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Date: Mon Feb 15 07:17:42 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Watching UNITED via Denmark!  Sound crazy?  Read THIS!
2. Fulham dream dies as Cole puts United through
3. BBC Report Cole leaves Fulham cold
4. Fulham thoughts/reports/pics
6. Fergie facing eight days of glory or bust with United


Daily RED Trivia  Monday 15th February 1999:

15/2/1869: Billy Draycott born in Newhall, Derbyshire. Draycott came from Burton
 Wanderers and made his debut against Gainsborough Trinity in September 1896.
 A pacy and strong Half-back, he was a regular for three season in which his side
 came close to promotion. He made 95 appearances and scored 6 goals between
 1896-99, moving to Bedminster in 1899.

1985: United win 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup 5th Round watched 
 by 22,692. Gordon Strachan and Paul McGrath scored the goals. Team was:
 Bailey, Gidman, Albiston, Moses, Moran, Hogg, McGrath, Strachan, Hughes,
 Whiteside, Olsen.


Barry Daily Comment:
read todays digest about the Manchester/Denmark/Canada link up "Live"!

Quarter Finals Draw ties to be
played the weekend of Saturday, March 6, is as follows:

Newcastle United or Blackburn Rovers v Everton  
Barnsley v Leeds United or Spurs  
Arsenal or Sheffield United v Huddersfield Town or Derby  
Manchester United v Chelsea 

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

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

17 Arsenal        (H)  20.00 
20 Coventry       (A)  15.00
27 Southampton    (H)  15.00

UNITED Stats v All teams:
FAC *** ROUND 5 RESULTS ON 14/02/99 ***
      MANCHESTER UNITED   1-0   Fulham                   54,798
       Newcastle United   0-0   Blackburn Rovers         36,295

*** ROUND 5 RESULTS ON 13/02/99 ***
                ARSENAL   2-1   Sheffield United         38,020
               BARNSLEY   4-1   Bristol Rovers           17,508
                EVERTON   2-1   Coventry City            33,907
      Huddersfield Town   2-2   Derby County             22,129
           Leeds United   1-1   Tottenham Hotspur        39,696
    Sheffield Wednesday   0-1   CHELSEA                  29,410



   Charlton Athletic   1-0   Liverpool             20,043
     West Ham United   2-1   Nottingham Forest     25,458


*** FIXTURES ON 17/02/99 ***

         Aston Villa  v  Leeds United
             Chelsea  v  Blackburn Rovers
             Everton  v  Middlesbrough
   Manchester United  v  Arsenal
    Newcastle United  v  Coventry City

*** FIXTURES ON 20/02/99 ***
             Arsenal  v  Leicester City
    Blackburn Rovers  v  Sheffield Wednesday
       Coventry City  v  Manchester United
        Derby County  v  Charlton Athletic
        Leeds United  v  Everton
           Liverpool  v  West Ham United
       Middlesbrough  v  Tottenham Hotspur
   Nottingham Forest  v  Chelsea
         Southampton  v  Newcastle United

*** FIXTURES ON 21/02/99 ***
           Wimbledon  v  Aston Villa

*** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 13/02/99 ***

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    25  14   8   3  59  27   32   50
 2  Chelsea              24  12  10   2  35  19   16   46
 3  Arsenal              24  12   9   3  28  11   17   45
 4  Aston Villa          24  12   7   5  36  25   11   43
 5  Liverpool            25  11   5   9  47  30   17   38
 6  Derby County         25   9  10   6  25  22    3   37
 7  Leeds United         24   9   9   6  36  24   12   36
 8  West Ham United      25  10   6   9  27  36   -9   36
 9  Wimbledon            24   9   8   7  29  35   -6   35
10  Middlesbrough        24   7  11   6  33  31    2   32
11  Tottenham Hotspur    24   7  10   7  29  31   -2   31
12  Newcastle United     24   8   7   9  29  32   -3   31
13  Leicester City       24   7   9   8  25  29   -4   30
14  Sheffield Wednesday  24   8   5  11  27  23    4   29
15  Blackburn Rovers     24   6   7  11  25  31   -6   25
16  Coventry City        24   6   6  12  23  32   -9   24
17  Everton              24   5   9  10  14  27  -13   24
18  Charlton Athletic    25   5   8  12  29  37   -8   23
19  Southampton          24   5   5  14  23  47  -24   20
20  Nottingham Forest    25   3   7  15  21  51  -30   16


