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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Wed Jul 21 09:34:02 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. SA Reds in Barcelona - Pt II From: "ethel sleith" 
2. MUFC Downunder Personal report by Stephen Spencer
3. Dave Marshall & Arthur Uncovered! + all OZ pics from Matthew Wheeler
4. Today's match - press conference
5. Current Squad
8. Manchester United season set to run and run  - The Times 
9. Cup row will return to haunt United - Daily Telegraph
10. Interesting take on the Keano affair - Independent


Daily MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Wed 21st July 1999:

Barry Daily Comment:
Part two of Rthels Barce report today!
***NEW Fantastic pics from OZ running on the site today
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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!


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)

**** 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.
August 3rd Omagh Town, St Julian's Road ground
August 4th Wigan Athletic

****Pre season tour details JULY 1999 ***

TODAY 21/7 12.15 uk 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.

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
Subject:      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     2-0  60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   06.00  pre-season     1-0  78,000 
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



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


Click On pic - Pat Jennings on a day out with Fergie at Haydock!"

Subject: SA Reds in Barcelona - Pt II From: "ethel sleith" No one sat throughout the match. Well, perhaps the VIP's in the main stand did so, but the rest of us stayed on our feet. That's the only way to watch a football match. I don't recall much about the game itself, only that I thought United were pretty awful. Bayern getting a goal so early didn't phase me at the time because too often we've seen United go a goal down before coming back to win it. The Germans were proving a pretty tough nut to crack though, and we didn't seem to be capable of it. (Having watched it several times on video, I realise it was only the panic attack at the time which prompted my belief that United were not up to it.) Half time came and went, and still Jesper was on the pitch. Oh, Alex, why? We all had our own ideas about who should be playing, and where, but Alex appeared deaf to our calls for change. Finally he could ignore us no longer, and Teddy took the field to rapturous cries of "Oh Teddy, Teddy. Teddy, Teddy, Teddy, Teddy Sheringham." Were we delirious because Teddy had come on, or because Jesper had gone off? Is it only because I've watched the last 20 minutes a hundred times on video since that United seemed to improve then? We got even better when Ole Gunnar came on for Andy. Poor Andy had not had a good night. Not that he'd done anything wrong. It's just that nothing seemed to go right. Video re-runs prove it was all United from that point, with only an occasional break-away from Bayern Munich. Peter Schmeichel did his bit, and so did the woodwork. The minutes ticked away and Hans said, "Time's going by so quickly!" Too quickly. As United fans we are constantly under attack from ABUs. 'Glory hunters', or 'you don't come from Manchester'. The estimated 60,000 United fans in Barcelona came from all over the world, including Manchester. Can people who are prepared to sleep on railway stations or bus shelters, and who are prepared to fork out hundreds of Pounds (equivalent to thousands of Rands) for a ticket which could turn out to be a forgery, be called 'glory hunters'? Possibly, but who cared? Old Trafford has a reputation these days of being too quiet, and even Alex (oops, sorry, Sir Alex) has called for more vocal support. But the 50,000 plus Reds in the Nou Camp were there because many had made no small sacrifice to be there, and they were going to let the team know they were there in support. We never stopped singing. With 89 minutes on the clock the noise was unbelievable. Despite the state of nervous tension I was in, it was great to be able to join in the singing. Then I saw the big red electronic clock on the far side change to 45:00. That was it. It was over. I sat down, put my face in my hands and proceeded to put in an official complaint to the Lord. I wasn't praying for a goal, I was asking, "Why?" Suddenly, Hans was hitting me on the shoulder, screaming that Schmeichel was up for the corner. "So what," I thought, and stayed where I was. Then all hell broke loose around me and I leapt to my feet. Hans' binoculars got caught on my earring and I thought it was going to shred my earlobe. I said a quick, "Thank You" and sat down again to try to extricate myself from the binocular cord. I swear I heard a whistle. In the 90,000 crowd, I swear I heard a whistle. It occurred to me that the match was over and we could deal with the extra time, and perhaps get a winner. It was only when