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Date: Thu Mar 18 09:05:27 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. Soccernet; Ferguson praises sub Scholes for historic goal
3. Inter - United TV report by Terry Dale
4. Scholes the pride of United
5. Red brigade douse Italian fire
6. Man Utd shares tumble on BSkyB bid fears
8. Beeb report:  Mighty United march on


Daily RED Trivia  Thursday 18th March 1999:

18/3/1905: United continue their battle for promotion with a 2-1 win against Grimsby
 Town at Bank Street in a Division 2 game watched by 12,000. Jack Allan and
 Dick Duckworth scored for the Reds. Team was: Moger, Bonthron, Fitchett,
 Downie, Roberts, Bell, Beddow, Allan, Duckworth, Arkesden, Wombwell.

1967: Goals from David Herd, John Aston, Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and
 David Sadler give United a 5-2 against Leicester City at Old Trafford in 
 Division 1 watched by 50,281. 6 weeks later United were champions. Team
 was: Stepney, Dunne, Noble, Crerand, Foulkes, Stiles, Best, Law, Charlton,
 Herd (Sadler), Aston. Sadly David Herd broke a leg in scoring his goal.    


Barry Daily Comment:
BRILLIANT FANTASTIC ECSTASY are just 3 words that come to mind after
qualification last night. The whole team was magnificent. Remember
that in 27 games Inter have NEVER lost a game in Europe at home
so 1-1 was perfect. The draw for ECL semi's is on Friday.

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

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

21 Everton      (H) 15.00 PL

3 Wimbledon (A)  15.00 PL
7 European Cup Semi ...draw on Friday
11 FAC Semi Arsenal at Villa Park  12.30 UK Live Sky Sports Uk
17 Sheff Wed (H) 15.00? PL
21 European Cup Semi draw on Friday
25 Leeds (A)  11.30 {am} UK PL Live Sky Sports UK 

UNITED Stats v All teams:

