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Date: Tues Oct 19 GMT+00:00 1999
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This Issue:
1. Do They Not Like That Personal Match Report by RED KELLY
3. MAN UTD V MARSEILLE KEY CLASH - Roy Keane v Peter Luccin
4. Boss to make changes «« 
5. £20m Sol for sale - teamtalk report «« 
8. MEN - Cole and Yorke on song
9. Man United Treble DVD - from VCI DVD Production.



Barry Comment:
European day again and the injury crisis is cooling down.
Important news from OT today the pitch is being re-laid ready
for the Villa game on 30th October. See pics on todays news
on the www at  http://www.red11.org/news

ECL Group D  ** Manchester United **
Olympique de Marseille * NK Croatia Zagreb * SK Sturm Graz

Manchester United FC Champions League Squad List
 1 Mark John Bosnich      2 Gary Alexander Neville 3 Dennis Joseph Irwin
 4 David May              6 Jakob Stam             7 David Robert J Beckham
 8 Nicholas Butt          9 Andrew Alex. Cole      10 Edward Sheringham
11 Ryan Joseph Giggs     12 Philip Neville         14 Johan Jordi Cruyff
15 Lars Jesper Blomqvist 16 Roy Keane           17 Raimond RJH Van der Gouw
18 Paul Scholes          19 Dwight Yorke           20 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
21 Henning Berg          23 Michael Jamie Clegg    25 José Quinton Fortune
26 Massimo Taibi         31 Nicholas James Culkin  33 Mark Antony Wilson
34 Jonathan Greening

Real Audio - Last weeks Daily News Sound Archive:
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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 18/10/99 ***
          Sunderland  v  Aston Villa

*** FIXTURES ON 23/10/99 ***
         Aston Villa  v  Wimbledon
       Bradford City  v  Leicester City
             Chelsea  v  Arsenal
 Sheffield Wednesday  v  Coventry City
         Southampton  v  Liverpool
   Tottenham Hotspur  v  Manchester United

*** FIXTURES ON 24/10/99 ***
             Everton  v  Leeds United
             Watford  v  Middlesbrough
     West Ham United  v  Sunderland

       Middlesbrough   2-0   West Ham United       31,862


Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Leeds United         11   8   1   2  21  12    9   25
 2  Manchester United    11   7   3   1  27  16   11   24
 3  Arsenal              11   7   1   3  17  10    7   22
 4  Sunderland           10   6   2   2  18   8   10   20
 5  Leicester City       11   6   2   3  19  14    5   20
 6  Chelsea               9   6   1   2  15   4   11   19
 7  Everton              11   5   2   4  17  14    3   17
 8  Tottenham Hotspur    10   5   2   3  17  14    3   17
 9  Aston Villa          10   5   2   3  11   9    2   17
10  West Ham United       9   5   1   3  11   8    3   16
11  Middlesbrough        11   5   0   6  13  15   -2   15
12  Liverpool            10   4   2   4  11  10    1   14
13  Coventry City        11   3   3   5  16  15    1   12
14  Southampton          10   3   2   5  17  21   -4   11
15  Wimbledon            11   2   5   4  17  25   -8   11
16  Watford              11   3   0   8   7  15   -8    9
17  Derby County         11   2   3   6  10  19   -9    9
18  Bradford City        10   2   2   6   6  16  -10    8
19  Newcastle United     11   2   1   8  21  27   -6    7
20  Sheffield Wednesday  11   1   1   9   8  27  -19    4

19-OCT-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Marseille  (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)
23-OCT-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Spurs  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
27-OCT-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs NK Croatia  (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)
30-OCT-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Aston Villa  (FA Premier League, HOME)
02-NOV-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Sturm Graz  (UEFA Champions League, HOME)

The line-up for the testimonial game is:
Eric Cantona		Peter Schmeichel
Zinedine Zidane		Gabriel Batistuta
Paul Gascoigne 		Juninho
George Weah		Alessandro Costacurta
Christian Ziege		Lillian Thuram
Roberto Mancini		John Collins


