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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Tue Mar 16 00:51:36 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Why I'm Red? (Caution...Very Long!!)
2. Bob Cass talks to David Beckham
4. United shares rise on BSkyB bid clearance hopes
5. The Voice Of Manchester"
7. Good News for Hong Kong & Shanghai!


Daily RED Trivia  Tues 16th March 1999:

16/3/1963: United beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup 5th Round watched
 by 48,298. Albert Quixall and Denis Law scored the goals that took United
 another step nearer to Wembley glory in May. Team was: Gregg, Brennan, 
 Cantwell, Stiles, Foulkes, Setters, Giles, Quixall, Herd, Law, Charlton.

1974: Jim McCalliog made his United debut at Birmingham City. McCalliog, a
 cultured midfielder, scored 4 goals in 11 games after joining the club from
 Wolverhampton Wanderers but failed to save United from relegation in 1974. 
 He won a Second Division Championship  medal in 1975 and made a total of 38 
 appearances and scored 7 goals between 1974-75. He won 5 caps for Scotland,
 and an FA Cup winners medal with  Southampton against United in 1976.


Barry Daily Comment:
Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit is out of the FA Cup semi-final after his
third red card of the season against Everton on Saturday.
The French World Cup star is facing a three-match ban which would definitely
rule him out of the April 11 semi at Villa Park.

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

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

17 Inter Milan  (A) ECL "Quarter Final" 2nd leg 19.45
21 Everton      (H) 15.00 PL
3 Wimbledon (A)  15.00 PL
7 European Cup Semi??
11 FAC Semi Arsenal at Villa Park  Live Sky Sports Uk
17 Sheff Wed (H) 15.00? PL
21 European Cup Semi??
25 Leeds (A)  11.30 {am} UK PL Live Sky Sports UK 

UNITED Stats v All teams:

*** FIXTURES ON 20/03/99 ***
             Arsenal  v  Coventry City
    Blackburn Rovers  v  Wimbledon
        Leeds United  v  Derby County
   Nottingham Forest  v  Middlesbrough
         Southampton  v  Sheffield Wednesday
     West Ham United  v  Newcastle United

*** FIXTURES ON 21/03/99 ***
         Aston Villa  v  Chelsea
   Manchester United  v  Everton

                 Barnsley  v  Tottenham Hotspur

*** WC FINAL FIXTURE ON 21/03/99 ***
           Leicester City  v  Tottenham Hotspur

***  LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 14/03/99 ***

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    29  17   9   3  65  30   35   60
 2  Arsenal              29  15  11   3  40  13   27   56
 3  Chelsea              28  14  11   3  41  23   18   53
 4  Leeds United         29  14   9   6  45  26   19   51
 5  Aston Villa          29  12   8   9  39  34    5   44
 6  Derby County         29  11  11   7  31  28    3   44
 7  West Ham United      29  12   7  10  32  39   -7   43
 8  Wimbledon            29  10  10   9  33  41   -8   40
 9  Liverpool            28  11   6  11  52  37   15   39
10  Tottenham Hotspur    29   9  12   8  34  34    0   39
11  Newcastle United     29  10   8  11  38  39   -1   38
12  Middlesbrough        28   8  12   8  37  39   -2   36
13  Sheffield Wednesday  29  10   5  14  35  32    3   35
14  Leicester City       28   8  10  10  28  37   -9   34
15  Coventry City        29   8   7  14  31  40   -9   31
16  Everton              29   7  10  12  22  32  -10   31
17  Charlton Athletic    29   6  10  13  33  40   -7   28
18  Blackburn Rovers     29   6   9  14  29  41  -12   27
19  Southampton          29   7   5  17  27  56  -29   26
20  Nottingham Forest    29   4   8  17  26  57  -31   20


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
17/02/99    Arsenal                  Home     D  1-1     1    55,171
20/02/99    Coventry City            Away     W  1-0     1    22,596
27/02/99    Southampton              Home     W  2-1     1    55,316
13/03/99    Newcastle United         Away     W  2-1     1    36,500

