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Date: Fri Mar 19  GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. Beckham's brand of Cool Britannia
3. Ventola Ventola by Boon Wee
4. Injury Situation Win At A Cost?
5. United survive San Siro siege nullTimesnull


Daily RED Trivia  Friday 19th March 1999:

19/3/1943: John Sheldon died in Manchester. Sheldon was an elusive Wingman who
 made his debut at Bradford City in December 1910. He made 26 appearances
 before joining Liverpool in November 1913. He won an FA Cup Runners-Up
 medal in 1914, and was implicated in the match-fixing scandal in a match against
 United in 1915, which resulted in a life ban which was lifted in 1919.

1969: United crush Queens Park Rangers 8-1 in a Division 1 game watched by
 36,638. Willie Morgan 3, George Best 2, John Aston, Brian Kidd and Nobby
 Stiles got the goals. Team was: Stepney, Fitzpatrick, Dunne, Crerand, James,
 Stiles, Morgan, Kidd, Aston, Law, Best.     


Barry Daily Comment:
Live United commentary on Internet
Good news if you're not going to the match on Sunday
The official website is running live audio only commentary for the game
against Everton at OT courtesy of Century Radio and Broadcast.Com.
official site is www.manutd.com.
Other games that will be broadcast are 
FA Cup semi 11 April + Sheffield Wednesday 17 April
Aston Villa 1 May    + Tottenham Hotspur on 16 May.

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 today....
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 today...
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 TODAY! Friday 19th March


[click on pic for Inter report]

Subject: STAM DREAMS OF TREBLE GLORY By David Anderson, PA Sport Jaap Stam has set his sights on achieving the dream treble of Champions' League, Premiership and FA Cup with Manchester United. The Dutch international wants to cap his first season in England by helping United achieve the unique feat of winning all three trophies. Certainly Stam believes no-one can doubt United's Champions' League credentials following their quarter-final success against Inter Milan. Alex Ferguson's side go into the hat for tomorrow's semi-final draw with Juventus, Bayern Munich and Dynamo Kiev fearing no-one. "I think with the quality we have in our side we can win it," said Stam. "The three other remaining sides are strong as well and I'm not saying we will win it, but I think we've a chance of winning it. "We're also going for the Premier League and we can win the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions' League. "Of course it's not going to be easy to win all three of them, but we will go for it and we will see how we end up." Stam's confidence is founded on United's current form. They have opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Premiership and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Champions' League on the back of a three-month unbeaten run. And he reckons they can play even better in the climax to the season. "Everybody can see how we are playing in Europe and everyone across the world respects Manchester United," he said. "We're doing very well at the moment; we've not lost a game for three months and the confidence within the team is growing all the time. "We're a young team and maybe we can play even better. "We know it's not going to easy from here on in, but we have confidence in ourselves and if we play like we can play, then we can get through to the Champion's League final."
[click on pic for Inter report]

Subject: Beckham's brand of Cool Britannia By Ken Lawrence Friday, March 19, 1999 Amid the hail of coins and fruit, Manchester United proved in Milan that they are no longer innocents abroad. David Beckham displayed United's cool new approach as Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final against Inter Milan reached its heated conclusion, while goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel later showed that England's flagbearers could no longer be pushed around in Europe. Beckham had the ball rammed into his face by Francesco Colonnese on the touchline as time ran out on Inter's European ambitions. But the England midfielder, sent off during the summer after his petulant reaction to Diego Simeone's push in the World Cup on the shrewd approach serving England's flagbearers so well match against Argentina, simply waited for the referee to act before taking the throw-in that would lead to Paul Scholes' goal. United captain Roy Keane saw that as the defining moment in the continental education of his side. The Republic of Ireland midfielder, noted for the odd hot-headed reaction to past incidents, said: 'Having the ball shoved in your face like that is hard to take. But fair play to Becks. He walked away - and that's what it is all about. 'We knew their players would be hostile and try to intimidate us but how Becks reacted shows that we have come through the learning process to succeed in Europe. 'Of course, you need skill and ability. But in European football, especially in the atmosphere that confronted us in the San Siro, you need more than that. Now we can handle anything.' That attitude was epitomised by goalkeeper Schmeichel as Ronaldo and his bodyguards left the San Siro, sending bystanders flying as they went. Schmeichel, however, stood his full height and boomed: 'Hey! Cool it!' Ronaldo and his cohorts, for the second time that night, had got the message - you don't mess with Manchester United. But Schmeichel said it had taken more than an improved attitude for United to reach the semi-finals. He said: 'For the last four months we have been concentrating on defending further and further up the field to give better protection. 'That has made it far easier for me, so a large percentage of what I am called upon to do is to act like a sweeper. Now it is rare that the opposition get clear-cut chances.' United's Holland defender Jaap Stam said: 'We have shown we have faith in ourselves, that having come through the crazy atmosphere of the San Siro, we are ready for anything. 'The Champions League will not be allowed to deflect us from the Premiership. We can win the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Premiership. 'We intend to go for it all and, while there are still many tough games ahead, we have the capacity to handle it.'
[click on pic for Inter report]