UNITED Stats v All teams:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.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   pre-season  W  2-0     -    60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   pre-season  W  1-0     -    78,000
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     pre-season  W  2-0     -    80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China pre-season  W  2-0     -    40,000

 1/08/99    Arsenal   Wembley Charity Shield  L  1-2     -    70,185
 3/08/99    Omagh Town Omagh Bomb Fund        W  9-0     -     7,000
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly           W  2-0     -    15,000 
08/08/99    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  W  2-1     1    38,147
25/08/99    Coventry City            Away PL  W  2-1     1    22,024 
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio               ESC  L  0-1     -    15,223
30/08/99    Newcastle United         Home     W  5-1     1    55,190
11/09/99    Liverpool                Away     W  3-2     1    44,929
14/09/99    Croatia Zagreb           Home EC  D  0-0     -    53,250
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home     D  1-1     1    55,189
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC  W  3-0     -    16,480
25/09/99    Southampton              Home     D  3-3     1    55,249
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC  W  2-1     -    54,276
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL  L  0-5     2    34,909
11/10/99    Sir Alex testimonial     Home F   L  2-4   [RED LEGENDS]      
13/10/99    Aston Villa              Away WC3 L  0-3     -    33,815
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL  W  4-1     2    55,188

19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC   19.45 
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away PL   15.00 
27/10/99    Croatia Zagreb           Away EC   19.45
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 2/11/99    Sturm Graz               Home EC   19.45 
 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
 4/12/99    Everton                  Home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
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
 JAN 05-14  Brazil WTC [3-4 games]
06/01/2000  Necaxa (Mexico)          Neut WTC  16.00
08/01/2000  Vasco da Gama (Brazil)   Away WTC  16.00
11/01/2000  South Melbourne (Australia) N WTC  16.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  Home PL   15.00
 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
 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 Final



