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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Sun Jul 18 00:51:01 EDT 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
3. Melbourne Age gives its verdict
4. Good fireworks, but no spark
5. Finders keepers at MCG


Bill's Daily Comment:
Well there isn't a lot of news today, so I've included
a few match reports from UNITED's Australian pre-season tour.
Don't forget to visit Pat Jenning's personal team meeting report + pics:


Mark Bosnich's Personal Details 


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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)


UNITED Stats v All teams:



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     -
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    Sunderland               away 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  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
* 20/05/2000 Wembley FAC f Will not enter ...
24/05/2000  ?    EC f


*   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.

Melbourne  Sydney  
Thu 15/7 MAN. UNITED V SOCCEROOS evening in Melbourne 
    at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground- capacity 90,000.) kick off 20.00hrs.
- Melbourne Cricket Ground 5 minutes from the city. Good transport available
 Tickets available - starts from $60.00 - behind the goal -next up is $90.00,
   $130.00 and $150.00

    Homebush Bay, Sydney  NEW SOUTH WALES  15.00 local time 
     Tickets for Sydney game try here:
   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.


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


** Haydock Park Raceday **
Pat Jennings & a lucky group of REDS were at
Haydock Park Raceday last Sunday.  They were
treated to a dinner with the UNITED players
and a close up look at the TREBLE...

Read Pat's report + 25 AMAZING PICS!!!