Date        Opposition       Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal 	   	     Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181
03/10/98    Southampton              Away     W  3-0     2    15,251
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475
29/11/98    Leeds United             Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159
19/12/98    Middlesbrough            Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Nottingham Forest        Home     W  3-0     3    55,216
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741
10/01/99    West Ham United          Home     W  4-1     3    55,180
16/01/99    Leicester City           Away     W  6-2     2    22,091
31/01/99    Charlton Athletic        Away     W  1-0     1    20,043
03/02/99    Derby County             Home     W  1-0     1    55,174
06/02/99    Nottingham Forest        Away     W  8-1     1    30,025

Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


 Manchester Utd    v   Inter Milan
 Real Madrid       v   Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus          v   Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich     v   Kaiserslautern

 Ties to be played on March 3 and 17


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Subject: Watching UNITED via Denmark! Sound crazy? Read THIS! An Amazing day... For Bill it was 8am, *YAWN*, Barry and Michael were adjusting the setup of a new video/phone/tv card in the computer and discovered that the video connector worked on "Netmeeting" both for their super-8-Video Camera and for the normal tv channels using a video input (no sound), the microphone was still working. By 1400 GMT (1500 DK and 9am EST in Toronto Canada) the set up was as follows: Danish TV1 were showing the match live and the pictures at a rate of 1 per second were travelling throught the video card/connected to "Netmeeting" and therefore directly "live" from Old Trafford on Bill McArthur's screen in Canada! Now there was no sound on the video channel due to the set up but as we have a direct satellite link with BBC Radio 5 I was able to link up "live" commentary from "Five Live" through the hifi at home and placing the microphone in front of a speaker, Bill in Canada now had PICS + SOUND "live" on stage! So we were on line for 2 hrs and invited others to join. Steven Cook in Australia downloaded Netmeeting and joined in during the 2nd half. The time was 00.30 am Monday morning in OZ!! Steven could not get his video setup running but could hear flashes of sound. Finally after the game I connected the video camera to Netmeeting and Bill & I were able to talk and see pics on the screen showing beer bottles, hats, scarfs etc THE FUTURE? - in principle ALL REDS interested in listening and watching games could hook up using "Netmeeting" and using an "ipp address" call up ALL join in to the broadcast simultaneously. ************ Bill: Well, what a day indeed. The match was free (for me anyway)! Thanks to the technological wizardry of Barry & his son Michael, today's match was seen by me in Toronto Canada on my computer for free - LIVE! (the match is supposed to be broadcast on tape delay Monday night here in Canada on CTV SportsNet for the Canadians out there) See pics taken BY ME (in Toronto, Canada) from Barry's tv-to-pc card (in Denmark) during the match (in Manchester!) http://www.red11.org/miva/matchreports.mv Barry tuned in the match on his tv-to-pc video card, then we set up a conference call via Netmeeting and I was able to WATCH the match LIVE! The audio was crystal clear, and the video, although a bit fuzzy, came through at about 1 frame per second - which was pretty good! Today was a monumental day in the history of watching UNITED, I can tell you that! Hats off to Barry & son Michael for the setup, while I sat here in Toronto and watched (and heard!) UNITED LIVE. Think about the route that broadcast took... the match was being filmed by SKY at OT in England, beamed up to satellite in Europe, beamed back down to Denmark, picked by Barry's on Danish tv, fed into his PC, from his PC onto the internet, from the internet halfway across the world into my PC, and finally onto my pc screen. The audio was Radio 5 Live from his stereo! That's a technology grab bag for you! See Barry's immediate reaction when he hears that we've drawn Chelsea in the Quarter Finals: http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/99/barry1_vs_fulham_021499.jpg Cheers everyone, we're in the quarter finals! Bill McArthur "There's only ONE United - Manchester United!"
