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Date: Wed 08 Dec 1999 01:42 GMT
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Keane signs up for £50,000 a week - not official yet
2. More Up to date Keano Stuff from Barry
3. m-a-year Keane puts team-mates in shadows
4. from redissue news
5. www.red11.org Sound Archive>  Interviews before Valencia + press conference
6. Referee - Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark).
7. ANOTHER OP FOR JESPER
8. RYAN ENJOYING THE HIGH LIFE

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MANCHESTER UNITED DAILY NEWS  Wed 8th Dec 1999:

Webmaster Comment:
Sorry about all those Kean0 mails yesterday!
Seems like officially we have to wait 48 hrs, 
whilst it also seems certain Roy will be signing
now for 50000 grand/week. Watch this space!
ECL tonight so good luck to the boys!

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Manchester United FC Champions League Squad List
 1 Mark John Bosnich      2 Gary Alexander Neville 3 Dennis Joseph Irwin
 4 David May              6 Jakob Stam             7 David Robert J Beckham
 8 Nicholas Butt          9 Andrew Alex. Cole      10 Edward Sheringham
11 Ryan Joseph Giggs     12 Philip Neville         14 Johan Jordi Cruyff
15 Lars Jesper Blomqvist 16 Roy Keane           17 Raimond RJH Van der Gouw
18 Paul Scholes          19 Dwight Yorke           20 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
21 Henning Berg          23 Michael Jamie Clegg    25 Josť Quinton Fortune
26 Massimo Taibi         31 Nicholas James Culkin  33 Mark Antony Wilson
34 Jonathan Greening

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

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

Wed Dec 8 
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 

FINAL Group D          P W D L  F A  PTS
Manchester United FC   6 4 1 1  9  4  13 
Olympique de Marseille 6 3 1 2 10  8  10 
SK Sturm Graz          6 2 0 4  5 12   6 
NK Croatia Zagreb      6 1 2 3  7  7   5 

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99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at
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Mark Bosnich's Personal Details 
http://www.red11.org/mufc/bosnich.htm

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MANCHESTER UNITED STATS v ALL teams on the Web
http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats.htm

Previous News:
 BSKYB Takeover news/pics at http://www.red11.org/mufc/bskyb.htm
  Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
   http://www.iol.ie/~redcafe/kidd.htm
 Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!
   http://www.red11.org/mufc/news/schmeichel.htm

*** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 06/12/99 ***
   Tottenham Hotspur   0-0   West Ham United       36,233

*** CONDENSED LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 06/12/99 ***

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


*** TEAM STATISTICS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 04/12/99 ***
AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE: 55,171
HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 25/09/99 - Southampton (55,249)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE:  11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (54,941)
BEST WIN: 	     11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
     		     30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1)
     		     04/12/99 - Everton (5-1)
HEAVIEST DEFEAT:     03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)
BEST HOME WIN:       11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
     		     30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1)
     		     04/12/99 - Everton (5-1)
BEST AWAY WIN:           22/08/99 - Arsenal (2-1)
     			25/08/99 - Coventry City (2-1)
     			11/09/99 - Liverpool (3-2)
     			20/11/99 - Derby County (2-1)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT:   03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)

 NEXT MATCHES
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TODAY       [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Valencia  (UEFA Champions League, HOME)
18-DEC-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs West Ham  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
26-DEC-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Bradford C  (FA Premier League, HOME)
28-DEC-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Sunderland  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
06-JAN-2000 [18:15] Manchester Utd. vs Necaxa  (World Club Championship, AWAY)


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


*** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED - 

UNITED Stats v All teams:
http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/
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.
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15/07/99    Melbourne Australia   pre-season  W  2-0     -    60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   pre-season  W  1-0     -    78,000
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     pre-season  W  2-0     -    80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China pre-season  W  2-0     -    40,000

