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MufcDailyNews Fri Jul 16 1999   

This Issue:   
1.  ASK THE STATMAN 
2.  CUP DOOR AJAR FOR UNITED - JUST
3.  Keane given contract ultimatum 
4.  Australia 0 Man Utd 2
5.  UNITED OFF TO A WINNING START
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Mark Bosnich's Personal Details    
http://www.red11.org/mufc/bosnich.htm   

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

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

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UNITED Stats v All teams:   
http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/   

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*** FINAL PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 16/05/99 ***   

Pos Team   P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts   
------------------------------------------------------------------------   
 1  Manchester United    38 14  4  1  45  18   8  9  2  35  19   43   79   
 2  Arsenal              38 14  5  0  34   5   8  7  4  25  12   42   78   
 3  Chelsea              38 12  6  1  29  13   8  9  2  28  17   27   75   
 4  Leeds United         38 12  5  2  32   9   6  8  5  30  25   28   67   



Here are all the matches for the coming season 1999/2000:   
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899.htm   
    

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  pre-season    2-0  70,000   
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   06.00  pre-season     -   
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     12.30  pre-season     -   
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China 08.30  pre-season     -   

 1/08/99    Arsenal      Wembley Charity Shield         -   
 3/08/99    Omagh Town     friendly in aid of Omagh Bomb Fund   
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly at JJB Stadium.   

 8/08/99    Everton   away      16.00   
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      home PL   20.00   
14/08/99    Leeds United             home PL   15.00   
22/08/99    Arsenal   away PL   16.00   
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   
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   
*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [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   
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    Sunderlandaway PL   20.00   
 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  Sunderlandhome 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   

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



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*   Pre season tour details JULY 1999   *   
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** Friendly at Salford City **   
Salford City, the North Western Trains League club, are to play a friendly   
against a side from their "big brother" neighbours Manchester United, at   
their Moor Lane ground (in Kersal) on Saturday July 17th at 3pm.   

Sun 18/7 MAN. UNITED V SOCCEROOS STADIUM AUSTRALIA, Olympic Boulevard,   
    Homebush Bay, Sydney  NEW SOUTH WALES  15.00 local time    
     Tickets for Sydney game try here:   
 http://www.ticketek.com.au/frame.asp?url=search/search.asp   
   then type MANCHESTER in the search field.   

   + Far East   

Wed 21/7 Shangai first time ever!!!   
 This match will be watched by 80,000 fans    
  The game has sold out with the Shanghai Star reporting the home side's   
  chairman Yu Zhifei as saying: ''It is unprecedented that the tickets   
  should sell out for a match five weeks in advance."    

Sat 24/7 Hong Kong  Repeat of the 1997 game   
 "ALL matches will be shown "the same day" om MUTV.   

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 THE FANTASTIC TRIPLE WAS WON!!   
Personal stories here: http://www.red11.org/mufc/barcelona.htm   

We went to Barcelona in a fine day in May   
And all our supporters sang loudly & gay   
And when it was over and all said and done   
We beat Bayern Munich  by 2 goals to 1   

The first one was Teddy's he out foxed the rest   
The second was Solskjear's he's simply the best   
We could have had 4 or we could have had 9   
But we didn't start playing till injury time   
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============================================================================
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 1999
Time: 9:48 AM EST
Submitted by:  chris
Email address: chris.haworth@tinyonline.co.uk
Subject: Ask the StatMan

visitor_country: uk
visitor_age: 27

question: Was Manchester United v Arsenal at Maine Road in 1948 or 1949 an all time record league  attendance?
What were the attendances v Arsenal in all the matches played at Maine Road?
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The attendances at Maine Road for United v Arsenal matches were as follows:
Sep 28 1946 62,718 United 5 (Hanlon 2, Rowley 2, Wrigglesworth) Arsenal 2
Jan 17 1948 81,962 United 1 (Rowley) Arsenal 1
Jan   1 1949 58,688 United 2 (Burke, Mitten) Arsenal 0

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CUP DOOR AJAR FOR UNITED - JUST

By David Anderson, PA Sport

The Football Association claim no new proposals have
been put forward to enable Manchester United to compete
in next season's FA Cup.

FA executive director David Davies insisted following a
meeting with fans that there was still no viable alternative to
United pulling out of the competition.

Davies feels withdrawing from the FA Cup for one season
is the only way United can compete in FIFA's World Team
Championship in Brazil in January and so help England's
2006 World Cup bid.

He told fans that he would consider any suggestions they
have, but he doubts that there is any other viable option.