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Subject: Fulham dream dies as Cole puts United through By Jeremy Butler MANCHESTER, England, Feb 14 - Fulham's dream of beating Manchester United in the F.A. Cup came to an end when they were beaten 1-0 in a hard-fought fifth-round tie at Old Trafford on Sunday. A lone Andy Cole strike in the 26th minute was enough to sink the second division side and take the premier league leaders into the quarter-finals where they will face Chelsea in a mouth-watering tie. In the other outstanding fifth-round tie at St. James Park, last year's losing finalists Newcastle were unable to get past Blackburn goalkeeper John Filan and had to settle for a 0-0 draw and a replay at Ewood Park on February 24. The winners will play Everton in the next round. In spite of their win it was a frustrating day for Manchester United, who showed little of the exciting form which has made them the top side in the country. "It was a difficult game," said United's disappointed coach Alex Ferguson. "I suppose cup football can go that way. A team from the second division can be inspired by coming to Old Trafford while for us it was just another game." "We never raised the tempo enough to wear them down but you have got to give credit to Fulham for the fight they put up." Fulham coach Kevin Keegan was also in a frustrated mood as his side failed to follow their heroic wins over premier league sides Southampton and Aston Villa in earlier rounds. "I would have enjoyed that a lot of more if we had got a goal," said Keegan. "But we gave them a game and they will know they have been in a game. In spite of playing against a Fulham side robbed by injury of two of its more experienced players, Paul Bracewell and Paul Peschisolido, United struggled to make an early impact and had to wait until the 26th minute before making the breakthrough. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sent in a cross for Cole whose shot deflected wide of keeper Maik Taylor and into the net. A minute later Fulham might have been level only for England international Gary Neville to pull off a daring tackle on Dirk Lehmann as he shaped to shoot inside the penalty area. Fulham battled hard in the second half and it took a fine save from Peter Schmeichel in the 67th minute to deny John Salako. Dwight Yorke twice went close in the final stages of the game with a header and a volley which Taylor kept out with brilliant saves. At St.James Park, Blackburn had the first opportunity to take the lead in the 13th minute when Ashley Ward's 25 metre strike cannoned back off the cross bar. A minute later Newcastle's Stephen Glass saw his shot from just outside the penalty also ricochet back off the bar. Nolberto Solano and Temuri Ketsbaia also went close for Newcastle in the first half while Glass had two further chances after the break. But Blackburn held on for the replay.
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Subject: BBC Report Cole leaves Fulham cold Man Utd 1-0 Fulham A 25th-minute Andy Cole strike sent Fulham out of the FA Cup in a hard fought fifth round tie at Old Trafford. The first-half goal proved the only difference between the two sides in a game that could have gone either way. ra**Andy Cole puts United through to the quarter-finals (BBC Radio 5 Live) http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/275000/audio/_279342_goal1.ram The visitors missed a good opportunity to equalise in the second half when John Salako hit an easy chance from five yards straight back to Peter Schmeichal. But it was Fulham keeper Maik Taylor who earned most credit for a number of fine saves to keep the match in the balance. The game started scrappily with United clearly missing their anchorman Roy Keane in midfield. Fulham, full of commitment, initially looked the better side with ex-England international Salako causing the home side problems on the left. Fulham, clearly hoping to test Jaap Stam and Henning Berg in defence played a number of early high balls into the United area and although Dirk Lehmann frequently managed to connect he lacked the power and accuracy to find the United net. With rain drizzling constantly through the match - the Old Trafford pitch was typically greasy with both side's having difficulty staying upright. Early on United clearly struggled to find any width in their play with Fulham quickly closing down the three-pronged attack of Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. On 28 minutes, Fulham were awarded a free-kick, but the United defence moved up to catch Lehmann offside. From the clearance, Solskjaer broke quickly down the left, floating a delicate cross into the Fulham area that was half-cleared by Welsh international Chris Coleman. The Fulham fans were clearly relieved but almost immediately Solkjaer broke again - this time Finding Cole who side-footed past Maik Taylor to put the home side ahead. If Fulham initially looked shocked - it did not last long with Lehmann finding a long ball inside the United area before slipping after a challenge from Gary Neville. The Fulham fans screamed for penalty but the referee was ideally placed to wave play on. United stay on top United started where they left off in the second half - with all the pressure going their way. Fulham were finding it difficult to find their own players up front and it took a blocked Steve Hayward free-kick to spark the visiting fans back into song. The free-kick was awarded after Barry Hayles was pulled down and