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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Tue Sep 21 05:56:12 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Keane returns but Beckham fears grow 
2. K Stand and other bits! by Peter Hargreaves 
3. NEW* Easy-Link System at The Theatre Of Dreams
5. Umbro :  www.pitman.u-net.com/kits.htm
6. Guardian Report - Ferguson spooked by careless trend 
7. Times Report -  United's record saved by Taibi
8. Teddy Sheringham - BBC A Question of Sport - Mon 27/9



Barry Comment:
Great new TREBLE background drop for windows available
todat at The Theatre Of Dreams, made by our Graphics man Justin 
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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:
Click on INDEX at http://www.red11.org/sound

Size  Date    Time File Name / Description 

183k Sept 19   2.48 jordi_99.rm 
        Latest Situation on Jordi Cruyff after 1-1 Wimbledon   
*** FIXTURES ON 25/09/99 ***

             Arsenal  v  Watford
       Coventry City  v  West Ham United
        Derby County  v  Bradford City
        Leeds United  v  Newcastle United
      Leicester City  v  Aston Villa
   Manchester United  v  Southampton
       Middlesbrough  v  Chelsea
          Sunderland  v  Sheffield Wednesday

*** FIXTURES ON 26/09/99 ***

           Wimbledon  v  Tottenham Hotspur


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!

** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 18/09/99 ***

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

22-SEP-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Sturm Graz  (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)
25-SEP-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Southampton (FA Premier League, HOME)
29-SEP-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Marseilles  (UEFA Champions League, HOME)


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     -     ?
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home     D  1-1     1    55,189

22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC   19.45
25/09/99    Southampton              Home PL   15.00
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC   19.45
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL   16.00   "live on sky"

*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Schmeichel + Cantona]

13/10/99    ?     WC 3
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL   15.00
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
 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  "live on sky"
 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