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  2 v 0  Inter Milan
 Real Madrid     1 v 1  Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus        2 v 1  Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich   2 v 0  Kaiserslautern

return Ties to be played on March 17


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Subject: Why I'm Red? (Caution...Very Long!!) From: Roland Lee Hi, I started watching English football at a tender age of 8, in 1983. Those days, we get to watch highlights of one match played eight days earlier on a show called 'Big League Soccer', presented by Brian Moore. On my very first episode, I saw the scousers beat Everton 3-0 at Anfield. I don't know why but I took an instant loathing for Liverpool. Then one May night, my dad switched on the TV for the 83 Cup Final with Brighton. I saw Robbo and Wilko standing on the ball about to kick-off. I thought that looked much better than the arrogant moustached players of LFC. The following season, I followed United on the newspapers. I'll get the Saturday scores on a Sunday morning where I'll cover the scores of half the column to see how many did the opponent score against United. Then I'll slowly slide my hand away to see how many United score. For midweek Wednesday matches, I'll only get the scores on the Friday papers. Those were the days where there was no teletext and of course, no internet. But United became a religion at the start of te 84/85 season. That was when I bought the book 'Manchester United' by Tom Tyrell. I skimmed through the book initially and am shocked to read of such a dark chapter in the club's history. Somehow, even for a 9-year-old, tears rolled so freely as I discovered about Munich. I finished the book within a day, and United's history looks more like one of those fairy-tale story you see in sports movies. 'The Busby Babes', 'Munich', 'Busby Builds Again', 'European Cup Triumph'. But unlike movies, this is real, this is the history of Manchester United. In school, Liverpool fans were everywhere, and till this day, I consider them gloryhunters. Maybe history-gloryhunters would be more appropriate now. But the few United fans that I knew, including my English teacher, are quality fans. They know about United, and they'll always support United in any time, good or bad. They'll never bad-mouth United no matter what happened. To me then, United fans are quality, special, and one set better from any other. There was also a chapter in that book that said the players were all sick and frustrated after losing to an offside goal in the 76 Cup Final. But when trophyless United came back to Albert Square and saw the reception they got, they knew they were playing for a team different from any other. Martin Buchan vowed then that United will return to Wembley the next year. Bold words you'd thought then, but United actually did one better, against the team we love to beat. Thus, throughout my teens I knew United are the best club with the best fans. They don't have to win trophies to convince me they are the best, I know they are the best and they are my religion. Year after year my belief that United fans are the best are enhanced. I discovered the BBC World Service in 1986 and till this day, Sportsworld (used to be called Saturday Special then) is what I tune into every Sat night, even if I can also watch EPL matches 'live' on TV. On the BBC, whenever there's commentary from Old Trafford, you'll hear the atmosphere cracking in the background. Alan Green and Mike Ingham and then summeriser Trevor Brooking used to go on and on about whether the opposition can handle the Stretford End. We didn't have the reportoire of songs those days but the chants of 'United! United!' and 'Glory, Glory' certainly sound more vehement than we hear these days. (And Glory, Glory was sung Glory, Glory, not who the f*** are ....) Every match, even if United were'nt at the top of their game, teams do not fancy coming to Old Trafford. The crowd was the 12th, 13th or 14th player on the pitch. I remember listening to the Montpellier match on World Service's midweek 'Sports International', and the game was really a non-event yet you can hear the crowd chanting and chanting giving the players the lift. The one most special characteristic about United fans is the fact that whenever we concede a goal, miss a penalty, or throw away something, the fans always make it known that they will support them even ever more. Very different from this part of the world where the 'fans' will cheer for the opposition to make known their frustration. Like I said, I get little TV highlight coverage of United then but I can remember seeing Brucie miss a penalty at OT against Southampton in the Rumberlows Cup. Yet as soon as he blazed the penalty over the bar, you can hear OT chanting loudly 'United! United!' And I think this spirit, although diluted now, is still present