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Date: Sat Mar 20 08:52:18 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Guardian inc Full Euro Draw
4. United fans are looking forward to a return to the European glory days - BBC
6. Re: I've just noticed...
8. Zidane doubt raises United European hopes
9. Keegan has always stood by me - Cole


Daily RED Trivia  Saturday 20th March 1999:

20/3/1961: Jesper Olsen born in Fakse, Denmark. Joined United from Ajax Amsterdam
 for £700,000 in July 1984, and wove his magic down United's wings 175 times
 between 1984-89, scoring 24 goals. Claimed an FA Cup Winners medal in 1985,
 and won several caps for Denmark, playing in the 1986 World Cup Finals. Olsen
 joined Bordeaux (France) in November 1988, having earlier won 2 Dutch
 Championship medals and a Cup Winners medal with Ajax.

1996: In a crucial Premiership clash United beat Arsenal 1-0 at Old Trafford with
 a majestic Eric Cantona goal watched by 50,028. Team was: Schmeichel, G.Neville,
 P.Neville, Bruce, Sharpe, May, Cantona, Butt, Cole (Scholes), Keane, Giggs.  


Barry Daily Comment:
Well its third season in a row for Juventus! reckon it will be
3rd time lucky for us but will of course be hard, good luck to REDS all over the world.
Here's the low down:    P6 W2 L5 D1  GF-6  GA-11

20/10/76 EUFA 2 rnd   H  W 1-0    Gordon Hill
 3/11/76              A  L 0-3

11/04/84 ECWC SF      H  D 1-1    Davies 
25/04/84    "         A  L 1-2    Whiteside

11/09/96 EC Lg        A  L 0-1 
20/11/96   "          H  L 0-1

01/10/97 EC Lg        H  W 3-2    Sheringham, Scholes, Giggs
10/12/97   "          A  L 0-1

Well results can only be improved so we most def need to win at home and probably 2 goals will do it.
I go for 2-0 home 1-1 away
"The same procedure as last time" [same agg as Inter 3-1} 
Lets get on the Italian Job, again!

Reader comment:
"A good draw I think. We have played Juve a number of
times home and away, Bayern are my current favourites to win the competition
(just shading the Reds, of course heart says reds) and Kiev are the real
wild cards plus having to play on their terrible pitch.
The tension of this season will be the death of me!!!"
   Forever red.

Jordi: Out for season
Jordi Cruyff could miss the rest of the season after suffering another
injury setback while on loan in Spain. The unfortunate United striker 
will be out for two months after undergoing an operation on his pubis last Tuesday.
Cruyff has told Celta Vigo not to pay him anything while he is recovering
from this latest blow. 

***** Live United commentary on Internet
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.

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

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

Tomorrow Sunday! ***  21 Everton      (H) 15.00 PL

3 Wimbledon (A)  15.00 PL
7 European Cup Semi (H) 19.45 Juventus
11 FAC Semi Arsenal at Villa Park  12.30 UK Live Sky Sports Uk
17 Sheff Wed (H) 15.00 PL
21 European Cup (A) 19.45 Juventus
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 to be played 7th, 21st April
Manchester United v Juventus  [OT 7/4]
Bayern Munchen v Dynamo Kiev 

*** FIXTURES ON 20/03/99 ***
             Arsenal  v  Coventry City
    Blackburn Rovers  v  Wimbledon
        Leeds United  v  Derby County
   Nottingham Forest  v  Middlesbrough
         Southampton  v  Sheffield Wednesday
     West Ham United  v  Newcastle United