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Subject: Keane returns but Beckham fears grow Roy Keane, who pulled a hamstring at the start of the month, is likely to return for Manchester United in their Champions League clash against Sturm Graz of Austria tomorrow. The news is a huge boost for United following the hamstring injury to Ryan Giggs, who limped off against Wimbledon on Saturday and could now be sidelined for six weeks. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'If Roy comes through then we will have quite a bit of experience in centre midfield with Scholes and Keane. Hopefully, David Beckham will also be all right.' Beckham is still under treatment and United have requested their hotel in Graz to provide him with a special, hard-mattressed bed placed away from the window. This suggests that Beckham's injury may be more serious than previously thought and that he could be suffering from back or muscular stiffness. Nicky Butt should return but Massimo Taibi and Mikael Silvestre are ineligible for the competition. Denis Irwin will return to left back with Phil Neville replacing him on the right. 'Denis Irwin and Phil Neville will be the full backs with Jaap Stam and Henning Berg in the centre,' said Ferguson, who gave no clues about whether Raimond van der Gouw or Mark Bosnich will keep goal on Wednesday night. Of Sturm Graz, Ferguson said: 'You can't take things for granted. They lost their first game so they will have to try to win this one.' -------------------------- Keane - 'I'll be back' «« Roy Keane may declare himself fit to return as Manchester United take on Sturm Graz at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium this week. United hope to be boosted by the return of Keane and Nicky Butt going into their next Champions' League game in Austria on Wednesday night. Sir Alex Ferguson is still reeling from the latest injury blow to effect his plans, when Ryan Giggs limped out of Saturday's home draw with Wimbledon suffering from yet another hamstring strain, but the United boss is confident he will see his midfield strengthened as Keane and Butt step back from injury. Keane has been out of action since pulling a hamstring during the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2000 qualifier against Yugoslavia on September 4, and Butt injured a groin during United's 3-2 win at Liverpool nine days ago. Both are back in training and in line to face Sturm Graz.
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Subject: K Stand and other bits! by Peter Hargreaves >Matthew, wrote:>>> I wonder if you intelligent folk could answer a question >that has been niggling me: Where exactly is K stand? <<< Intelligent - me? I think NOT! BUT.......'K' Stand is now known as the 'East Stand' and was known as the 'Scoreboard End'. For a rough rundown of Old Trafford - and running clockwise around the ground: Firstly........ I have always considered the term 'stand' to be something of a contradiction as it refers to the seated area(s) of a ground. Right hope (for those who do not know) that clears that expression up. Secondly all 'left' or 'right' labels are as if looking towards the pitch! 1. South Stand: This is the original stand, destroyed in the Second World War and rebuilt during the immediate post war years. This stand was where, on the 17th of April 1954 and with both my dad and my mam (yes, she has been to the occasional match) I made my debut at Old Trafford as my beloved Reds beat Portsmouth 2-0. The players used to emerge from a tunnel located in the middle of this stand. The stand was always known as the 'Main stand' (even though, at the time, there was only one 'stand' at Old Trafford). By the way the old tunnel still exists and the OT tour takes you down it. This stand now houses the 'suits' and offers about as much passion as a month-old meat and potato pie! 2. West Stand: This is the much loved, much talked-about and much lamented Stretford End. When I made my debut at Old Trafford this part of the ground was uncovered and it was not until five years later that a cover was erected. In the Stretford End there was a large exit tunnel directly in the centre and it was this tunnel which brought about the expression "I am a 'right/left' sider". Quite simply what this meant was that you either stood to the right or the left of the tunnel, halfway up the End. From this part of the ground emanated the 'atmosphere' for which Old Trafford became famous. Whilst I have always been to matches with my dad I stood on the 'right side' (with my peers) from 1962 until 1967. After that time (I guess either I had grown up or had become fed up with having my head smacked/teeth broken/eye split/etc/etc/etc) I went back to standing with my dad and we stood, firstly, to the lower, left of the End and then in the upper area (before they put the seats in there) to the top left. For a short time in the very early 60's dad and I stood to the extreme right of the End where the fence (which ran between the Stretford End paddock and the End itself) turned at right angles and meant that if one stood on the bottom rail one was lifted about a foot into the air (ie became as tall as the 'men'). I wonder how many of you out there remember that infamous night in (from memory!) 1964 when the Evertonians came into the Stretford End at three-quarter time and very nearly created a 'Hillsborough' type situation? I was in my normal position on the right-side when this massive (and I mean MASSIVE) push took me right down to the right corner of the End and I was very nearly crushed to death. The pressure was so bad that when I got home I had a perfect image of my string vest in blood blisters on me chest. Now then............I was just wondering if that night might have been when we played them in the Inter-City Fairs Cup (the UEFA Cup today) in January of 1965? I can't remember now. I do remember, however, that I took my girlfriend-of-the-time to the second leg at Goodison Park and we both very nearly got killed! Sitting on the football-special (train) waiting to come home a house brick came through the window and missed us both by inches!! We've always loved those scallies from Liverpool - haven't we? (B*****ds!). 