I stood up that I realised that there was too much joy and celebration going on about me, and that the players were in a hump in the middle of the field. I could almost read the three simple words that popped into my head. "We've won this." I looked at Hans and found confirmation. Ballistic is hardly an adequate description. It surprises me that someone wasn't seriously hurt in the celebrations. All about me, people were hugging, and jumping, and waving their arms, and screaming. Oh, there was lots of screaming. So I got up on my seat and screamed too. Almost a month later and still my voice had'nt returned to normal. I wonder if I've done permanent damage. The players came over to the fans and we cheered, and cheered. Security guards in yellow jerkins were lining the fence, keeping fans from pouring onto the pitch. I don't think they would have done, but English fans' reputations precede them. But there was still time on the clock and the referee felt he owed that to Bayern, I suppose, so he restarted the match. If they had scored then, several thousand bodies - mine included - would have had to be shipped or airfreighted home for burial. It wasn't necessary though and the Italian referee put us out of our misery. Misery? Not *&%£ likely! The final whistle brought about the start of +- 50 minutes of scenes that will be as clear in my mind for as long as I live as they are now. Some of the best: 1. Little Gary Neville being the first player to come over to where we were sitting, holding up for show the medal hanging about his neck. Look at his face on the video as he hugs Alex. The picture is worth millions. 2. Andy and Dwight rolling about the grass like two small boys in a fight. 3. The hysterical and unabated singing of the crowd 4. We shall not, we shall not be moved. We shall not, we shall not be moved. Just like the team that's gonna win the European Cup AGAIN, we shall not be moved. 5. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Matt Busby, happy birthday to you. 6. David May (Superstar, got more medals than Sh**rer) choreographing the celebrations, and almost leaping into the crowd with sheer excitement. 7. Pete going right up to the fence with the Cup in his hands. Was this so that people could touch it? 8. The European Cup itself, gleaming so brightly, with all the floodlights and the light of tens of thousands of flashbulbs bouncing off it. 9. Alex being hoisted onto Rai's shoulders. (From where we were sitting we thought it was Pete, having been confused by the jersey and not being able to see Rai's hair!) 10. Keano! There's only one Keano! (Sign, dammit!!) 11. A well aired anthem which suddenly had far more impact with a few changes: "Who put the ball in the German's net, who put the ball in the German's net, who put the ball in the German's net, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer!!! That quickly became the official anthem for the match. The following day, back on La Ramblas, it only took one person to start the first line and voices in chorus would come from everywhere. On the flight home there were two German lads who sat in the seats in front of us to the right and I suspect they wished they could change their seats. 12. The players going on a slow lap of honour, singing and dancing 3/4 of the way round the Nou Camp. 13. The Bayern fans, stunned into silence, remaining in their seats for the presentation, and especially applauding our lads as they reached that end of the ground. Sheer class, I thought. Even later, when many had left, there were many who stayed behind to watch the celebrations. 14. The crowd singing, "If you all hate scousers, clap your hands" and the players clapping too!! 15. The players coming back to our end of the stadium, albeit on the opposite side of the goals to where we sat, to celebrate again, thus: ? Pete stepped to the front of the group, Cup in hand, and the crowd went wild. The players began indicating with their hands, palms down, that we should quieten. Shhhhh, Shhhhhh, Shhhhhhh, everyone said, and when we were (reasonably) quiet, Pete lifted the Cup and everyone roared. ? Each in turn stepped up, got the crowd to Shhhhhh, and lifted the Cup, to huge cheers. ? Jaap, hand to his ear, Cup in other hand, waiting until we'd sung Jip Jaap Stam in his honour before lifting it. (The Cup, not his ear!) ? Dwight's little jig at his tune. ? Andy going one better and dancing with the Cup as we roared his song. ? The call went up for the captain: Keano, there's only one Keano…… It went on and on, but the grey suit didn't appear. The chant "we want Keano" began and he had to respond. The roar was quite unbelievable as he walked across the pitch. Eric - as we well know - would have reveled in a situation like that. Not Roy. He's said since that he was embarrassed, and it showed. But our lads know his worth (someone tell Martin Edwards) and as he approached they formed a guard of honour. He walked through and lifted the trophy, but his embarrassment was almost tangible. Should he have been