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Date: Sun 12 Dec 1999 24:33 GMT
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This Issue:
1. TODAY's FA CUP Personal Match Report from The Old Fart
2. Survey 63 results - UNITED's player of the month for November
4. BRAZIL TICKET NEWS - official
7. MEN  Haves and have nots
8. Norse ace departs ! ««
9. Scholes op cancelled ««
10. Scholes hernia op put on hold
11. Beckham to miss out on accolade ««



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 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

1999/2000 UEFA Champions League Second Group-Match Stage - Group B 
Group B           P W D L  F A  Pts 
Fiorentina AC     2 1 1 0  2 0  4 
Manchester United 2 1 0 1  3 2  3 
Valencia CF       2 1 0 1  3 3  3 
Bordeaux          2 0 1 1  0 3  1 

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   Girondins Bordeaux v Fiorentina 0-0
            Manchester United v Valencia    3-0

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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  Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
 Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!

   Tottenham Hotspur   0-0   West Ham United       36,233


Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 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

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)

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 [21:15] Manchester Utd. vs Necaxa  (World Club Championship, AWAY)
08-JAN-2000 [21:15] Manchester Utd. vs Vasco de Gama  (World Club Championship, AWAY)


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     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  W  3-0     -    54,606 

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

 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
Final? 14/01/2000

*pp? 15/17? 01/2000  Leeds           Away PL   15.00 *not known    
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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TODAY's FA CUP Personal Match Report from The Old Fart Oh sorry readers! I turned up at OT yesterday only to find the game was cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. I sat in the stand ALL ALONE in the Manchesters sunshine expecting the grass to grow? [well it hasn't the last 6 months!] Here is my PIE REPORT - MOM (v Valencia)David Beckham was left on the bench accompanied by Posh Spice & Brooklyn! Meat and/or meat and potato pies (Yes, I am daft!) Bill McArthur wrote to me recently, enquiring about meat pie eating techniques. Here is my reply................. >>> BTW, the last time I was at OT (Dec 16 last year v Chelsea) I bought a >pie BUT apparently there is a trick to being able to eat them out of the >little aluminium dish. I guess I made a bollocks of it, because I was >getting strange looks (although that's not always strange!). Anyways, >what's the technique? <<< With the plain, old meat and potato I usually leave it to cool off slightly (under my seat for the whole of the first half normally does the trick!). HOWEVER if I am ravenous I leave the pie in the foil dish (to ensure that it does not collapse and burn my fingers!) and try to 'nibble' around the edges, thus allowing the (Bessemer-furnace-like heat) to dissipate slowly, before 'attacking' the main body of the pie. Meat pies are a totally different kettle of fish!!! Meat pies are to be avoided at all costs - unless you are as hard as Roy Keane or as daft as Mick Meade. The reason for this is that the meat pie (pie case) contains not just meat, but a liquid (of unknown composition) and that liquid is well above boiling point. So the unsuspecting, first-time meat pie eater will bite into the pie and allow a cascade of boiling liquid to pour down their necks, causing, at best, third degree burns. If you are really determined to have a meat pie I suggest that you buy it at least a week in advance! To be honest unless you grew up poor and disadvantaged (like myself) then I would probably recommend giving any sort of pie a miss. Stick to those things you know best like quail-egg butties or caviare and chips! Next time I hope for more activoty on the pitch, see you all for the next round of pie eating during this years FA Cup! Keep the faith (even in complete nutters like me), The OLD FART (United Kingdom) THE ABOVE www.red11.org PIE REPORT IS COPYRIGHTED! Only reports on spam, fish, chips & beans will be accepted in future! TODAYS TRIVIA: The att: 4400 at the Dons FA CUP game yesterday almost broke the OT record of 5000 daily vistors 365 days a year!
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Survey 63 results - UNITED's player of the month for November 1999? Comments: To: RedDevils@onelist.com Comments: cc: mufcstats@onelist.com To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU Who was UNITED's player of the month for November? 1 Beckham 22 38.6% 2 Cole 19 33.3% 3 Keane 10 17.5% Scholes 4 7.0% Berg 1 1.8% Giggs 1 1.8% PNeville 1 1.8% Stam 1 1.8% Yorke 1 1.8% Total: 60 voted Barry Comment: A clear par of winners Becks/Andy with David just ahead by 5%! Thanks for voting ---------------------- New Question now open: Which is your preferred pair of strikers? Cole & Yorke Solskjaer & Sheringham Solskjaer & Yorke Cole & Sheringham Sheringham & Yorke Cole & Solskjaer Other Vote now at - http://www.red11.org/survey Survey Results Archive: http://www.red11.org/mufc/survey/results.htm