*** FIXTURES ON 21/03/99 ***
         Aston Villa  v  Chelsea
   Manchester United  v  Everton

*** WC FINAL FIXTURE ON 21/03/99 ***
           Leicester City  v  Tottenham Hotspur


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Subject: Guardian inc Full Euro Draw Comments: To: RedDevilsNews@onelist.com To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU Champions League United handed another Italian test By David Lacey Saturday March 20, 1999 If practice makes perfect then Manchester United are entitled to be optimistic about reaching the final of the European Cup for a second time. Either way they will need to make a habit of overcoming Italian opposition because, having beaten Internazionale in the quarter-finals, they have now been drawn against Juventus. At least United know what they are up against. This will be the third time in as many seasons that the clubs have met in this competition and at their present rate of progress Alex Ferguson's team will fancy their chances. In the 1996-97 Champions League Juventus beat Manchester United 1-0 in both of their group matches but last season United won memorably 3-2 at Old Trafford and only lost 1-0 in Turin after they had qualified. Before Wednesday night United had never beaten an Italian team over two legs. Now Ferguson will have an immediate chance to check the psychological effect of ending a losing run which included four previous European ties against Juventus. 'At this stage you would expect a tough draw,' the United manager said yesterday, 'but we have the experience of playing against them four times in the last two seasons. 'The players know all about them, and to be honest we have also improved. It will be a hard game for us but I hope we can make it hard for Juventus.' With the first leg at Old Trafford, Ferguson will be looking for the form United showed in beating Juventus at home 18 months ago after falling behind in the opening minute. Demanding though United's task is, they will not be sorry to have avoided the dark Ukrainian horses, Dynamo Kiev, who will meet Bayern Munich in the other semi-final. Juventus appear equally relieved. According to one of their directors, Romy Gai, they have been given the draw they wanted. 'We prefer to play United over two games instead of one,' Gai said, 'because we believe we have a better chance that way.' So far Juventus have loped through the season in Italy and after heading their Champions League group with a win and five draws they squeezed into the semi-finals in Athens on Wednesday when Antonio Conte's late goal brought them a 3-2 aggregate win over Olympiakos. Chelsea's chances of reaching the Cup Winners' Cup final for the second year running were boosted when they avoided Lazio in the semi-final draw and were paired with Real Mallorca of Spain. Chelsea will be at home in the first leg. European semi-final draws Champions Cup Manchester United v Juventus Dynamo Kiev v Bayern Munich (Ties to be played April 7 and 21) Cup-Winners Cup Chelsea v Real Mallorca Lokomotiv Moscow v Lazio (April 8 and 22). Uefa Cup Atletico Madrid v Parma Marseille v Bologna (April 6 and 20).
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Subject: FERGIE CONFIDENT OF VICTORY United remain Euro favourites Alex Ferguson is happy to face Juventus in the Champions' League semi-finals and even happier to have avoided Dynamo Kiev. Juventus hold no fears for the Manchester United manager because he feels his side have improved since they last met last season. But Ferguson admitted he had not wanted to be paired with Kiev in today's draw in Geneva. Ferguson was worried a gruelling midweek trip to the Ukraine might have hindered United's assault on the treble. "We're trying for the league and to travel to that kind of place does interrupt your plans on the league side," he said. "When you're trying to prepare for league matches it does make it a lot more difficult." Travelling to Turin for the semi-final second leg on April 21 will not be so demanding on the United players and Ferguson is confident they have the measure of the Italian giants. United have lost three and won one of their four meetings with the Italian club in the Champions' League over the past two seasons. Their last encounter was in December 1997 in the group stages when Juventus won 1-0, although United had already qualified and played accordingly, and Ferguson feels his side have got better since then. "We have the experience of playing against them four times in the last two or three years," he said. "The important thing is that the players know all about them and to be honest we've improved. "It will be a hard game for us and hopefully we can make it a hard game for Juventus. "At this stage the draw is what you would expect - tough. But you are not going to get to the semi-finals of a major competition without these difficulties." United recorded arguably their best European result of recent years against Juventus at Old Trafford back in October 1997 when they beat the Serie A side 3-2. Ferguson claims his side must reach that standard again if they are to progress to the final in Barcelona on May 26. "We've had four great games against them and we did exceptionally well when we won 3-2," he said. "That's the kind of concentration which will be required on the night." Ferguson is not bothered that United are at home in the first leg on April 7, like they were in the quarter-finals against Inter Milan. "I don't think that matters now and I think we've proved that we can handle the away tie," he said. "We did very well in Milan and that was a big step forward for us." He also knows Juventus are not the force they have been in the Champions' League. They may have reached the last three finals, but this season they scraped through the group stages, winning just one game, before squeezing past unfancied Olympiakos in the quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate. Juventus have also had a disappointing Serie A campaign, which culminated in Marcello Lippi quitting as coach last month to be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti. They lost last year's final to Real Madrid; the 1997 final to Borussia Dortmund but lifted the trophy in 1996 by defeating Ajax. Meanwhile, Juventus coach Carlo Ancelotti welcomed the draw , joking about how easy it will be to score against Alex Ferguson's men. The Italian giants have won three out of four meetings with United since late 1996. The most recent was a 1-0 win in Turin in December 1997, with a late goal from Filippo Inzaghi putting Juve into last season's quarter-finals.
