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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Tues Aug 17 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. www.red11.org Survey #53 Results + Survey #54 Question
2. Leeds Take The Plaudits But Man United Take The Points
4. Fergie appeal to Keane's Euro pride


Daily MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Tues 17th August 1999:

Barry Daily Comment:
Today Raimond Van der Gouw spoke from the Cliff
You can listen here: http://www.red11.org/mufc/sound/99/
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99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at

Mark Bosnich's Personal Details 



Previous News:
 BSKYB Takeover news/pics at http://www.red11.org/mufc/bskyb.htm
  Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
 Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!

*** FIXTURES ON 21/08/99 ***
             Chelsea  v  Aston Villa
       Coventry City  v  Derby County
             Everton  v  Southampton
        Leeds United  v  Sunderland
       Middlesbrough  v  Liverpool
    Newcastle United  v  Wimbledon
 Sheffield Wednesday  v  Tottenham Hotspur
             Watford  v  Bradford City
     West Ham United  v  Leicester City

*** FIXTURES ON 22/08/99 ***
             Arsenal  v  Manchester United


         Southampton   4-2   Newcastle United      15,030

         Aston Villa   2-2   West Ham United       26,250


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


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

       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

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:
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.
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 PL D  1-1   10    39,141
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      home PL 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



EC links + Personal diaries here:

 Its the presentation of the European Cup at Nou Camp
  Video including sound   57secs  1.5 meg 