3. The North Stand: Known by all as the 'Popular Side', this is where I spent the first five or so years watching Manchester United (say from 1956 until 1961). At the top of this area (just to the right of the roof) there were crush-barriers with a middle rail. This meant that I could sit on the top rail and have my feet on the middle one and, with dad stood behind me, arms around me holding me in place, I could both see the game and be in relative safety. This was the first area of the ground to be redeveloped to become the Old Trafford of today. In 1965 work began to create a fantastic cantilever stand for the 1966 World Cup. Whoever the architect was should receive a medal from Old Trafford as it was their genius which paved the way for Old Trafford to become the stadium it is today. Had that stand not been built in the way it was then it could not have been extended (around the ground) and we would have ended up with a hotch-potch of stands like all the other (unless brand new, of course) grounds you find in the country. This stand became known as the 'Cantilever stand' or, simply, 'G stand'. My dad got his season ticket in 'G' stand in 1969 and I got mine the year after. With the exception of the season when they redeveloped the stand (to what we now have today) we have sat together in exactly the same position for the past twenty-nine years (if me maths is correct!). For those of you who might be interested if you look at a picture of the 'South stand' we sit on row five directly below the left-hand leg of the 'N' in 'Manchester'. Next to us sit Jackie and Dave (fairly new additions to the List) and about ten seats to our left, the Big Daft Sod (Mick Meade) and directly in front of him, Tony Smith. About ten rows behind (and to the right) is Dr Mark. At half-time we all come together to discuss the situation and it becomes distinctly crowded for fifteen minutes! So crowded in fact, that sometimes I struggle to eat me pie (which has spent the first half under me seat, cooling down to a temperature which will not take the coating off the inside of me mouth as I attempt to eat it!!!!). So now you know! 4. The East Stand: This was known by all as the Scoreboard End because, not surprisingly, there was a scoreboard (or score-box to be more accurate) situated at the back and in the middle of this area. You can see a picture of this score-box on my website if you are interested (http://www.cheswem.u-net.com/united~1.htm). As a boy (because we had little brass and couldn't afford away matches) dad and I would make the pilgrimage from Maine Road (yes - that's where we lived!!!) to Old Trafford to see the reserves every other week and the scoreboard played a big part in the event. We could not afford a portable wireless (that's assuming that they existed in those days) so the ONLY way of knowing how the first team were doing was via the scoreboard. Letter 'A' was designated (always) to the score of the first team and would be updated every fifteen minutes. What that meant was that the young lads could be attacking and the crowd (big crowds then) would be roaring when all of a sudden letter 'A' would open and the crowd would go silent - it was really eerie! As the board closed there would either be further silence (still a draw), a really loud groan (the opposition have scored) or absolute pandemonium (Manchester United have scored). I have often wondered what the reserves of that time thought about that situation! The Scoreboard End was completely uncovered until the cantilever was extended around that part of the ground in (I think) 1970 or 1971. At that time the Scoreboard End became known (though not to me or my dad - it will ALWAYS be the Scoreboard End to us) as 'J' and 'K' stand (though I do not know which parts of that area were 'J' and which 'K'). When the Stretford End was demolished most of the boys/girls of the time moved (en-masse) to 'K' stand and thus it has remained. The real atmosphere at Old Trafford (such as it is today - not what it was, sadly) emanates from 'K' stand - or to give it it's correct title 'East Lower'. To get on my soap-box for a second, there is NO doubt in my mind that (with the redevelopment of) the two ends some attempt SHOULD be made to allow like-minded souls to sit together (ie all the singers/chanters in one place); it will NOT happen of course. So there you have it - a very brief history of what is what around Old Trafford. I am reluctant to call it the 'Theatre of Dreams' as that sounds so 'trite' and 'Keith-sodding-Fane', but it IS (and always has been) my 'theatre of dreams'. Manchester United IS my religion and Old Trafford, my church. If you find that offensive or beyond your understanding - tough! People like my dad and me, who grew up with nowt, have always seen football as their religion and I make no apologies for stating that here. Manchester United IS my life, always has been - always will be. Without Manchester United my life has no meaning and would not be worth living. Simple as that. Keep the Faith, Peter Peter Hargreaves (United Kingdom) http://www.cheswem.u-net.com/