***  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

**DYNAMO KIEV      2 v 0  REAL MADRID         (Agg:3-1)
OLYMPIAKOS         1 v 1  **JUVENTUS          (Agg:2-3)

Semi Final Draw Friday 19th March


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Subject: STAM SLAMS PLAY-ACTING Jaap Stam slammed Inter Milan after they tried to cheat Manchester United out of a place in the Champions' League semi-finals. Just as United boss Alex Ferguson had predicted, Inter dived all over the San Siro pitch trying to win free-kicks and penalties. Fortunately, referee Gilles Veissiere saw through their play-acting and United kept their cool to draw last night's quarter-final second leg 1-1 and win 3-1 on aggregate. Stam was disgusted by the Inter players' antics and he said: "It was disappointing. You never want to play against players who dive all the time trying to get free-kicks and penalties." Paul Scholes ensured the Serie A side got what they deserved when he netted three minutes from time to cancel out Nicola Ventola's 63rd-minute opener. And Stam added of Inter's play-acting: "I think sometimes it looked like they practise it in training because they were doing it so much. "We were warned about it before and we tried to take it easy and let the referee deal with it. "We knew from the start that they would try anything to score goals, including diving. "But the referee saw it all and he had a very good game." Not surprisingly Ferguson was delighted with Veissiere's firm hand. "The referee was fantastic and he called everything correctly," he said.
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Subject: Soccernet; Ferguson praises sub Scholes for historic goal MILAN, March 17 (Reuters) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson praised his goalscorer Paul Scholes on Wednesday and said the English league leaders thoroughly deserved their historic 1-1 draw at Inter Milan. Ferguson had said all week that United would score at the San Siro in their European Cup quarter-final second leg clash. The Scot had to wait until two minutes from the final whistle but he was proved right when substitute Scholes, who had been dropped from the starting line-up, slotted the ball under Inter goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca. The goal gave United a 3-1 aggregate victory and secured their place in the semifinals. It also meant that for the first time in seven visits stretching back to 1958, United left Italy with something other than a defeat. "Inter had to attack at the end and with only two men at the back they were always open to a counter-attack," Ferguson said. "Scholes is a terrific finisher. He wasn't left out of the side because he'd done anything wrong. It was simply that I felt Ronny Johnsen's abilities were best suited to this match." Scholes' goal came after Nicola Ventola had gave Inter hope of a place in the semifinals with a goal after 63 minutes, three minutes after coming on as a substitute for Ronaldo. The Brazilian had a dire match and appeared to be severely hampered by the knee injuries which have wrecked his season. Ferguson said he understood Inter coach Mircea Lucescu's decision to field Ronaldo, even if the gamble did not pay off. "He did well enough under the circumstances," Ferguson said. "I can understand why Inter would want to play Ronaldo even if he's not playing at his peak. A player like that is always capable of changing the match with a piece of individual skill." "I thought Inter looked very nervous in the opening 15 minutes and I felt that in general play we were the better team," he said. "Inter played like a team that needed to be inspired by either good play or by Ronaldo. On the occasions when their play was good they had us in trouble." Ronaldo has played only six full matches all season and just 79 minutes of competitive soccer since his return to the Inter side after a two-month lay-off. "Of course Ronaldo is not 100 percent fit but that's only to be expected," Lucescu said. "I spoke to him at halftime and he said he wanted to play on but I decided to take him off after an hour because he loooked weary." "We played hesitantly in the first half but in the second half we were much more aggressive," Lucescu added. "But for me the turning point was when Ze Elias missed a great opportunity to score a second. I think that's when the players sensed it was not their night." "We lost the chance to qualify for the semis in Manchester two weeks ago, not here tonight." It was the first time in United's 42-year European history that they had knocked out an Italian team and made up in part for their dreadful record in Italy. They had lost twice to AC Milan and four times to Juventus on their previous six visits and had scored just one goal. Inter's exit compounds a disastrous season for them. They are out of the Italian Cup, well adrift in the championship and must have serious doubts over Ronaldo's ability to recover from his injury.
