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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Fri Aug 13 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. We all agree" Personal Report by OUR SALFORD LASS
2. UNITED SET NEW UNBEATEN RECORD
3. Fergie:Is Roy really Keane? + CONTRACT D-DAY
4. Keane tempted by Italy/Fergie book on sale 
5. Rampant United inspired by Keane

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Daily MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Friday 13th August 1999:

Barry Daily Comment:
KEANE DAY will be on saturday after the match.
Alex sounded not too happy today, fingers crossed
that Roy signs!

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99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at
 http://www.red11.org/mufc/992000.htm

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

*** FIXTURES ON 14/08/99 ***
       Bradford City  v  Sheffield Wednesday
        Derby County  v  Middlesbrough
      Leicester City  v  Chelsea
           Liverpool  v  Watford
   Manchester United  v  Leeds United
          Sunderland  v  Arsenal
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  Everton
           Wimbledon  v  Coventry City

*** FIXTURES ON 15/08/99 ***
         Southampton  v  Newcastle United



*** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 11/08/99 ***
         Aston Villa   3-0   Everton               30,337
      Leicester City   1-0   Coventry City         19,196
   Manchester United   4-0   Sheffield Wednesday   54,941
         Southampton   0-3   Leeds United          15,206


*** CONDENSED LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 11/08/99 ***

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


*** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 08/08/99 ***

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
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08/08/99    Everton                  Away     D  1-1    10    39,141

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 NEXT MANCHESTER UNITED MATCHES
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11-AUG-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Sheffield W  (FA Premier League, HOME)
14-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leeds U  (FA Premier League, HOME)
22-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Premier League, AWAY)


UNITED Stats v All teams:
http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
 
Subject: 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   11.00     W  2-0    F    60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   06.00     W  1-0    F    78,000 
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     12.30     W  2-0    F    80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China 08.30     W  2-0    F    40,000
 1/08/99    Arsenal Wembley Charity Shield  L  1-2    F    70,185

 3/08/99    Omagh aid of Omagh Bomb Fund    W  9-0    F     7,000
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly.        W  2-0    F    15,000 
 8/08/99    Everton                  away   D  1-1   10    39,141
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      home   W  4-0    3    54,941  

14/08/99    Leeds United             home PL   12.00
22/08/99    Arsenal                  away PL   16.00 Live on Sky
25/08/99    Coventry City            away PL   20.00
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio           ESC       19.45
30/08/99    Newcastle United         home PL   13.00
11/09/99    Liverpool                away PL   11.30 Live on Sky
15/09/99    ?     EC
18/09/99    Wimbledon                home PL   15.00
22/09/99    ?     EC
25/09/99    Southampton              home PL   15.00
29/09/99    ?     EC
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  away PL   16.00 Live on Sky
*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Cantona + Schmeichel]
13/10/99    ?     WC 3
16/10/99    Watford                  home PL   15.00
20/10/99    ?     EC
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        away PL   15.00
27/10/99    ?     EC
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 3/11/99    ?     EC
 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
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]

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
 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
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
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 f

http://www.red11.org/mufc/match.htm

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 THE FANTASTIC TRIPLE WAS WON!!
EC links + Personal diaries here:
 http://www.red11.org/mufc/barcelona.htm


 Its the presentation of the European Cup at Nou Camp
  Video including sound   57secs  1.5 meg 