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Subject: *NEW* Easy-Link System at The Theatre Of Dreams World of Manchgester United Football Club http://www.red11.org ** INFORMATION** NEW improved easy to remember navigation! To visit your favorite RED page just add any easy to remember link-words ...... [the rest is automatic] *Should you have further requests mail Barry at barrylee@post3.tele.dk Example http://www.red11.org/age This auto-diverts to "The International Age Survey" Other easy links working now are: /barcelona /cl /champ /ec /editorial /faq /fixtures /frames /guest /guestbook /home /image /images /link /links /listpics /mail /match /mufc /munich /news /pics /pl /players /player /post /prem /quiz /reserves /results /sound /stats /survey /song /songs /table /throstles /trophy /screensaver /screensavers /webring /webmaster Or just add a player name http://www.red11.org/[player name] running now [..more to come..] /alex /ferguson /berg /beckham /blomqvist /butt /cantona /clegg /cruyff /cole /giggs /irwin /johnsen /keane /may /nevilleg /nevillep /schmeichel /scholes /sheringham /stam /solskjaer /gouw /yorke Regards from the Theatre Of Dreams Webteam Barry, Bill, Paul, Justin, Diana, Our Salford Lass & Red Kelly. PS Paul Hinson has informed me that ALL League Records/tables from 1888-1998 are available here: http://www.risc.uni-linz.ac.at/non-official/rsssf/engpaul/FLA/league.html
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Subject: FERGIE'S EURO HOPE FOR GIGGS Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hopes to have Ryan Giggs back in action for the later group games in the Champions League. Giggs injured a hamstring in United's 1-1 draw with Wimbledon on Saturday and is ruled out of Champions Cup holders' clash with Sturm Graz on Wednesday. "A hamstring is a hamstring and it will take four to six weeks depending on how serious it is," said Ferguson. "In some cases it can be longer but hopefully we will get Ryan back in four to five week." But the good news for United is Roy Keane is set to play his first game since damaging a hamstring while on international duty for the Republic of Ireland at the start of the month. The United manager knows he has to reshuffle his side following the Wimbledon game with two of his players, Massimo Taibi and Mickael Silvestre, ineligible but the return of Keane will be a boost. Ferguson said: "Denis Irwin and Phil Neville will be the full backs with Jaap Stam and Henning Berg in the centre so we are all right there and if Roy comes through then the centre of midfield becomes a regular sort of selection with Scholes and Keane in there. It means we will have a bit of experience throughout the team." United are also waiting for David Beckham who missed Saturday's game because of an ankle injury. He will have more treatment after flying out to Austria. As for Wednesday's opponents Austrian minnows Sturm Graz Ferguson said: "You can't take things for granted. They lost their first game against Marseille so I think they will have to try to win this one if they want to make an impact on the group. "Hopefully that might make it an open game and if that happens it may give us a chance. With Marseilles coming up a week on Wednesday that will be a massive game for us. "It would be nice to get three points to add to the one we have got and then you can start looking at a target of 11 or 12 points and that gets you through." -------------------------- Giggs to see muscle specialist «« Ryan Giggs could be sent to Munich for advice from the world's leading muscle specialist to cure his recurring hamstring problem. United are considering packing the injury-prone winger off to see leading consultant Hans Muller-Wolfart - the man who has in the past treated Linford Christie and Michael Owen. United are concerned at the number of times Giggs has been hit by hamstring problems in recent years and the club's medical staff are looking at ways of dealing with the recurring problem. Giggs missed the start of the season because of injury, flying home from the club's pre-season with a thigh strain and with only eight games under his belt seems certain to be out for at least a month because of his latest set-back.
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Subject: Umbro : www.pitman.u-net.com/kits.htm > On 18 Sep 99, at 12:10, Rudi Muscovitch wrote: > Do you know when the kit contract with Umbro runs out? > Anyone know the answer to this? If you do, reply to At the start of the 1992-93 season, Umbro signed a 10 year deal with United to become kit suppliers so unless an extension's been signed, I guess its 2001/02. Details of all our kits are on the FactFile www.pitman.u-net.com/kits.htm For info, Peter Kenyon was formerly Chief Exec at Umbro before becoming the number 2 to Fartin' at OT. It is expected that he will take over as Chief Exec if Sir Roland Smith retires this/next year when his contract runs out and CME becomes Chairman of the plc. Paul B
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Subject: Guardian Report - Ferguson spooked by careless trend Ferguson spooked by careless trend as Olsen's plan eclipses lesser lights Jon Brodkin at Old Trafford Monday September 20, 1999 We should have known better than to take Wimbledon at their word. No spirit, no style and no hope they told us, just a listless version of that insolent team of a decade ago. What a dastardly trick to play on Manchester United, who joined in the fun by starting as if it was 1986 and lost their way. For all its shock value, there was a reassuring predictability about this result. The original Crazy Gang may have gone but under their eccentric Marxist mentor a Crazier Gang could emerge yet. "The spirit and character has been questioned," said the captain Kenny Cunningham. "We put that ghost to rest today." Others went with it. For a side supposedly conditioned to leave spectators in a neck brace, Wimbledon performed as if the ball was made of lead. Passes frequently rolled across the midfield rather than over it. And no, Egil Olsen did not make his players scribble "I must use the long ball" 100 times on the way home. "There's been no evidence of it at the training ground or even in the team meetings," Cunningham said, though they hardly need nudging in that department. Route One, Olsen confirmed, must be the weapon when faced with a wall of organised defence. On the