"As Sir Alex Ferguson has always said, if there are any new
and serious options they will have to be considered," said
Davies.

"But none have been presented over the past fortnight that
meet Manchester United's understandable concerns about
fixture congestion in the latter part of the season."

Davies' assessment will disappoint the representatives from
the Independent Manchester United Supporters
Association (IMUSA), the Football Supporters
Association and the National Federation of Football
Supporters Clubs who met him today and who believe an
alternative must be found.

The two sides have agreed to meet again in the middle of
next month and to invite the Professional Footballers'
Association and the League Managers' Association.

IMUSA chairman Andy Walsh refused to give up hope and
after the two-hour long meeting at Lancaster Gate he said:
"We remain hopeful and David Davies said the door was
not closed.

"The meeting was very positive and we've agreed to
another meeting in the middle of August to which we will
invite the PFA and the LMA.

"That is what we've wanted all along for a full discussion
involving all the football bodies."

However, the FA and United are going to take some
convincing that there is a way that the Treble winners can
play in both the FA Cup and the World Team
Championship.

They went through all the options beforehand and they
maintain that it is the only answer.

Sports Minister Tony Banks was unable to attend the
meeting at the FA's headquarters but has offered to meet
the fans to discuss their concerns.

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Keane given contract ultimatum 
Ian Ross 
Friday July 16, 1999 

Manchester United face the prospect of
having to sell their captain Roy Keane as
the row over his future rumbles on. The
United board is believed to have told Sir
Alex Ferguson that it will permit the game
of brinkmanship being waged between
club and player to continue only for
another two weeks. 

If Keane does not accept the offer of a
vastly improved contract by the end of the
month he is likely to be made available for
transfer.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder has 12
months to run on his current contract and
could leave on a Bosman-inspired free
transfer next summer. He would be able
to sign a pre-contract agreement with any
club on January 1.

Although Ferguson values him at 20m
there would be no shortage of interest,
with the Italian clubs Juventus,
Internazionale and Lazio certain to lead
the charge.

Keane earns about 19,000 a week at Old
Trafford but has insisted on 40,000 a
week. United are believed to have offered
him around 28,000 a week in a five-year
deal which would make him the
highest-paid player in the club's history.

If Keane does not back down United's
chairman Martin Edwards is expected to
make money available to Ferguson for a
replacement before the early-August
registration date for the group stages of
the Champions League.

The obvious target would be Juventus's
Dutch international Edgar Davids, whom
Ferguson has been attempting to sign, as
a partner for Keane, for the past three
weeks for the 10m asking price.

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Australia 0 Man Utd 2
By David Anderson, PA Sport
Jesper Blomqvist and Nicky Butt produced two stunning strikes to get
Manchester United's pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East off to a
winning start.
Blomqvist struck first with a rasping volley in stoppage time at the end of
the first half against the Socceroos at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Butt's effort after 76 minutes was every bit as good as he cracked home a
half volley from 25 yards.
Apart from the goals, United rarely moved out of first gear on the poor
surface of the MCG.
But they barely needed to against Australia, who were without nine regular
members of their squad.
Initially United's performance had failed to match the fireworks, which lit
up the Melbourne sky before the game, and they understandably looked jaded
after flying half way round the world.
Henning Berg did crash a shot against the bar after 14 minutes following a
goalmouth melee, while Mark Bosnich, who was making his first appearance
since rejoining United, touched over a header from the unmarked Danny
Tiatto.
Tempers began to fray and David May cut down Aurelio Vidmar before Butt took
a swipe at Brett Emerton.
Jonathan Greening, who started in midfield alongside Mark Wilson, missed a
great chance for the Treble winners when he slotted his shot wide after he
had raced clear.
The late tackles continued to fly in and the referee finally acted when he
booked Ross Aloisi for chopping down Greening.
Then, just as it appeared the first half would end goalless, Blomqvist
volleyed home left-footed eight yards out from Phil Neville's
beautifully-flighted ball.
Blomqvist's goal clearly blew away some of the cobwebs and a minute into the
second half, Socceroos goalkeeper Michael Petkovic produced a fine
finger-tip save to keep out a Teddy Sheringham effort.
United slightly lost their way after this flurry and Australia almost
equalised on 58 minutes from a corner.
Skipper Alex Tobin flicked on Ross Aloisi's inswinger to the back post where
Vidmar headed over from close range.
Vince Grella became the second player to be booked when he was shown the
yellow card for trying to swap shirts with Butt before the final whistle.
Greening followed Grella into the referee's book minutes later when he was
cautioned for kicking the ball away.
United were in control and Butt doubled their lead with a goal, which was
every bit as impressive as Blomqvist's.
Neville was once again the provider when he fed Butt 25 yards out from goal
and the England midfielder's half volley flew into the top corner giving
Petkovic no chance.
As promised, United made several substitutions and John Curtis, Jordi
Cruyff, Ryan Giggs, Jaap Stam, Wes Brown and Michael Clegg all came on in
what was a successful workout for United.
 PA Sporting Life 

