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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Sun Aug 15 03:00:51 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Manchester United v Leeds Report  2-0
2. YORKE DOUBLE SEES OFF LEEDS 
3. Roy puts United on hold 
4. Stam the man for 60-game stretch 
5. Keane clouds United future 
6. CAPTAIN POSTPONES DECISION AND PROLONGS AGONY FOR UNITED 
7. United 'forced' to play in Brazil  
8. RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 14/08/99 ***

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Daily MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Sunday 15th August 1999:

Barry Daily Comment:
Great performance and we are back where we belong Nr1!!
Roy is a least with us for the next 10 months more in todays news.

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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

*** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 14/08/99 ***
       Bradford City   1-1   Sheffield Wednesday   18,276
        Derby County   1-3   Middlesbrough         24,045
      Leicester City   2-2   Chelsea               21,068
           Liverpool   0-1   Watford               44,174
   Manchester United   2-0   Leeds United          55,187
          Sunderland   0-0   Arsenal               41,680
   Tottenham Hotspur   3-2   Everton               34,539
           Wimbledon   1-1   Coventry City         10,635

*** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 14/08/99 ***

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


*** ATTENDANCE TABLE AS AT 14/08/99 ***

   Manchester United @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 55,064
           Liverpool @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 44,174
          Sunderland @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 41,155
        Leeds United @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 40,118
             Everton @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 39,141
             Arsenal @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 38,026
    Newcastle United @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 36,600
 Sheffield Wednesday @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 34,853
             Chelsea @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 34,831
       Middlesbrough @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 33,762
   Tottenham Hotspur @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 31,620
         Aston Villa @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 30,337
     West Ham United @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 26,010
        Derby County @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 24,973
      Leicester City @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 20,132
       Coventry City @@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 19,915
       Bradford City @@@@@@@@@@@@@ 18,276
             Watford @@@@@@@@@@@ 15,511
         Southampton @@@@@@@@@@@ 15,206
           Wimbledon @@@@@@@@ 10,836

*** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 14/08/99 ***

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
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08/08/99    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     W  2-0     1    55,187

*** TEAM RESULTS SUMMARY - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 14/08/99 ***
       P   Won       Drawn     Lost      For        Against    Points
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Home   2   2 (100%)  0 (0%)    0 (0%)    6 (3.0)    0 (0.0)    6 (3.0)
Away   1   0 (0%)    1 (100%)  0 (0%)    1 (1.0)    1 (1.0)    1 (1.0)

Total  3   2 (67%)   1 (33%)   0 (0%)    7 (2.3)    1 (0.3)    7 (2.3)

                                         Averages per game in (brackets)

League position:            1st
Form position:              3rd
Predicted position:         3rd

*** TEAM STATISTICS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 14/08/99 ***
AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE: 55,064
HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 14/08/99 - Leeds United (55,187)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE:  11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (54,941)
BEST WIN:                11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)