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Subject: Inter - United TV report by Terry Dale The Great Ronaldo was on at the start, which was a bit of a surprise. I am of course referring to Ronaldo Johnsen. (The other Ronaldo was on as well but I didn't pay much attention to him.) And Henning Berg was in as well alongside Jaap with Gazza and Dinnnnis bringing up the rear. Quite what Ronny's position was is not clear as he popped up just about everywhere during the next 75 minutes, racing down the wing like a young hare, charging through midfield like a rhino, and blocking at the back like a bloody brick wall. He was having the time of his life. So were Berg and Jaap in the first half. They looked really comfortable handling everything Inter had to offer. And Inter didn't offer too much in the first 45 minutes. The other Ronaldo looked anything but match fit. Imagine someone with the physique of Bernard Manning and the speed of a dead ox, and you have Ronaldo in the first half. On his day, he's a great player, no doubt about it, so it was a bit sad that Inter felt they had to play him in the poor condition he was obviously in. We had a good opening 20 minutes before Inter started to impose themselves a bit. On 21 minutes there was a major let-off when they hit the post with Schmikes beaten. During the next few minutes, Berg saved us a couple of times as Inter threatened a goal, but generally we had the measure of them and, all in all, it was a relatively stress-free 45 minutes. Well, the cat was still alive anyway. As expected, the second half started with Inter determined to make the breakthrough that would turn the tie around. Ronaldo was looking a lot more lively though he was still being well controlled by the Red defence apart from one incident on about 48 minutes when he broke through and Schmikes saved with his fist. That was the first and last time the Brazilian threatened, apart from a dive in the box which did not fool the referee at all. This is the appropriate moment to praise the referee, Monsieur Veissiere (sp?). He had a very good game, completely unbiased, and in no way the gullible oaf or corrupt official that seems to pollute European games. His only error, in my opinion, was the booking of Ronny Johnsen, who was merely trying to find himself a good striking position for the corner but was being prevented from doing so by Bergomi. The ref booked both of them, rather rashly in Johnsen's case. It may be no big deal now, but a second booking will see him missing the second leg of the semi or even the final itself. Keano, Scholsie and Phizza are also under this threat. For 60 minutes we looked pretty comfortable. But after Keano's Swan Lake pirouette in the 63rd minute when he missed what looked like a straightforward clearance to leave Ventola with a simple tap-in, I just sat back resigned to the inevitable second goal, extra time, and defeat on penalties. Up to the Inter goal, the Italians had just about given up hope, and so had the fans who had just started hurling bottles and pizza pie crusts onto the field. Fancy Keano being the one to give them hope. And on Saint Patrick's Day as well. I bet the Leprachauns of Owld Ireland visit him tonight in his sleep and give him a mouthful of blarney with a Cork accent. So we had just about 30 minutes to hold out against a rejuvenated Inter team. I would have put more money on City for promotion than on United holding out. Yes, it looked that bad in the 63rd minute. Fergie brought Paul 'he doesn't score goals any more' Scholes on for Ronaldo Johnsen with about 15 minutes to go. One doesn't want to question the sanity of Fergie, a man only one step away from sainthood, but Johnsen had been having a good game and what we really needed was for some stout Norwegian defending not Salfordian creativity in midfield. Had Fergie finally flipped? Five minutes later he brought Phizza Neville on for Giggs. This looked a good move. Giggsy had been pretty anonymous again and Phizza could help us out at the back. Inter continued to press in the last ten minutes and it was OT all over again as Ze Elias broke through with only Schmikes to beat ... and his shot went wide. A couple of minutes later, Scholesie lost possession in midfield and Schmikes came to the rescue with another fine save. On 86 minutes, yes, it looked like the inevitable was about to happen. Inter were generously given a freekick right on the edge of the area. It was agony. I though of Ethel 30,000 feet up in the air oblivious to what was about to happen and wished I was sitting next to her on the plane with a sick bag over my head as well. I closed my eyes and waited for the increased volume signifying an Inter goal. It seemed to be taking a long tome coming. When I opened my eyes again, we were down at the other end of the field about to take a throw-in. Everything seemed to go so fast. Gazza Neville crossed the ball into the Inter area (doing a pretty good imitation of a perfect Becks' cross), the ball landed perfectly on Andy Cole's head, he nodded the ball down to Scholesie right in front of the goals ... and the gingernut put it away right under the goalkeeper. There were 87 minutes gone on the clock. Five minutes extra to play. Inter weren't going to score three more in that time. Yes, I could at last relax. Those last 5 minutes were the most enjoyable of the game as Inter visibly wilted and we peppered their goal area with shots. Perhaps we should even have won it at the end there, it was looking that easy. Yes, fergie got it right again. He said we'd definitely score and we did ... but I wish it had come three minutes after the start rather than three minutes before the end. I could have done without the stress of those last 20 minutes as my hair visibly went white and fell out. It's difficult, and perhaps even unfair, to single out any one player in what was a fine all round team performance. The whole defence deserves a collective medal, Becks (as usual) gave everything and showed his class, and Schmikes came to the rescue again just like in the good old days. He can't really be leaving us in May surely?! The Soul Brothers didn't cause too much mayhem up front but they did enough to keep the Inter defence busy. Again, only Giggsy failed to live up to his very high standards particularly in his crossing. But the lasting memory tonight is our teamwork. Everyone worked hard, and we were occasionally treated to some swift and accurate passing that mesmorized the Inter defence So we join Bayern (4-0 winners tonight), Dinamo Kiev (2-0 winners over Real) and (not again!) Juventus, who scored an 84th minute equaliser (not again!) to eliminate Olympiakos, everyone's favourite semi-final opponents. None of these teams will be easy. Though they are the dark horses of the competition, I fancy Kiev as our next opponents. If not them, then Juve. Let's leave the Krauts for the final. So the three-pronged attack on the European Cup, Premiership and FA Cup continues. I hope we can keep the momentum going. Will Fergie be tempted to rotate on Sunday against Everton? I fear so. Still, win or lose, United are our team, but these are certaionly fantastic times to be experiencing. _____________ Terry Saudi