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Subject: Do They Not Like That Personal Match Report by RED KELLY None of us could remember the last time we played Watford at Old Trafford, but we all remembered Luther. It was 9.30 as we set off north because the whole family were coming along - not to the game, but to visit family in Liverpool - well, someone's got to live there, but more of that later. It was a crisp autumn morning and the sun was shining as we took to the M6. we made good time past Birmingham overtaking a coach load of Essex reds on the way - not United though - Liverpool, don't let anyone tell you they haven't got travelling support. But just then there was an announcement on the radio about possible delays on the southbound M6, but the northbound was fine. Delays, that's an understatement, we were only glad it hadn't been the other way around as it wasn't long before we encountered the problem. We had made it as far as Staffordshire when we saw something that none of us had ever witnessed before. On the opposite carriageway there was a single vehicle, a service vehicle, and it was travelling slowly in the same direction as we were. The rest of the carriageway was completely empty for another mile or so. It was an eerie sight and provoked a strange feeling as we approached the scene. A burnt out Parcel Force wagon was being towed away with it's rear end completely burnt out. In fact it had been so badly burnt part of it had melted. The motorway was littered with the charred remains of hundreds of parcels which were never to reach their destination and a police blockade had formed and the traffic diverted off the motorway onto the A roads - absolute chaos ensued. We drove straight past but spared a thought for the coachload of Burnley fans obviously on their way to Millwall. At just after 10 o'clock the jam was six miles long, by midday it was thirteen miles long. Our journey was a doddle by comparison, in fact a trip to the moon would have been a doddle by comparison. Having arrived in Liverpool and dropped off my precious cargo I headed back the right way down the M62 and reached the Throstles Nest before any of the regulars, but managed a quick one with a few of them before heading off with Eliza and Steve. Before we left the Throstles though I was taken aback by Dr Mark's pronouncement, "see you later, I'll be up your end today." You may be a doctor I thought, but we'll have none of that and in any case you're not even that kind of doctor - oh I seeeee, you mean you'll be in East Lower. Maybe next time it might be better to consider a better choice of phraseology I muttered to myself. We eventually got to the ground around 2.30 to be greeted by a sea of canary yellow. Apparently the whole of Watford were here for the game whether they had tickets or not. Inside the ground it was the same and over to our left a huge drum was beating out Sheffield Wednesday type rhythms and as usual the away section was making a great deal more noise than we were, but did they have to be singing that same old song over and over again? Mind you there was sympathy for them when they sang, "We're Watford 'til we die". It just doesn't have much of a ring to it. We'd been talking in the pub about Wednesday night, the kids who'd played and how well Bosnich had performed. The consensus from those of us who had been there, which was myself, Pete and Hal, was that Bozzy deserved to play against Watford, but I'm not sure any of us thought he would. So when the teams were announced I was pleased to hear his name and by and large he did a good job justifying his selection by keeping his legs firmly shut and making an excellent save late on. It would be nice to think we could now have some consistency between the sticks. Up in K Stand the roof was still covered with corrugated plastic but as long as the sun is shining we are not bothered - the quicker they get the proper roof on the better though! The little lad who came to his first game a couple of weeks ago was back again so we frisked him for sweets as he took his seat, but this time he had empty pockets - foiled again! He still seemed more interested in the crowd than the game and was still wearing a permanent grin all the way through. His dad wasn't though, well not after half an hour after they'd gone off for some food and drink and reappeared just after the first goal had been scored, laden down with pies, sausage rolls and cartons of coke. I know we'd seemed to be getting nowhere breaking down the Watford defence and had been subjected to the usual "you're supposed to be at home" crap, but you never know with this lot and they reappeared just as Watford were kicking off again 1-0 down. A superb goal by Yorkie but I have to admit, at first we weren't sure whether it had been the ball or the defender's head he'd bicycle kicked into the net. Fortunately it was the former which rolled nicely under the keeper's body without so much as a suggestion of disembodiment. "You only sing when you're winning" they sang. "We only sing when we're winning" we sang. True enough, this might be their Cup Final, but it's not ours, not that that's an excuse for another piss poor atmosphere. There followed another two goals within six minutes and Watford were not only dead but buried. The football at times was excellent, but there again perhaps it should have been against this opposition who played football themselves, if you see what I mean, but were nowhere near a match for United. They may have put one over the scousers, but their luck was out on Saturday. First it had been Yorkie, then his mate Andy got in on the act with a superb diving header after another great passing move - and he did like that? Then as Becks shaped to cross near the by-line he was bundled over by the defender, the ref waved play on but the linesman stood his ground and signalled penalty. 