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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Wed Sep 15 1999 03:52:53 GMT
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. United avoid low-key disaster
4. Celtic star slams Ferguson's Bosnich tactics


*** To date our unbeaten runs stand currently as:
-> 27 games League
-> 40 games League and Cup
-> 35 games domestic League and Cup
figures by Masterfan Paul Hinson


99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at


*** FIXTURES ON 18/09/99 ***

         Aston Villa  v  Bradford City
        Derby County  v  Sunderland
      Leicester City  v  Liverpool
   Manchester United  v  Wimbledon
         Southampton  v  Arsenal
             Watford  v  Chelsea

*** FIXTURES ON 19/09/99 ***

             Everton  v  West Ham United
        Leeds United  v  Middlesbrough
    Newcastle United  v  Sheffield Wednesday
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  Coventry City



18-SEP-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Wimbledon   (FA Premier League, HOME)
22-SEP-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Sturm Graz  (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)
25-SEP-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Southampton (FA Premier League, HOME)
29-SEP-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Marseilles  (UEFA Champions League, HOME)


UNITED Stats v All teams:

ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
First Team Fixtures 1999/2000
All dates/times subject to change
Dates of possible cup ties also shown

Date        Opposition                         KO Time
14/09/99    Croatia Zagreb           Home EC   19.45
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home PL   15.00
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC   19.45
25/09/99    Southampton              Home PL   15.00
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC   19.45
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL   16.00   "live on sky"

*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Schmeichel + Cantona]

13/10/99    ?     WC 3
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL   15.00
19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC   19.45 
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away PL   15.00
27/10/99    Croatia Zagreb           Away EC   19.45
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 2/11/99    Sturm Graz               Home EC   19.45 
 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
11/12/99    FAC 3 Will not enter ...
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]

*  8/01/2000  FAC 4 Will not enter ...
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
* 29/01/2000  FAC 5 Will not enter ...
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            Home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         Away PL   15.00
* 19/02/2000  FAC 6 Will not enter ...
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
*  9/04/2000  FAC sf Will not enter ...
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
* 20/05/2000 Wembley FAC f Will not enter ...
24/05/2000  ?    EC f