embarrassed to lift the Cup when he didn't play in the final? No, because it's an indisputable fact that he's been our inspiration this season and without Roy NONE of it would have been possible. We could have stayed all night, and they left too soon. All we got was about 3/4 of an hour. We've given them our lives! The crowd going back up the main road was in pretty good humour. TV cameras were everywhere and everyone wanted to give interviews. Before the match Roland had accosted a Danish crew by waving our 'SAReds' flag until they paid attention. We made our way back to the Princess Sofia hotel to collect Michael's wife, and there we waiting for Jaime, our taxi driver, to collect us. He was on time and the nine of us piled into the two taxis and set off for Altafulla. If there's anything any of us regret, it's not staying in Barcelona. But the hotel was an hour's drive away, we weren't sure if there were going to be running battles in the streets of Barcelona, and we had young Stuart to consider. He'd been really well behaved and we couldn't ask him to sleep on a park bench. So we got into Jaime's taxis and left the city. Mistake. Altafulla had gone to bed hours before. The absolutely charmless waiter at the cantina we'd spent the previous night in, informed us he was 'klossed'. He made signals with his hands that looked very much like the signal referees make when tellling us there was no foul committed, which confused me completely. (Personally I thought he didn’t like Lisa's hat.) Roland was unable to change his mind, even though he swore we weren't football hooligans. I was lucky, all I wanted was a Coke, and the machine wasn't 'klossed'. So we didn't party after the match, but we'd partied all week. Someone on an audio tape, Sir Bobby Charlton mentions being "unbelievably lucky". I know what he means. I never imagined that I would ever experience anything like it. Alex told United fans to "go and enjoy yourselves", and we did. I spent 5 days in the close company of some special people, and an evening in the company of 55,000 friends - plus a squad of 22 young men who have given me more joy and pleasure than I imagined possible. Oh, and we won it. We really, really, won it!!!! Ethel
Click On pic - Pat Jennings on a day out with Fergie at Haydock!"

Subject: MUFC Downunder Personal report by Stephen Spencer As Paul has already done such a magnificent job with the match report, I'll restrict myself to a few potted observations. Bosnich played well, despite some uncertainties with the high ball in Melbourne. He caught well in Sydney and made a very brave save at the feet of one striker, and a brilliant Schmeichel "star save". Stam was for me also the man of the match - incredible defending, amazingly timed lunges and superb positional play - what a buy he is. Giggs was a close second. It was an absolute privelege to watch this man running down the wing right in front of me. This is what you miss seing the game only on the TV. The number of subtle turns, precise pases which split three defenders and great runs show this guy is truly a class player. Every time he got the ball you sensed danger - there's not many in the world you can say that about. Berg also played surprisingly well in defence with some well timed tackles. Cole however was a complete nonenity. Don't know if he'd been out on the town the night before or just couldn't give a stuff but he was awful. Didn't run for a ball all day, lost the few he received and then a truly awful tackle on Colosimo. Nothing malicious - just a product of his attitude on the day. Yorke however was much better and deserved the goal. Showed real class with his turns and runs and but for a good save could have easily had a second goal. The one he scored was well taken at the near post after another superb ball from Giggs. Sheringham and Solskaer were on for too short a time for us to have a proper look, but the ovation that greeted both when they arrived showed how United fans the world over feel about the pair. Teddy in particular brough the house down with his warm-up!!! Cruyff was a sad sight. The guy is obviously trying, but just hasn't got it. Runs around all over the place, but the timing and the touch just aren't there. I could go on about the whole team, but these are the ones who made an impression, for better or worse. In short it was worth the price of admission just to see Giggs play, and to learn that perhaps, in spite of my misgivings, we do have a goalie who if not as good as Schmeichel, will certainly not be embarrassing us. Incidentally, the two wins down under mean we still haven't lost a match of any description since before Christmas, the winnings treak beginning with the win over Forest on Boxing Day - and as I like to remind people, my daughter Lucy was born at half time in the match!!!. Ps - some very interesting photos down here of Giggs up very close and personal with a lady in a nightclub with Andy doing a fair job as well.
Click On pic - Pat Jennings on a day out with Fergie at Haydock!"