50,000 of us knew the defender had fallen for it, but nevertheless it was a clear penalty. Den dispatched the pen and it was 3-0. It doesn't take long to score a goal and when this team decide to get a grip they seem to be able to turn it on with ease - well some of the time they do! We went below stairs at half time a happy bunch as there was no way back for the Taylor boys even though we joked about the game having 3-3 written all over it we didn't mean it - did we? I haven't quite got the hang of the below stairs bit of K Stand yet. The new configuration has meant the blending of us with that lot from East Lower with dividing doors between sections, extended stairways, and it just gets confusing. So it was ages before I found Linda, Dr Mark and Nick and after a quick chat about the worries of spending a night on Murkeydive and missing Nick's housewarming it was time to get back to my seat. On the way up I got stuck behind a bunch of lads who seemed more content chatting than climbing the bloody stairs. "Come on lads hurry up" fell on deaf ears as then they spent ages joking with the bloody stewards and by the time I got to my row it was "oh not you again, always late back from half time" in a jokey sort of way. I tried not to trip over peoples' feet as I stumbled back to my seat but at least I hadn't missed any real action. So I settled back with my paper and a cup of tea and........oh sorry, I forgot........ it was so quiet, I thought I was at home, but then Andy livened things up for a while when he scored another. What is it with the Souls these days, no sooner does one of them score with an overhead kick, but the other has to go and do the same thing only better. What a superb goal it was, only a pity it was down at the other end so we didn't have a close up view but I suppose we'd seen three already so shouldn't be greedy. 4-0 with Marseilles looming and the lads were on their way to Dover, across on the hovercraft and down the autoroute already, but Watford had seen them go and waved goodbye, then realised there might actually be something in the game for them and with their new acquisition Wooter with the hooter causing all sorts of problems they went and scored.hang on lads - we didn't want to see any more goals at our end so cut it out will ya. Who could have denied them their moment of joy (we could quite easily) but they'd kept playing football all the way through, until one of them tried to slice Greening in half that is and was duly shown the red card with Graham Taylor not liking it one bit. Come on Graham old bean, his foot was up around Greening's mouth and he's six foot tall, it was a high kick the late Frankie Vaughan would have been proud of. In the meantime Yip Jaap had gone off for a rest and on had strolled Keano to a rousing chorus of you know what which lasted all of .....er .......30 seconds or maybe even more. It didn't matter to Silvestre though - he had a superb game in the centre of defence. I know he was playing alongside perhaps the world's best in our Jaap, but he was mopping up everything that came his, or anyone else's way. It wouldn't have mattered had he been playing alongside Bugs Bunny he'd have still been superb. So the game ended 4-1 and most of the United support had woken early and left by the final whistle, but who could blame the team for taking their collective foot off the gas when there was an important Euro tie to play in only a few days. The game had been won in that six minute burst and that was that. Outside the ground I said my goodbyes to Steve and eventually met up with Barney who was bemoaning the lack of atmosphere. It had been poor there's no denying, but unfortunately that's the norm these days - roll on away days I say when you can get stuck in and make some noise. I picked up my copy of the excellent "European Glory" book from him but I've got a complaint, apart from writing this, I haven't been able to put the damned thing down. After a quick lemonade in the Throstles where I'd parked the car it was off for a night in the part of the country which should have been sliced off and cast adrift years ago. Despite the donation of the latest copy of Red Issue from the good doctor with instructions to leave it in a Liverpool pub, I didn't actually venture out of the house that night. There was just something rather pleasant about sitting in a house in Liverpool reading stories of our triumph in Barcelona - I don't know what it was - it was just nice. Funnily enough we went to a carboot sale on Sunday morning and in amongst the scouse infected crap there was a copy of a video entitled "Do They Not Like That" how very apt I thought, but i tell you what - it's difficult examining the merchandise when you've still got your hands in your pockets. I'll leave the final word to karen's dad, a good man who has his own car repair business. On Sunday afternoon he showed me one of the cars he was working on, it was an old BMW that someone had brought back from Australia. A fine old car which had been in a garage out there for years but was in for some body work. "There's one good side to living in Liverpool for me," he said, "you get lots of vandalised cars to repair." Oh - right then! Copyright RED KELLY 1999