although Hayward's shot was blocked - the clearance found Finnan on the right who hit a glorious shot straight at Schmeichal. With little ball finding Lehmann up front - Fulham boss Kevin Keegan replaced the striker with Kevin Betsy on 59 minutes. United then followed suit - with Jesper Blomqvist replacing Solskjaer. Moments later Fulham missed their best chance of the match. Finnan hit a fine shot to the right of Schmeichal who could only beat it away. The ball fell to straight to Salako who only had to lift it - but hit it straight back to the United keeper who held the ball well. It signalled the end of the match for Salako, who was replaced by Paul Trollope on 75 minutes. United then put together perhaps the best move of the game - with Gary Neville running well off the ball to launch a high cross into the Fulham box. Cole jumped high and headed hard towards the goal - but Taylor again held the ball well for the visitors. United certainly looked nervous, however, with the tie far from sewn up. But the home side continued to pressurise Fulham with Taylor again making a superb save - touching over the crossbar after Yorke chested and volleyed off a Philippe Neville cross. Both sides then made two substitutions - Gus Uhlenbeek for Wayne Collins and Ronny Johnsen for Andy Cole - but United were far from finished. Taylor reacted quickly to punt away a good chance from David Beckham before saving a Gary Neville shot at the near post. Teams: Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Stam, Berg, Irwin, Beckham, Butt, P. Neville, Yorke, Cole, Solskjaer. Subs: Van Der Gouw, Johnsen, Blomqvist, Greening, May. Fulham: Taylor, Finnan, Brevett, Coleman, Symons, Hayward, Smith, Collins, Salako, Lehmann, Hayles. Subs: Brazier, Arendse, Trollope, Uhlenbeek, Betsy. Referee: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees)
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Subject: Fulham thoughts/reports/pics allo the match reports and pictures are up.. as usual, it's at http://members.xoom.com/heathens/mufc.html it was never easy playing against a team from the lower divisions, especially during cup games and it showed last night. fulham was obviously up for the game while united seems to be going on at the second gear for most of the time. when i saw that yorke, cole and solskjaer were in the starting line-up, i was quietly rubbing my hands anticipating a goal feast. what i saw was it is difficult to play three up, especially when yorke and cole have built up such a good understanding of each other. very often i found solskjaer being left out in the built up. ironically, it was solskjaer's good work on the left which created united's only goal of the night. cole, rightfully went to solskjaer first after he scored. last night's game, though slightly off key also showed how united's midfield suffered without the services of keane, scholes, giggs and blomqvist. heaven forbids that the four of them will go missing once again. perhaps playing a 3 man midfield was hard to operate, beckham tried hard but still could not create the openings. (was he suffering from england hang over, like ince and redknapp?) he barely reached his standards last night. butt chose last night to try to increase his goal tally, often he tried to shoot when a pass was more appropriate. i never believed that phil neville will make a decent midfielder and i am still sticking with it. he lacks the creativity and the powerful runs needed in a midfielder. johnsen would have been a better choice. greening however highly rated did not contribute much when he came on. it was when united reverted back to their usual 442 that united began to behave like their normal self, beckham and blomqvist running down the wings sending in crosses. maybe the guys are not used to play in a 433 formation. though fulham managed to scare united once in a while, i thought the defence of irwin, stam, berg and gary was steady. they played for each other and communicated well throughout. (only if you excuse schmeichel's one blip). stam's influence at the back has been great and he is proving to be a big stumbling block for most strikers in the league. (btw, do OT have any songs for him?) my MOM would have to go to yorke, he was often seen helping out at the back or bring the ball up from the back. his close control of the ball was superb and his ability to hold on to the ball while under pressure was second to none. he like hughes and cantona can bring others into play with his pin-point passes. it would be hard to say anything negative about his game. united must be happy that their money spent did not go to waste. the game hardly raised a shout but at least united held on. united has been lucky in thie tournment as they will yet again play at home for their quarter final game against chelsea. it would be a good time to test united's strength as they would have played inter 2 days before that. the bright spot of the game was when the camera focused on keegan's face when united fans sang "keegan for england" countered by fulham's "keegan for fulham". keegan's face lit up (for the first time). priceless. normal services should resume as keane and scholes would be back against arsenal on wednesday. wonder if OT will give kanu some stick for what he has done. actually overmars as well. here's hoping that united will get 3 points from arsenal. cheers Boon Wee ---------------------------------------------------------------- My fav United player is Michael Owen - Pele Man United ~ http://members.xoom.xom/heathens/mufc.html