Subject: Dave Marshall & Arthur Uncovered! + all OZ pics from Matthew Wheeler THANKS to Matthew Wheeler here are some great personal pics of the team Url: http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/99/oz/dave_&_arthur.jpg This is Dave Marshall who is the next oldest fart on the age survey "live" in Sydney this week! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Latest Age survey reads: SENIOR OLD-FART: 66 Richard Arnold OTHER OLD-FARTS: David Marshall **** 61 David Marshall 26 Jun 38 Australia, Brisbane dmarsha@TPGI.COM.AU First saw United in 1947! 66 Richard Arnold 21 Feb 33 Usa,Cromwell,Connecticut arnolr@NU.com Born Wales-US citizn-fav GBest <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Enjoy ALL the Sydney pics here, more to come of Nick Coppack & Paul O"Farrell http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/99/oz/ Dave and Arthur - David Marshall and his special friend 57425 Jul 21 01:46 dave_&_arthur.jpg Ned Kelly - the famous recipient of the "Who the f**king hell are you" 60849 Jul 21 01:46 ned_kelly.jpg Orient6 - Nick Coppack is the 2nd from the left, red scarf with mouth open. Paul O'Farrell is the tall bloke at the back, 2 along from Nick Orient 7 - Nick is the 3rd from the left, Boddies in hand and scarf around neck The other orient's - just various shots of one corner of the pub 63388 Jul 21 01:46 orient.jpg 63309 Jul 21 01:46 orient2.jpg 55046 Jul 21 01:45 orient3.jpg 67836 Jul 21 01:44 orient6.jpg 60650 Jul 21 01:44 orient7.jpg Training session - the NSW MUSC attending the Saturday morning training session at St Joseph's College 44549 Jul 21 01:45 training_session.jpg 62059 Jul 21 01:45 squad1.jpg 52317 Jul 21 01:45 squad2.jpg 67788 Jul 21 01:44 jaap.jpg 55590 Jul 21 01:46 matthew.jpg [Matthew himself "cheers"] 63842 Jul 21 01:44 nicky.jpg 67867 Jul 21 01:44 ole.jpg 53598 Jul 21 01:45 dwight.jpg For a list of click on pics use: http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/99/oz/ Barrylee@post3.tele.dk Denmark http://www.red11.org/barry
Click On pic - Pat Jennings on a day out with Fergie at Haydock!"

Subject: Today's match - press conference Chinese puzzled by United tactics John Gittings in Shanghai Wednesday July 21, 1999 Manchester United, on their first visit to China, plunged into cross-cultural chaos last night at a press conference which was abandoned after protests by angry Chinese journalists. The first question was the one every Chinese wants to ask: why was David Beckham not with his team? But the anger had nothing to do with the club. It was caused by the late arrival of the Japanese chairman of Sharp Corporation in China, the main sponsor of the event. United's chief executive Martin Edwards waited with the acting captain Denis Irwin in a side room, while the mainly Chinese audience was told that the British officials were not allowed to appear without a boss from Sharp on the platform. Even six decades after Japan invaded China, that sort of message does not go down well. Diplomacy should be easier tonight when the team step out into the heavy heat of Shanghai Stadium for their first ever fixture on mainland China. All they have to do is play well - before an expected TV audience of several hundred million Chinese. United also have their sights set on success in a huge marketing deal which could lead to shops selling club merchandise all over the mainland. "It will be really big business if it goes through," said a club negotiator. "There are millions of supporters out there waiting to buy." Some of that support was shaken by the Beckham disappointment. The ticket touts outside the stadium have had to slash their mark-up by half. For days the local press had worked the big question for all it was worth. "The preparations are complete," proclaimed the Shanghai Evening News: "Now we want to know: Will Bai-ke-han-mu be coming?" There were claims that he had requested "a special hard bed" at the Garden Hotel where the team is staying in renovated art deco surroundings. (In pre-liberation Shanghai it was the Cercle Sportif Français.) The unofficial souvenir magazines all carry Beckham on their covers: one offers a set of 10 Beckham action cards plus pictures of Posh Spice. United's assistant manager Steve McLaren explained that Beckham had "returned from his honeymoon and is still suffering from a hamstring injury" but this was barely understood because of poor translation. Yet Beckham fever is only the froth on China's passion for European, and particularly English, football. Local youths in towns all over China will shame a foreign visitor by their exhaustive knowledge of his country's teams whom they have watched on