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UNITED OFF TO A WINNING START

 Thursday, July 15, 1999 13:05

 United kicked off their tour of the fleshpots of Australia and the Far East
 under spectacular fireworks at Melbourne's MCG. National
 anthems, parachutists and a  crowd of over 7 gave a
 sense of occasion to the start of the pre-season friendly
 series. The MCG was in perfect condition, with pitch markings
 reflecting its many uses. Kylie Minogue was invited to make
 the ceremonial 'bounce-up.'

 Steve McClaren's first selection as United "manager" saw a
 mix of youth and inexperience. Mark Wilson and Jonathan
 Greening joined young captain Adonis Irwin and new signing Mark
 'Kid' Bosnich in the side. Dwight Yorke and Teddy Sheringham,
 still wearing his three medals from last season, started the match upfront.

 The first fifteen minutes of the match were treated very
 much as those of a friendly, with neither side threatening to
 touch the ball. Henning Berg had the first chance on goal
 after a scramble in the box, but the Norwegian's effort
 was a 'wrong-un' and clipped the hotdog stall before going
 out of sight under some slabs.

 In the 22nd minute, Mark Bosnich was called into action for
 the first time in the second instalment of his United career.
 Danny Twatto, of Manchester City, found space in the box,
 shrugging free of Adonis Irwin with a well-aimed rabbit punch.
 Tiatto's spectacular diving header was tipped over by Bosnich 
 at full yawn. So far, so good!

 Five minutes later, a ball from Mark Wilson found its way
 through to his young colleague Jonathan Greening , who
 had a clear run at goal. When it seemed a certain opening
 goal was on the cards, Greening slid the ball wide of
 Michael Petshopic's collection of koalas.

 On the stroke of halftime, United opened the scoring
 through Jesper Blomqvist. Phil Neville bowled a deep cross
 over to the left winger, who tickled the ball home
 impressively on the volley from close range. 0/1 to the
 Reds at the MCG, with virtually the last delivery of a
 disappointing half on a difficult, bumpy pitch.

 Just a minute into the second half, Teddy Sheringham very
 nearly doubled the Reds' lead. His sweetly-struck shot
 from the edge of a packed area was heading for the top
 tier, but Petshopic did well to tip the effort around the
 stumps and the ball ran away for four leg-byes.

 Eleven minutes later, Audio Vidmar, brother of Rangers'
 Video, nearly equalised for the Socceroos. From Ross
 Alloallo's inswinging corner, his run to the sheepdip was
 almost rewarded with a goal, but under pressure, he sliced the
 footy ball and only managed an 'outer' with Bosnich stranded.

 John Curtis replaced Denis Irwin after 64 minutes, and with
 17 milliseconds left to play, Jordi Cruyff replaced Blomqvist,
 who had performed well throughout the musical entertainment..

 Jordi's arrival seemed to give the Reds a snort up the nose,
 as Nicky Butt spectacularly scored United's second in the
 next minute. Phil Neville again provided the assist, to Butt
 outside the area. The midfielder knocked it up for himself,
 juggled three cans of Fosters, rode a unicycle, walked a
 burning tightrope, then lashed the ball into the top corner
 from distance. The crowd in the MCG went home.

 Ryan Giggs replaced Jonathan Greening immediately after
 the goal. With ten minutes to go, more changes saw Berg
 and May swap partners with Jaap Stam and Wes Brown 
 for the Line-Dancing finale. Michael Clegg came on for Mark Wilson.

 United can be happy with the outcome, especially the two
 good goals and a brand new towel for Mark Bosnich.
 Well played lads!

 UNITED: Bosnich; P Neville, May (Brown), Berg (Stam),
 Irwin (Curtis); Greening (Giggs), Wilson (Clegg), Butt,
 Blomqvist (Cruyff); Yorke, Sheringham.

 Australia: Petshopic; Colostimo, Lazaridis, Foxe, Tobin,
 Layaboutt, Everton, Gorilla (Kennett), Vidmar (Hawke),
 Alloallo (Whitlam), Twatto (Howard).

 Goals: Blomqvist 45, Butt 74. 

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