 1/08/99    Arsenal   Wembley Charity Shield  L  1-2     -    70,185
 3/08/99    Omagh Town Omagh Bomb Fund        W  9-0     -     7,000
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly           W  2-0     -    15,000 
08/08/99    Everton                  Away PL  D  1-1    10    39,141
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home PL  W  4-0     3    54,941
14/08/99    Leeds United             Home PL  W  2-0     1    55,187
22/08/99    Arsenal                  Away PL  W  2-1     1    38,147
25/08/99    Coventry City            Away PL  W  2-1     1    22,024 
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio               ESC  L  0-1     -    15,223
30/08/99    Newcastle United         Home     W  5-1     1    55,190
11/09/99    Liverpool                Away     W  3-2     1    44,929
14/09/99    Croatia Zagreb           Home EC  D  0-0     -    53,250
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home     D  1-1     1    55,189
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC  W  3-0     -    16,480
25/09/99    Southampton              Home     D  3-3     1    55,249
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC  W  2-1     -    54,276
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL  L  0-5     2    34,909
11/10/99    Sir Alex Testimonial     Home F   L  2-4  LEGENDS 54,842      
13/10/99    Aston Villa              Away WC3 L  0-3     -    33,815
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL  W  4-1     2    55,188
19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC  L  0-1     -    57,745 
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     L  1-3     3    36,072
27/10/99    Croatia Zagreb           Away EC  W  2-1     -    30,000
30/10/99    Aston Villa              Home PL  W  3-0     2    55,211
 2/11/99    Sturm Graz               Home EC  W  2-1     -    53,745 
 6/11/99    Leicester City           Home PL  W  2-0     1    55,191
20/11/99    Derby County             Away     W  2-1     1    33,370
23/11/99    AC Fiorentina            Away EC  L  0-2     -    40,000
30/11/99    Tokyo  Palmeiras         N   WCC  W  1-0     -    53,372
 4/12/99    Everton                  Home PL  W  5-1     2    55,193

 8/12/99    Valencia CF              Home EC   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"

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

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 JAN 05-14  Brazil WTC [3-4 games]
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06/01/2000  Necaxa (Mexico)          Neut WTC  16.00
08/01/2000  Vasco da Gama (Brazil)   Away WTC  16.00
11/01/2000  South Melbourne (Australia) N WTC  16.00
Final? 14/01/2000
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15/17? /01/2000  Leeds               Away PL   15.00  
24/01/2000  Arsenal                  Home PL   20.00  "live on sky"
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            Home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         Away PL   15.00
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                Away PL   15.00
 1/03/2000  FC Girondins de Bordeaux Home EC   19.45 
 4/03/2000  Liverpool                Home PL   11.30  "live on sky"
 7/03/2000  FC Girondins de Bordeaux Away EC   19.45 
11/03/2000  Derby County             Home PL   15.00
15/03/2000  AC Fiorentina            Home EC   19.45
18/03/2000  Leicester City           Away PL   15.00
21/03/2000  Valencia CF              Away EC   19.45 
25/03/2000  Bradford City            Away PL   15.00
 1/04/2000  West Ham United          Home PL   15.00
 5/04/2000  ?   EC qf i
 8/04/2000  Middlesborough           Away PL   15.00
15/04/2000  Sunderland               Home PL   15.00
19/04/2000  ?   EC qf ii
22/04/2000  Southampton              Away PL   15.00
24/04/2000  Chelsea                  Home PL   15.00
29/04/2000  West Ham United          Away PL   15.00
 3/05/2000  ?   EC sf i
 6/05/2000  Tottenham Hotspur        Home PL   15.00
10/05/2000  ?   EC sf ii
14/05/2000  Aston Villa              Away PL   15.00
24/05/2000  ?   EC Final