satellite channels. Today's match was sold out weeks in advance before the Beckham fever was ignited by his wedding. Carlsberg, one of the sponsors, is bringing winners of a nationwide competition to watch it from as far away as Inner Mongolia. Tickets for the match range from 60-400 renminbi (£4.80 -£31): the prices are no problem for free-spending Shanghaiese but would be serious money for most of China's rural population. Shanghai is the city where modern professional football first emerged from the austere years of Maoism, when Chinese teams were not supposed to try too hard to win. The motto then was "Friendship first, competition second". There is still a faint echo of it in a slogan posted outside the Shanghai Stadium today, which proclaims "Unity, friendship, endeavour, progress". But Shanghai restarted its league years before the all-China competition was finally revived in the 1980s. And the original Shanghai City team was reformed in 1993 as Shanghai Shenhua, backed by a big electronics firm with the same name. Shenhua won the cup last year and came second in the national league. They have started the new season strongly under the former Brazilian national coach Sebastiao Lazaroni. United will be in trouble if they expect to coast through before a friendly but partisan crowd of 80,000 tonight. But whatever the result, they now expect to win handsomely in the business talks under way. Similar deals have already been concluded in the Middle East and South East Asia. "At a minimum we are looking at stores in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai," the United director Peter Kenyon said last night, "and further roll-out stores from then on". The club is well aware that its trademark is being infringed by scores of Chinese entrepreneurs. "You can buy a ManU shirt in the street for 40 renminbi," says a club negotiator engaged in intensive talks with a possible Chinese partner. A recent agreement with a Singapore fashion group means that the club's products will be marketed alongside luxury items from Lalique and Gucci. Asia's thriving shopping mall culture, though hit last year by the economic crisis, is still seen as the retail way of the future. Every provincial Chinese city, too, has its own Hong Kong look-alike stores where the new rich spend freely on Western goodies. Red Cafés could become as much part of the scene as Asian branches of the Body Shop. Chinese enthusiasm for foreign football also reflects a sense of disillusionment recently with their own clubs, who have been accused of widespread corruption and match-fixing. The professional league is only five years old and has grown too fast with lax regulations. An official of the Chinese FA said that all 26 clubs had falsified their accounts over the past year to conceal bribes to referees and players. "Chinese football is in a highly critical situation," said the vice-chairman Wang Junsheng in January. China's failure to qualify for the World Cup caused more unhappiness. This has been partly redeemed by the women's team which came so close to victory in the World Cup final with the United States. Four of their players from Shanghai have been welcomed home to the city as heroines. But a victory over United would do wonders to restore national self-esteem. This was not helped yesterday by Edwards, who told the Chinese they were lucky to have his team "after we've had such a successful season". Jokes like that can be dangerous when football cultures meet for the first time. The chairman of Shanghai Shenhua sounded a better note when he said his players could learn a lot from the "great British team".
Click On pic - Pat Jennings on a day out with Fergie at Haydock!"

Subject: Current Squad http://www.soccerbase.com/cgi-bin/webdriver?MIval=teams2&teamid=1724 Current Squad 1 Mark Bosnich (G) 2 Gary Neville (D) 3 Denis Irwin (D) 4 David May (D) 5 Ronny Johnsen (D) 6 Jaap Stam (D) 7 David Beckham (M) 8 Nicky Butt (M) 9 Andy Cole (F) 10 Teddy Sheringham (F) 11 Ryan Giggs (F) 12 Phil Neville (D) 13 John Curtis (D) 14 Jordi Cruyff (F) 15 Jesper Blomqvist (M) 16 Roy Keane (M) 17 Rai Van Der Gouw (G) 18 Paul Scholes (F) 19 Dwight Yorke (F) 20 Ole Solskjaer (F) 21 Henning Berg (D) 22 Erik Nevland (F) 23 Michael Clegg (M) 24 Wes Brown (D) 30 Ronnie Wallwork (D) 31 Nick Culkin (G) 33 Mark Wilson (M) 34 Jonathan Greening (F) 38 Danny Higginbotham (D) Ryan Ford (M) Bojand Jordic (M) Alex Notman (F) Paul Teather (D) Michael Twiss (M) Manager Sir Alex Ferguson Assistant Manager Steve McClaren Physio Robert Swire Chairman M Edwards Secretary K Merrett Directors J M Edelson Sir Bobby Charlton D A Gill P F Kenyon E M Watkins R L Olive Commercial Manager Danny McGregor