in modern times because the OT crowd seems to give Cole the lift whenever he misses a chance. With every miss, the 'Andy Cole' song will get an airing and how often have Cole responded by scoring. Cole's current form has alot to do with the support he is getting, and I feel he might have been destroyed had he signed for another team and not Man Utd. I admit I do deplore the crying Gerodies and Scousers because there's no crying in football!!!! But I have to admit tears once rolled down freely when United lost but those were not tears of sorrow. It was that Anfield game in 92 where we lost the league. Leeds had just won 3-2 at Sheff Utd minutes before United's game with three absolutely amazing gifted goals by the Blades, including a headed lobbed own goal by Keving Gage nine minutes from time. Brain Moore had commented that United took to the field with heads down and looking defeated, but I could'nt have been a prouder Red that day. How United fought was more than anyone could have asked for. A half-fit Robbo threw his body in to win a ball for Ince to thump against the inside of the post and across the goal. McClair headed against the underside of the bar and Kanchelskis volleyed against the top of the bar. Everyone was thrown forward and Schmeichel kept us in it with one-on-one saves. An oustanding Pallister was strangely substituted but cameras soon trained on his cut boots (and perhaps arteries) with blood gushing out. Mark Walters scored in the 85th to seemingly end our title hopes, but United still poured forward and the crowd at the Anfield Road End still chanted, probably louder than ever. Full-time and TV showed Irwin and McClair's heads bowed. But I'll never forget the sight of the United fans at Anfield Road End rising, applauding, cheering, chanting, and waving the flags. That moved me to tears, not of sorrows, but of pride I never knew before. I lost count of the number of cruel twists of fate that conspired to thwart our title bid, and that day many may feel we are destined not to win the league ever again. But that sight told me being a United fan is so much more satisfying than winning the league. As a fan, you tend to be affected by the culture of the club and supporters. It has always been instilled in me that at every set-back, I'll simply try even harder the next time. And somehow there's this real thing I know called Manchester United, and as long as I believe in it, I can do more things than I previously thought. Everytime I struggle, everytime I lack confidence, everytime I lack belief, I think of Manchester United and a sudden upsurge of confidence fill me. This attitude has helped me overcome so many obstacles throughout my life that I have every reason to feel I owe the club a big debt. But ironically, in the golden period that we are in, this feeling of Red pride has somewhat been dampened by some things I've come across in the past few years. There's this Manchester-based fans and non-Manchester-based fans debate, which spilled into England-based United fans against overseas-based fans. This is very disturbing because, just like a person's race, we don't have much choice as to where we are born. There's also the stereo-typing of day-trippers who come to OT and bring back sacks of Megastore stuff. Well, I only managed one trip to OT and I did buy over 100 pounds of stuff from money that were saved over a long period of time. And when you don't have the chance to visit OT too often, is it really such a sin unloading United stuff from the Megastore? But the thing that disappoints me most is the current OT atmosphere. How fans can sit quietly for 90 minutes in a footie match involving his/her favourite club is beyond me. The current rule on standing may have an effect but is it impossible to chant while seated? I was at a packed Reebok stadium watching a 3-3 game involving Bolton and Derby last season and the atmosphere was electric, and yes, everyone was seated 90 minutes. Everyone simply sang and clapped on their seats so why can't a sitting OT crowd clap and sing for the entire game? I sat at the South Stand at OT and with the proximity of every seat, you can so easily get lost in a crowd so even if you are a lone singer, not too many will notice. Surely it can't boil down to self-conscience. I sang that day on South Blk 22, as did many (yes in South Stand) scattered all around. When someone starts a song or chant, I'd think it is easier to join in than to shut up. How many in an OT crowd sing these days? Maybe 50% in East Stand, but 10% in each of the other three? I have no doubt the game that turned United around is the 93 match with Sheff Wed (and not Robin's goal at Forest 90). We knew everything from fate to justice would'nt allow United to win the league, and what looked like a straightforward fixture usually loses us the title. United dominated, and Chris Woods denied us time and time