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Subject: COLE ON TARGET TO KO KEEGAN MANCHESTER UNITED 1 FULHAM 0 It just had to be Andy Cole, didn't it? The man who Kevin Keegan sold to Manchester United popped up to shatter his former manager's FA Cup dreams. Keegan famously stood on the steps of St James' Park in January 1995 to declare that the £7m sale of Cole to Old Trafford was good business. United manager Alex Ferguson would have no problems in agreeing with that sentiment after seeing his prolific striker score his 18th goal of the season to take a sluggish United through to the quarter-finals. Just to make Cole's goal more poignant, the 27-year-old striker once played 15 games for Fulham in a loan spell while at Arsenal. Keegan had made a point of telling Cole how much he admired him when they both played recently in Peter Beardsley's testimonial. ''I'm a Cole fan, always have been, always will be,'' he said. But it is fair to say Cole's 25th-minute goal yesterday would have spoiled Keegan's 48th birthday celebrations. And it will also no doubt have concentrated Keegan's thoughts on the job of England manager - a role the Football Association could well offer him today. ''Keegan for England,'' chanted the United fans, as much to taunt the Fulham faithful as a considered verdict on who should lead the national team. The black and white Fulham army, some 9,000 strong, had snaked their way up the M1 and M6, determined to pledge their support to Keegan. They brought their balloons, their banners proclaiming 'Don't Go Kev' and a passion which mirrored the undisputed enthusiasm of their chief operating officer. It was the club's biggest match for a quarter of a century - since their FA Cup Final appearance against West Ham in 1975. And while almost 50 places separated them in the Football League, this was never in danger of becoming a Valentine's Day massacre on the scale of the eight-goal thrashing United had handed out to Nottingham Forest a week ago. Fulham, under Keegan and with the backing of owner Mohamed Al Fayed's millions, are not your average Second Division side. They are solid and resilient in defence, with a tireless midfield presence in Wayne Collins and a dangerous strikeforce in Barry Hayles and Steve Hayward. They will no doubt cruise to promotion in the Second Division - but there would still be a gulf as wide as the Manchester Ship Canal between them and United. Yet for 25 minutes they were the better side, dominating possession with their sprightly and inventive play. John Salako, their former Crystal Palace and England winger, could have put them ahead with a curling right-foot shot and then a glancing header. But typical of United in 1999, a year in which they boast a 100% record having swept aside all opposition, they scored with their first shot on target in the 25th minute. Nicky Butt stepped forward into space on the right and immediately floated over a teasing, curling cross to the far post. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, playing as a third striker alongside Dwight Yorke and Cole after his four goals against Forest, this time turned provider. He knocked the ball back to Cole and the England man, in prolific scoring form, opened up his body superbly to caress the ball with the side of his foot past Fulham goalkeeper Maik Taylor. It might have been the signal for United to take total charge - and they would have if a Solskjaer shot and a Jaap Stam header had found the target. As it was United, with teeming rain swirling around the stadium, proceeded to make heavy weather of it. Ferguson will certainly have breathed a sigh of relief in the 67th minute when a double save from goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel - parrying Hayward's powerful shot and then smothering Salako's weaker follow-up - spared his side a troublesome replay. Cole could have added to his tally with a point-blank header which went straight into Taylor's arms and Yorke's rasping drive produced a fabulous fingertip save from Taylor. But it is no exaggeration to say Fulham produced the most incisive moments of the second half without ever really looking like pulling off a cup shock. Even in injury time Schmeichel had to play basketball with the ball as Barry Hayles threatened an equaliser. For United, the victory keeps this season's campaign going on three fronts - and such is their rich vein of form in recent weeks that a treble of Premiership, FA Cup and European Cup must be considered a possibility. For Fulham it means they can return to the priority of securing promotion to the First Division, though first there is that even more important battle to keep Keegan. Report +++SPECIAL+++ Simplenet FAC Fulham Match Report complete with PICS of the Barry/Bill/Old Trafford "live" link!! http://www.red11.org/miva/matchreports.mv "Cheer Up Kevin Keegan"