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Subject: "We all agree" Personal Report by OUR SALFORD LASS I arrived at OT early last night, to ensure I had enough time to negotiate the building site that is now the East Stand. Having had my letter from the club informing me of how to get into the stadium (climb up the South East stanchion, pick up my free abseiling kit at the top and then it's over the edge and straight down into my seat), I approached the line of stewards with caution. A surprisingly easy assault of the building works found me a little confused - had I strayed into North Stand by mistake? I gulped as I realised the truth - they are turning my beloved Scoreboard Paddock into a clone of the daytrippers' paradise! Looking around, I could still see some familiar sights, but the programmes are in a different place, there are stairs where there never used to be stairs and there's a bloody great big wall right across the concourse. Where once we could roam the whole width of the East Stand, now we are confined to our own small area. But worse was to come. Upon being visited down in East Lower by a well-known list member, I discovered that he (and the rest of K Stand) have invaded "our" territory! It seems that nothing in Old Trafford is sacred anymore! Once in our seats, apart from the film of dust covering everything, nothing looked any different from our end of the ground. It was like we'd never been away. The sprinklers were a little more aggressive than I remember, sweeping across the first 3/4 rows like light summer rain, and the pitch definately looked better than it did this time last year, but it was a familiar start to the day - chatting and watching the teams warm up. Before the game started, Keith Fane got us all in the mood by playing "Barcelona" and the commentary from the final minutes of the game. You could tell those who had been there - we were the ones with massive grins and shivers going up and down our spines! The crowd started to chant "Championes, Championes" and ......... he spoiled it all as usual by putting on some very loud music that had nothing to do with Barcelona! Some things haven't changed! He then introduced the team as "the European Champions, Premiership Champions and FA Cup Winners" - nothing like giving the opposition something to think about as they run out onto the pitch, is there? - and we welcomed the Treble winners back to Old Trafford. Before kick-off, Giggs received the trophy for MOTD Goal of the Year, Dwight for Player of the Year and Sir Alex for Manager of the Year. But it was all a bit flat - presumably because we have had other things to think (and worry) about over the last few weeks. Of course, whilst this was all going on, the dreaded Sheffield Wednesday band were making themselves heard, high up in the corner. In my dreams I am am accomplished sniper. I squat down in front of my seat in East Lower and I take aim. One by one, I pick them off - first the drummers and then, saving the best til last, the bloke with the trumpet. And then, blessed silence - apart from the sound of chanting and singing. Oh well, I can dream, can't I? The only people I felt more sorry for than us yesterday, were the poor Wednesday away fans who have to travel the length and breadth of the country with this lot playing their worst! It's definately the stuff of which nightmares are made! Having not expected much from the atmosphere at this game (not usually one of the most vibrant of fixtures) I was actually quite pleasantly surprised. "We are the Champions, Champions of Europe", "Yip, Jaap Stam" and "We all hate Leeds scum" (just getting in some practice) were all popular in the first half, along with a chorus of "Oh Teddy Teddy" and "Who put the ball in the German's net" as Teddy and Ole warmed up to our left. The best chanting of the game though, was nothing to do with the football - "We all agree, Keano is worth more than Edwards" started it, followed by "Keano must stay", "Edwards must go" and "Martin Edwards is a wanker, is a wanker" (the latter sung with particular gusto down at our end!). Both Keane and Edwards were left in no doubt as to how the Old Trafford crowd wants this particular nonsense to end. For the rest of the game, every time there was a lull in the atmosphere, the crowd would sing "Keano, there's only one Keano" or "Keano, Keano". We've done everything we can, Roy, apart from rush on the pitch and fall at your feet - what more can we do? Anyway, back to the football. The one lasting impression I get