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Subject: Scholes the pride of United By Ken Lawrence Thursday, March 18, 1999 Manchester United last night survived the missiles and the intense hostility of the San Siro stadium to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. A night of Italian passion ended with United earning a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan to go through 3-1 on aggregate. Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel was pelted with oranges in the second half and Inter superstar Ronaldo used every trick in the book to divert Alex Ferguson's side from their second appearance in the last four of the competition in three years. United held a two-goal lead from the first leg at Old Trafford but had to fight for their lives after substitute Nicola Ventola had pulled one back in the 62nd minute. That set up a late frenzy of attacks but United showed they are coming of age in the continent's Blue Riband tournament and when Paul Scholes equalised on the night in the 88th minute, the battle was won. French referee Gilles Veissiere repeatedly refused to be hoodwinked by Inter's diving and playacting and remained ice cool under intense intimidation. United now go into tomorrow's draw convinced that, having finally disposed of an Italian club over two legs in Europe, they can go all the way and secure glory.
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Subject: Red brigade douse Italian fire Inter Milan 1-1 Manchester United: Red brigade douse Italian fire By Graham Hunter Thursday, March 18, 1999 Manchester United last night totally confirmed that they are now, for the first time in 31 years, mature enough and strong enough to win Europe's most prized competition. They warmed their hands against Inter Milan's test of fire and, just as their manager predicted they would, extinguished the Italian flame of hope with a big bucket of water in the shape of a classic counter-attack goal. And that, perhaps above all the other alluring claims of this match, was what marked United down as a seasoned European team. As the blue-and-black cacophony shrank and then stilled altogether, to leave only the sound of English voices singing 'We shall not be moved,' the abiding impression was that United had just done to dangerous opponents what top-class Continental sides have become accustomed to doing to the best England can offer. They rode their luck a little, they defended responsibly and as a unit, but when the opportunity beckoned to sucker-punch opponents who thought they were on the rampage that opportunity was taken. It came with barely two minutes officially left on the clock. Gary Neville's deep cross was headed back by Andy Cole and there was Paul Scholes, the substitute, proving that there is no substitute for class. Inter were broken, the home support in the stadium poured out in an instant and Manchester United had also ended their miserable Italian run, having lost all six of their previous matches in the country. At 1-0 down Alex Ferguson's team were already going through, but that Scholes goal made it all the sweeter, all the more complete a performance. The manager had predicted that this would be a rough ride - and it was, rude, rumbutious and extremely rough. There was gamesmanship, there was downright cheating, but bolstered by an outstanding display of refereeing by Gilles Veissiere, coupled with one of Henning Berg's finest displays in a United shirt, there never seemed any threat to the impression that the Italians were going out. Although the four-pronged attack of Ryan Giggs, Cole, Dwight Yorke and David Beckham was unusually low key for much of the tempestuous evening, a sufficient number of United's players rose to the occasion. Peter Schmeichel made some splendid saves, none better than his instinctive block of Ronaldo's best effort just after half-time. Berg was all muscular resistance and in one instant, when he cleared a devilish cross from Javier Zanetti with a balletic overhead kick at high speed, the Norwegian produced possibly he most remarkable moment of the match. And Irishman Roy Keane, on St Patrick's Day, played with such firm assurance and finesse that his only slip, when Nicola Ventola scored only three minutes after coming on as substitute for Ronaldo, can be forgiven. The significance of the result, beyond qualification for United's second Champions Cup semi-final in three seasons, lay in what manager Ferguson had said about the Italians. He was correct to point out that this country has produced the benchmark teams of the last 10 or so years and that any success in knocking an Italian side out of Europe in the quarter-final is a notable success. Context lies in the fact that in 540 minutes of football played in Italy against teams like Juventus and AC Milan over the last four decades United have only scored once before last night. Inter are an unenviable team at the moment, shorn of good coaching leadership, in the throes of change and torn apart by egos. But they have a collection of individual talent which is close to being unrivalled anywhere else in the world and which can be pulled together to paper over the cracks in emergency situations. Such was the case last night. There was a spell of seven jaw-dropping minutes in the first half when Inter tore