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Subject: FERGIE MAKES SHOCK SIGNING OF BALDING OLD MAN MIKE PHELAN Birthplace: Nelson, Lancs, 24/9/1962 Height: 180cm - 5ft 11in Weight: 69.85kg - 11st 0lb Full International: England (1 cap, 0 goals) Position: Midfield or Defender Debut: 19.08.1989 Appearances (1989-1993): 146 - 18 as sub Goals: 3 A Burnley supporter as a youngster, Mike Phelan began his career at Turf Moor, making his League debut in the Third Division in January 1981. In his second season, Burnley won the Third Division championship, but were then relegated in the following season, despite being good enough to reach the semi-final of the League Cup. At the end of season 1984-5 they were relegated again, and Mike Phelan was transferred to Norwich City. In his first season at Carrow Road he was ever-present as the Canaries carried off the Second Division championship, developing into a stylish and accomplished midfield force. After appearing in over 150 League matches in an impressive stay approaching five years he joined United in a £750,000 transfer on the same day Neil Webb signed from Nottingham Forest. Within months of joining the Reds, he won his sole England cap, coming on as a substitute against Italy in November 1989. To round off a memorable season, he collected an FA Cup winners' medal when Crystal Palace were beaten 1-0 in the replay. An adaptable, whole-hearted performer operating either in midfield or anywhere across the defensive back line, Mike's all-action style made him the sort of enthusiastic, useful squad member that every club needs but, despite his successes with United, he was perhaps a victim of his own versatility as others arrived to fill specific roles in the team. In subsequent seasons he won League Cup winners' and finalists' medals, and a European Cup Winners' Cup medal when United beat Barcelona 2-1 in season 1990-1. In the last two Premier League championship seasons, however, Mike Phelan found limited opportunities, his movements also began to look a little ponderous, and in May 1994 he was released on a free transfer. Yes, Phelan is back (on the coaching staff!) 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
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Subject: COLE DOES REGRET KNEE-HIGH TACKLE By Harry Pratt Andy Cole does regret the knee-high tackle on Simon Colosimo - and has sent a get-well message to the Aussie ace, who is expected to spend between six and 12 months out of football while recovering from an operation to repair damaged ligaments. The England and United striker has even winged a private message to Colosimo amid the accusation he made a 'malicious' challenge on the 20-year-old during the club's 1-0 victory over the Socceroos on Sunday. That has effectively left Colosimo's career in tatters, as his injury prevents him from heading to Germany where he was supposed to have trials with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the coming weeks. While Cole, backed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson, refuses to accept there was any intent, he is keen to make it known that he is sorry the playeer now faces a long battle back into the big-time. Soon after he arrived in China (pictured) for the second leg of United's pre-season tour, a club statement was issued on his behalf. "Andy Cole and Manchester United are extremely upset by comments in the media following our match in Sydney on Sunday, in which Andy was involved in an accidental collision with Simon Colosimo. "Andy has sent a private message to Simon together with his best wishes for a speedy recovery. No malice was intended and Andy very much regrets the injury to Simon." Sir Fergie, who received his knighthood on Tuesday, repeated the club's claim that Cole did not intend to cause any harm. He said: "It's very unfortunate and I feel for the lad, but Andy would not have done anything malicious, he's not that type of player." And Cole's agent Paul Stretford echoed that view, commenting: "The club and Andy have both made a statement. I can assure Simon Colosimo that this unfortunate accident was neither malicious or premeditated. "Andy is obviously concerned about the extent of the lad's injuries. After all, he has himself suffered serious injury during the course of a game." Whether the latest remarks, in contrast to some Cole made to the Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph settles the war of words and ends the threat of legal action remains to be seen. Personally, having seen the incident at the crack of dawn on Sunday, and at least 100 times since, it still looks clumsy as opposed to vicious.