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Subject: JUVE COACH: WE'LL SCORE AGAINST UNITED Juventus coach Carlo Ancelotti welcomed his side's Champions' League draw with Manchester United today, joking about how easy it will be to score against Alex Ferguson's men. The Italian giants have won three out of four meetings with United since late 1996. The most recent was a 1-0 win in Turin in December 1997, with a late goal from Filippo Inzaghi putting Juve into last season's quarter-finals. Ancelotti has already been joking with his top centre-forward about how simple it will be to once again find the target against a defence which is reputed by Italians to be doughty but slow. ``I said to Inzaghi `if you don't score against the English, I'll never look you in the face again','' quipped the coach, who replaced Marcello Lippi last month. The Italian made it clear he had been hoping to get United all along. ``We don't know Dynamo Kiev so well, and in April they could be on form, while Bayern are physically the strongest of them all. ``Of the three teams, Manchester might have the most technical ability, but we know them and we know how they play. ``Obviously, it should be a great game, a dream for the fans, and I'm sure their support will get us fired up.'' However, Ancelotti's glee was not shared by those who have tangled with United on the pitch. ``I really can't understand what he is so pleased about,'' said midfield stalwart Angelo Di Livio. ``The only real beating we've had in the last five years was the one we got at Old Trafford last season,'' he said of a comprehensive defeat which belied the 3-2 scoreline. Trying to look on the bright side, Di Livio, who could be up against England midfielder and Posh Spice's husband, David Beckham, said: ``At least my daughter will be happy, she's a Spice Girls fan.'' Goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi said: ``Bayern have the strongest side but we were hoping for Dynamo. ``It's going to be very difficult at Old Trafford, they're going to bombard us, and have us under real pressure. ``It's clearly the hardest away venue of them all.''
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Subject: United fans are looking forward to a return to the European glory days - BBC Friday, March 19, 1999 Published at 16:53 GMT Online readers back United United fans are looking forward to a return to the European glory days Alex Feguson's Manchester United could break their Champions' League duck and bring the trophy home, according to News Online readers. In a Online poll, 55% of users believe the Old Trafford club can go all the way to secure their first European trophy since winning the Cup Winners' Cup in 1991. As the result shows, however, opinion is divided as to exactly how successful United will be. 'Outclassed' Robert Marshall from the United States highlights a recurring theme - that Manchester United are now so big the media spotlight is rarely on anyone else. "It would be impossible to bear the media hype if they got as far as the final," he says, while Robbie Pender from England is a little more blunt: "Man Utd are the worst team in the last four and will be outclassed by who ever they play." 'Juventus too strong' If many of your responses are to be believed then United's draw against Juventus could put paid to their dreams of European glory. The United Kingdom's Manfredi Bargioni says: "They will probably put up a good fight against Juventus in the first leg and then collapse" - comments echoed by Jon Harford of England who writes: "One can't help but feel that in the big match situation Juventus will scrape through." 'True winners' On the positive side the support for United is typically global. Graham Deere from the United States feels their recent performances are evidence of their superior strength: "We saw them in the States yesterday on ESPN, they sure look like winners." Phil Davies from Finland is similarly optimistic: "After the two games against Inter, it is hard to see a team left in the competition that could beat them." United's recent form has attracted fans from even further afield, however. Canada's Parvinder Walia writes: "Good Luck. Man Utd is the best of the best," while Mohannad Kafri from Palestine says, "even though I am a Liverpool and Juventus fan, I have to admit that Manchester United is a superb team this year."