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 W  2-0    1    55,187  

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: Manchester United v Leeds Report 2-0 Man United (0) 2 Leeds (0) 0 FT Yorke 76,80 Roy Keane gave a subdued first-half performance against Leeds as the hours ticked down to his decision on his Manchester United future. Sir Alex Ferguson had insisted beforehand that his captain would not be affected by the uncertainty surrounding his contract negotiations, but he was not his usual self at Old Trafford. The United fans did their bit and they chanted for Keane to stay as Leeds enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges. Sir Alex named an unchanged side for the first time since March for this Roses clash. Sir Alex was expecting another exciting encounter to rival last season's thrilling 3-2 win for United and Leeds boss David O'Leary declared his attacking intentions by deploying three up front. Alongside Huckerby were Harry Kewell and their midweek hat-trick hero Michael Bridges. David Hopkin, who has just signed a four-year contract, was the man to make way for Huckerby and he dropped down to the bench. Leeds' attacking trio began brightly and Kewell tried his luck with a bouncing shot from long range which was saved by Mark - or March as he was called again on the United teamsheet - Bosnich. United found their stride and Phil Neville crossed to Ryan Giggs only for the Welshman's shot to rebound off Michael Duberry before Nigel Martyn plucked a Dwight Yorke header out of the air. As predicted the United fans chanted Keane's name to leave him in no doubt that they all want him to remain. Danny Mills then crossed from the right for Lee Bowyer to shoot, only for the England midfielder's effort to hit a United defender. Kewell showed Phil Neville a clean pair of heels down the left and Jaap Stam could only partially clear the ball to Bowyer who was not far away with a drive. United appealed in vain for a penalty in the 16th minute when Martyn connected with Cole after the Reds striker had knocked the ball past him. Kewell went desperately close with a swerving effort from 25 yards. Leeds made the first change in the 19th minute when Hopkin came on for Bridges, who had taken a knock. Stam then went close with a header from a corner. Bosnich had also picked up an injury and was replaced by Raimond van der Gouw in the 22nd minute. Kewell tested Van der Gouw early on with a shot from outside the area, but the Dutchman was equal to it. Huckerby tried to thread the ball through to Kewell, but Van der Gouw was out quickly to beat the Australian to the pass. Keane played a one-two with Yorke and unleashed a shot which rebounded off Paul Scholes. Kewell was a constant threat and he fired over from a great chance just outside the area. United went agonisingly close to scoring when Yorke let Cole's pass run on to Scholes, whose shot was saved by Martyn. The rebound fell to David Beckham, whose effort was blocked, and when the ball came to Denis Irwin, he blazed over from close range. United opened up the Leeds defence again when Giggs crossed for Cole, but Martyn easily gathered his effort. Kewell beat two United players down the right before pulling the ball back to Bowyer, but his shot hit Berg. Beckham was receiving the usual abuse from the visiting fans and he responded by holding up three fingers to signify the Treble. That man Kewell was not far away again when he swivelled and volleyed wide. Beckham missed a glorious chance in first-half stoppage time when he blazed over when he was totally in the clear. Man United: Bosnich (Van Der Gouw, 21), Neville, Irwin, Berg, Stam, Beckham, Keane, Scholes (Butt, 69), Cole, Yorke (Sheringham, 81), Giggs. Subs not used: Curtis, Solskjaer. Booked: Giggs. Leeds: Martyn, Harte (Hiden, 75), Radebe, Woodgate, Bridges (Hopkin, 19), Kewell (Bakke, 83), Bowyer, Huckerby, Mills, Duberry, Batty. Subs not used: Haaland, Robinson. Attendance: 55,187. Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe).
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Subject: YORKE DOUBLE SEES OFF LEEDS Man United 2 Leeds 0 Roy Keane seemed to have other matters on his mind but Dwight Yorke proved he has not been consumed by the cloud of uncertainty hanging over Old Trafford. Keane gave what in other circumstances would have been a strangely subdued, disjointed performance against Leeds but given that his future still has to be decided, was one that was perhaps all too predictable. For long periods of the game, which Leeds dominated especially in the first half, Manchester United similarly took their eye off the task at hand and were a shadow of last season's Treble winners. But just when it looked as if the visitors would earn a draw, Yorke was on hand with 14 minutes left to conjure up victory with the first of two goals in the space of just three minutes to take his tally to four strikes in only three Premiership games. The striker's sharpness in front of goal, in contrast to the blunt display of many of his team-mates, was a welcome relief for manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The debate over rish international Keane's demand to break the club's wage structure has dominated Old Trafford over recent days and yet again, albeit intermittently, the United faithful made clear their conviction that he must be persuaded to stay put. It was a tantalising sub-plot to the supposed main script - the match itself, which was perhaps fittingly against United's fierce Yorkshire rivals and the side against whom Keane injured his knee in September 1997 to end his season prematurely. His loss that year was one of the main reasons for United's failure to stop Arsenal winning the Double yet although he has since proved his undoubted position as the heart and soul of the club, he did little to affect the outcome of this encounter. The commitment was there as ever but the Irishman's game lacked its normal drive and urgency as he and Paul Scholes were largely outplayed and outfought in central midfield by Lee Bowyer and David Batty. Leeds certainly dominated the first half in terms of possession and were determined to take the game to United with some exciting build-up play. Harry Kewell was the chief tormentor, striking