from this game, is that this is how it should have been on Sunday. The European Champions teaching a poor team how to play football. Apart from a couple of poor shots at goal, Wednesday just weren't in it, in fact I don't remember them having one corner in the whole game! Bosnich arrived at our end for the first time to a standing ovation to which he responded with a huge grin and I noted that he has an even bigger backside than Peter (these things are important when you have to look at them for 45 minutes every game!). Within a short time of the start, Scholesy had put us ahead down at the other end, with a superbly hit volley from an excellent cross from Giggs. Then Berg almost scored but was stopped by their keeper (who'se name I can't spell, so I won't bother). Philip Neville put through an inch-perfect ball which ended in a scramble in the penalty area from which Cole almost scored, followed by a near miss from Keane ("Keano, Keano"). Then Berg shaved a millimetre of paint off the post (he should have had a hat-trick). Finally, it was a simple well-worked goal from Dwight (again, from a cross from Giggs) that put the game out of the reach of a very poor Wednesday side. Their defence simply stood back respectfully and gave Yorkie all the space and time he needed to head the ball precisely into the net. So we went in at half-time 2-0 up and looking like we were to be treated to more goals after the break. The club took this opportunity to parade the trophies (the son-and-heir commenting that he didn't know how the ball boys carrying the European Cup could stop themselves from hoisting it above their heads and heading off for a lap of honour!) and the Mad Dane took the opportunity to email Pat (sitting next to me) the result of the Aalborg game and the sad news that the 48 hour list party is probably not going to happen after all - its not over yet Barry, don't despair! The wonders of modern science meant that we also received a picture of the game itself! Also during the half-time break, Fane was wittering on about the half-time draw (drawn by Gary Neville, by the way - they obviously can't be bothered paying a real celebrity any more!). He mentioned that it was a good idea to buy a ticket because the money raised went to the Development Association, which paid for ground development, including the new stand being built behind East Stand! Err, what was it Mr Edwards said about raising seat prices because of the development of the stadium? Just think, all those of you who buy a draw ticket are paying for it twice!! We knew it was the second half when the bloody band struck up again and Teddy came on. Now the lads were playing towards us and we settled back to wait for more goals. We didn't have too long to wait. United started slowly, allowing Wednesday to play the ball a bit, but we soon settled down and Sheringham's shot went in off Andy Cole. There was some good-natured debate as to whose goal it was, but it was eventually given to Andy. Butt and Ole came on for Giggs and Becks (being rested already, the first home game of the season!!) and the game livened up again as the new lads worked hard to impress. Carbonne came on for Wednesday, to the knicker-wetting excitement of the Tesco bags up in the corner, and they did look better, but he couldn't do it all on his own and it wasn't long before they were again being given a lesson in how to play exciting, attacking football. Andy was doing scorching runs into the box (you only really realise how fast and agile he is, when you see it up close) and Jaap was making his claim for the left wing with a run which covered two-thirds of the pitch and was my moment of the match. The whole stadium was on its feet and singing "Jaap Stam, Jaap Stam, running down the wing". At this point (about 10 minutes from the end), half the stadium decided it was time to go home. Enormous gaps appeared all over the stadium as the part-timers decided getting out of the car park first was more important than seeing the end of the game (apologies to those few who have a good reason for leaving early - the majority don't). Those of us who were left were treated to another goal. First Cole put Ole through - he struck the ball from an extremely acute angle that hit first the crossbar and then the far post (it would have been easier to score!) and then Teddy hit the crossbar. This time though, the ball rebounded to Ole and he scuffed a shot over the keeper and into the net. "Who put the ball in the Germans/Yorkshire net?" We are very lucky people - we