again. But the chanting of 'Ferguson's Red and White Army' was so loud that even Martin Tyler said Old Trafford is defeaning. But as we know with United, the inevitable happened. Ince fouled Waddle and Stretford-Ender John Sheridan converted the penalty given by a substitute referee who just came on. We're gonna throw it away again as surely Villa will beat relegation-threatened Coventry at home. Old Trafford was quiet and you can hear a pin drop. Silence from shocked. But that did'nt last, as soon the Fergie Army chants came back, it became even louder, almost like a message of defiance being sent to all conspirators. When Brucie scored the second, you feel we have made a breakthrough. Nothing will stop us now. Coventry defended with their lives and held Villa 0-0. We went top on points by virtue of that game and never looked back. Brucie's goals won us the title, but the OT crowd that day made the goals. If we are ever faced with such a situation now, will we hear groans, or will we hear Fergie's Red and White Army? Is the character of OT lost forever? Or the OT voice of yesteryears are reserved for the European nights only, despite the football being played on the same stadium with the same all-seater Stretford End. Thankfully United fans at away grounds are still the United crowd I first learnt about, when my United education began. As Schmeichel picked yet another ball out of the net at St James Park that day, seeing the Red fans in the quadrant still there and chanting, and the great response from the members of the Man Utd mailing list, I still think the United fans are special. But there are so many United fans these days (probably due to a similar percentage out of a much larger number) not doing the club justice. The boos heard after Chelsea's 2-1 win at Old Trafford two weeks after the Newcastle game was disgusting, and I think the morgue-like atmosphere contributed to the first home European defeat by Fenerbache. The worrying trend is that the atmosphere is not even sustaining, it's deproving by the year. But the heartening thing is that I know there are countless brilliant United fans out there, all contributing to make supporting United a higher quality affair. The two mailing lists and Barry Leeming's web-site are fantastic, and a significant part of our lives. And it has given far-flung Reds the avenue to make more Red friends, as well as to make the pilgrimage to Old Trafford more possible. And the financial and emotional help the people of the list gave an ex-Red legend in Dennis Viollet is most admirable and touching. Manchester United is a world-wide family that I'm very proud of, and if I'm ever stranded in another country, I'll rather look for the local Man Utd Supporters Club than my country's embassy. Roland PS : If anyone has and can make a copy of the Man Utd vs Sheff Wed 93 tape for me, I'll be glad to pay for tape and postage.
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Subject: Bob Cass talks to David Beckham Becoming a father has helped me to grow up, but I know I will always have a short fuse David Beckham readily accepts the responsibilities of becoming the most famous father in the land. But anybody expecting the Manchester United midfielder - as renowned for his World Cup run-in with Diego Simeone as for his rich and abundant skills - to grow up overnight is in for a shock. 'When it comes to playing the game, I still have a lot to learn,' he admits. And, with his infamous retaliation on Argentina's captain obviously in mind, he adds: 'I have got a bit of a short fuse - and it probably won't go away.' The admission is frank and innocently given. But just when you think the boy Brooklyn has given the boy Beckham nothing more than another reason to grab the headlines, the father shows the maturity that would surely have helped him handle that July night in St Etienne, when a second of spite condemned him to months of public vilification. 'If I react to something, it's not me trying to get a bit of publicity,' says Beckham. 'It's just a natural thing and the way I have always been. And if I do that, then it's down to me. 'I am a young person. Obviously there is more responsibility now on me personally. But I am only 23 and in football terms I am still a kid.' A kid at heart he may be, but Beckham has adjusted to life as a high-profile personality with tranquil assurance and total stability. Cynics snigger at the concept, but he really is just a quiet, level-headed young man who wants to play football for a living and go home to live in peace with his family. He regards it as an incidental that Victoria Adams - his fiancee and mother of his recently arrived son - commands an even greater publicity spotlight as Posh Spice, a member of the most successful British girl pop group of all time. While others seek escape in stress and psychiatric clinics, whenever Beckham needs advice he can turn to any one of an ever-ready group of homespun counsellors - friends, family, team-mates and, above all, United manager Alex Ferguson. Nobody knows Beckham better than the man who has guided his career since he first arrived in Manchester as a spindly-legged, 12-year-old London schoolboy. And nobody realises more than Beckham that the United boss is fundamental to his ambitions to add to the two championship and one FA Cup winner's medals and the England caps he has already collected. 