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JC ON THE PC Official site Friday, December 10, 1999 11:06 United defender John Curtis, currently on loan at Barnsley, is surfing this website to stay in touch with Old Trafford. The Reds star revealed his surfing habit when he welcomed Shoot magazine into his new home, telling their readers: "After training, I click straight onto the Man United website. The internet is certainly the way forward." That's one switched on young man! Morning, John!
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BRAZIL TICKET NEWS - official FIFA WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP Manchester United are in Group B and will play all their games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, kicking off at 6.15pm local time. The opposition teams are as follows: Necaxa (Mexico) - 6 January 2000 Vasco da Gama (Brazil) - 8 January 2000 South Melbourne (Australia) - 11 January 2000 After careful consideration the club has decided not to make any travel arrangements on behalf of our members. Subject to the club receiving an allocation of tickets, those members planning to make their own travel arrangements must make an immediate application for tickets to the Membership Office and must include the following: - *A covering letter, stating the names and membership numbers of those travelling. *Also indicate all your travel details, which must include date of departure, return date, flight numbers, the airport you are flying from and to and accommodation details. *You must also send an open cheque, payable to Manchester United or, if paying by credit card please state all the relevant card details. *Finally you must send a registered envelope for the return of your tickets. It should be noted that we are only gathering this documentation in the event we receive an allocation of tickets and if this is the case, tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to time limitations, tickets will be allocated for all the group games, the 3rd & 4th place play-off game and also the Final, which will both be played at the Maracana Stadium on Friday 14 January. The 3rd & 4th place play-off game will kick-off at 5.00pm local time and the Final will kick-off at 8.00pm local time. All applications should be addressed as follows: FIFA Club World Championships Brazil 2000, Membership Office, Manchester United, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0RA. Please contact the Membership Office on 0161 868 8450 if you require any further information.
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UNITED ABSENCE SET TO HIT HOME By David Anderson, PA Sport Manchester United's withdrawal from the FA Cup will really hit home for their fans this weekend, according to three-time winner Arthur Albiston. Instead of watching their team begin the defence of the FA Cup, United supporters have an unwanted extra Christmas shopping day. For the first time since the war the holders will not defend the trophy because United have pulled out to compete in FIFA's controversial World Club Championship in Brazil next month. Albiston, who helped United triumph in 1977, 1983 and 1985, believes the disappointment of not competing in the greatest cup competition in the world will really register for the fans when they see everyone else playing in the third round. "The fans were disappointed at the time when United withdrew during the summer, but it's only now when everyone else starts playing that it really kicks in," he said. "The fans will watch Match of the Day tomorrow night and they'll see goals going in off posts and all sorts of drama and it's then that they will really miss the excitement of the cup. "That feeling will continue as the cup progresses and I'm sure many will feel disappointed again come the semi-finals and the final because of the drama of last season." Andy Walsh, chairman of the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association (IMUSA), agreed but felt there was no point looking back. "Yes, not playing in the FA Cup third round will be very disappointing, but the decision has been taken and we just hope that the Brazil tournament does not have an adverse affect on the rest of the season," he said. Albiston also preferred to look forward and he pointed out that United's non-participation does at least provide the players with a well-deserved break ahead of the Christmas programme. "United have made their decision and now they've got to get on with it," he said. "It's a total one-off and they've been told that they are doing the country a favour, although whether they are remains to be seen. "If they go to Brazil and win this tournament it could take the team to another level and they would officially be the best team in the world. "It's a break they would rather not have had, but it gives the players a chance to put their feet up. "They've had a very busy time recently and I'm sure the club will make the most of it." Cup sponsors Axa have accepted the situation following talks with the Football Association, although they are as disappointed as anyone by the loss of United. "We have had a constructive dialogue with the FA throughout and we are happy with how those discussions have gone," said spokesman Phil Hickley. "We are disappointed, as are the club and the fans, but we understand the predicament everyone has been in and life goes on. "Of course we are going to have a slightly different FA Cup this season, but we're happy that it's a one-off situation and that next season things will return to normal and we will welcome United back into the competition."