two long-range efforts just off target, while Bowyer also came close to scoring in the opening exchanges. Kewell continued to prove a thorn in the side of the United defence even after having to move inside to partner debutant Darren Huckerby when injury forced off Michael Bridges after just 17 minutes. United keeper Mark Bosnich similarly limped out of the action early on, to be replaced by Raimond van der Gouw, as what was hardly a dirty match started to resemble a scene from ER, with Radebe and Denis Irwin also requiring treatment. For all of Leeds' possession though, United still managed to create the clearest openings before the interval, however intermittent their attacking forays may have been. First Yorke set Andy Cole clear and although the striker went tumbling as Nigel Martyn dived for the ball in the penalty area, referee Neale Barry gave the Leeds keeper the benefit of the doubt. Then United had three consecutive chances to score but still failed to do so as Scholes' shot was saved by Martyn, David Beckham's follow-up was blocked and Irwin spooned the ball over the bar from just eight yards out. Beckham, who responded to a torrent of abuse from the Leeds fans with three - or was it two? - raised fingers, was similarly wasteful after Lucas Radebe misjudged the flight of Scholes' long-ball and merely headed it into the England midfielder's path. United stepped up the tempo immediately after the break, with Keane finally producing two trademark full-blooded tackles, but the game then slowly started to die after that initial flourish. It came to life again on 66 minutes though when a driving run forward by Jaap Stam left the United defence exposed after he had lost possession. Leeds quickly responded by setting Kewell clear at the other end, only for the winger to strike his shot against the inside of the post and out to safety before sinking to his knees, holding his head in his hands in frustration. It was an increasingly rare excursion into the United half for the visitors but they were showing a solid and stubborn defensive streak to match their creative flair and youthful exuberance. United, with Nicky Butt on for Scholes, were thwarted as Michael Duberry cleared Ryan Giggs' header from in front of his goal-line and then Martyn raced out to clear with Cole threatening. However, almost from nowhere, Neville then crossed invitingly from the right flank and Yorke was on hand to rise above the Leeds defence and head powerfully into the far corner. It was the classic United counter-punch and the torrential rain which then followed only dampened the spirits of the visitors even further as they succumbed once again in similar style. This time Beckham was the creator, flighting a free-kick into the penalty area and Yorke stole ahead of his marker to plant his header just inside the near post. All of a sudden, nothing at all was going right for Leeds as van der Gouw saved with his outstretched boot from Bowyer and then denied Duberry. The chants for Keane to stay started again with renewed vigour. Whether he does or not may still decide United's fate this season. TEAMS Man Utd: Bosnich, Neville, Irwin, Berg, Stam, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Cole, Yorke, Giggs. Subs: Van Der Gouw, Sheringham, Butt, Curtis, Solskjaer. Leeds: Martyn, Harte, Radebe, Woodgate, Bridges, Kewell, Bowyer, Huckerby, Mills, Duberry, Batty. Subs: Haaland, Hopkin, Robinson, Bakke, Hiden. Referee: N Barry (Scunthorpe) POST MATCH QUOTES Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to Leeds' adventurous display, describing them as a ''refreshing young team'' with a ''manager who has done exceptionally well and has adopted an attacking policy which has to be respected''. It was scant consolation though for Leeds boss David O'Leary, who insisted that it was United's ability to take their chances in contrast to his own side's failure that was the main difference between the two sides. ''If you take those goals away, there was hardly anything in it. We've got to learn from that and really I was delighted with them,'' he said.
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Subject: Roy puts United on hold By Joe Melling Sunday, August 15, 1999 Roy Keane will wait until the end of the season before telling Manchester United whether he will stay at the club. Both manager Sir Alex Ferguson and chairman Martin Edwards claimed last night that they were happy to have a further 10 months in which to persuade the club captain to accept a 40,000-a-week, five-year deal. In reality, by not coming to an agreement with Keane, United are making a multi-million pound gamble that they can convince him to stay, because next summer he will be able to leave Old Trafford for nothing as a free agent. Lazio and Juventus, of Italy's Serie A, have already signalled that they would pay around 20m for Keane's immediate release. Republic of Ireland international Keane, however, is determined to leave his options open and said: 'I have a duty to my family. Over the next few months I will give proper and due consideration to the club's most recent proposal and I shall make a decision concerning my future at the end of this season. 'I signed to play for United until June 30, 2000. It is my intention to honour that deal. The club approached me last June with a view to extending my contract. They have quoted generous terms and clearly have demonstrated a wish to keep me. 'I love playing for United, the most successful football club in the world. I have a very good relationship with the supporters, manager and board but a career in football is short-lived, a fact that was brought home to me in 1997 when I sustained an injury which almost ended mine.' Ferguson, especially, is confident of keeping Keane at the club. He said: 'I don't think he's leaving. He is uneasy about committing himself to a long contract. His course of action gives us the opportunity to let him know exactly how much we want him to stay. He says he won't be talking to other clubs.' Edwards confirmed the club did not want to capitalise on Keane's worth. He said: 'We want to give ourselves a chance of being world champions and winning more trophies and, let's face it, there aren't many who could fill Roy Keane's boots. 'The decisive issue is not money. He rejected an initial offer but the second was acceptable. It's a question of challenge and motivation. And even if we wanted to sell him now, he is fully entitled to see out his contract.'