'I'm getting used to living in the goldfish bowl,' Beckham says. 'But I get a lot of help from a lot of people, at home and at work. Victoria has obviously been a major help. Then there are my mum and dad; her mum and dad; my nan and grandad; and at the club the manager has been tremendous. I owe a lot to every one of them.' Beckham is swift to acknowledge the benefit of growing up as a member of United's elite group of young English prodigies. 'It has helped to have people like Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and all those who have been with me ever since I came to United,' he says. 'We're all the same in football terms. We don't regard anyone as better than the other. We've all come through together and we'll always be together. 'There will always be mickey-taking - if anyone of us does something which the others can have a laugh about, you expect it and you get it. But I give as good as I take. That's the way it is in football.' Outside the game, Beckham insists, he has much the same needs as the fans who worship him at Old Trafford. He says: 'I am no different to anybody else. I have a private life with my family, which I love more than anything and want to keep that way. Then when I come into work, I have to do the business there as well because my career is very important to me. 'I rang the manager straight after the baby was born and he told me to take the following day off and come in for training on the Saturday before we played against Chelsea. He has been brilliant when it comes to things like that, but I know that he still expects me to come in and do my stuff on the training pitch.' Beckham says he is learning, too, to live with the terrace taunts that have haunted him since the start of the season. He contradicts suggestions that fellow professionals have tried to goad him as well, insisting: 'I have never had any problem with players trying to wind me up. I am always going to get a little bit of stick from the crowds but I just have to get on with it. I am sure they would love to be doing what I'm doing instead of sat up there watching.' He believes the World Cup left mental and physical wounds that have taken time to repair. Without careful nurturing from Ferguson there could have been periods of fatigue. But the manager's shrewd balancing of his resources has enabled his stars to be given a break at vital stages of the season. 'I did all right early in the season but I was grateful the manager was able to gave me a couple of weeks' rest because I was getting tired,' says Beckham. 'I came back feeling fresh and now I'm really enjoying my football.' That has also helped with the out-side pressures and enabled Beck-ham to concentrate his efforts on the field to such a degree that his performance in the Champions League quarter-final win over Inter Milan drew unstinting praise from United's manager. 'Beckham is the best crosser of a ball in Europe,' said Ferguson, and nobody was queueing to disagree. When it comes to being a proud father, Beckham says he is tickled to death. 'It hit me the other day when I was signing autographs and someone said "Sign that, Daddy". It made me laugh and that's when it really came home to me,' he says. 'People told me how wonderful it would be to be a father but I never thought I would experience the feeling that I have. But I do feel like a father and it's brilliant.' On Wednesday Inter will be the main preoccupation as Beckham and United attempt to reach the semi-finals of Europe's most prestigious club competition. Victory will keep his singular urge to be successful as his top priority. 'My ambitions are to become as successful as possible with Manchester United. I want to keep playing week in, week out and win as many trophies as we can,' he says. 'I want to develop my technique even more and I think that can happen with the help I get from the staff and players. 'We've given ourselves a good chance to reach the semi-finals but it's going to be hard. After all, Inter could have the best player in the world in their team in Ronaldo.' The second leg in the famous San Siro stadium, where United will defend their 2-0 advantage, will bring a further renewal of rivalry between Beckham and Simeone. Any lingering ill-feeling between the two protagonists from France '98 was settled by their exchange of shirts at the end of the Old Trafford meeting two weeks ago. Beckham insists: 'The thing between me and Simeone was blown up out of all proportion. That was the first time I'd played against him since the World Cup but I'm sure that, like me, he just wanted to concentrate on the game and get on with it. 