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Subject: WALLWORK OUT AS CRISIS CLEARS Manchester United's injury worries have eased ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League game against Marseille - even though defender Ronnie Wallwork had an emergency appendix operation over the weekend. The centre-half felt unwell over the weekend, and Wallwork went into hospital on Sunday night for surgery. He was not going to be part of the squad which flew to Marseille on Monday morning. Sir Alex Ferguson said: "I have no real injury worries and I'll have everyone available who I need for Tuesday." This means that Roy Keane, who successfully came through his comeback game against Watford at the weekend, will start in the Stade Velodrome. Also available will be Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Andy Cole, Jaap Stam and Henning Berg.
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Subject: MAN UTD V MARSEILLE KEY CLASH - Roy Keane v Peter Luccin It is no coincidence that Manchester United's form dipped while skipper Roy Keane was sidelined with his troublesome knee. The Republic of Ireland international is arguably United's most influential player and Sir Alex Ferguson has carefully planned his first start since his return for this game. Trying to thwart Keane will be Marseille's Peter Luccin. Marseille think so highly of the 20-year-old that they gave him a 12-year contract last year and he is seen as one of the future stars of French football. Luccin realises how important Keane is and he will have to produce a performance beyond his tender years to deal with him.
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Subject: Boss to make changes «« Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane are both expected to play against Marseille tomorrow whilst Mickael Silvestre is ineligible and so Berg will return. That is a major boost for Sir Alex Ferguson whose selections have been handicapped by injuries since the start of the season. Even so he is still destined to make changes to Saturday's side, with Mickael Silvestre stepping down because he is ineligible for Europe at present, and Henning Berg expected to return to partner Jaap Stam in the back four. If Berg fails to make it after missing Saturday's game, Keane could continue as a central defender, the role he filled after replacing Stam against Watford. Raimond van der Gouw is expected to continue his Champions' League run in goal, but Mark Bosnich must have put himself in contention after facing Watford at the weekend. As the European Cup holders take on Marseille, Group D's other game sees whipping boys Sturm Graz at home to Croatia Zagreb. With the top two going through, and United currently leading the section, a win against the French would virtually secure a ticket into the next stage but if Marseille win, and Zagreb overturn Sturm, it would throw things wide open again ahead of next week's trip to Croatia. Currently United have seven points, one more than Marseille, with Zagreb on four. One boost for United was Marseille's performance against Lyon at the weekend. They lost 1-0 in the Velodrome as United beat Watford 4-1 at Old Trafford.
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Subject: £20m Sol for sale - teamtalk report «« Spurs are reportedly set to put Sol Campbell up for sale at £20m, with United favourites to sign him if Lazio haven't paid to have first option. The England star has refused to commit himself to a new Spurs deal, and with the club concerned they could lose their prized asset for nothing on a Bosman move in the summer, the club have reportedly put him up for sale now. White Hart Lane chief George Graham has made it clear the club cannot wait any longer for Campbell to renew meaningful talks with the club. The former Arsenal and Leeds boss admitted: "We've looked at the situation with Sol, just as Alex Ferguson must have done with Roy Keane, and it won't be long before we've got to make up our minds. "We've offered Sol the top salary at this club. He's elected to say he's going to wait until the end of the season. Now that gives the club as a business a problem. "They have an asset that is devaluing as time goes on. If he saw his contract through, that would be zero. "I want him to commit himself because I would like to build the team around him. "But Sol needs to make a decision or we will have to make it for him." TEAMtalk understands that the club will make that decision this week. Several top European sides including Lazio, Roma, Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona and Real Madrid - as well as Manchester Utd - have all been linked with Campbell over the past year. We await developments on what could prove one of the biggest transfer scrambles ever witnessed in world football.