have two stunning strike partnerships. The game ended with the sounds of "Keano, Keano" and "Martin Edwards, you're a wanker". So it turned out to be a much more enjoyable experience than I had expected. The football was excellent and the atmosphere was, if not the best ever, certainly not the worst. The Wednesday fans didn't have much to say apart from "Yorkshire, Yorkshire" and that damn band, and the Keane situation ensured that the usual sleepy Old Trafford atmosphere wasn't allowed to spoil the day. Bosnich looked a lot happier than he did at Everton and it was good to see Giggs back and playing an important part in two of the goals. At the risk of being boring, Stam was awesome (again) and Becks was full of energy as ever. But my man-of-the-match award has to go to Keane - it's hard to believe he's thinking of leaving us because he played some of the best football I have ever seen him play and he looked relaxed and happy. I was feeling pretty cheery when I got home but watching Match of the Day sobered me up. Every shot of Fergie showed him looking serious and troubled (more like we were being beaten 4-0 than winning 4-0) and in the post-match interview his thoughts seemed to be elsewhere. When asked about Keane, he said he didn't think he had made up his mind yet and it wasn't about the money .......... very worrying. The final shot of the ground was from the West Stand - the three stanchions for the new roof soared over East Lower looking like giant, ghostly vultures peering down at us - I couldn't help but shiver. Copyright 1999 by OUR SALFORD LASS. All rights reserved. Not to be reproduced without permission of the author *********************
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Subject: UNITED SET NEW UNBEATEN RECORD Last night's win over Sheffield Wednesday makes United's unbeaten run 35 games in League and Cup, a new club record. The run includes: 22 Premiership 8 FA Cup 5 Champions League Played 35 Won 24 Drawn 11 Goals For 70 Against 23 United have come back from a losing position in 11 of those games. The last defeat was at home to Middlesbrough on Dec 19 1998. 1998 Dec 26 Prem NOTTINGHAM FOREST (h) 3-0 (Johnsen 2, Giggs) Dec 29 Prem Chelsea (a) 0-0 1999 Jan 03 FA3 MIDDLESBROUGH (h) 3-1 (Cole, Irwin, Giggs) Jan 10 Prem WEST HAM UNITED (h) 4-1 (Cole 2, Yorke, Solskjaer) Jan 16 Prem Leicester City (a) 6-2 (Yorke 3, Cole 2, Stam) Jan 24 FA4 LIVERPOOL (h) 2-1 (Yorke, Solskjaer) Jan 31 Prem Charlton Athletic (a) 1-0 (Yorke) Feb 03 Prem DERBY COUNTY (h) 1-0 (Yorke) Feb 06 Prem Nottingham Forest (a) 8-1 (Solskjaer 4, Cole 2,Yorke 2) Feb 14 FA5 FULHAM (h) 1-0 (Cole) Feb 17 Prem ARSENAL (h) 1-1 (Cole) Feb 20 Prem Coventry City (a) 1-0 (Giggs) Feb 27 Prem SOUTHAMPTON (h) 2-1 (Keane, Yorke) Mar 03 CLQF INTERNAZIONALE (h) 2-0 (Yorke 2) Mar 07 FA6 CHELSEA (h) 0-0 Mar 10 FA6 Chelsea (a) 2-0 (Yorke 2) Mar 13 Prem Newcastle United (a) 2-1 (Cole 2) Mar 17 CLQF Internazionale (a) 1-1 (Scholes) Mar 21 Prem EVERTON (h) 3-1 (Solskjaer, G.Neville, Beckham) Apr 03 Prem Wimbledon (a) 1-1 (Beckham) Apr 07 CLSF Juventus (h) 1-1 (Giggs) Apr 11 FASF Arsenal 0-0 Apr 14 FASF Arsenal 2-1 (Beckham, Giggs) Apr 17 Prem SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (h) 3-0 (Solskjaer, Sheringham,Scholes) Apr 21 CLSF Juventus (a) 3-2 (Keane, Yorke, Cole) Apr 25 Prem Leeds United (a) 1-1 (Cole) May 01 Prem ASTON VILLA (h) 2-1 (Watson og, Beckham) May 05 Prem Liverpool (a) 2-2 (Yorke, Irwin pen) May 09 Prem Middlesbrough (a) 1-0 (Yorke) May 12 Prem Blackburn Rovers (a) 0-0 May 16 Prem TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (h) 2-1 (Beckham, Cole) May 22 FACF Newcastle United 2-0 (Sheringham, Scholes) May 26 CLF Bayern Munich 2-1 (Sheringham, Solskjaer) Aug 08 Prem Everton (a) 1-1 (Yorke) Aug 11 Prem SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (h) 4-0 (Scholes, Yorke, Cole, Solskjaer) Previously the club record was 34 between September 1993-March 1994. League only, our best run is 26 games between Feb-Oct 1956. The all-time English League and Cup record is 40 by Nottingham Forest in 1978.