'There were a couple of times when we came into contact but, to be honest, when I went in for that one particular tackle everybody commented on I didn't realise it was him. I just went for the ball and it was only afterwards that I realised it was Simeone. 'We didn't say anything to each other but I had decided before the game that if the opportunity arose, I would like to swap shirts with him. When the final whistle went we were standing next to each other. It must have been a sign.' Spectator hostilities will resume when United return to domestic duties next weekend - a fact that saddens Beckham. Deep down he just wants to be loved. Instead, rival fans shower him with obscene abuse, both for the Simeone incident and for his much-envied relationship with a beautiful young woman. 'I know there are people out there who don't like me. I don't enjoy that,' he says. 'I would rather they said that I was a good player and a nice lad. It would be nicer for me and my family if they did that.' Maybe one day that will happen. But the rapidly-maturing David Beckham is hardly holding his breath.
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Subject: MEN: REDS PAIN GAIN By STUART MATHIESON MANCHESTER United have been pushed through the pain barrier to ensure they have the stamina to survive their historic treble challenge. Reds' boss Alex Ferguson ordered a five week programme of endurance sessions in January to ward off the threat of last season's fade out. And Fergie is starting to reap the benefit of the fitness regime. ``The great thing is we are looking strong now,'' he told M.E.N. Sport. ``You saw that at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. We got stronger as the night wore on and to do that against Chelsea told me a lot because they are a very fit side. They do a lot of endurance work at Chelsea. They're fit because they are running all the time in their training. ``I felt last season that we started to show signs of tiring and I wanted to combat that this term. ``I asked our remedial physio Robert Swires, who has a degree in physiology, to devise some training for the players in January once we came through the December programme where we had matches every midweek. ``During January we had five endurance work days in training. Robert was absolutely superb. He tested all the players, monitored their hearts and knew exactly what level they should all be at. It was an important exercise. ``We are now seeing the benefit of that work. I am really pleased with how strong we are looking. We are in the middle of a very big spell for us and the players are looking good.'' United were at Newcastle today attempting to progress their Premiership title aspirations and keep the heat on in their pursuit of the Champions League, Premiership and FA Cup dream treble. Their stamina is certain be tested by a five games in a final 16-day championship run-in following the re-scheduling of the Blackburn away match to Wednesday, May 12.
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Subject: United shares rise on BSkyB bid clearance hopes By Keith Weir LONDON, March 15 - Shares in league leaders Manchester United powered to record highs on Monday as the stock market bet on the British government clearing a proposed billion dollar takeover by pay TV giant BSkyB *. Britain's Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) last week completed a five-month inquiry into the controversial bid for United by BSkyB, 40 percent owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp * media empire. The MMC document is now in the hands of Trade Secretary Stephen Byers whose final decision on the deal is expected in the next four weeks. The stock market clearly believes weekend newspaper speculation that the deal would be approved with minimal conditions. United shares peaked at 248p on Monday before easing to 244p, up five percent and above the 240p cash offer in the original BSkyB bid. "We have said all along that we see very few reasons to stop the deal from going ahead," said analyst Nick Batram of stockbrokers Greig Middleton. Conditions attached to clearance could include a commitment that United continue to play in the English premier league and a demand that its directors stay out of key meetings when future TV deals are negotiated. The proposed deal sparked heated protests from many in the game who argued that it would concentrate too much power in the hands of BSkyB, the company which has the rights to live coverage of English soccer's premier league. Passions also ran high over the Murdoch factor, with critics angry that the media magnate who owns four British newspapers could gain control of the nation's