Subject: ROBBO BANKING ON UNITED OLD BOYS Middlesbrough are poised to re-create the spirit of Manchester United's 1994 Double side. Manager Bryan Robson snapped up former Old Trafford team-mate Gary Pallister last summer and is now aiming to complete the transfer of midfielder Paul Ince from Liverpool for a knock-down fee. Ince has been made available by Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier who has told the England international that he no longer has a future at Anfield. And a reported fee of around 1million will secure the services of the former Inter Milan man. Robson has already made contact with Liverpool over a possible deal and has been given permission to approach Ince for his first signing of the summer. "The next week is really important in terms of our plans for the new season," Robson said. "We want to sign players in time to settle in and play in pre-season games. "It's frustrating that things have taken so long, but I have to keep pestering people. I set my stall out to get my number one targets, and that is still the position."
Subject: MORE FREEDOM FOR FERGIE Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has been awarded the Freedom of the City of Manchester, to go with the similar honour he received from Aberdeen earlier this year. Sir Matt Busby is the only other football figure to be given the accolade. "I'm very privileged and proud," said the Boss on receiving the honour. "The intense pride that Mancunians have in their city has made a deep impression on me. I have even come to regard myself as an adopted Mancunian," he added.
Subject: Melbourne Age gives its verdict Two sublime strikes from Nicky Butt and Jesper Blomqvist lit up the MCG last night and gave Manchester United a comfortable victory over a persistent but outclassed Socceroo team. After a sluggish and at times niggly first half the game came to life in the second period as the youthful Socceroos shrugged off their hesitancy and tried to take the game to the European champions in search of an equaliser. They had gone in at the interval a goal down after United's man of the match, Jesper Blomqvist, had produced a goal of stunning quality in first-half injury time. From a deep Phil Neville cross on the right Blomqvist struck a vicious volley with the outside of his left foot which left debutant goalkeeper Michael Petkovic little chance for heroics. Blomqvist's effort was matched in the 76th minute by United's midfield anchorman Nicky Butt, who teed up a Phil Neville layoff and, from fully 25 metres, drove a dipping, twisting, swerving shot past Petkovic's despairing right hand. Australia had created a handful of chances throughout the night, but really only came close on a handful of occasions. In the second period, an Aurelio Vidmar header flashed inches over the bar after the ball was deflected on from a Ross Aloisi corner, and a Brett Emerton chip was gathered under the bar by United's Socceroo goalkeeper Mark Bosnich. The crowd chanted for United's Welsh wing wizard Ryan Giggs to be given a run, but such was the show put on by Blomqvist until he was a late second half substituion that Giggs was surplus to requirements. The Swede dribbled, danced and feinted from wing to wing creating chances and proving a handful wherever he popped up. The Socceroos looked a tighter unit in the second half, when United's Jonathon Greening was booked for a foul on Lazaridis. Blomqvist's goal was a shining moment in a mostly dull half which, early on, struggled for comparison as entertainment with the firework display which preceded the kick-off. Australia gave the ball away too often, and too many players' first touch was awry. The youthful Socceroos initially looked hesitant and in awe of their illustrious opponents, who forced five corners and produced four shots on goal in a 45-minute period during which their first touch and speed of movement illustrated the gulf between the teams. The Socceroos, who didn't really begin to settle until midway through the first half, were lucky not to go in two-nil down at the interval after United midfielder Jonathon Greening drove wide of the diving Petkovic's right-hand post after a deflection from a Hayden Foxe clearance. Earlier, United central defender Henning Berg had hit the bar with a shot from a corner. Danny Tiatto, wih a diving header from a Lazaridis cross, made the Socceroos' first significant strike on goal, although Bosnich tipped it over the bar. As the half wore on the Socceroos began to settle, and Lazaridis, with thrusting runs down the left in which he combined well with Tiatto, began to cause problems for the United defence. Socceroo midfielder Ross Aloisi was booked midway through the first half as tempers began to fray. United ballwinner Nicky Butt was spoken to by referee after tangling wih Brett Emerton. Paul Hinson (email p.l.hinson@ais.salford.ac.uk) MUTV Masterfan Quiz Champion 1999 Ask the STATMAN at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/statman.htm The best STATS on the 1999 English and European Champions on the Web http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats.htm RESERVES And JUNIORS http://www.red11.org/mufc/pontin.htm Try the MUFC Quiz http://www.red11.org/miva/quiz/quiz.mv
Subject: Good fireworks, but no spark By GREG BAUM For a moment just before kick-off at the MCG last night, this might have been for real. The floodlights were low, the stadium wreathed in the smoke and the pitch strewn with litter, both legacies of the now statutory fireworks display. There was a semblance of the raw atmosphere sometimes to be experienced in the farther stadiums of Europe when big prizes are in the offing. It could have been enough to make Manchester United feel, if not at home, at work at least. But when the lights came up, the air cleared and the match began, the truth became clear and stark. Manchester United and the Socceroos were both in their off-seasons, and at half-strength. The stadium was too big, the pitch too far away, and too uneven for world-class football, and the crowd too remote. In fact, much of the crowd was even more remote, outside the ground, trying to shoulder its way in. This was in many ways a bungled promotion. The atmosphere was ... well, it wasn't. Simple as that. Sixty thousand people could not make this little noise at a Fremantle-Port Adelaide grand final. Only when a Mexican wave broke during the second half did the crowd appear to have its heart in it. It was only ever a conceit of the marketing genii that it might have been otherwise. Confusing sport with showbiz, they intimate that all they have to do is provide a bit of light, sound, color and movement to turn a night into an occasion. This is not to say that there was no merit at all. It was a privilege to have in town arguably the world's greatest sports club in certainly its halcyon-est day. And there were moments to cherish. Danny Tiatto, Stan Lazaridis and Simon Colisimo brought the crowd intermittently to life, and Jesper Blomqvist's goal on the half-volley in first-half injury time was in all ways an exceptional finish, although you had to wonder by then if Manchester United ever scored in normal time. Nicky Butt's second-half goal, another half-volley from fully 25 metres, was even more spectacular. Some of the close-checking had about it more of a pyrotechnic quality than the pre-match display, and in Melbourne, of course, that went down pretty well. Once the Socceroos had shaken off their initial awe-struck posture, they made some lively, if rustic attacks on the Manchester United goal. If they had been successful even once, the match might have had the saving grace of a tight finish. It is one of the joys of soccer that teams do not have to be evenly matched to play an absorbing game. Long before the lights went down, the sparkle had gone. Paul Hinson (email p.l.hinson@ais.salford.ac.uk) MUTV Masterfan Quiz Champion 1999 Ask the STATMAN at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/statman.htm The best STATS on the 1999 English and European Champions on the Web http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats.htm RESERVES And JUNIORS http://www.red11.org/mufc/pontin.htm Try the MUFC Quiz http://www.red11.org/miva/quiz/quiz.mv
Subject: Finders keepers at MCG By IAN COCKERILL They might both be Australians of Slavic extraction. They might both make a living as goalkeepers. They might both have spent the evening at the MCG. For all their similarities, though, there was far more than 100metres separating Mark Bosnich and Michael Petkovic last night. Bosnich is the millionaire Australian now standing between the sticks for the world's most glamorous club, Manchester United. When we see him in the flesh it is most often in his rare appearances for the Socceroos as our No.1 keeper. But in this club versus country affair, he was needed for the Red Devils. That's where Petkovic comes in. The bashful Perth product can be found most summer weekends down by Albert Lake, providing the last line of defence for the somewhat less glamorous South Melbourne club. But this week his number came up when Australian coach Raul Blanco called him up for his Socceroos debut on the eve of his 23rd birthday. It didn't need much imagination to appreciate what was going through Petkovic's mind as he lined up for the opening whistle. As he looked up the field he could make out two opposing strikers to quicken the pulse of any keeper. Teddy Sheringham has played 37 times for England and recently scored in both the FA Cup final and the Champions League final. Dwight Yorke cost United $30 million and scored 29 goals in his first year at the club. At the other end, Bosnich's aspect was somewhat less daunting. Familiarity might not have bred contempt, but it's fair to suggest he's faced bigger names in attack than his regular Socceroo teammate Aurelio Vidmar and youngster Brett Emerton. The difference was apparent in the opening jousts. Bosnich was coolness personified as he trapped a back pass and knocked the ball past the advancing Vidmar to a teammate. Australia's first corner of the night was plucked out of the air with complete authority. Even a clash of heads with Vidmar as he tried to intercept another corner was brushed off with a smile. Petkovic wasn't in a smiling mood. His face drawn tight with nerves, his first couple of meaningful interventions nearly came horribly unstuck. The first, after 13 minutes, saw Petkovic flap at a high ball over Sheringham, lose it, chase it towards a threatening Manchester United player, scramble it away and then breathe a great sigh when Henning Berg blasted it over the bar from close in. Petkovic at last showed why he is rated the best young local keeper, advancing quickly to force Jonathan Greening to slide the ball wide in a one-on-one situation. But there was little he could do when a Jesper Blomqvist volley opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time. Paul Hinson (email p.l.hinson@ais.salford.ac.uk) MUTV Masterfan Quiz Champion 1999 Ask the STATMAN at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/statman.htm The best STATS on the 1999 English and European Champions on the Web http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats.htm RESERVES And JUNIORS http://www.red11.org/mufc/pontin.htm Try the MUFC Quiz http://www.red11.org/miva/quiz/quiz.mv

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