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Subject: Fergie:Is Roy really Keane? + CONTRACT D-DAY Fergie asks: Is Roy really Keane? by Ian Parkes DECISION - Man U's Roy Keane Manchester United's inspirational captain Roy Keane may yet take up Peter Schmeichel's lead and follow the great Dane out of Old Trafford. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted after last night's 4-0 humiliation of Sheffield Wednesday that Keane's motive for stalling on the signing of a new contract was the possibility of a fresh challenge elsewhere. The lure of pastures new tempted goalkeeping legend Schmeichel to quit United at the end of last season, despite the club making history by winning the Treble, and move to Sporting Lisbon. Keane may feel he also has little left to offer the Reds and if he decides to turn his back on United, with the 28-year-old due to deliver his verdict in the next 36 hours, clubs in Italy and Spain will be queueing up for his signature. ''The things he will be thinking about are not monetary,'' said Ferguson. ''I don't think money has come into it at this moment in time to be honest with you. ''The only reason he would want to leave is for the challenge of another league. Maybe he wants a change. Who knows? ''But we will see whether he's going to stay when the time comes and hopefully he will do so because he's such a marvellous player. ''As for the fans, they were saying what we would all say if we had the opportunity - that we all want Roy to stay. ''The club have tried hard to construct a deal which will encourage him to stay. I have had some chats with him and he's certainly undecided when I have spoken to him. We will see what happens and he will tell us today or tomorrow.'' Vintage first-half goals from Paul Scholes and Dwight Yorke hit Wednesday hard as United hit top gear before selecting cruise control for the second 45 minutes in which Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed an easy win. Sorry-looking Wednesday did not know what hit them, although the introduction of Benito Carbone on the hour at least provided the Owls with an attacking edge. --------------------------------- Latest News > Breaking News KEANE FACING CONTRACT D-DAY Roy Keane must make the biggest decision of his career in the next 48 hours amid growing fears that he may turn his back on Manchester United. The United skipper will tell the club by Saturday if he will accept their final new contract offer. The deal on the table is reportedly worth 30,000-a-week, which is 10,000-a-week less than what he is said to want. The Republic of Ireland midfielder turned 28 on Tuesday and he is determined to do as well as he can from his last big pay day. He has spent the last few days mulling over the offer and if he says no, it will herald the end of his United career. Keane could then see out the remainder of his contract and then leave on a free transfer in the summer under the Bosman ruling. He knows that if he did go abroad to Spain or Italy he could virtually write his own contract and at least double what United are offering him. Keane said at the start of the week: "It isn't an easy decision for me to make. "I have to take a lot of things into consideration with it being my last contract." United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has had several conversations with Keane in an attempt to persuade him to stay, but he admits he does not know if he will. Sir Alex fears he may fancy the challenge of playing abroad. He said: "I have had some chats with him and he's certainly undecided when I've spoken to him."
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Subject: Keane tempted by Italy/Fergie book on sale Keane tempted by Italy Man Utd boss Alex Ferguson has confirmed that the attraction of playing in Serie A, could tempt Roy Keane into moving to Italy. Ferguson has confirmed that what Keane told TEAMTalk weeks ago, is correct. At that time the Republic of Ireland star denied he was holding out for 40,000 a week, and such claims were way off the mark. Fergie says what is making things difficult for Keane is he has done so much in English football he feels he would like to face a new challenge. That could only mean stepping into the Italian League and if that is the case then tomorrow Keane will tell the club he is going. Following the final cash offer from United the player is still undecided and this morning, only Keane and his solicitor his solicitor no-one but Keane knows what he is planning. The United manager says he is certain everyone will know before United play Leeds on Saturday and those close to the player reckon he will stay. They also say he will put pen to paper before the noon kick-off. Keane's family is made up of fanatical United supporters and all have being trying to convince him that his place is at Old Trafford. --------------------------------------------------- Fergie book on sale The autobiography of the most successful manager in world football today - Sir Alex Ferguson - is now available to buy at the exclusive price of 8.99 in association with Alphabet Street. A compelling, enthralling read encapsulating the life and times of the Govan-born Manchester United boss, "Managing My Life" is simply unmissable. Sir Alex talks of his tough upbringing, his strong political convictions, his own playing days and his transition to management, culminating in last season's unforgettable Treble Triumph.