at Schmeichel's penalty box again and again until it seemed that they must gain a reward. If they had done, or if Veissiere had been conned by some of the outrageous gamesmanship, the quarter-final could have unravelled and then come apart altogether for United. Instead, the storm was weathered and more first-class experience was notched up to this team who are still young but now mature. Inter's Benoit Cauet is the least feted of the French midfield musketeers in Italy but his rapier pass in the 15th minute still started the chaos when it allowed Ivan Zamorano to slash through the defence. The Chilean did go round Schmeichel's dive but then heaved himself forward, like a lemming off a cliff, with such enthusiasm that the French referee was waving away penalty claims before Zamorano even hit the ground. Two minutes later the same striker wriggled away from Berg only for Schmeichel to deny him with a fine save. Berg's amazing overhead clearance came next and was followed by a wonderful right-footed drive from Zanetti after he dummied Giggs on the edge of the box. But the Argentinian, who scored so tellingly against England in St Etienne during the World Cup, this time had to watch the ball thump back off the far post. It was a niggle, for the play-ers, their manager and even the confident travelling fans, that United were a little too cavalier in treating the chances prior to Scholes' goal. Giggs and Ronny Johnsen, initially preferred to Scholes in order to stem the supply of passes to Ronaldo, set up Cole nine minutes before the break but the striker's effort soared over even though the feed had found him close to the goal-mouth. Beckham hit the target with a couple of gentle free-kicks during the evening but he only served to prove that his vicious trademark is still short of its normal level. Then, several times before Ventola actually scored for Inter, crosses from both Beckham and Gary Neville were allowed to go begging in the home box. The normally fearsome partners Yorke and Cole each received rough-house treatment but that alone did not explain their slight lack of cutting edge last night, particularly set against their remorseless form of recent weeks. But the luck which Ferguson had claimed, on Tuesday, his club both needed and deserved finally arrived. When a second goal would have been absolutely calamitous, Ze Elias missed a chance which a schoolboy would have scored, Zanetti scorched a drive just past the post and then substitute Francesco Moriero made Schmeichel dive full length to turn his shot on to the post with only five minutes left. All night there was a hail of fruit thrown at the visiting players whenever they tried to take a free-kick, corner or throw-in. But, in the end, it was Inter who slipped on the United banana skin. No manner of gamesmanship by their fans, players or pre-match character assassination by coach Mircea Lucescu was enough to throw this new, mature United off the scent of their ultimate goal - the Champions Cup. Inter Milan: Pagliuca, Bergomi, Colonnese, Ronaldo (Ventola, 59), Zanetti, Baggio, Simeone (Ze Elias, 32), Cauet, West, Zamorano, Silvestre. Booked: Bergomi, Ze Elias, Cauet, Colonnese. Manchester United: Schmeichel, Neville G, Irwin, Johnsen (Scholes, 76), Stam, Beckham, Cole, Giggs (P Neville, 81), Keane, Yorke, Berg. Booked: Johnsen, P Neville. Referee: Gilles Veissiere (France).
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Subject: Man Utd shares tumble on BSkyB bid fears By Louise Ireland LONDON, March 17 - Shares in Manchester United * fell heavily on Wednesday on fears that British authorities would block a billion dollar takeover bid by pay TV company BSkyB * for the top English soccer club. Citing sources close to the government's Department of Trade and Industry, the Daily Telegraph newspaper said the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) had ruled that the proposed 623 million pound ($1.01 billion) takeover was not in the public interest. The MMC completed a five-month inquiry into the bid by BSkyB, 40 percent owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp *, last week. Its report has gone to Trade Secretary Stephen Byers who must ultimately decide whether the deal can proceed. Shares in Manchester United fell almost nine percent to 218-1/2p by late afternoon while BSkyB dipped almost two percent to 540-1/4p. Other stock market listed soccer clubs also suffered falls, Newcastle United losing 5p to 90p. Cable company NTL * has indicated it plans to table a 160 million pound bid for Newcastle if the BSkyB takeover of Man Utd is cleared. "There's hot money in Manchester United and people are piling out on worries that the bid may not now go through," said West LB Panmure anlayst Paul Richards. "On the other hand Manchester United has a strong independent future and in the longer term may attract other bidders," he added. It has been a volatile week for shares in United, which cleared the 240p BSkyB bid level to record highs on Monday on reports that the bid would be cleared with minimal conditions. The DTI declined to comment on the speculation and added that nothing had been placed in the public domain. Byers is expected to announce his ruling in the next three or four weeks. Opposition Conservative trade spokesman John Redwood called on Byers to set up an urgent inquiry into the possible leak . "It is a disgrace that rumours are circulating, apparently coming from the DTI, about the Monopolies and Mergers report. The Secretary of State must tighten security and institute a leak inquiry," Redwood said in a statement. 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, which has the current rights to live coverage of English premier league matches. Feelings also ran high over the 'Murdoch factor', with critics angry that the media magnate who owns four British newspapers could control 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 Daily Telegraph said the MMC reached its conclusion despite undertakings from both companies designed to ensure that BSkyB's ownership would not give it an unfair advantage when negotiating broadcast rights for soccer matches. The MMC report was understood to question whether these undertakings, including measures to prevent Manchester United tipping off its parent about rival bids for broadcasting rights, would be enforceable in practice, the Daily Telegraph said. The original BSkyB bid for Manchester United, one of the richest soccer clubs in the world, has now lapsed and would have to be resubmitted if it gets the green light from the government. (Additional reporting by Keith Weir and Mike Peacock) ($1=.6143 Pound)