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Subject: Stam the man for 60-game stretch By Peter Fitton Sunday, August 15, 1999 Jaap Stam is prepared to embark on the most demanding 10 months of his football career with firm assurances for both club and country that he is ready for combat. The record-priced defender, recently handicapped by a damaged achilles tendon, survived mostly on courage in the closing phase of Manchester United's Treble campaign before opting out of Holland's trip to Brazil in June. But, after six weeks of rest and a rigorous medical checkup, the Dutchman believes he can withstand an exhausting programme of more than 60 games, including nine internationals, before the next summer's European Championship finals. Stam, who cost United 10.6m a year ago, is due to play for Holland on Wednesday in a friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen and is relishing a comeback for his country. Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard said: 'I was concerned about Jaap's fitness after hearing certain reports. That's why I spoke to him about the problems. 'He has assured me he is fit and strong enough to play for both United and Holland in the coming season. 'I always want Jaap in my team. He is a major figure for us and provides the spine of the side. I have had to do without him and Dennis Berg-kamp for a while and we have not won a game without them. It will be great to have them back.' Apart from the domestic demands with United, Stam faces a rigorous international campaign. Holland have arranged a monthly programme of friendly fixtures, including games against Belgium, Brazil and world champions France, before a collision with their traditionally most fearsome rivals, Germany. Rijkaard added: 'Jaap is always really keen to play for his country and it's a big relief for me to have him back in the side. 'In the countdown to the European Championship finals we have nine internationals planned over the next 10 months and that amounts to a match virtually every four or five weeks.'
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Subject: Keane clouds United future Paul Wilson Sunday August 15, 1999 The good news for Manchester United fans yesterday was that Roy Keane will be staying for the foreseeable future. The bad news is that the future might not be all that foreseeable. In a carefully worded statement after the Leeds game the Irish international said he had every intention of honouring his present contract, which expires at the end of June next year. He claims to be undecided about what to do then, and has effectively requested the rest of the season to consider his future. 'The club have quoted generous terms for an extension to my contract, and clearly demonstrated a wish to keep me,' he said. 'I have not sought a new contract but I have a duty to my family to consider my position carefully. I wish to continue as captain, free from the burden of continuous media speculation.' United seem satisfied with this arrangement, pointing out the player is within his rights as well as his present contract. 'Roy hasn't done anything wrong,' said Martin Edwards. 'We want to keep him until the end of the season. We have no intention at all of selling him.' Edwards and Sir Alex Ferguson both feel they would rather have Keane for another 12 months than not at all, and are confident he might be prevailed upon in that time to stay. The obvious danger is that the plc will not view the situation in the same way, and could pressurise the club to cash in on Keane - valued at a minimum 10 million - by selling him now rather than risking him leaving for nothing when his contract expires.
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Subject: CAPTAIN POSTPONES DECISION AND PROLONGS AGONY FOR UNITED By Steve Anglesey MANCHESTER UNITED looked to have won round one of their high-stakes poker game with Roy Keane on Saturday as the midfielder postponed a decision on his future until the end of the season. But taking Keane's contract negotiations into extra time could ultimately be the worst possible scenario for the treble winners. The Republic of Ireland international, who had been having talks with Juventus, Inter Milan and Lazio and was due to give a final decision on Saturday morning, now says he will take the next few months to mull over his options. That averted a possible United crisis which could have seen him leave Old Trafford within a matter of days - but sparked fears of a drawn-out Anelka-style transfer saga played out over the course of the campaign - which could prove hugely damaging to club and player. Had Keane told Sir Alex Ferguson that he wanted to leave the club, the temptation would have been to let him go immediately. The player's contract expires in July, and the Bosman ruling means United will not receive a penny should he leave without signing a new one. And since registrations for the opening round of Champions League matches must be in by August 30, Ferguson would have been given the unenviable task of having a two-week deadline in which to sell his most important player to one of United's European Cup rivals. Sir Alex must now hope he can bring Keane and the United board closer together and come up with a new contract which will satisfy all concerned. But despite Saturday's let-off, he must act quickly. Keane can talk to other clubs from January 1, leaving United without a penny in compensation, although Ferguson believes he wants to leave all negotiations until the end of the season. The skipper's decision also puts United in a Catch-22 situation when it comes to finding a possible replacement. They cannot sign anyone, or conduct a serious search, without appearing to be forcing him out of the exit door. United have already missed out on Edgar Davids for fear of scaring Keane off and will now have second thoughts about merely checking out a holding midfielder in case their inspiration should take umbrage. No matter what Keane says about taking the rest of the season to make his mind up, the temptation for United must be to force a quick conclusion - and that could mean letting go of their most prized asset. He was an unusually subdued figure as United played deadly rivals Leeds at Old Trafford, although two late Dwight Yorke goals meant that didn't matter as the champions returned to the top of the table. Elsewhere in the Premiership, new boys Watford captured the headlines with a 1-0 win at Liverpool, while Arsenal and Chelsea both drew.