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Subject: Fergie facing eight days of glory or bust with United Monday, February 15, 1999 Manchester United were yesterday pitched into a three-game sequence that will dictate their season after being drawn at home to Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Manager Alex Ferguson, having watched his side edge their way past Kevin Keegan's Fulham, was then confronted by an eight-day challenge beginning on March 3 when Inter Milan arrive for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final. United then host Chelsea three or four days later, depending on whether their FA Cup clash is televised live as the Sunday match, before going to Anfield to meet Liverpool in a crucial Premiership game. Ferguson stayed calm at the prospect of such an intense examination of his side's resources and ambitions, saying: 'The FA Cup draw is fine for us because we are at home and we have a good Cup record against Chelsea.' The two Premiership meetings between the Championship rivals have finished as draws and Stamford Bridge manager Gianluca Vialli is bound to see his side's latest visit to Old Trafford as another chance to prove that his side are now a true force in English football. The other sixth-round ties are yet to be finalised. Newcastle or Blackburn, who drew 0-0 at St James' Park yesterday, will host Everton, the winners of the replay between Leeds United and Tottenham go to Barnsley, and Arsenal or Sheffield United will entertain either Huddersfield or Derby. Ferguson added: 'At this stage of the competition you are always likely to get a difficult draw. Everybody might hope that they get Barnsley at home but in our case, it is probably better for us that we have been given such a tough game. Certainly March is going to be quite a month for us and will present quite a challenge.' Fulham, having beaten Premiership sides Southampton and Aston Villa on their way to yesterday's encounter with United, did not lie down after Cole struck in the 26th minute. Indeed, they could have equalised when John Salako moved on to a clear chance in the second half but put his shot too close to Peter Schmeichel. Even Ferguson admitted he expected the Fulham man to score, saying: 'I thought he might have put that one away. It was quite a difficult game for us but the chance Salako had was their only real opportunity. Now we can keep going on three fronts.' His side were made 11-4 Cup favourites last night, with Arsenal at 7-2. Huddersfield are 125-1 outsiders. ----------------------------------- Manchester United to face Chelsea in F.A. Cup LONDON, Feb 14 - Manchester United and Chelsea, the top two teams in the English premier league, were drawn on Sunday to face each other at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals of the F.A. Cup. Manchester United, currently four points clear of Chelsea in the race for the league title, won their place in the last eight after Andy Cole's lone strike gave them a hard-fought 1-0 victory over second division Fulham. Chelsea, winners two years ago, secured their passage on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. The two sides, whose meeting in the 1994 final at Wembley ended in a 4-0 win for United, have met twice this season, both matches ending in draws. "They (Chelsea) have had the upper hand in both of those games but this is a one-off in the Cup and we have to make it tell," said United's Republic of Ireland defender Dennis Irwin. Holders Arsenal have again been rewarded with a home draw against Derby or Huddersfield - but only if they beat Sheffield United in the replay of their "void" fifth-round tie on Saturday. Arsenal won the game 2-1 but a decision was made to replay the game after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded that their second goal, scored by Marc Overmars, was unsporting and should not count. If first division Huddersfield, who won the Cup for the only time in 1922, do go forward to meet Arsenal it would repeat the 1930 final which the Gunners won 2-0. The only non-premier league side definitely to reach the last eight is Barnsley, winners in 1912, who face the possibility of an all-Yorkshire clash if Leeds can overcome Tottenham in their replay next week. "It's a good draw for us. We beat Tottenham in the fourth round last year and we are not afraid of Leeds," said Barnsley player-manager John Hendrie. "We are just happy to be at home." In the other match the 1995 winners Everton, who beat Coventry City in the fifth round, face an away trip either to Newcastle or Blackburn who drew 0-0 on Sunday and face a replay on February 24.
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