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Subject: MIXED WEEK FOR MARSEILLE Monday, October 18, 1999 09:44 Olympique Marseille experienced very mixed fortunes as they warmed up for Manchester United's visit in the Champions League. With Robert Pires back in the side, they travelled to the French capital last Tuesday for an impressive 2-0 victory over title rivals Paris Saint Germain. Fabrizio Ravanelli and Florian Maurice netted for Les Olympiens. However, the celebrations were well and truly over by Friday evening, when Lyon stole a 1-0 victory in Marseille's Velodrome home. Former Barcelona striker Sonny Anderson scored the decisive goal for Lyon towards the end of a stormy first half in which two players from both sides were booked. By the final whistle, Marseille's Perez, De La Pena, Fischer and Gallas had all been shown the yellow card. The 1-0 defeat, combined with Saturday and Sunday's results, leaves Marseille in sixth place in the French League table, six points off the lead. Had they beaten Lyon, they would have climbed to third. So coach Rolland Courbis has plenty to worry about domestically, let alone on the European scene where his side are seeking revenge for their late 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford. Tuesday's match against United will be a crucial one, especially if - as expected - Croatia Zagreb comfortably beat Sturm Graz. The losers in the Stade Velodrome would then drop out of Group D's automatic qualifying places with just two games to play.
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Subject: MARTIN'S MEN FACE TOUGH TIME IN RIO Hands up those of you who think Manchester United should not compete in the FIFA World Club Championship in Brazil. Ok, hands up for FA Cup participation? Sh*t! Ok, hands up if you you are going to Rio in January? Ha! Part-timers! Okay, so the initial opposition might not be in the same class as AC Milan, Barcelona or Watford. But the fixture list is still not an easy one, given that United must play three times in six hours in Group B. The first game is scheduled for Thursday 6 January, against Nopaxo, the Champions of North and Central America. Then, only two days later, the Reds face their toughest task - a showdown with Vasco pe Jama, winners of the 1998 South American Champions Thugs' Cup. Jama, of course, have home nation advantage. Nopaxo may be ripe for a stuffing, but pe Jama will be tough to unravel in the sleepy stifling 300C afternoon temperatures. "Clearly we're going to Brazil, there are two Brazilian sides in this tournament and they are going to be very hard to beat on their own patch," excused United chairman Martin Edwards, referring also to Corinthians, who are favourites to top Group A. "I think you will find from World Cups, and things like that, that home advantage does count tremendously." One factor in United's favour is that all their group matches will be played in the Ronnie Biggs Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The Championship Final will be held there on Friday 14 January. "I think to be based in one spot is going to be a help. If we play three matches in that stadium it's going to be a benefit if we do get through to the final," added Mr Edwards, counting his travellers cheques. United's third and final group game is on 11 January, against arguably the weakest entrants, South Melbourne of Australia. Martin Edwards was talking through his hat to MUTV.
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Subject: MEN - Cole and Yorke on song Watford Gap . . . United's Dwight Yorke seaizes another attack opportunity ANDY Cole and Dwight Yorke are dancing to the same tune and it appears to be: `Anything you can do, I can do better.' The harmonious Manchester United pair insist there is no personal scoring war going on no matter how friendly. Healthy competition? Not a bit of it they declare. Any encouraging little side bets struck? No, the twin tormentors keep stressing. Well, whatever it is that sparks these two, Cole and Yorke's compelling see-saw contest at the top of the Reds' scoring charts continues to be to United's huge benefit. They even seem to be trying to out-do each other in the execution of their goals now! Yorke steamed to the top of the Premiership scoring stakes last season sharing a stunning 43-goal partnership with Cole in 37 matches. Their strike rate is getting even better with 16 as a front pairing this term in 11 matches. And the quality of their goals are getting more and more spectacular. Yorke was out of the traps quickest this season with an August flurry. Cole drew level with his four-goal demolition of Newcastle and then hit the front for the first time ever in the combo's short yet productive history when he scored at Anfield against Liverpool. Yorke overtook him in September and then against Watford Cole regained the number one spot. Among Cole's collection was an acrobatic winner against Marseille at Old Trafford last month. So what does Yorkie do, he matches it with an equally dexterous overhead opener against Watford. Not to be out done Coley hits back with yet another piece of agile ingenuity with an over-the-shoulder sublime piece of finishing. You just can't wait for the next episode in the duel. ``Dwight and Andy were very sharp. They can produce electricity in moments in a game which can catch the very best defenders,'' said Reds' boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Vanquished Watford boss Graham Taylor knows the pair well too. He brought Dwight Yorke over to England as a teenager from Trinidad when he was Aston Villa manager and during his ill-fated stint as England boss he worked with Andy Cole at Under-21 level. ``They are the best in the country by a mile. At club level, in my view, this is the best twosome in the country,'' said Taylor. ``These