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Keane signs up for £50,000 a week - not official yet By Adrian Curtis Roy Keane is staying at Manchester United on a record salary of £50,000 a week. Keane is now the highest-paid British player in the Premiership after his representative, London solicitor Michael Kennedy, reached agreement with United chairman Martin Edwards yesterday. The contract is over four years and worth £10 million. Steve McManaman is the best-paid British footballer, reputed to be on £60,000 a week at Real Madrid, while Juventus's Alessandro Del Piero is believed to be the world's highest-paid player on £90,000 a week. Keane could have walked out on United at the end of the season on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling and earned millions in wages at a new club, as McManaman did when leaving Liverpool for Spain. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will undoubtedly use the signing of his captain as a boost for tomorrow night's European Champions League tie against Valencia at Old Trafford.
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More Up to date Keano Stuff from Barry I may have jumped the gun a bit I believed Soccernet as I came in from work all excited and read - http://www.newsnow.co.uk/cgi/NGoto/884009 Since then these have come in - Keane Close To Clinching United Deal http://www.newsnow.co.uk/cgi/NGoto/884304 Keane close to clinching United deal SportLive 16:25 http://www.newsnow.co.uk/cgi/NGoto/884345 Keane Close To Clinching United Deal PA NewsCentre 16:20 http://www.newsnow.co.uk/cgi/NGoto/884315 Keane Close To Clinching United Deal Football 365 16:20 http://www.newsnow.co.uk/cgi/NGoto/884304 *** Keane signs up for £50,000 a week SoccerNet 15:20 http://www.newsnow.co.uk/cgi/NGoto/884009 ** £2.5m-a-year Keane puts team-mates in shadows SoccerNet 15:20 http://www.newsnow.co.uk/cgi/NGoto/884010 Do not worry tho' I still say it is true "just that I am ahead of most folks" hehe EVEN More! ...... http://www.sportlive.net/esport/article/article.tpl?page=/esport/article/art icle.tpl&page=/esport/article/article.tpl&id=244889 Dateline: 16:15 7/12/99 Related stories Keane close to clinching United deal Roy Keane will lead out Manchester United against dangerous Spanish giants Valencia believing his Old Trafford future is virtually signed and sealed. Keane will have another round of talks with club director-lawyer Maurice Watkins on Thursday, when it is expected that his continued presence at United will be confirmed. The club do not expect to make any further announcements until after the Champions League clash with Valencia, with boss Sir Alex Ferguson stressing he doesn't want any outside distractions that could effect United's defence of the European Cup. Ferguson said: "There is another meeting with Roy scheduled for Thursday. Things do take time and we will know more then. But at least we are still talking." It is believed that United are on the verge of smashing their pay structure to meet Keane's £50,000 a week wage demands. Talks with the player, Watkins and Keane's agent Michael Kennedy, have been going on all week with a conclusion now likely in the 24 hours after the clash with Valencia. But Keane can expect a rapturous reception from the Old Trafford faithful now, because the fans have been convinced by the Irishman's own words that he is hell bent on staying with the club. Keane said: "I have made a decision this week and, if everything goes right, there can be an announcement soon."
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2.5m-a-year Keane puts team-mates in shadows He's probably the least flamboyant of all Manchester United's stars and yet Roy Keane now earns more money than all of them. There are no Ferraris, celebrity girlfriends or regular nights out at London's best restaurants, although he could certainly afford all of them and more on his £50,000 a week new deal that was agreed yesterday with the United board. And there are definitely no sarongs. Where David Beckham or Ryan Giggs are likely to be found on the lifestyle pages, Keane is at his happiest when surrounded by his family and friends from Cork, his three children and his wife Theresa. The Templeacre Tavern in Cork, where framed pictures of Manchester United's captain hang on the wall, is a shining example of Keane