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ANGRY ALEX WARNS BECKS By Alan Nixon, Mirror Sport? David Beckham turned on a world-class display for Manchester United in the Champions League - after the biggest roasting of his career from Sir Alex Ferguson. Beckham was in hot water with boss Ferguson after he was spotted out at a late-night showbiz bash in London last week when he had been ordered to rest. The England star was allowed to stop off in the capital last week after requesting time to be with his pop star wife Victoria - Posh Spice - and son Brooklyn. Ferguson let Beckham stay with his family after the trip to Tokyo for the World Club Cup final, but asked him to take it easy to recover from jet-lag. But the Old Trafford chief was raging to find out that Beckham had stayed out late - then had to be at training just hours later. Ferguson immediately had angry words with his player about the incident, and tore into him about his lifestyle during a meeting in his office. Beckham was left out of the side against Everton on Saturday, although that decision was made in advance. But the midfield ace gave the perfect reply by giving a master-class display against Valencia on Wednesday. However, there is a growing concern that Beckham is not getting enough rest because of his showbiz demands clashing with his playing duties. © PA Sporting Life
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MEN Haves and have nots Pete Spencer, John Prince and Nina Haigh Terry Robinson, chairman of Bury ROY KEANE'S new £2.5 million a year contract, making him Britain's highest paid footballer, has stunned the soccer world. The historic four-year deal that has broken United's strict pay policy demonstrates beyond any doubt that the game's haves are getting richer and the Reds are determined to retain their world class status. And the poor, including little Bury, Rochdale, Macclesfield and Oldham? Well, they have a constant battle to balance their books with some young pros earning as little as £10,000 a year, although more senior established players earn up to £100,000 annually. The average wage in the Premiership is, according to PFA boss Gordon Taylor, around £250,000-a-year compared with £25,000 in the third division. Reds' skipper Keano rocketing to the top of the soccer pay league in Britain and not so far behind Italy's top earners, has sent shock waves through British football. Such is the respect inspirational Keane has among his superstar team-mates they have no resentment. A typical dressing room reaction came from Gary Neville who said Keane is more important that any other player at Old Trafford. Elsewhere views are mixed, with some clubs, including Bolton Wanderers, expressing fears that players' wage expectations will be far higher, while Bury's long-serving chairman Terry Robinson says the Premiership is a different world - and Keane was a very special case. Robinson, a former member of the Football League committee, told M.E.N. Sport: ``The issue for United was how were they going to replace him...and how much would that have cost? The important issue for me is finding a way for lower division clubs to be able to generate money. The fact is United could clearly afford to keep Keane.'' Robinson is battling to trim Bury's annual wage bill for all the squad and back-up staff to a total of £1m - less that half what Keane will pocket. As this special M.E.N. Sport investigation reveals, the smaller clubs in the region are not so much leagues adrift in their wage bills - they are planets apart. United's pay bill this year for the 500 full-time and many more part-time staff at Old Trafford, including the players, runs to about £37m. Keane's new contract is almost equal to the £2.8m total wages bill for everyone at First Division Stockport County. And even Manchester City, with such a superb fanbase, pay out to their whole staff only £6m a year. That means the Blues' top earners probably earn around £5,000-a-week, reflecting the club's first division status. Clearly the Blues can compete as Gillingham's cult hero Robert Taylor spurned the chance to go to Premiership Spurs and Scottish Premier side Hearts to chase his dream of playing at the highest level. Blackburn Rovers, in the Premiership in 1997-98, that year spent nearly £20m in wages. Bolton Wanderers, with their magnificent Reebok stadium and Premiership pedigree, suffered the drop too, and had a wage bill of nearly £9m in 1997-98. In the the same year, Crewe Alexandra, who through their pioneering work with young players, astute management and the brilliance of manager and coach Dario Gradi, remain in the First Division, spent £1.6m. Division Two Blackpool paid £2.1m in salaries and wages in 1997-98 and Burnley just under £2m. Oldham, who have experienced their own traumatic ups and downs over the years, struggle in Division Two, but paid out £2.3m, Preston £2.8m and Wigan £1.7m. Even down in the basement third division, Rochdale paid out £1.1m and bottom club Chester almost the same. Stockport chairman Brendan Elwood said:``It is true that Roy Keane's reported new salary is very little short of our total club wages bill - and our own aggregate bill is actually higher than many other clubs in the League because we do pay fairly good wages. ``But big money is not always the answer. Some clubs have thrown money at the job and it hasn't worked. Bigger wage bills do not necessarily bring more success.'' (Club wages figures from Deloitte and Touche Annual Review of Football Finance)
