24 12 12 28
4 Arsenal 14 8 2 4 21 14 7 26
5 Liverpool 14 7 3 4 18 12 6 24
6 Tottenham Hotspur 13 7 2 4 23 18 5 23
7 Leicester City 14 7 2 5 23 19 4 23
8 Middlesbrough 14 7 1 6 19 18 1 22
9 Chelsea 12 6 2 4 18 10 8 20
10 Everton 14 5 4 5 23 21 2 19
11 West Ham United 13 5 3 5 12 11 1 18
12 Aston Villa 14 5 3 6 13 16 -3 18
13 Coventry City 14 4 5 5 21 16 5 17
14 Southampton 13 4 4 5 20 23 -3 16
15 Wimbledon 14 3 7 4 21 27 -6 16
16 Newcastle United 14 3 3 8 24 28 -4 12
17 Bradford City 13 3 3 7 11 21 -10 12
18 Derby County 14 3 3 8 13 24 -11 12
19 Watford 14 3 1 10 10 24 -14 10
20 Sheffield Wednesday 14 1 3 10 10 32 -22 6
*** TEAM STATISTICS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 06/11/99 ***
AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE: 55,168
HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 25/09/99 - Southampton (55,249)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (54,941)
BEST WIN: 11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1)
HEAVIEST DEFEAT: 03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)
BEST HOME WIN: 11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1)
HEAVIEST HOME DEFEAT: -
BEST AWAY WIN: 22/08/99 - Arsenal (2-1)
25/08/99 - Coventry City (2-1)
11/09/99 - Liverpool (3-2)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT: 03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)
20-NOV-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Derby C (FA Premier League, AWAY)
30-NOV-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Palmeiras (Inter Continental Cup, AWAY)
04-DEC-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Everton (FA Premier League, HOME)
18-DEC-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs West Ham (FA Premier League, AWAY)
*** 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
11/10/99 Sir Alex Testimonial Home F L 2-4 LEGENDS 54,842
13/10/99 Aston Villa Away WC3 L 0-3 - 33,815
16/10/99 Watford Home PL W 4-1 2 55,188
19/10/99 Marseille Away EC L 0-1 - 57,745
23/10/99 Tottenham Hotspur Away L 1-3 3 36,072
27/10/99 Croatia Zagreb Away EC W 2-1 - 30,000
30/10/99 Aston Villa Home PL W 3-0 2 55,211
2/11/99 Sturm Graz Home EC W 2-1 - 53,745
6/11/99 Leicester City Home PL W 2-0 1 55,191
20/11/99 Derby County Away PL 15.00
23/11/99 AC Fiorentina Away EC 19.45
pp 27/11/99 ? Sheffield Wednesday Away PL *No new date yet
30/11/99 Tokyo Palmeiras WCC 20.00
4/12/99 Everton Home PL 15.00
8/12/99 Valencia CF Home EC 19.45
18/12/99 West Ham United Away PL 15.00
26/12/99 Bradford City Home PL 15.00
28/12/99 Sunderland Away PL 20.00 "live on sky"
3/01/2000 Middlesborough Home PL 20.00
JAN 05-14 Brazil WTC [3-4 games]
06/01/2000 Necaxa (Mexico) Neut WTC 16.00
08/01/2000 Vasco da Gama (Brazil) Away WTC 16.00
11/01/2000 South Melbourne (Australia) N WTC 16.00
22/01/2000 Arsenal Home PL 15.00
5/02/2000 Coventry City Home PL 15.00
12/02/2000 Newcastle United Away PL 15.00
26/02/2000 Wimbledon Away PL 15.00
1/03/2000 FC Girondins de Bordeaux Home EC 19.45
4/03/2000 Liverpool Home PL 15.00
7/03/2000 FC Girondins de Bordeaux Away EC 19.45
11/03/2000 Derby County Home PL 15.00
15/03/2000 AC Fiorentina Home EC 19.45
18/03/2000 Leicester City Away PL 15.00
21/03/2000 Valencia CF Away EC 19.45
25/03/2000 Bradford City Away PL 15.00
1/04/2000 West Ham United Home PL 15.00
5/04/2000 ? EC qf i
8/04/2000 Middlesborough Away PL 15.00
15/04/2000 Sunderland Home PL 15.00
19/04/2000 ? EC qf ii
22/04/2000 Southampton Away PL 15.00
24/04/2000 Chelsea Home PL 15.00
29/04/2000 West Ham United Away PL 15.00
3/05/2000 ? EC sf i
6/05/2000 Tottenham Hotspur Home PL 15.00
10/05/2000 ? EC sf ii
14/05/2000 Aston Villa Away PL 15.00
24/05/2000 ? EC Final
Berg reveals pitch problems
Henning Berg has blamed the troublesome new Old Trafford pitch for
United making hard work of their weekend win over Leicester.