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Thursday 18 March 1999 Subject: JUST WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT UNITED TAKEOVER? Following another reported 'leak' of the inquiry into BSkyB's bid, Philip Cornwall looks at which story you should believe. ANOTHER day, another Manchester United takeover rumour. After last Saturday's Mirror story that the BSkyB deal had been approved, there may be a temptation to take yesterday's Daily Telegraph claim that it has, in fact, been rejected with a pinch of salt. But while they remained cautious in their optimism, it was understandable why United fans were yesterday struggling to keep grins off their faces, even before they saw off Inter. For while the Telegraph story was swiftly met with a "no comment" by the Monopolies And Mergers Commission and the Department of Trade and Industry, it would be a far bigger surprise if it was this story, rather than the Mirror's, which turned out to be the inaccurate one. For a start, it comes from the Telegraph's City staff, rather than their sports desk. The paper puts great store in its City coverage, and certainly too much to risk putting a shaky story on the front page. And for good reason, as yesterday's stock market activity showed. Both BSkyB and Manchester United shares dropped sharply on the back of the Telegraph story, United's by roughly 10% at one point. The shares in both companies had risen since Saturday's Mirror story, but by much smaller amounts. The Mirror doesn't sell papers on the basis of its stock market tips and, while football fans would rather not be taken in by untrue stories, the fact remains that you are not hit in the pocket in quite the same way by a false transfer rumour as you are by bad share advice. And as every paper regularly publishes completely untrue stories about football, there is little to choose and people do not often stop buying one simply because one more rumour turns out to be inaccurate. There is a chance that the Telegraph could have been fed the story - attributed to "sources close to the Department of Trade and Industry" - by someone wishing to make money out of the rumour. If you think that the United deal will still go through, then yesterday would have been a good day to buy, while the price was comparitively low. But papers which sell to the stock market know they cannot afford to be taken in by such coups without undermining faith in their daily coverage. All in all, the Mirror can afford for their story to be the wrong one much more than the Telegraph can. Don't take this as share advice, but expect the bid to be blocked. So if that is the case, what has happened? For a start the success of the campaigners in getting important bodies within the football and broadcasting industries to make submissions to the MMC opposing the deal played a huge part. Neither United nor Sky give a damn about the views of the fans - and neither does the Independent Television Commission. But by drawing to their attention the ways in which the deal would distort the market for TV rights in this country, the fans persuaded one major quango to make representations to another. The Premier League as a whole was also unhappy. There are political considerations too. 176 MPs signed motions criticising the deal - which might not sound like many out of the 659, but 200 are not allowed to do so as they are in or attached to the government, or the Conservative front bench. And, as a press release from Shareholders United Against Murdoch pointed out: "Sky have spent thousands of pounds employing the highly respected political lobbying group, GJW, and yet so far just one single MP has backed the deal." Bottom line? The Telegraph's story rings true while The Mirror's simply doesn't.
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Subject: Beeb report: Mighty United march on Inter Milan 1-1 Man Utd Aggregate: 1-3 Manchester United moved a step closer to European glory after surviving a nerve-jangling night in Milan. The English challengers reached the last four of the European Cup thanks to a Paul Scholes equaliser two minutes from the end of the second leg of their quarter-final clash. A second half goal from substitute Nicola Ventola had put the Italians in front on the night and Alex Ferguson's side were under severe pressure for most of the match. But the Italians failed to convert the chances that came their way and United's passage into the semi-finals was ultimately secured by their terrific 2-0 victory in the first leg at Old Trafford. United produced an impressive defensive display, inspired by the excellent Henning Berg, and Inter's multi-million pound strikeforce was unable to come up with the three goals the home side needed. Ronaldo returns Inter were given the perfect boost before the kick-off when Brazilian superstar Ronaldo was included in the starting line-up. But the two-time World Player of the Year, who has been dogged by a knee problem in recent weeks and missed the first leg, looked well short