Subject: Ventola Ventola by Boon Wee Allo all, The usual reports and pictures (13 of them) are up at the usual corner. http://members.xoom.com/heathens/mufc.html "..and the reds go marching on on on.." What a wonderful feeling to be on top of things at this time of the season. United are already in the FA Cup semi-finals, now we are also in the Champions' League Cup semi-finals and at the same time, we are sitting on top of the league quite comfortably. Never mind that Arsenal, Juventus or Dynamo will be our semi-finals opponents. United has done themselves proud by maintaining their discipline, form and determination throughout the season. The hard work the guys have put in are just about to reap rewards. The match was what I have predicted, Ronaldo would be on, United will slow down the game and Inter will get desperate in the second half. However, I was expecting the menace Ventola to start. How fortunately he did not. Both sides started off cautiously, none wishing to concede that early goal, for different reasons of course. Keane tested Inter within 30 seconds of kick-off. Colonnese tangled with Cole early in the game and Johnsen making a rare mistake by producing a soft back pass which Zamorano could have intercepted if not for the alert Schmeichel. Everybody was tensed up, including myself. My heart just could not stop thumping the moment the French referee blew his whistle. Inter had a couple of chances to score, but they were either deflected off Stam's or Berg's body parts or the shots went wide. United, were very calm and collected, often controlling the pace of the game. There were no rushes and mistakes were kept to a minimum. United's main threat, did not come from the Brazilian, it came from Zamorano who seemed to have found that extra energy. He was quite a thorn last night. In fact, Schmeichel tripped him in the box in the 15th minute, a penalty looked certain. But the referee decided that it was unintentional. It could be United's night. That believe was more convincing when United could clear whatever crosses which Zanetti, West or Silvestre sent in. Berg hooked a cross away when Zamorano was settling for a spectacular diving header. Soon after, Zanetti's 20 yard shot hit the up-right, Schmeichel was well beaten then. United, too had their chances to score that all important goal, but Yorke and Cole were being defended in numbers and Beckham's free kick lacked the killer speed. Simeone went off on the half hour with an ankle injury, Elias took over. Ronaldo, who had been pretty quiet so far, made a brilliant turn off Stam, but his shot was deflected away by Berg. It was Ronaldo's best move of the half. The pattern repeated towards the end of the first half. The score remained 0-0. The second half was going to be intense. The second half started with both Cole and Yorke missing Beckham's deep cross. Then came the moment that Schmeichel is well remembered for - saving United. Ronaldo suddenly found space in the space (after some neat pass from Baggio) and took a stinging shot. The big Dane did not disappoint by saving the shot with his hand. Phew! Inter were getting closer. Despite that try, the unfit Ronaldo was substituted on the 59th minute and in came Ventula. And if you remember, he was quite a threat when he came on to play in the first leg. Sirens were being turned on in my head. I sensed danger. Through enough, 3 minutes later, he scored, courtesy of some misjudgment on Keane's part. Keane could not read the bounce of the ball in the box and the ball fell nicely for the unmarked Ventola to get it past Schmeichel. San Siro came to live straight away. The worrying part was there were about 30 more minutes to go. Any thing can happen. With 15 minutes to go, Alex Ferguson sent Scholes on, Johnsen was taken out. Almost immediately, Cole could have settled the issue when he beat the offside trap and was racing towards the goal mouth. While his run was good, his try wasn't. It lacked neither power nor direction. Perhaps he was trying to send it across to Yorke. 