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Subject: UNITED HELD TO A SURPRISE DRAW Ossie Ardiles was right after all - this was a good time to play Manchester United. The Croatia Zagreb coach claimed before this Champions League opener at Old Trafford that the Treble winners could be vulnerable and so it proved as they were held to a 0-0 stalemate. Ardiles' side successfully frustrated them and for the first time this season, United looked a pale imitation of the side which conquered England and Europe last season. The Croatian champions more than held their own during a dull first half and Ardiles curtailed his natural attacking instincts and went with an unusual 3-6-1 formation. United slowly began to asset some authority and David Beckham went on a mazy run before he was chopped down by Krunoslav Jurcic well within the midfielder's range. However Beckham hit the 20-yard free-kick against the encroaching Zagreb wall and the chance was gone. Paul Scholes went much closer when he stooped to connect with Clegg's cross and send a header just over the bar. Zagreb looked threatening on the break and Tomislav Rukavina should have done better when he could only connect weakly with Mario Cvitanovic's excellent through ball. Sheringham, who scored the equaliser in the Champions League Final, came on for Wilson on the hour mark as United switched to a more attacking 4-3-3 formation. United immediately became to look more menacing and Cole turned Mario Tokic on the edge of the area, only for Ladic to parry his drive before Jaap Stam flashed a header wide. Beckham lined up a free-kick from all of 35 yards out and it took a deflection off the wall, but Ladic caught it under his crossbar. Zagreb refused to lie down and Daniel Saric was just inches away from scoring with a rasping drive which flew just over Van der Gouw's bar. With time slipping away, Ferguson went for broke when he brought Quinton Fortune on for Clegg and moved Neville across to the left-back position. Henning Berg joined United's increasing frantic attack and he headed narrowly wide from one chance. United were getting closer and an off-balance Yorke hit the crossbar with an effort eight minutes from time. In the dying seconds Sheringham seemed to screw a shot across goal, although the Zagreb players congratulated Ladic. Unlike in Barcelona, there were to be no last-gasp heroics this time for United. PA Sporting Life
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Subject: United avoid low-key disaster Ian Ross at Old Trafford Tuesday September 14, 1999 There can have been few such low-key openings to the defence of European football's most coveted prize. It was bad but, as the majority of crowd who were reduced to nervous silence by a quite wretched evening would testify, it could have been a great deal worse for Manchester United. This was a game United never seemed likely to win and yet one they could easily have lost, so the occasion held much relief and actually yielded a tangible bonus. It was only as an extraordinarily dull tie neared its end that United awoke from their slumbers, Dwight Yorke striking the face of the crossbar with eight minutes remaining. The pinning of Sir Alex Ferguson's teamsheet to the back of the United dressing room door shortly before kick-off brought only cold comfort for the man who thought he would be king, Mark Bosnich. Less than two months after being feted as the natural, long-term successor to Peter Schmeichel, the Australian was overlooked on this occasion to accommodate the 36-year-old Raimond van der Gouw who deputised for the ineligible Massimo Taibi. After spending the previous 24 hours hinting that Jonathan Greening would be included on the right side of midfield so that David Beckham could be released to forge a central pairing with Paul Scholes, Ferguson left him on the substitutes' bench. But he did find room for two of his new wave: Michael Clegg stepped in at right-back in place of the injured Gary Neville and Mark Wilson was asked to cover for Roy Keane. United miss Keane's belligerence and there were times during a technically accomplished if dull opening half when Ossie Ardiles's side threatened to steal the midfield initiative. Certainly, they were marvellously organised and had they had been capable of adding a genuine cutting edge to their game they might well have punished United's initial hesitancy. United slept through the opening 20 minutes, stirring just once when Beckham set up Andy Cole for a low drive which struck a Croatian leg. Beckham moved himself to the hub of practically everything which was worthwhile but too often he was instinctively drawn out of position in an attempt to engender a sense of urgency, to increase the tempo. But the ink was still dry on the opening chapter of United's European campaign when the first groans of disappointment began to ripple through an uncomfortable - and clearly perplexed - audience. There were a couple of half-chances and the harder United tried to fashion something even resembling an opening the more pronounced became their sense of desperation. Yorke personified the malaise, a listless figure who required three touches to establish control but just one to needlessly surrender possession. Arguably the best chance of the first half fell to him but having drifted forward to reach a Ryan Giggs cross from the left he fluffed his shot. The suspicion that one bright move, one decisive thrust, might just prove sufficient to move Zagreb into the box seat, grew as the evening dragged on. United were so poor that the Croatians clearly began to believe that here was a game not for the drawing but for the taking. Teddy Sheringham was both talisman and catalyst towards the end of last season and his introduction on the hour did at least increase United's options. Cole should probably have ended the stalemate after 63 minutes but after collecting a Beckham pass and then turning smartly away from Stjepan Tomas, he drilled his crisp, low drive far too close to goalkeeper Drazen Ladic.
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Subject: COLE COULD FACE LEGAL ACTION Andy Cole and Manchester United could yet face legal action over the striker's horror tackle on one of Australia's brightest prospects. Australian club Carlton may sue over Cole's challenge on their star player Simon Colosimo during the July friendly against the Socceroos in Sydney which left the defender needing a knee reconstruction. Carlton have instructed Melbourne law firm Slater and Gordon to handle any compensation claim and proceedings could start within a month. When the law firm first took on the case, principal Peter Gordon claimed the law recognised compensation claims between sporting organisations. Carlton director Lou Sticca revealed the law firm had been studying what had happened and would decide how to proceed. "We put the matter in the hands of Slater and Gordon and at the end of the day we will be guided by their legal advice," said Sticca. Tour promoters, Rivkin Entertainment, and Soccer Australia could also be cited in any claim for compensation. Colosimo was regarded as one of Australia's best young players and was tipped for a move to Europe before Cole's tackle sidelined him until the New Year.
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Subject: Celtic star slams Ferguson's Bosnich tactics Celtic's Mark Viduka has criticised Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson's treatment of Mark Bosnich, claiming he has mishandled the Aussie keeper. Viduka, a team mate of Bosnich at international level and, until last season a player for tonight's opponents Croatia Zagreb, reckons United have made a huge mistake in splashing out 4.5m on Italian Massimo Taibi - thus undermining Bosnich's position at Old Trafford. Viduka said: "Maybe some people think Mark is too cocky, but all that tells you is about his strength of character. "Perhaps Sir Alex doesn't think that he is the one he wants, but Mark once single-handedly defied Brazil for Australia with the best performance I've ever seen from a goalkeeper and I know he's one of the best right now. "He and I are part-Croatian and it comes from our national character that we can seem cocky or arrogant, but we are also very stubborn and strong. "It'll hurt Mark if he is not picked to play against the main team from a country where he has so much background."
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