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Subject: Manchester United season set to run and run - The Times By Simon Barnes Arise Sir Fergie. I mean, jolly good, the boy done great, no one is denying that - but why do we have to celebrate Sir Alex Ferguson and all his works in the middle of the cricket season? Answer: because it is not the cricket season at all. It is the football season. The football season lasts 12 months these days and we just happen to be passing through that brief but still amazingly important part of the football season in which they don't actually play football. Ah - but even here I am off the pace, am I not? Even here I am out of step with modern times. It is not really correct to talk about the football season any more, is it? Rather, we had better talk about the Manchester United season. The Manchester United season lasts 12 months (of course) and, in the course of it, they play various other clubs (with whose names you need not trouble yourself) and their players do all kinds of things that are tremendously interesting and important. And the club makes money (12 months of the year) and the tale of Manchester United and its money is a storyline that runs parallel to the one about the footballers for 12 months of the year. Who is buying, who is selling, flotations and expansions and all those other things that matter so much to the sporting mind. Let us examine what has happened since the actual playing part of the football season ended. A person unable to keep pace with modern times might point out that there had been a cricket World Cup, a new England cricket captain, a season of sustained brilliance from Henry Cecil, the racehorse trainer, the ascent to the heights at Wimbledon of Pete Sampras. A slightly more advanced person would point out that Liverpool have sold everybody and bought everybody else, that Alan Shearer is staying with Newcastle United and that Chelsea have signed an Englishman. But these are not the real stories of the summer. None of them matter a jot. Here are the stories that have made the great summer of sport. The first is the royal wedding, in which Prince David Beckham - I think I'm right in saying that he plays for Manchester United - married Princess Relatively Posh (who wore a crown, in case we were in any doubt as to her own and the occasion's importance). Then there was the stag night of Mark Bosnich, the new Manchester United goalkeeper. He has not even played for his new club before becoming a leading news item. He spent the night before his wedding in police custody after an alleged incident in which he allegedly boshed a photographer. Then there was the knighting of Sir Fergie, the announcement of which gave everyone a chance to write his thoughts on the mind, body and spirit of the Great Man. This is a piece we will all keep on file, to be touched up on the occasions of his retirement, death, canonisation etc. Then there was the - God, I am so bored with it all that I can hardly bring myself to key the appropriate letters - the story of Manchester United dodging the FA Cup. Quite right, too, the poor chaps play too much football, which is why they have taken the entire pre-season off for a nice rest. Apart from a trip to Australia - a place which is, after all, pretty handy for Manchester - to play a series of games down there. I am sure that they have done it all in the interests of spreading the gospel of football. I bet they paid stacks of money just for the privilege of playing there. And then the latest boardroom story, in which a bunch of horse- racing men are seeking to become the new Michael Knightons. Really, you need an MBA to read the football pages, these days. I am sorry, I mean of course, the Manchester United pages. Still, now they have started playing football again, we are surely free of all these endless silly season stories, are we not? Normal sporting business can be resumed, yes? Except there is a new shock horror scandal in which Andy Cole, the Manchester United forward, fouled an Australian called Simon Colosimo - very delicate fellows, these Australians - and there is a lot of excited talk about suing Manchester United for damages. It seems that all the biggest stories of the summer have been not about cricket and Flat-racing and tennis, nor even about football, but about Manchester United. Not the most interesting stories, not by a long chalk, just the biggest. Manchester United has become an incontinent generator of news, passing out fresh and steaming stories on an almost hourly basis. The soap opera never stops bubbling and signing, an endless and endlessly trivial recitative punctuated with the occasional aria of a match. Life is too short to hate Manchester United and, despite the game's vast popularity at the moment, I still adore football. But regard the way in which things have moved: sport means football, football means the Premiership, the Premiership means Manchester United. And one day it will all go pop. But not yet, not yet. The Charity Shield, which takes place on August 1 (God help us), celebrates the end of the old Manchester United Season, the beginning of the new. As winners of the league, and holders of the FA Cup, the fixture - I think I got this correct - pits Manchester United against Manchester United. Which is only right and proper, isn't it?
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Subject: Cup row will return to haunt United - Daily Telegraph YESTERDAY'S trip to the Palace must have been the icing on Sir Alex Ferguson's considerable cake. "This is the medal that recognises all the other ones I've won in football," he said after feeling that tap of regal sword on the shoulder. Somehow, I feel that Manchester United's honeymoon, like David Beckham's, is now over. They are already in the doghouse Down Under after an Andy Cole tackle in a Sydney friendly left Australian defender Simon Colosimo badly injured. But that will be nothing compared to the brickbats when the season starts. United are hoping that the row about their withdrawal from the FA Cup has subsided. By treating their non-participation as a fait accompli, they expect the rest of the football world to sigh, shake their heads and get on with the season ahead. But United are in for a disappointment. Once the season is under way and normal service is resumed, the FA Cup row will intensify. As United sit idle during those autumn weeks when they could be playing some rearranged Premiership matches, fans of all denominations will want to know why they are not clearing some fixture space for the later stages of their busy season. Many people are already asking those questions and they will not go away. The Mirror is waging a campaign for a United U-turn and are finding supporters ranging from soap stars to Sir Edward Heath. The Government are unhappy about the situation but are keen not to appear like bossy meddlers in matters beyond their jurisdiction. Like the FA, they need to keep United on side until FIFA have voted on the venue for the 2006 World Cup. But you do not have to probe too deep inside the football establishment to hear dark mutterings about the reasons for this shambles: compromises and flexible fixture plans are on the table but United do not want to know. They have got their deal and they are sticking with it. The Opposition, though, are less constrained and Peter Ainsworth, the Shadow Secretary of State for Media, Culture and Sport, wants some answers. He has written to Sir Roland Smith and Martin Edwards, chairmen of Manchester United plc and Manchester United Football Club respectively, pointing out that the FA remain flexible about rescheduling FA Cup matches. He asks United to confirm that they have not "closed the door" on further discussions. "I am sure you would not wish your supporters to be left with the impression that Manchester United considers the FA Cup to be of little importance compared to the financial advantages of building a global brand," writes Mr Ainsworth. We all await United's answers with great interest. Ultimately, it remains a matter for them. But they should not underestimate the contempt they will endure if it emerges that they really could have taken part in the FA Cup but chose not to.
