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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 ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ Mark Bosnich's Personal Details http://www.red11.org/mufc/bosnich.htm *** Its the presentation of the European Cup at Nou Camp Video including sound 57secs 1.5 meg Real Video Use Real Player Plus G2 Free at www.real.com http://www.real.com/R/HPplay- 1R/www.real.com/products/playerplus/index.html?src=990611home_5 *** Latest MUFC Squad song is now available in stereo at www.red11.org Stereo Sound: REAL AUDIO: 607k 4mins "stereo" http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/99/lift_it_high.rm MP3 4.6meg 4mins "stereo" http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/mp3/lift_it_high.mp3 *** MANCHESTER UNITED STATS v ALL teams on the Web http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats.htm --------------------------------------------------------------- NEXT MATCHES --------------------------------------------------------------- 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) --------------------------------------------------------------- UNITED Stats v All teams: http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/ --------------------------------------------------------------- *** 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 ***************************************** * Pre season tour details JULY 1999 * ***************************************** ** 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. ------------------------------------- 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 ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ ============================================================================ Date: Wednesday, July 14, 1999 Time: 9:48 AM EST Submitted by: chris Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org 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? ============================================================================ 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 ============================================================================ ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ 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. +++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ 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. ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ 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 ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ 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. ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ Keep The Faith-------------------------------Red Til We're Dead --------------( http://www.red11.org )--------------- -------Manchester United for life not just for Christmas------- _______________________________________________________________