being true to his roots. It is there Keane visits for a drink and a chat when he gets time off. Regulars and staff from the pub make an annual trip to England to watch their friend and hero, with Keane supplying the best tickets and hospitality at the regularly sold-out Old Trafford. The atmosphere his friends create, in Ireland or on trips to Manchester, is one Keane feels secure with - it is what he grew up with. And he readily gives something back, donating thousands of pounds to the junior team he spent his formative years with, Rockmount. Even on the day United paid £3.75 million to take him from Nottingham Forest, he was sitting in the Templeacre Tavern enjoying a pint with his brothers like any other customer. He drives a £60,000 Range Rover and lives, like the rest of the United players, in the leafy Cheshire suburbs of south Manchester. Earlier this year he turned down a lucrative six-figure sum from Hello magazine to do an 'at home with the Keane's' after he bought a £1m five-bedroom house in Bowdon. His commitment to his family and a settled lifestyle gave the clearest indication that he was unlikely to leave United for the lure of the lire in Italy or the Spanish peseta. Living abroad just wouldn't suit him. Indeed, in a recent television appearance on Ireland's leading chat show, The Late Late Show, he was asked whether he would be learning Spanish or Italian, but the answer was a firm no. To suggest, though, that the 28 year old is a quiet-living family man is wide of the mark. Controversy of the wrong sort has followed the hot-tempered Irishman off the field as well as on. He is renowned for his fierce, sometimes over zealous, will to win, a competitive streak that has no peer, according to Sir Alex Ferguson, who regards his Keane as the best midfield player in Europe. That temper has sometimes spilled over. He has been sent off numerous times for violent acts including stamping, and seems to have attracted alleged trouble, at the very least, away from the pitch. After United won the Premier-ship title, the first part of last season's historic treble, he was accused of assault by two women who had joined the players for a celebration in Manchester. Keane spent the night in the police cells and Ferguson had to endure the embarrassment of going to the police station to retrieve his captain. But all allegations were proved unfounded - the only thing he was guilty of was a good night out. The new deal at United almost certainly confirms Keane's place as the highest-paid British player in the Premiership. While foreign stars such as Chelsea's Marcel Desailly probably equal the £2.5ma-year deal, the promise of a £1m-plus testimonial on top of the basic salary takes Keane beyond anyone else. He still lags behind Real Madrid's Steve McManaman, who is on a reputed £60,000 a week as Britain's highest-paid star, and Juventus' Alessandro Del Piero, whose new deal was said to pay him £90,000 a week. Still it's not bad for a boy from Cork in southern Ireland, who was spotted as a teenager by Brian Clough.
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from redissue news The Mail via Soccernet announced at 3.20 pm that Keane had definitely signed a new gig but no-one else has run the story as of now (4.30 pm) The Mail claims agreement was reached last night and follows up with a big Roy feature. Jumping the gun or a world scoop? United have announced nothing. F365 and PA announced an hour later that: "Keane will have another round of talks with club director-lawyer Maurice Watkins on Thursday, when it is expected that his continued presence at United will be confirmed. The club do not expect to make any further announcements until after the Champions League clash with Valencia, with boss Sir Alex Ferguson stressing he doesn't want any outside distractions that could effect United's defence of the European Cup. Ferguson said: "There is another meeting with Roy scheduled for Thursday. Things do take time and we will know more then. But at least we are still talking."We'll keep you posted. We believe PA, btw. But Keane will sign, we're pretty sure now... Meanwhile, Blomqvist is back in Sweden having more surgery so we guess he won't be back in the team for Xmas after all