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Subject: www.red11.org Survey #53 Results + Survey #54 Question Well, it looks like the majority don't like the new kit much. I guess all that matters to the PLC is that you BUY IT! By the time you get used to it there will be a new one out anyway! www.red11.org Survey #53 Result: What do you think of UNITED's new blue/white kit? Not too bad 38 29.0% Like it 27 20.6% It's Bad 23 17.6% Love it! 23 17.6% Hate it! 20 15.3% Total: 131 votes Closed 15-Aug-99 01:00 GMT www.red11.org Survey #54: Should UNITED break their wage structure for Roy Keane? Question Now Open. Vote now: http://www.red11.org/mufc/survey/ Bill McArthur "There's only ONE United - Manchester United!"
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Subject: Leeds Take The Plaudits But Man United Take The Points MANCHESTER UNITED 2 LEEDS UNITED 0 Not for the first, or surely last, time this season, Leeds won all the plaudits for their vibrant, unfettered commitment to attack. But perhaps just as predictably, it was Manchester United who claimed the rather more valuable prize of actually winning the match and the three points at Old Trafford. For while Roy Keane may be unable to decide whether he still has ambitions to fulfil in Manchester, there is no doubting the commitment of his teammates to build on last season's achievements. They were certainly facing one of their sternest domestic tests as, right in the middle of the uncertainty surrounding Keane's future, they came up against a young Leeds side itching to take on the champions at their own game. And for an hour, the visitors unrelentingly took the game to the men in red. Starting with an adventurous 3-4-3 formation, Harry Kewell was their shining light as he tormented England international Phil Neville down the left flank. Even after Kewell moved inside after an ankle knock forced off Michael Bridges just 17 minutes into the game, Leeds may have lacked as much width but they still threatened to make the breakthrough. The hosts certainly created the best chances, with Paul Scholes, Denis Irwin, David Beckham and Andy Cole all denied, yet with the indecisive Keane a shadow of his normal self, David Batty and Lee Bowyer were unquestionably in charge of midfield. Leeds should have made the most of their possession though, especially when Kewell broke clear midway through the second half only for his shot to rebound off the inside of the post. For while this was certainly not the champions' most convincing performance, indeed at times it was downright disjointed, they imperiously stepped up the gears when they needed to in order to win the match. Dwight Yorke headed home from Neville's cross with 14 minutes left and then from Beckham's free-kick just three minutes later, and Manchester United were home, if not dry as a thunderstorm then started to lash down at Old Trafford. ''We have a natural desire among the players which is demonstrated all the time. This was a case in point,'' declared boss Alex Ferguson. ''I had no doubts it would still be there this season but some people have to be continually convinced. Certainly not within this club though. The first half performance I wasn't totally happy with, I think they can play a lot better but at least we were still in a position where we could do something about it. The performance improved in the middle part of the second-half, they increased the tempo, spread the play and made Leeds chase them. In the end, I thought we thoroughly deserved it.'' One worry is that keeper Mark Bosnich will be out for at least a month with a hamstring injury, although Sir Fergie sung the praises of his replacement, Raimond van der Gouw. The Scot, who does not offer praise lightly, also paid tribute to the attacking approach adopted by Leeds at a ground where most sides curl up, string five or six across the back and attempt to hold out for a draw. ''They're a refreshing young team. There's a lot of heart with some players with very good ability,'' he added. ''You can see there's a bit of ambition there, I think the manager has done exceptionally well. He's a young lad and he's adopted an attacking policy which has to be respected.'' That manager, David O'Leary, loves portraying himself as a ''young and naive'' boss but he insists that his team's style and attitude should not be viewed in the same way. ''It's not gung-ho or cavalier, I just believe in a certain system of playing home and away, I want to play good football and attack teams,'' he maintained. ''So what if it's Old Trafford? I'm delighted to get a game on here against a great team. The players can handle the occasion but they've got to learn from it. We gave away two silly goals and had chances but didn't take them, while they took theirs.'' O'Leary, who brushed aside reports that he was interested in signing United striker Teddy Sheringham, does not believe - publicly at least - that his side are yet capable of bridging the gap with the top three in the Premiership. That gap is certainly narrowing though and, on being asked whether the Red Devils should break their wage structure to keep Keane, O'Leary beamed a wide smile as he came up with one way of eradicating it completely. ''I agree with Martin Edwards. Make this ground even bigger, I think all the money should go into providing for the great fans here for another three years and give none of it to Alex!'' he joked. ''That would certainly help the rest of us.''
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Subject: PFA CHIEF DEFENDS BECKHAM By Paul Walker, PA Sport Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has leapt to the defence of David Beckham after the Manchester United star was seen aiming a 'V-sign' towards abusive Leeds fans. Beckham's reaction went unseen by the referee or police after he had endured vile sexual taunts aimed at his pop star wife Victoria during the 2-0 Old Trafford victory over the Yorkshire club. Taylor said: "It's politically correct for players to turn a deaf ear and bite their tongue to this sort of thing. "But players are only human beings and when people are chanting disgusting things about your wife, you can't blame them for reacting." Taylor wants the authorities and even the clubs involved to take a lead to stamp out the abuse. "This is doing no good to the reputation of Leeds or their fans. Maybe it's time for the club to take a lead and try to stop it. Certainly stewards at grounds should react more. Maybe even loudspeaker announcements might help. "Clubs should set an example to try to alter the behaviour of their fans, and the authorities could do more. "We are sadly getting instances of bad behaviour from fans creeping back into our game, and this is just part of it. Everybody should work to stop it." Beckham was subjected to crowd abuse at opposing clubs' grounds across the country in the wake of his sending off during England's World Cup exit against Argentina in France last year. But the fans of some clubs have continued to single the midfielder out for even more abuse following his wedding to 'Posh Spice.' "Frankly all this is becoming old hat now," said Taylor. "I think David has handled the situation very well over the months and that is to his credit. But sometimes it is impossible not to react. "Players know that the best thing is to give the impression that things are not getting to them, that they shouldn't show the fans they are upset. "But if it was your wife, what would the majority of people do or say?" PA Sporting Life
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Subject: Fergie appeal to Keane's Euro pride Monday, August 16, 1999 Sir Alex Ferguson will attempt to persuade Roy Keane to stay at Old Trafford by reminding the Irishman that he has not yet played in a European Cup-winning side with Manchester United. Ferguson knows the odds are stacked against him and many believe Keane's tactic of delaying a decision on a new contract until the end of the season means he has already selected a destination in Italy or Spain but does not want to be transferred until he can leave under freedom of contract. Assuming United do not retain the trophy next May, however, Ferguson will work on Keane's desire for a new challenge by hammering home the message that his achievements at Old Trafford remain incomplete. He will also use the very slight window of opportunity presented by Keane's prevarication as a negotiating tool to demand that the board meet his and his captain's ambitions by signing from a pool of players which includes Luis Figo, Rivaldo, Lillian Thuram, Juan Veron and Bixente Lizerazu. Ferguson said: 'I'm pleased with Roy's decision because it means I have the next nine months to work on him.' United chairman Martin Edwards conceded: 'Roy's decision will be down to a number of things - how the team is performing, the manager and whether he thinks the team is going to be strong in the future.' Ferguson's efforts may not be helped by Edwards' contention that, no matter Keane's worth, he does not regard the captain as irreplaceable. The chairman said: 'Players of the quality of Roy are not easy to find. But I don't think anybody is irreplaceable. People thought that many players who have been at Manchester United over the years - like Law, Best and Charlton then Cantona and Peter Schmeichel - would be irreplaceable. 'But life goes on. Great players play for Manchester United but the club has always gone on and rebuilt.' Edwards also revealed that harshly realistic thinking lay behind the delay in renegotiating Keane's contract. He said: 'When Roy had two years to go on his contract he had just damaged his cruciate ligament and we had to wait and see whether he would recover from that - some players don't.' Despite the fact that his legal advisor Michael Kennedy will warn him of the risk of becoming injured while in contract limbo, Keane remains tempted by the idea that United might still match his European ambitions as well as his financial demands. Ferguson is frustrated at the ceiling placed on his transfer activities because of restrictions on salaries and the top fee which United will pay. Keane's willingness to sign a new deal at 40,000-a-week plus the most lucrative testimonial in Old Trafford history would inevitably be increased by the prospect of performing alongside some of the world's greatest players and this United vintage being regarded as one of the all-time great sides. Edwards claims the company will not force Ferguson to transfer Keane in order not to lose the multi-million pound fee he could still command.
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