The Norwegian defender also reckons the team should have used Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer more often on Saturday afternoon.
He said: "The new pitch must take the blame for it's very hard to
control the ball and it led to a lot of bad passes.
"Ole Gunnar played a good match as one of three strikers even if he
didn't score. I think he should be used a bit more - especially in the
Berg was one of 600 guests at a charity dinner that evening, organised
by Andy Cole, to benefit children in Zimbabwe and revealed how the
players took part in a charity auction - Jesper Blomqvist successfully
bidding for a signed Maddonna CD!
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MEN - Cole's hot says Supermac
ONE of England's greatest modern-day centre forwards says Andy Cole could
be England's man for a crisis if the going gets tough in two crunch clashes
Former Newcastle and England legend Malcolm Macdonald sees the Manchester
United sharp-shooter as the talisman in England's bid to qualify for the
Macdonald, dubbed Supermac during a distinguished career and capped 14
times for England between 1972 and 76, told M.E.N. Sport: ``I rate Cole
very highly - he's a fine player.
``He could well be the man to see England through to victory.
``These games will be about passion and it may just need a moment of
inspiration from someone with an eye for goal to make things safe and he is
But he added: ``I would not start him in the first game at Hampden Park but
I would certainly have him ready to either turn things round or to remedy a
``If I was England manager I would let Alan Shearer lead the line against
the Scots at Hampden Park and get the ball in to him.
``How England shape up depends a lot on what mood Shearer is in come
Saturday. Fortunately, he is really hungry just now and this is a good sign.
``Cole, though, could also have an important role to play.
``Like I said, I rate him very highly - you have to - look at his record.
``He is a quality striker but his first touch tends to let him down at
international level. The best players in the Premiership do not necessarily
make the best players at international level.
``There is no doubting Cole's record but I would continue to let him have
an impact role with England. People forget that Sir Alf Ramsey left a
certain Jimmy Greaves out of the England team for the 1966 World Cup Final.
``England face two very important games against Scotland but it must be a
massive boost for Kevin Keegan to know he has so many good strikers at his
in his squad.
``Cole is ideal because of his ability to either turns things around or to
help build on an advantage.''
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Ask the StatMan What was Dave Sextons largest Transfer Fee
question: What was Dave Sextons largest Transfer Fee, Buying and Selling
Sexton's largest buy was £1.25M for Garry Birtles from Nottingham Forest in October 1980.
His biggest sale was £500,000 for Andy Ritchie from Brighton and Hove Albion, also in
A full list of United transfers can be seen at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/alltransfer.htm
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Meeting with Tony Banks
Just a reminder that IMUSA have the ex Sports Minister appearing at O'Briens in
The Stretford Arndale from 8pm this Thursday (11th). So if you want to question
one of the main figures behind our FA Cup withdrawal this is your chance.
Unlike a lot of politicos, Banks has always been a genuine football fan, and if
rumours are to be believed, was responsible for getting some Reds into the Nou
Camp gratis. Talking of which, some souvenirs from the European Cup Final will
be raffled off.
The meeting is free to IMUSA members, but non-members can join on the night for
Stretford Arndale is situated on Chester Road, close to Stretford Metro, and the
M60 Stretford/Altrincham junction.
The meeting is upstairs. Go through the door behind the pool table and head up
Look forward to seeing you there
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DWIGHT: I CAME VERY CLOSE TO DYING
By MARK IRWIN
DWIGHT YORKE has revealed the sensational secret
behind the most famous smile in soccer.
The Manchester United striker believes he is blessed
after nearly being killed in a car accident as a kid.
Yorke, 28, was a barefoot two-year-old when he was run
over by a truck on his native island of Tobago in the
He broke BOTH his legs in the horrific smash and
doctors feared the tiny toddler would not pull
through. It was six months before he was allowed to
And when he was finally discharged, his father came to
collect him in a garbage truck!
The £12.5million superstar revealed in his new video:
"I'm the way I am because I've been given a second
chance in life.
"It was a terrible car accident and everyone tells me
I was close to death. I can't remember much about it
but from what I gather, I was very fortunate not to be
Baby Dwight was with one of his older sisters when he
dashed into the road and straight into the path of the
He said: "I was only two years old at the time. I had
all these scars and I had broken both of my legs.