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Interviews before Valencia + press conference From: Barry Leeming Download here http://www.red11.org/sound/ 33k Dec 07 0.51 keano_before_valencia.rm Roy Keane before Valencia 105k Dec 07 2.46 bill_foulkes_before_valencia.rm Bill Foulkes before Valencia 56k Dec 07 1.29 alex_before_valencia.rm Alex press conference before Valencia 1.07meg Dec 1 0.44 mutv_cracking_christmas.rm "REAL VIDEO" MUTV Willie Morgan phone in features Nick Oldham cartoon!
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Referee - Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark). Ref tonight is Kim Milton Comment of the day "#/%&(/(=)`?(?&%#"§%/#)=§#`§=#((#=OI!!?!?!?!??!?!!" This is the idiot Ref who sent Becks off in the world cup! - "No threats please!" Manchester United v Valencia match statistics Manchester United (England) v Valencia (Spain) Champions League Group B match on Wednesday. Manchester United Current league form: 2nd Premier league P16 W11 D3 L2 F40 A21 Pts36 Last six league matches: WLWWWW Champions League results 1999-00: First phase H v Croatia Zagreb (Croatia) 0-0 A v Sturm Graz (Austria) 3-0 H v Olympique Marseille (France) 2-1 A v Olympique Marseille (France) 0-1 A v Croatia Zagreb (Croatia) 2-1 H v Sturm Graz (Austria) 2-1 Second phase A v Fiorentina (Italy) 0-2 P7 W4 D1 L2 F9 A6 Pts13 Scorers: Roy Keane 3, Andy Cole 2, David Beckham 1, Paul Scholes 1, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 1, Dwight Yorke 1 European Champions: 1968, 1999 Cup Winners Cup winners: 1991 Champions League: 6 - 1993-94, 1994-95, 1996-97 (semifinal), 1997-98 (quarter-final), 1998-99 (winners), 1999-2000 Record European win: 10-0 v Anderlecht (Belgium) European Cup 1st round 1956-57 Record European defeat: 0-5 v Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) Cup Winners Cup quarter-final 1963-64 Valencia Current league form: 10th Spanish league P14 W5 D3 L6 F18 A14 Pts18 Last six league matches: WDLWDW Champions League results 1999-00: Qualifying round A v Hapoel Haifa (Israel) 2-0 H v Hapoel Haifa (Israel) 2-0 First phase H v Rangers (Scotland) 2-0 A v PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 1-1 A v Bayern Munich (Germany) 1-1 H v Bayern Munich (Germany) 1-1 A v Rangers (Scotland) 2-1 H v PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) 1-0 Second phase H v Girondina Bordeaux (France) 3-0 P9 W6 D3 L0 F15 A4 Pts18 Scorers: Claudio Lopez 4, Francisco Farinos 2, Adrian Ilie 2, Kily 2, Juan Sanchez 2, Gerard 1, Gaizca Mendieta 1, own goal 1 Cup Winners Cup winners: 1980 UEFA Cup winners: 1962, 1963 Champions League entries: 8 - 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95 (qualifying), 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 (qualifying), 1999-2000 Record European win: 5-0 v Hibernian (Scotland) Fairs Cup quarter-final 1962-63 Record European defeat: 0-7 v Karlsruhe SC (Germany) UEFA Cup 2nd round 1993-94 Previous meetings: 1982-83 UEFA Cup, First round: Manchester United v Valencia 0-0 1-2 Matches between English and Spanish clubs: Wins: England 41, Spain 46 Draws: 35 Team News: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is expected to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored four goals in the premier league win over Everton on Saturday, his first European start of the season. Solskjaer could replace Dwight Yorke who has not scored for eight matches and Ferguson is keen to have an in-form striker in the fray as United bid to make amends for the 2-0 defeat in their opening group game in Fiorentina. Since that game United have beaten Brazilian club Palmeiras in the world club championship and winger Ryan Giggs believes that triumph will help the Reds return to their best form. ``That match should set us up for the game with Valencia,'' he said. ``We are winning games but we've got to step it up a bit now.'' After beating Sevilla 2-0 on Saturday, injury-hit Valencia limped into Manchester this week with team selection problems. Miguel Angel Angulo, Argentine Kily Gonzalez, Frenchman Alain Roche and Spanish international 'keeper Santiago Canizares are all injured and Rumanian striker Adrian Ilie is unwell. Midfielders Gerard Lopez and David Albelda are suspended. However confidence is high as Valencia's fine European performances have earned them an unbeaten record in the Champions League this season. In their first match of the phase they beat Girondins 