favourite soccer team. Murdoch's involvement also complicated matters for the government, which enjoyed important support from Murdoch's Sun newspaper in the 1997 election compaign. The uncertainty on the future ownership of the club has not harmed United on the pitch with the team leading the league and in the running for the F.A. and European Cups. United play Inter Milan in the second leg of their European Cup quarter-final on Wednesday after winning the first leg 2-0. A takeover of United is expected to lead to a spate of similar deals as media rivals scramble to tie up with leading English soccer clubs. British cable company NTL Inc has an option to take control of Newcastle United in a 160 million pound ($260 million) deal and has said it will exercise it if the BSkyB takeover is cleared. Shares in Leeds Sporting Plc added 2-1/2p to 23-1/4p on Monday, mirroring a recent strong run by Leeds United in the premier league.
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Subject: "The Voice Of Manchester" From Picadilly Radio Manchester: http://www.key103fm.com/football/results/manutd.shtml Saturday March 13 - FA Carling Premiership Attendance: 36,776 Newcastle (1) 1 - Man Utd (1) 2 Two-goal Andy Cole left his former side sunk without a trace as United ran out easy winners, more so than the scoreline suggests. Cole's brace took his season's tally to 21 and took The Reds unbeaten run in the Premiership to 11 games. What made it all the more pleasing for Alex Ferguson was that his side came from behind, after Solano had given The Magpies the lead direct from a free-kick GOALS 1-0 Newcastle 15 mins Solano curled in a brilliant right-footed free-kick from 25 yards after Hamann has been fouled by Stam 1-1 Man Utd 24 mins Cole forced the ball into the roof of the net as both Berg and Yorke had helped on a Gary Neville throw-in 1-2 Man Utd 50 mins Cole got to a Giggs left-wing cross before Given to turn the ball into the net from five yards MATCH RATING ------------------------------------------------------------------- TEAMS and player ratings MATCHfacts Rating * MATCHfacts Star Rating Newcastle Given 6 Barton 6 sub 83 mins by Maric -no rating- Domi 6 Dabizas 6 Charvet 6 Solano 6 Hamann 8* Speed 6 Georgiadis 5 sub 46 mins by Lee 6 Ketsbaia 6 sub 61 mins by Saha 6 Shearer 6 Subs not used: Harper Griffin Man Utd Schmeichel 6 sub 46 mins by van der Gouw 7 Neville, G 8 Irwin 8 Berg 8 Stam 8 Beckham 7 Keane 8 Scholes 7 sub 86 mins by Neville, P -no rating- Giggs 7 sub 74 mins by Johnsen -no rating- Cole 9* Yorke 7 Subs not used: Solskjaer Blomqvist ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Referee D. R. Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill) (Rating 7) Yellow Cards Newcastle Georgiadis 17 mins (foul) Man Utd Irwin 69 mins (dissent) Shots On Target: Newcastle 4, Man Utd 4 Corners: Newcastle 2, Man Utd 6
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Subject: KEANE: WE CAN DO BETTER Roy Keane has a chilling message for Manchester United's rivals at home and abroad: Our best is yet to come. United have the treble of Champions' League, Premiership and FA Cup in their sights after stringing together a 16-match unbeaten run, which stretches back three months. Keane feels the United squad is the strongest ever assembled at Old Trafford, but insists they can do even better. ''We had a strong squad when we first won the Double in 1994, but I think we'd be the first to admit that in depth we didn't have what we've got now,'' said the United skipper. ''I think it's fair to say we have only been at our best in patches this season. I hope there is more to come. I always look at myself and the team and think there is room for improvement. ''There is no such thing as the finished article.'' Even with United's formidable squad, Keane believes they can only achieve an historic treble if they can avoid injuries and suspensions. ''The boss has said it would be a miracle to collect all three trophies and I'm inclined to agree, but we never say never at United,'' he told the Manchester Evening News. ''However, we need to stay reasonably clear of injuries and suspensions.''
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Subject: Good News for Hong Kong & Shanghai! UNITED SET FOR FAR EAST TOUR Manchester United will play in the Far East as part of a pre-season warm-up tour in July, according to event organisers in Hong Kong. Julian Kam of ProEvents, who are organising the tour, said United will play in the Chinese city of Shanghai on July 21 and in Hong Kong on July 24. "In Hong Kong they will play local side South China at the Hong Kong stadium and in Shanghai they will play Shanghai Shenhua," said Mr Kam. United's last visit in 1997 was marred by complaints about the non-attendance through injury of stars Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.
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