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Subject: VAN DER SAR TIPPED TO SUCCEED SCHMEICHEL Dutch international goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar still wants to join Manchester United, according to Jaap Stam. Van der Sar is being touted as the man to replace Peter Schmeichel when the Dane leaves Old Trafford in the summer. The Ajax keeper was a guest of Stam's at Wednesday's Champions' League game against Inter Milan at the San Siro and the defender says his friend is keen to join United. Van der Sar, 28, is determined to leave Ajax in the summer and Old Trafford is his preferred destination. Stam said in the official Manchester United magazine: "I didn't get much chance to speak to Edwin van der Sar when I met up with the Dutch squad for a recent friendly against Portugal, but I gather he is still very keen to come to United. "I do know that he wants to leave Ajax this summer and that there are a lot of clubs after him. But I think his first choice would be to join me at United. The problem is he has a long-term contract at Ajax. I'd be very pleased if he came to Old Trafford but we'll have to wait and see." Meanwhile, United's hopes of reaching the Champions' League final have been boosted by news of an injury to Juventus star Zinedine Zidane. The World Player of the Year received a blow to the knee in his side's 1-1 draw with Olympiakos in Athens. And The Mail reports that the French play-maker must now wear a leg brace for the next 10 days before his chances of facing Alex Ferguson's side on April 7 can be decided.
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Subject: Re: I've just noticed... At 15:55 19-03-99 +0000, Chris Gowland wrote: >..... that the top three have still to play Leeds, Villa, Spurs and 'boro. >Very interesting! Poor Bryan Boro have all 3 at home Chelsea 10/4 Arse 24/4 UNITED 8/5 Thats 3 home games he can do us a BIG favour winning the first 2! :)) We of course have to fight revenge: 19 Dec 98 L 2-3 Spurs have us as the last match of the season 16th May at OT :)) they can beat Chelsea the week before 8th May at Stamford Bridge. Arse game is tba [no date yet] at White Hart Lane Leeds are dark horses: 9 pts behind now they have Apr 5 Chelsea A Apr 25 UNITED H May 8 Arse H this could put them as title contenders if they won all 3! Finally BEWARE the 1st MAY and this happens: crunch time is away 3 in a row: 5th 8th 12th Pool Boro Blckburn UNITED play 5 prem games in 16 days - 3 away VILLA, Pool,Boro,Blckb, SPURS Arse play 3g - only 1 away DERBY, Leeds, VILLA Chelsea play 3g - only 1 away EVERTON, Tottenham, DERBY ALL 3 AT HOME Sunday May 16th COMEON YOU REDS!!!! Barry
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Subject: MANCHESTER UNITED ARE WRITTEN OFF BY THE ITALIANS By Ian Cruise MANCHESTER UNITED have been written off as European Cup contenders by their semi-final opponents and the Italian media. Despite their victory over Inter Milan in the quarter-finals, Alex Ferguson's side have been branded as no-hopers ahead of next month's clash with Juventus. The two sides have met in the group stages in each of the last two Champions League tournaments, and United have lost three of the four meetings, winning just once - 3-2 at Old Trafford - in October 1997. And even then they were beaten in the second match, 1-0, over a two-legged tie, Juventus would have gone through on away goals. The Italians clearly feel they have the Indian sign over United and Friday's draw was met with eager anticipation in Turin. Club coach Romy Gai said: "Manchester United was the choice of manager Carlo Ancelotti so we are happy with this draw. We wanted to avoid Bayern Munich and Dynamo Kiev. "The two teams know each other very well, but we feel we have the international experience to reach our fourth European Cup Final in a row. Playing the second leg in Turin is certainly an advantage and we feel it is easier to play an English team over 180 minutes, rather than in a one-off game." And while the Juventus management were pleased with the draw, the Italian press were scathing about United's chances. Leading sports paper, Gazzetta dello Sport, suggested that United's cautious approach to away games would cost them a place in the final at Barcelona's Nou Camp in May. The paper said of United's display in Milan: "They were too cautious. That's not the nature of this team. Always when the English play away they lose some of their fury. They try to make too many calculations and they are beatable. Alex Ferguson has nothing to glorify himself. His team has earned a semi-final berth but it has shown him to be a modest technician and it has no international personality." Meanwhile, rival publication Corriere della Sera was even more damning. They insisted: "We will be very surprised if they (United) get to the final and if, at the end of May, they lift the European Cup that will mean the quality of football in Europe has reached a new low, especially tactically."
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Subject: Zidane doubt raises United European hopes By Graham Hunter Saturday, March 20, 1999 Juventus may have to face Manchester United in the Champions League semi-final next month without World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane. United were guardedly happy with the draw, in which they avoided the unnerving prospect of facing the brilliant Dinamo Kiev in the Ukraine, but would be even happier if Zidane missed even one of the two semi-final legs on April 7 and 21. The French World Cup-winning hero picked up a nasty knee injury in Athens last Wednesday when Carlo Ancelotti's Juventus drew 1-1 with Olympiakos and it emerged at the Stadio Communale in Turin yesterday that he must now wear a leg brace for the next 10 days. His training will be restricted but only when the brace is removed will the ultra-cautious Juventus doctors decide whether he is fit enough to resume playing again. Alex Ferguson wants to buy the majestic midfielder, who scored twice against Brazil in the France 98 final, but would be delighted to miss this chance of seeing him in action. Zidane played quite brilliantly in creating a torrent of chances when Juventus beat Alex Ferguson's team 1-0 in December 1997 and scored a late free-kick at Old Trafford in the previous game, a 3-2 win for United. Ferguson said: 'We have had four great games against them and we did exceptionally well when we won 3-2 - that is the kind of concentration which will be required on the night. 