3-0. ``We know United are a good team, but that won't change our attitude. We'll be going out to win,'' said midfielder Francisco Farinos. Probable teams: Manchester United - 17-Raimond Van Der Gouw; 2-Gary Neville, 21-Henning Berg, 6-Jaap Stam, 3-Denis Irwin; 11-Ryan Giggs, 16-Roy Keane, 7-David Beckham, 8-Nicky Butt; 9-Andy Cole, 20-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Valencia - 26-Andres Palop: 20-Jocelyn Angloma, 5-Miroslav Djukic, 3-Joaquim Bjorklund, 2-Mauricio Pellegrino, 15-Amadeo Carboni; 6-Gaizka Mendieta, 8-Francisco Farinos, 21-Luis Milla; 7-Claudio Lopez, 17-Juan Sanchez Referee - Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark).
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ANOTHER OP FOR JESPER Tuesday, December 07, 1999 15:40 United's Swedish winger Jesper Blomqvist is to have another operation on his mystery knee injury. Jesper, who hasn't played for the Reds since the pre-season tour in Australia, flew out home to Sweden to have an exploratory operation on the knee, and admitted he doesn't know what the injury is. He also had a word of complaint about his United teammates' reactions to his lengthy spell on the sidelines. "I need to have an arthroscopy on the knee to investigate what the problem is," explained Blomqvist. "I don't know what actually caused the injury. "The reactions from within the environment haven't made it easier. Of course, I am getting questioned by others in the team and there have been some verbal jabs lately," he continued. Obviously the wags in the Old Trafford changing room have got to the international star. Jesper did get back into training earlier in the year, but soon discovered all was not well. "The running practice went well at first but, when I tried to increase the speed and intensity, it suddenly hurt. Everything just got worse," he said. "I have got great support from manager Sir Alex Ferguson on this decision. But I can't tell when I will be back. It's pointless to speculate. United aren't pressuring me to be back before I am completely fit. I know they want me back when the time is right." Alongside Wes Brown and Ronny Johnsen, Jesper is one of three long-term injuries at the club. We're doing OK without them, but the sooner the Reds have an injury-free squad the better.
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RYAN ENJOYING THE HIGH LIFE Tuesday, December 07, 1999 15:42 Manchester United players thought they had conquered the lot last May, when they flew home from Barcelona with the European Cup in their clutches. But last Tuesday, they upgraded themselves to an even higher plane, after beating Palmeiras of Brazil. The title of World Club Champions now rests comfortably on the shoulders of players like Ryan Giggs. "It was a trophy we definitely wanted to win," said Giggs, in conversation with Manchester United Radio. "And although Palmeiras created some good chances, I think we were really pleased with our performance, and we felt we deserved our victory." To win the Inter Continental Cup, the Reds not only had to overcome tough opponents in Palmeiras, they also had to come to terms with a change of climate and time zone. "It took us a few days to adapt really," admits Ryan. "I think the lads were waking up in the middle of the night for the first couple of nights, but then we got the sleeping patterns right. For the game we felt quite good, and overall, it was a very enjoyable experience." The Reds also felt rather good upon their return from Tokyo, when they dispelled any fears of jetlag by trouncing Everton 5-1. Only towards the final fifteen minutes, with that scoreline already on the board, did Saturday's match really lose its upbeat tempo. "We didn't know how we were going to respond, following the trip home from Tokyo, because that was unchartered territory," reflects Ryan, who completed one hour of the Everton fixture. "There was a bit of tiredness towards the end, you expect that after all the travelling we've been doing. But I think generally the lads felt quite sharp during the game." Everton can certainly vouch for that, Ryan..... ouch! You can hear the full interview with Ryan Giggs on Manchester United Radio 1413am, from 4.30pm this Wednesday. The broadcast includes full match commentary as the Reds take on Valencia.
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