"I suppose that's why I am always smiling and always
enjoying life. I was delighted to get another chance
and can appreciate how lucky I have been. My greatest
memory of the whole thing was when my dad came to
hospital to take me home after six months
"He was a garbage collector at the time and the only
means of transport we had available was his truck.
"I remember I had to climb up all the rubbish to sit
next to him in the cab."
The king of Old Trafford revealed his amazing
childhood secret in the video Dwight Yorke - Smiles
Better, which is released on Monday. He also confessed
to a toe-curling nickname which will have his United
pals in stitches.
The former Aston Villa striker admitted: "When I was a
kid, everyone in Tobago used to call me Anna! Even my
family used the name.
"I used to have really long hair as a boy and people
reckoned it made me look like a woman.
"I'm not sure how the name first came about but if
anyone calls me Anna these days they had better know
me pretty well."
Yorke, one of nine children brought up in poverty in
Tobago, also revealed how he hopes his achievements in
English football can inspire a new generation of
The £25,000-a-week superstar won the European Cup,
Premiership and FA Cup in his first season at United,
scoring 29 goals in the process.
He said: "When I was a boy in Tobago, I would look at
John Barnes for inspiration.
"Now I hope my achievements will encourage a lot of
people all over the Caribbean.
"They can look at me as someone who had nothing, was
given an opportunity and turned it into something
"We were very poor as a family. There were nine kids
living in a two-bed bungalow and life was never easy.
"There were times when I was playing football with
nothing on my feet.
"But I would not change a thing about my early years.
The lifestyle I had then makes me appreciate
everything I now have all the more."
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Cole and Shearer kiss and make up
By Ken Dyer
Andy Cole has had a meeting with Alan Shearer at the England squad's hotel
in a move to head off a possible rift between the two strikers.
Cole's act of conciliation towards the England captain came after criticism
in the serialisation of the Manchester United striker's soon to be
published autobiography. In the book, Cole argued that a succession of
England managers had shown a selection bias towards the Newcastle forward,
irrespective of his form.
Shearer was apparently unhappy with Cole's comments but has decided,
following a meeting between the pair, to swallow his dis-pleasure for the
sake of squad unity.
England coach Kevin Keegan, who won't name his team for Saturday's Euro
2000 play-off against Scotland until just before kick-off, could still
decide to partner captain Shearer with Cole in attack.
Keegan could have done without Cole's comments so close to the matches
against Scotland but does not expect a problem if he decides to pair the
two strikers in Saturday's first match at Hampden Park.
"It's not a problem," Keegan said. "If I drew up a list of the players I
know best in the squad, then Alan Shearer and Andy Cole would be numbers
one and two.
"They will shake hands and move on. They are the sort of lads who just get
on with their lives."
Keegan has to decide whether to pick Cole, who has been in sparkling form
for United in recent matches, in preference to Michael Owen, who trained
yesterday and says he is over his hamstring problems.
Cole missed training yesterday but Keegan said: "Andy hardly ever misses a
game. He's had a shin injury but I would expect him to be back training by
Keegan will also assess the fitness of Owen over the next three days.
He said: "He's been out for a while but, if he's fully fit, there has to be
a place for him in the team. You saw what happened when he came on as a
substitute against Belgium - their defenders suddenly retreated 10 yards.
"I believe he feels 100 per cent himself but, if you're talking about match
fit-ness, there has to be a slight doubt.
"There are two ways of looking at things. You could pick him from the start
and ask him to give us an hour, or you could bring him on during the match.
We will just have to see how he goes for the rest of the week."
Owen is confident he will be fit and said: "I've lost five days training
through injury, that's all. It's important to play for England and
Liverpool and I'd hate to miss this match.
"The best atmosphere I've experienced was playing in the UEFA Cup for
Liverpool against Celtic and this could be even better. The hamstring has
totally cleared up now and there is no stiffness.
"I believe I deserve to be in the team. I know there's a few players
fighting for one position, but it's well worth fighting for."
The build-up to Saturday's match is becoming intense and Keegan admits he
is impatient. He said: "I just want Saturday to come. It can't come quickly
enough for me."
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TWO OFF AS RESERVES CRASH
Wednesday, November 10, 1999 08:54
Newcastle United Res. 2 Manchester United Res. 0
Both Richard Wellens and Jonathan Greening received
their marching orders as United Reserves went down at
Kingston Park, home of Newcastle Rugby Club, on
Wellens' dismissal came after twice having his name taken
by the referee, Mr Devine. He was shown the yellow card in
the 35th minute after clashing with Newcastle's Lucas
Cominelli. Four minutes later, and following another
altercation with the Argentinian trialist, Wellens was
directed to the dressing rooms.