'It does not matter that the first match is at Old Trafford because I think we proved in Milan that we can handle the away tie - Milan was a very big step forward for us. The important thing is that the players know all about Juventus and, to be honest, we have improved. At this stage the draw is what you would expect, tough. But you will not get to the semi-final of a major competition without these difficulties.' On the subject of avoiding Kiev he added: 'We are trying for the league and to travel to that kind of place does interrupt your plans.' In Turin Ancelotti, the new Juventus coach who is unbeaten in nine games in charge, said he preferred to play United over two matches instead of in a sudden-death final. 'It's the draw I wanted,' he confirmed. 'It sets up a classic night of European football and I know we are the kind of club who perform best under the spotlight. 'The key will be the first leg at Old Trafford. If we can limit the damage then we are in good shape for the return in Turin. If anything I'm glad we are going there first.' Ferguson has been reported to UEFA by Inter Milan for comments he made before both legs of the quarter-final. Before the first leg he made a joke about not trusting Italians and said that when eating in an Italian restaurant he always checked under the sauce to make sure the pasta was actually there. Last weekend, he accurately predicted that Inter's players would dive in an attempt to con the referee and that they would try to intimidate his team. Now Luciano Nizzola, the Italian FA president, has contacted UEFA to complain bitterly. He asked the governing body to punish United and to register a protest on behalf of Italian football. He has also allegedly complained about the refereeing in both matches, claiming that there was bias towards United.
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Subject: Keegan has always stood by me - Cole By John Richardson Saturday, March 20, 1999 Andy Cole was stunned when Kevin Keegan packed him off one cold January morning to join Manchester United. Today, in possession of yet another accolade - that of Wilkinson Sword Premiership player of the week - there seems to be little which fazes the 27-year-old Manchester United striker who has the world at his feet. Yesterday he was back in training, following the heroics at the San Siro against Inter Milan, to learn that Juventus now stand in United's path to their first European Cup final since 1968. There's also the eager anticipation of linking up with his former Newcastle boss Keegan with the England squad. Tomorrow there will be another Old Trafford full house to see whether the dream team of Cole and Dwight Yorke can nudge United closer to reclaiming the Premiership title by beating Everton. No wonder Cole is starting to rival Yorke in the smiling stakes - not that he is taking anything for granted. 'I am not fussed really who gets the goals between Dwight and myself, but at the same time I know that if I don't get my fair quota then I will be out of the team. For a start there's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer breathing down my neck. 'But I'm happy with my form. I've not had many injuries this season which means I've been able to keep my form.' With Cole and Yorke contributing 47 goals so far the confidence has spread throughout Alex Ferguson's much revered side. The news that Juventus are the one remaining barrier to May's European final in Barcelona was accepted with the same coolness Cole has displayed in front of goal all season. 'I think the way we are playing at the moment we don't have to fear anybody,' he said. 'In fact a lot of teams wanted to stay away from us. They are saying that we have played so many games and yet we're still strong. 'Also I don't believe we will have to suffer the same dirty tricks that Inter Milan displayed. That didn't happen when we played Juve last season and there's no reason to think they have changed.' Cole added: 'At least we don't have a long trip to Kiev or have to play Bayern Munich again. All the games are tough at this stage of the tournament but we are happy with facing Juventus.' Cole still recalls the time just over four years ago when Keegan informed him Manchester United had been successful with a £7million bid. 'He told me that he was sending me to Manchester United to become a better player. I feel I have been improving all the time although it was a surprise at the time.' Now, with 21 goals under his belt this season, Cole is ready to be reunited with Keegan in readiness for the critical Euro 2000 qualifier against Poland at Wembley. Cole said: 'People have been at me all my career but Kevin has always stood by me. He has been good for me. When you have someone like that on your side you always feel great. 'I am looking forward to linking up with him again. He has great charisma. People want to play for him because of what he has done in the game and because of his enthusiasm. 'It's a big game for England but first of all, to be in the right frame of mind, I've got to help United gain three points. But players respect Kevin and I know he will be a success. 'I haven't spoken to him for some time but I was delighted to see my name included in the England squad.' It's all a different world to the days when, after being freed by Arsenal, he turned up at Bristol City. There he was spotted by Keegan, who had a £1.5m bid accepted. Cole learned about Newcastle's coup when a message was placed on his car wind-screen outside a launderette. Since then his whole football world has been in a spin. A contented Cole doesn't want that to end just yet.
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