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Norse ace departs ! «« Norwegian striker Erik Nevland has returned back home, the frontman joining Viking Stavanger in a deal believed to be worth £250,000. Nevland has failed to make an impact during two years at Old Trafford after impressing on trial. He joined for £300,000 with add-on payments should he progress but his career has stalled in the reserves and his agent Rune Hauge has arranged a return back to his native land.
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Scholes op cancelled «« Sir Alex Ferguson has postponed Paul Scholes' hernia operation for a second time, asking the midfielder to continue playing through the pain. The United boss originally wanted Scholes to have the surgery before the recent international break when the United star broke Scottish hearts with two goals at Hampden Park. Despite suffering from the injury stiffening up after matches, Scholes made key contributions against Everton and Valencia - indicating to Ferguson that the surgery could be delayed further. The Reds boss may try to nurse him through the next matches against West Ham and Bradford before the club fly out to Brazil.
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Scholes hernia op put on hold BY STUART MATHIESON Paul Scholes PAUL Scholes has had his hernia operation put on ice by Manchester United. Plans for the Reds and England midfielder to have surgery have been shelved indefinitely and the 25-year-old will continue to grit his teeth to aid United's Premiership Christmas push. A date for Scholes to have his hernia trouble sorted out had been pencilled in by United once the two Champions' League matches in the second group stage had been completed. The holders' 3-0 victory against Valencia at Old Trafford in midweek concluded the European Cup programme for this year ahead of a three-month winter break and Scholes looked set for a date with the surgeon's knife. But manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Scholes will remain available to him. ``We're not doing anything about it. We've decided to leave it at the moment,'' Fergie told M.E.N. Sport. ``You want to avoid surgery if you can and Paul is going to play on. He's still pain after matches and if he plays a lot of games in a row he starts to feel it but he's never complained and has done very well this season so we're going to leave things as they are.'' Scholes has been battling on through the pain barrier all season and has been in excellent form for both United and England. Scholes' midfield colleague Nicky Butt underwent surgery on his hernia problem in October and was back in first team action for United just four weeks later. With no game this weekend for FA Cup absentees United a potential window of opportunity opened up for Scholes to go into hospital immediately following the Valencia match. It would have kept his time on the sideline down to a minimum with next Saturday's visit to West Ham United and the festive programme against Bradford City at Old Trafford on Boxing Day and the trip to Sunderland's Stadium of Light three days after Christmas as the matches he'd have missed. United go to Brazil in January for FIFA's inaugural World Club championship for a fortnight and Scholes could have either returned for Rio or stay back in Manchester recuperating. However, the midfielder will play on and the Reds will have their fingers crossed that the problem doesn't get any worse in the New Year. United's programme intensifies in 2000 and there'll be little opportunity for Scholes to have surgery and miss so few matches and he'll also have England's three-week European Championship stretching his season into late June.
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Beckham to miss out on accolade «« David Beckham is set to lose out to Rivaldo for the European Footballer of the Year award announced on December 21. Beckham has been shortlisted for the award which is organised by France Football but reports are suggesting that Barcelona midfielder Rivaldo is to land the accolade. The 27-year-old Brazilian was told on Thursday that his name is top of the list, dashing hopes that Beckham would pick up the honour. Barcelona coach Louis van Gaal sounded unimpressed when he was told of his star player's impending honour. Rivaldo has fallen out with Barca president Josep Nunez this season over the renewal of his contract and his relationship with the coach is also on the rocks. Van Gaal, in the wake of runours this week, may have preferred Beckham to have won - the United star will instead receive the Silver Ball.
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