of match fitness and struggled throughout. Alex Ferguson's controversial comments before the game about the ability of Italian players to deceive referees were given an extra edge after just 16 minutes. Ivan Zamorano raced clear into the United box and appeared to be brought down by Peter Schmeichel's clumsy challenge, but the French referee waved away Inter's vocal claims for a penalty. The home side shrugged off their disappointment and continued to bombard the United box. Schmeichel saved from Zamorano, then Berg, who cleared the ball off the line in the last minute at Old Trafford, then produced another last-gasp clearance, hooking away Javier Zanetti's cross to prevent Zamorano scoring a certain goal. United had a slice of luck when the impressive Zanetti beat Schmeichel with an angled drive from the edge of the area, only to see the ball thud against the far post. Berg, who was fast emerging as United's defensive hero, denied Ronaldo with a desperate lunge just as the Brazilian pulled the trigger. United had few chances in the first half, but Dwight Yorke nearly converted Ryan Giggs' cross at the far post and Andy Cole sent the ball over the bar after good work from Ronny Johnsen. Schmeichel, whose saves did so much to give United victory a fortnight ago managed another stunning stop at the start of the second half, keeping out Ronaldo's point-blank drive after the ailing striker forced his way into the area. The referee then proved he was in no mood to be swayed by the partisan crowd, as he dismissed two dubious Inter penalty claims when Ronaldo and Ze Elias crumpled in the box. Ronaldo at last was withdrawn after 59 minutes, Nicola Ventola replacing him, much to the delight of the relief of the frustrated home fans. And it took just four minutes for the substitute to make his mark. Roy Keane, who has been so influential for United this season, was at fault as Inter forced their way back into the game at 2-1. The Irishman slipped in the box as he tried to clear a routine through-ball and Ventola was able to send a side-footed shot past Schmeichel. Scholes to the rescue Cole could have put the tie out of sight for United on 76 minutes but he scuffed his shot after roasting the Inter defence. But still the pressure on United was unrelenting. Zanetti and Moriero both came close, but the best chance to equalise fell to Ze Elias eight minutes from time, when he dragged a left-foot shot wide with the goal at his mercy. United were able to breathe a sigh of relief in the 88th minute, Scholes keeping his cool to beat Gianluca Pagliuca after Cole's header found him unmarked six yards out. Teams: Inter Milan: Pagliuca, Colonnese, Silvestre, Bergomi, West, Zanetti, Simeone, Cauet, Baggio, Zamorano, Ronaldo. Subs: Frey, Galante, Djorkaeff, Winter, Ventola, Ze Elias, Moriero. Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Irwin, Stam, Berg, Keane, Johnsen, Giggs, Beckham, Cole, Yorke. Subs: Van Der Gouw, Sheringham, P. Neville, Blomqvist, Scholes, Brown, Solskjaer. Referee: Gilles Veissiere (France)
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Subject: NONE OF THE OTHER SEMI-FINALISTS WILL WANT TO MEET FERGUSON'S BOYS UNITED THE TEAM TO FEAR By Ian Cruise MANCHESTER UNITED were last night installed as favourites to win the European Cup after seeing off the challenge of Inter Milan. They may have left it late to book their place in the last four, they may have been somewhat less than convincing in the San Siro, and they may have given their manager and supporters a few heart flutters along the way, but they are still the team the other three semi-finalists will want to avoid when the draw is made on Friday. Although they were far from at their best against Inter yesterday evening, what United did do was prove that they have the mental strength and the defensive metal to complement their undoubted flair in attack. And that combination makes them an extremely dangerous opponent for whichever one of Juventus, Bayern Munich or Dinamo Kiev is drawn against them for the right to contest May's final in Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium. There were question marks against United's backline after the group stages of the tournament, but they have proved by restricting Inter to just one goal over two legs that they can compete with the very best. Peter Schmeichel has answered his critics in style. Jaap Stam, too, has proved his early season doubters wrong, while Henning Berg had one of the best games of his life last night on a glorious occasion for United. The Manchester giants had never beaten an Italian side in European competition, and no English team had ever scored a goal in the San Siro, against either Inter or AC Milan, in Europe's premier competition. The Old Trafford club laid both those records to rest last night and further demonstrated their desire to claim club football's most prestigious prize for the first time in over 30 years. They were immediately installed as 2-1 favourites to win the competition after last night's match, and there is little doubt that they will probably never have a better chance of achieving Alex Ferguson's ultimate ambition. He said: "We rode our luck at times, but our general play was excellent. I'm really, really proud of the team. There have been times in the past when we've not had the luck but we got it last night and it counted for us. Now I hope we can go all the way because the players deserve it." Although United will face a tough task against their semi-final opponents, whoever they may be, they certainly have the class to give their boss the one trophy he covets above all others. And it's safe to assume that the manager who will be most disappointed after tomorrow's draw is the one whose side come out of the hat alongside United.
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