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Subject: Interesting take on the Keano affair - Independent A long boring article but these paragraphs may shed some light on the Keano situation: Meanwhile, Edwards is still negotiating a new contract with the Roy Keane. A secret pact with the agents of the club's other big names could drive the United captain out of Old Trafford. Edwards has an agreement with the agents who negotiated the contracts of the other United players to keep them on "comparable terms" until 2002. Some will be on pounds 25,000 a week, mainly the new arrivals, while most are on pounds 20,000 a week. This has been a practice agreed in a dozen or so cases recently. The pay scale is in operation until 2002 when it will be reviewed, a strategy that suits United who have tied up most of their players on deals up to that date. And it is why Keane's "final offer" from United is in the pounds 28,000 a week range and is as much as Edwards can pay one of the club's existing players without causing major problems. Keane is looking for around pounds 40,000 a week which would break the agreement between Edwards and the agents, sparking a pay revolution. The spiral effect of that would be rises of around pounds 600,000 a year for every player, spread throughout the first team squad costing the club a further pounds 10m a season in wages. One agent confirmed last night: "There has always been a rider from Martin Edwards in negotiations that the players will be on comparable money until the year 2002. We all accept it although everyone is watching the Keane case with interest." Manchester United - The Legend - http://manunited.net
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Subject: EARLY BIRD FERGIE Tuesday, July 20, 1999 10:15 Sir Alex Ferguson could not make the pre-season trip to Australia and the Far East with his players - he was busy collecting his knighthood from some posh lady in London. But he's not far from the action, as he's been watching the lads play the Socceroos live on MUTV. But if you picture the Boss wearing his long manager's coat, standing in front of the TV shouting the house down, you couldn't be more right. He even drags his grandchildren out of bed and makes them sit on a wooden bench behind him as potential substitutes. "Watching on TV makes it easier to analyse. You're watching from the comfort of your couch, and you can watch the game almost passionately. And you get as uptight as you would if it was a League game," claimed the Boss, talking to the club's TV channel. "After 20 minutes or so, the missus comes downstairs saying "What's the bleedin' noise about Alex, come tae bed ye daft sod." "Ah cannae help but chuck the cup a' tea o'er her, and then she gans back tae bed." So it's a leisurely Sunday morning chez Ferguson, seeing his stars go through their paces. And maybe do a bit of future star-spotting, something Fergie's gotten quite good at over the years. "These tournaments are good for blooding some new talent. The atmosphere is good - with 70,000 there, and it was a good competitive atmosphere. It's good to get a judge of them, and for them to get experience in that setting. We look to assess youngsters in situations like this. I think they'll have learnt from it, and they'll be happy to have done. Ah like tae growl at the telly, it was ok for the Melbourne game, all ah had to dae was prise the chewing gum off the screen and buy the wife some new crockery, but during the Sydney game ah got so mad towards the end ah put ma foot clean through the telly, and the remote control went intae the fire." "Giggs and Stam didn't play in the first game as they weren't ready, but they've had the benefits of training. I've spoken to Steve, and he's said that there has been a bit of drunkenness, and that's a result of the drinking they've been doing. We've had to combine the drinking with these games because we've not had the dedication with me being here. The timing of the tour hasn't been very good, so Steve's had to combine them both," said the Boss. "Teddy offered tae take the young lads in the squad tae the dentists chair, and brought them back legless." But having got up early to see the match, Fergie claims he was a little disappointed. "I didn't think it was a great game, but the important thing was to come through without any injuries," he smiled. "There were one or two wee players ah saw that a'd like to have in ma team, but I'll have to see the Chairman!" The Reds now move on to Shanghai and Hong Kong to play two more pre-season friendlies. Book your place on the sofa alongside Sir Alex now but wear your crash-helmet!
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