5 minutes later, Ferguson made his intention clear by taking Giggs off, Phil Neville took over. Giggs, looked to be out of form for the past few games, last night, he was no exception. His crosses were hardly threatening. Ferguson's message was "let's defend". On the 83rd minute, Elias raced clean through and looked certain to put Inter on level terms, fortunately he sliced his shot wide. Then Morieno's long range shot touched Schmeichel's fingers for a corner kick. Inter looked set to be pushing all the way when IT happened. Ferguson's promise of "We will score there" came true. Like Inter's sub, United's sub, Scholes, got the equalizer for United with 3 minutes to go. Gary sent in a deep cross and it was met by Cole. Cole headed the ball onto Scholes path and the latter made no mistake and made sure that United will be one of the four teams in the draw hat on Friday. From then on, it was United who threatened to run riot. Keane had his shot punched away and Yorke's late header went wide. 5 minutes into injury time, the ref blew his whistle and it was time for celebration. It was nice to see a referee who was unbiased. The french guy did not fall for the Italians' tricks. He even booked Elias for diving at the edge of the box in the second half. Most significantly, he chose not to give Inter their penalty in the first half. I'm sure that Ferguson is happy with him. My M.O.M have to go to Henning Berg. Though he was not constantly featured in all United's games, he showed none of his rustyness during the game. In fact, he took good care of Ronaldo all night long. Besides that, he was there when a clearance was needed, he was there when a shot needed to be blocked. He was just fatastic, a real gem. Kudos to him. Things are looking good for United at the moment. I can only wish that United will remain injury free throughout the season and they will be composed enough to bring a couple of trophies to Old Trafford by the end of the season. Till the semis.. cheers. ----------- Boon Wee Copyright Boon Wee 1999. All Rights Reserved
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Subject: Injury Situation Win At A Cost? Manchester United arrived home in the early hours of this morning after their triumphant trip to Milan and are ready to begin their build up to Sunday's Premiership encounter with Everton at Old Trafford. Dwight Yorke will have treatment after taking a knock during the 1-1 draw at the San Siro which was enough to see United through to the semi-finals of the Champions' Cup, but he is unlikely to miss out at the weekend. Ronny Johnsen is another who will be seeing the physio-staff and provided he is fit, looks certain to fill one of the midfield gaps as United try to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions, to nineteen games. Roy Keane and Paul Scholes both miss out because of suspension but with Nicky Butt fit again there will still be competition for places. Johnsen, Philip Neville and Butt are in line for the two empty slots with Alex Ferguson likely to move David Beckham into a more central role to replace Keane. He could partner Butt although Fergie is also considering moving Giggs in from the left flank to bring Jesper Blomqvist into the starting line-up in another 'freshening-up' exercise.
[click on pic for Inter report]