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Subject: United 'forced' to play in Brazil It has been revealed that the Government exerted pressure on Manchester United to take part in the World Club Championship in Brazil. The club originally declined FIFA's invitation to play, but former Sports Minister Tony Banks forced them into a rethink, claiming England's chances of hosting the 2006 World Cup were at stake. In a letter dated June 10 to Sir Roland Smith, chairman of Manchester United plc, Banks stated that it was 'clearly in the national interest for your club to compete in the FIFA Championships.' When asked about the content of the letter, Banks admitted: 'There was government pressure on Manchester United. But there was pressure on all of us. 'I was told to my face by three members of FIFA that England would lose there vote if United did not compete...I am not making it up. 'What was I supposed to do with this information? Keep it to myself? What would have been said then if it had come out?' The admission is sure to cause a great deal of controversy within the footballing fraternity, as concerted efforts had previously been made to persuade United to re-enter the FA Cup.
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Subject: *** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 14/08/99 *** Bradford City 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday 18,276 Derby County 1-3 Middlesbrough 24,045 Leicester City 2-2 Chelsea 21,068 Liverpool 0-1 Watford 44,174 Manchester United 2-0 Leeds United 55,187 Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal 41,680 Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Everton 34,539 Wimbledon 1-1 Coventry City 10,635 *** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 14/08/99 *** Pos Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1 Manchester United 3 2 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 1 1 6 7 2 Arsenal 3 1 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 2 1 2 7 3 Aston Villa 2 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 6 4 Middlesbrough 3 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 6 3 2 6 5 Tottenham Hotspur 3 2 0 0 6 3 0 0 1 0 1 2 6 6 Chelsea 2 1 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 2 2 4 4 7 Leeds United 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 2 1 4 8 Bradford City 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 4 9 Wimbledon 3 0 1 1 3 4 1 0 0 3 2 0 4 10 Leicester City 3 1 1 0 3 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 11 Sunderland 3 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 -2 4 12 West Ham United 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 13 Liverpool 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 3 14 Watford 3 0 0 1 2 3 1 0 1 1 2 -2 3 15 Southampton 2 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 -2 3 16 Coventry City 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 -2 1 17 Derby County 3 0 0 2 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 -3 1 18 Everton 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 6 -4 1 19 Sheffield Wednesday 3 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 5 -5 1 20 Newcastle United 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 -3 0 *** ATTENDANCE TABLE AS AT 14/08/99 *** Manchester United @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 55,064 Liverpool @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 44,174 Sunderland @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 41,155 Leeds United @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 40,118 Everton @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 39,141 Arsenal @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 38,026 Newcastle United @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 36,600 Sheffield Wednesday @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 34,853 Chelsea @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 34,831 Middlesbrough @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 33,762 Tottenham Hotspur @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 31,620 Aston Villa @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 30,337 West Ham United @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 26,010 Derby County @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 24,973 Leicester City @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 20,132 Coventry City @@@@@@@@@@@@@@ 19,915 Bradford City @@@@@@@@@@@@@ 18,276 Watford @@@@@@@@@@@ 15,511 Southampton @@@@@@@@@@@ 15,206 Wimbledon @@@@@@@@ 10,836 *** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 14/08/99 *** Date Opposition Score Pos. Attend. -------------------------------------------------------------------- 08/08/99 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 W 2-0 1 55,187 *** TEAM RESULTS SUMMARY - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 14/08/99 *** P Won Drawn Lost For Against Points ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Home 2 2 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (3.0) 0 (0.0) 6 (3.0) Away 1 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 1 (1.0) 1 (1.0) 1 (1.0) Total 3 2 (67%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 7 (2.3) 1 (0.3) 7 (2.3) Averages per game in (brackets) League position: 1st Form position: 3rd Predicted position: 3rd *** TEAM STATISTICS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 14/08/99 *** AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE: 55,064 HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 14/08/99 - Leeds United (55,187) LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (54,941) BEST WIN: 11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
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