boys can finish. Yorkie produces the cycle kick and Cole's finish was first class as well. They are excellent. They like scoring for fun. I know Cole does because I knew him from his England Under-21 days. He likes putting the ball in the net. Dwight likes to as well but I think he also takes some enjoyment from getting involved in the build up. Andy will get involved but his real enjoyment is in the penalty box. ``These two have just gelled. I don't think Alex has to work at it with them, you just watch it and say, `hey we've got a partnership.' And it is one hell of a striking partnership.'' Double Tonic - Roy and Ryan in Euro lift UNITED's Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs are back! The influential skipper and feared winger are seen on the continent as the European Cup holder's key players. Following their comebacks in the morale-boosting Premiership victory over Watford, the duo were all smiles as they joined the rest of the Reds party at Ringway today for the flight to the South of France and tomorrow's Marseille clash. Reds' boss Sir Alex Ferguson hasn't been able to call on the pair together all season in the Champions' League. In fact, they haven't been alongside each other in a United Euro line-up since last April in the semi-final first leg against Juventus at Old Trafford. But the Irishman's comeback from a knee problem and the Welshman's first start in four weeks after hamstring trouble against Watford in Saturday's 4-1 triumph has put them firmly in the frame for a joint European return against Marseille. ``Ryan came through the game well on Saturday,'' says Fergie. ``We were looking for an hour or so from him and he got that. We are happy.'' But was Keane's 36th minute return at centre-half enough to put the skipper back in contention for a starting place in Marseille's Velodrome tomorrow evening? ``If he's OK I don't see why not,'' added the United manager. The possibility of being able to name Keane and Giggs again will add power, balance and pace to a United side needing a result in the group D match in Marseille to inch closer to Fergie's 11-point qualification target for the section. The Reds' 2-1 win against Marseille at Old Trafford three weeks ago brought their tally up to seven as group leaders. Ferguson looks set to be able to call on his most experienced squad of the season so far in the Velodrome as United's casualty list begins to clear. ``We are getting the kind of breaks we need now,'' says the United boss. ``Andy Cole felt his hamstring tighten on Saturday and that's why he came off but he'll be OK. Jaap Stam also felt his calf and he also was able to come off early. Henning Berg suffered a knock playing for Norway last weekend so he couldn't play against Watford but he'll be fine for tomorrow night as well. ``I have everyone available that I'll need for Marseille.'' Not on the plane to France today, but improving are long term injury victims Gary Neville and David May. Neville is around a fortnight away from recovering from his torn adductor muscle injury and May will play in United's reserves on Thursday at Bolton after regaining fitness following an eve of season knee ligament injury. And Ronny Johnsen has posted an encouraging personal medical bulletin as well. The Norwegian hasn't played since the European Cup final in Barcelona and had operations on both knees early this season. He was originally not expecting to be ready again until into the year 2000 but now hopes for a Christmas comeback. Meanwhile, as Sir Alex Ferguson jetted to Marseille a positional quandary will have been occupying his mind. The United chief must decide whether to stick with his regular European 'keeper this term Raimond Van Der Gouw, or continue Mark Bosnich's stint in net after returning against Aston Villa in the Worthington Cup and keeping goal against Watford on Saturday.
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Subject: Man United Treble DVD - from VCI DVD Production. Manchester United - The Treble will be released on DVD on November 1st. It is the same programme as that available on VHS. However, thanks to the DVD format, ALL matches from the season will be instantly accessable via a series of menus, splitting up the games into their relevant competitions. There will also be a goals menu, listing the top 8 scorers from last season. Clicking on Dwight Yorke, for example, will then play ALL his goals from the season in chronalogical order. There is also an option to play all the remaining goals. The interactive feature of this disc makes it one of the most complex DVDs released anywhere in the world. In addition to this we have an exclusive to DVD interview with Sir Alex Ferguson. This is an interactive interview where you choose the questions. The complete interview is 30 minutes and covers all the major talking points from the season. The complete package makes this the best football DVD to date and, of course, the very first Manchester United DVD to be released. It is an ALL REGION PAL disc so anyone in the world with a PAL player will be able to view it. With prices of players now around £180 (Comet), many football fans will hopefully be converting from VHS to the exciting DVD format. Please let me know if you need any more info as I have spent many hours ensuring this will be the definitive football & Man Utd DVD. VCI DVD Production. [forward from Paul]
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