Subject: United survive San Siro siege [Times] BY OLIVER HOLT, FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT Inter Milan 1 Manchester United 1 (United win 3-1 on aggregate) MANCHESTER United survived a white-knuckle ride in the San Siro last night when a mixture of desperate defending, extravagant good fortune and a late, late goal from their substitute, Paul Scholes, allowed them to cling on to their dream of winning the European Cup in May. Scholes's goal, after an intelligent nod-down from Andy Cole in the 88th minute, lent a misleading gloss of comfort to a 3-1 aggregate victory over Internazionale that took them through to the semi-finals, where they will meet Juventus, Dynamo Kiev or Bayern Munich. Until Scholes scored, though, United had been teetering on the brink of a devastating defeat as Inter pressed desperately for a second goal that would have taken the tie into extra time in an increasingly feverish and partisan stadium. Ze Elias was guilty of one particularly glaring miss in the dying minutes that brought howls of despair from the stands and left the Brazilian prostrate. United deserve a little luck after the ill-fortune that has dogged them in the European Cup in the past, but even though this win will have given them the psychological boost that comes with edging past an Italian side, the overriding emotion of Alex Ferguson, their manager, was relief. "I didn't even see Scholes's goal go in," Ferguson said. "I had fainted by then. I did think we had some lucky moments, but sometimes you need them in football. We rode our luck in those moments. "The nature of our club is that we always make it as difficult as it possibly can be. I may need a triple bypass after that. I don't care who we get now. I am just so happy to be in the semi-finals. We could get Melchester Rovers and I wouldn't mind." When the final whistle went, Ferguson had bounded towards the centre circle to embrace Gilles Veissiere, the French referee, an act that provoked much derision from the Italian media, who were outraged by the decision not to award Inter a first-half penalty after Peter Schmeichel's reckless challenge on Ivan Zamorano. Schmeichel redeemed himself with a series of fine saves, but United had to endure 27 minutes of agonising tension after Nicola Ventola had dragged Inter back into the tie with a 63rd-minute goal. That goal had sent Inter's desperate fans into a frenzy of excited anticipation, but after Ze Elias had pulled his chance wide, David Beckham sent a deep cross spiralling to the back post, Andy Cole nodded it across goal and Scholes poked it past Gianluca Pagliuca from ten yards. The United supporters behind the goal in the Curva Sud had brought a banner with them emblazoned with the message "We're too sexy for Milan", but they began to regret their bravado within the opening quarter of an hour. First, Inter were denied what appeared to be entirely justified claims for a penalty when Zamorano, who had sneaked inside Berg and poked the ball past Schmeichel, was sent crashing to the ground by a flying bodycheck from the goalkeeper, but the referee waved play on. Schmeichel rubbed salt into Inter's wounds by hurling himself low to his right to push Zamorano's shot away a few seconds later. A minute after that it was Berg who came to United's rescue, hooking a cross from Zanetti away from the flying Zamorano on the goalline after a fine through-ball from Baggio had freed the Argentinian. Inter, inspired by Baggio's bursts of creativity, still pressed forward and midway through the half their misfortune continued. This time it was the woodwork that came to United's aid when Zanetti's right-foot drive shook Schmeichel's post. Inter, frustrated by their bad luck, began to grow fractious and Simeone made a crude challenge on Beckham that should have resulted in a yellow card. It was his last contribution to the game: hobbling heavily, he was replaced by Ze Elias. Ronaldo gave one tantalising glimpse of the talent that has been imprisoned by creaking bones when he turned Stam sweetly on the edge of the area ten minutes before half-time. Berg flung himself to his right to block the Brazilian's shot. Towards the end of the half, though, United began to emerge from the siege and eight minutes before the interval Cole raced on to a low cross from Johnsen, who had been booked for some penalty area wrestling with Bergomi. Cole had to stretch to meet it and lifted it just over the bar from ten yards. At the start of the second half, Schmeichel denied Inter by fair means instead of foul. Ronaldo, who had looked a pathetic, forlorn figure apart from that single turn, found real space for the first time when Baggio's pass released him in the box. He advanced on Schmeichel but hit his right-foot shot too close to the goalkeeper, who blocked it with his right hand. There was another alarm for United in the fiftieth minute, when Ronaldo tumbled theatrically to the ground after the flimsiest of challenges from Gary Neville. Once more there were frenzied Inter appeals for a penalty, but this time the referee was correct to insist that play should continue. It seemed that United had weathered the worst of the storm when, on the hour, Ronaldo wandered disconsolately to the touchline, to be replaced by Ventola. But within four minutes United were ruing the introduction of the substitute and clinging on to their aggregate lead for dear life. There seemed little danger when Cauet, hardly the most creative of the Inter players, took the ball forward in the 63rd minute, but he took United by surprise by lofting a pass into the area. Keane seemed to have it covered, but he missed it as he tried to hook it away and Ventola clipped it calmly past Schmeichel. Inter's siege grew in ferocity and desperation. A shot by Zanetti whistled narrowly wide in the 78th minute and Ze Elias did likewise seven minutes from the end when he was clean through. United, though, clung on and Scholes's belated intervention put the game beyond Inter's reach. INTERNAZIONALE (3-4-3): G Pagliuca - F Colonnese, G Bergomi (sub: F Moriero, 70min), T West - J Zanetti, D Simeone (sub: Ze Elias, 32), B Cauet, M Silvestre - I Zamorano, Ronaldo (sub: N Ventola, 60), R Baggio. MANCHESTER UNITED (4-4-2): P Schmeichel - G Neville, H Berg, J Stam, D Irwin - D Beckham, R Keane, R Johnsen (sub: P Scholes, 77), R Giggs (sub: P Neville, 82) - D Yorke, A Cole. Referee: G Veissiere (France).
[click on pic for Inter report]

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