In fact the player was half way there before Devine had the
opportunity to perform his yellow and red card trick.
Seconds earlier Wellens had himself been on the receiving
end of an over vigorous Steve Howey challenge, but the
referee adjudged that a booking was sufficient punishment.
Greening's departure from the action arrived in the 59th
minute after the Reds' call for a penalty had been refused.
Irish youngster David Healy was the victim of what
appeared to a foul challenge by Paul Arnison in the
Magpies' area, but the referee didn't take that view and
when Greening decided to make his opinion known to the
man in black, his involvement in the game was instantly
Paul Robinson's goal, scored in the 28th minute, separated
the teams at the interval, but there was little to choose
between the sides until United were reduced to nine men.
They then became restricted in what they could attempt
and any hope of salvaging something from the match
probably disappeared when Greening was ordered to leave
Jamie Coppinger scored Newcastle's second goal with ten
minutes to go and that was just about that. As a result,
Newcastle replaced close neighbours Sunderland at the
top of the FA Premier Reserve League North.
United: Taibi, Clegg, Higginbotham, O'Shea, Roche, Cruyff,
Wellens, Wilson, Greening, Healy (sub: Notman), Twiss.
Subs not used: Culkin, Rose S., Webber, Stewart.
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Break boost for injuries
Manchester United hope to use the international break to get some of
their injured stars back into contention, with close to the top of the
list Teddy Sheringham who has been out of action tearing a calf muscle a
Sheringham's chances of being involved in England's Euro 2000 play off
games against Scotland disappeared during the last fortnight, and now he
hopes to be ready to return when play resumes after the crucial
Also getting closer to a comeback is Nicky Butt who had a hernia
operation at the start of last month. He is cycling his way back to
fitness and could be playing again within the next two weeks.
Scandinavian duo Ronny Johnsen and Jesper Blomqvist, who have not played
a game this season, are also progressing. Blomqvist expects to be
playing again before Christmas, but it could be New Year before Johnsen
is back in action after having surgery on both knees.
Gary Neville will have a slower build up before he makes another
comeback after twice breaking down with a recurrence of his groin
injury. Neville was pulled out of the England squad during the summer
after suffering from his first groin strain, and made a comeback during
August, only to break down again. He made another return last week but
today is back in the treatment room as United look at ways of easing him
back into action - hopefully without an operation.
Before his setback, Neville had not been out of action for more than a
week through injury during his entire career.
It is hardly surprising Sir Alex Ferguson once again has fingers crossed
his international stars return from this week's games unscathed, after
putting up with the worst injury crisis of his United career during the
first three months of the season.
To date fourteen of his regular first team squad have been out of action
because of injury, and the United boss says it is remarkable his players
have managed to stay with the pace in both the Premiership and the
Sir Alex has used a total of 37 players in all competitions this season,
with Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Phil Neville among the few who have
avoided the injury jinx.
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MEN Cole and Shearer make up
By PAUL HINCE
ANDY COLE has made his peace in clear-the-air talks with England skipper
Alan Shearer, it can be revealed today.
The two strikers shook hands at a private meeting in the England squad's
hotel last night to heal the rift caused by Cole's stinging criticism of
the Newcastle star in his recent autobiography.
Shearer was believed to be incensed at Cole's suggestion that a series of
England managers had shown a selection bias towards him - irrespective of
England coach Kevin Keegan was keen for Cole and Shearer to get together in
case he is forced to play the two in-form strikers alongside each other in
Saturday's crunch Euro 2000 play-off against Scotland at Hampden Park.
Keegan has said already that Michael Owen will partner Shearer at Hampden
providing the Liverpool flier proves over the next 48 hours that he has
recovered fully from his recent hamstring injury.
If Owen fails to convince Keegan that he is fully match fit, the England
boss will turn to Cole, knowing that any ill-feeling between the Old
Trafford star and Shearer has now been averted.
``Andy's comments are not a problem,'' says Keegan. ``If I drew up a list
of players I know best in the squad, Alan Shearer and Andy Cole would be
numbers one and two.
``They will shake hands and move on. They are the sort of lads who don't
hold grudges and just get on with their lives.''
Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Craig Brown
will spring a major surprise at Hampden Park on Saturday - by ordering the
Scottish team into all-out attack.
``It's going to be a hard game on Saturday - for both teams,'' said Sir Alex.
``Every manager is differenht in how they approach games like this but I
think tactics will play a part in some sort or other.
``I don't think Scotland will play a containing game because they are not
good at that. I think they will have a go at England.''
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