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Subject: Rampant United inspired by Keane By Henry Winter Manchester Utd (2) 4 Sheffield Wed (0) 0 OLD TRAFFORD saluted its Treble-winners last night but among the many songs of praise to Sir Alex Ferguson's remarkable team was one that was laced with poignancy. The most basic of lyrics, "Keano must stay", was chanted loud and long, the fans aware that Roy Keane may decide tomorrow that United's valuation of his services does not match his own. Inter Milan await with arms open and purse-strings loosened for the finest midfielder at work in the Premiership. As the goals rattled in, from Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a match that had all the edge of a testimonial, United's fans could have been forgiven for looking up, seeing the massive new stand spreading over the old scoreboard end and wondering whether the club have their priorities right. A theatre's beauty means little if the cast is not first-class. Keane, who will inform Ferguson of his decision tomorrow, has reportedly been upset by what he sees as the board's intransigence, although Martin Edwards, the club's chairman whose name was vilified last night, doubtless has to balance plc interests. Yet it would be scandalous to allow a player of Keane's quality to leave. Keane's impact was immediate and sustained, the Irishman imposing himself on Wednesday's midfield to give United the platform they required to put their opponents to the sword. Ably abetted by the tenacious Scholes, Keane ensured that Peter Atherton and Danny Sonner were reduced to fire-fighting duties, the Wednesday pair desperately attempting to stem the red waves threatening to engulf them. Here was United's midfield at its best, full of commitment and movement. Keane was outstanding, reminding Edwards of his worth and Wednesday of United's competitive zeal with a forceful but fair tackle on Sonner that had Old Trafford shuddering, almost out of sympathy for the poleaxed visitor. Out wide, Ryan Giggs was in dynamic, penetrative form, although his return to the competitive fray after injury was made easier by Danny Wilson's decision to field a centre-half, Jon Newsome, at right-back. Giggs twisted the tall Newsome into submission. After eight minutes, the Welshman received possession from Yorke before drilling in a rising left-wing cross. Despite the ball's velocity and angle, Scholes adjusted his body brilliantly to send an unstoppable left-footed volley past Pavel Srnicek. Lacking the imagination of Benito Carbone until the hour mark, Wednesday's threat merely flickered, although at least Gerald Sibon and Gilles De Bilde managed half-decent shots which Mark Bosnich gathered with ease. Any promise displayed by Wednesday faltered on loose final balls or the wall or resistance erected by the indomitable Keane. His team's control was confirmed with a second goal after 34 minutes. Wednesday's marking was shocking but few Premiership sides could deal with the speed of United's thought and movement here. Giggs raced to the byline before sweeping in another perfect cross. Yorke, rising high in classic centre-forward fashion, headed effortlessly in. Yorke departed at the break and on ran Teddy Sheringham, who promptly helped make it 3-0. David Beckham's right-wing corner caused chaos. Sheringham was the first to react, the tall striker drilling the ball through a mass of bodies. Cole got the last touch before the ball landed in Wednesday's net. Carbone arrived to inject some life into Wednesday, most notably with a chipped effort over, but the force remained with Keane's men. The evening's testimonial feel was reflected midway through the second half when Jaap Stam left his central-defensive station and charged 70 yards with the ball. "Jaap Stam running down the wing," chorused a delighted Old Trafford, swiftly reworking their Giggs anthem. The crescendo grew when Solskjaer, then Sheringham hit the woodwork before Solskjaer finally scored. United's fans really will be singing if Keane signs tomorrow.
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