counter-attack slick, quick forward movement is the key. With a little more composure Wimbledon might have won, for twice in the second half Massimo Taibi saved one-on-ones. As Olsen said: "They had more chances but we had the big chances." Not for a while, though, will Olsen feel the Egil has truly landed. "We have a long, long way to go," he insisted, playing down internal criticism of his methods and saying he had fielded dissenters in his Norway sides. "Manchester United were really unbalanced a couple of times but we used too much time on the counter-attack. We passed too much and allowed them to get on the right side again." United are certainly on the right side of the Premiership table but there are worries for Sir Alex Ferguson even from that lofty perch. As against Croatia Zagreb, his injury-affected side were invited forward, dominated possession but managed only a draw. What a shame for them that Roy Keane was on the pitch for only two minutes, and that to pick up an award. It was asking too much of Philip Neville to fill Keane's boots and, with David Beckham rested and Ryan Giggs sustaining yet another hamstring pull, crosses were poor and possession often squandered. Wimbledon helped themselves by defending so deep they almost occupied 10 seats in the Stretford End. But United had plenty of chances, particularly in the first half, and Ferguson knows they must improve. "I have a lot of respect for Wimbledon but really we played into their hands quite a lot," he said. "There was a lot of carelessness in our game." Carl Cort had already forced a good save from Taibi when he turned Mikael Silvestre and crossed for Walid Badir to score his first Premiership goal. By the time Jordi Cruyff exchanged passes with Paul Scholes and rounded the impressive Neil Sullivan to score, United must have feared the equaliser would never come. Next up is a midweek trip to Austria to play Sturm Graz in the Champions League. Nicky Butt and Beckham should be fit and, after last week's disappointments for United, surely in the Arnold Schwarzenegger stadium they'll be back. Goalscorers: Manchester United Cruyff 74 Wimbledon 1 Badir 16
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Subject: Times Report - United's record saved by Taibi MANCHESTER UNITED 1 WIMBLEDON 1 BY KEVIN McCARRA IT WAS the undefeated record that stretched, but the Manchester United players must have felt that it was they who were on the rack. Although they are now unbeaten in 28 FA Carling Premiership games, the sequence may exhaust United as much as it intimidates the opposition. Any club, in a period of ascendancy, begins to fear that it has won too many battles at too high a cost. Sir Alex Ferguson has the largest and most gifted squad in English football, but those advantages shimmered and nearly vanished on Saturday. United were one quicksilver reflex short of complete dejection. In the 89th minute, Duncan Jupp, the Wimbledon substitute, released Jason Euell, who was about to notch the winner until Massimo Taibi anticipated his sidestep and snatched the ball. "They had more chances, but we had the best ones," Egil Olsen, the Wimbledon manager, said. Instead of attempting to push up on their opponents, his team retreated and formed a cordon around their own penalty area. Olsen called this "low pressure", but United almost blew a gasket. United understand that they cannot hang onto their fame and their aspirations unless they also deal with the fatigue and injuries. Ryan Giggs will now be out for a while, having pulled a hamstring. "He gets two of those a season," Ferguson said, sounding censorious but really expressing his own frustrations. It should be possible for United to field a stronger line-up for the Champions' League game against Sturm Graz in Austria on Wednesday. Roy Keane and Nicky Butt are recovering fast enough to merit places on the flight. David Beckham will also travel,for while he was permitted to loll on Saturday, United were nearly floored. His absence illustrated the dependence on him for the last, decisive pass. Ferguson shuffled the pack, but it was one of those occasions where the cards were more likely to be spilt all over the floor against a team that seemed to have resolved recent difficulties in defence and often moved the ball with pertinent directness, particularly when possession came to Carl Cort. After 17 minutes, he swivelled away from Mikael Silvestre before placing the cut-back to Walid Badir, who finished mercilessly. "He is a Palestinian who plays for Israel, which means he is a good player," Olsen said in his snappy character sketch. Jaap Stam is a cliff in the midst of United's back four, but there was coastal erosion when Badir swept across him, after 68 minutes, and fired into the side-netting. Earlier, Cort had overrun the ball when put through by John Hartson. Ferguson's team, naturally, had Wimbledon pinned down for much of the match and did force Neil Sullivan to make several admirable saves. Having failed to shoot past the goalkeeper, United took the ball round him, with Cruyff holding his nerve to claim the equaliser after a one-two with Paul Scholes in the 73rd minute. For his team, too, the route to this draw had been circuitous and tense. MANCHESTER UNITED (4-4-2): M Taibi - D Irwin, H Berg, J Stam, M Silvestre - D Yorke, P Neville, P Scholes, R Giggs (sub: J Cruyff, 31min) - E Sheringham, O G Solskjaer (sub: A Cole, 69). Substitutes not used: M Bosnich, M Wilson, R Wallwork. WIMBLEDON (4-5-1): N Sullivan - K Cunningham, T Andersen, D Blackwell, B Thatcher - C Cort (sub: D Jupp, 81), W Badir, A Roberts, J Euell, M Gayle - J Hartson. Substitutes not used: K Davies, A Kimble, R Earle, C Leaburn. Referee: R Harris.
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Subject: Teddy Sheringham - BBC A Question of Sport - Mon 27/9 Teddy Sheringham - BBC A Question of Sport - Mon 27/9 [repeat on Sat 2/10] My contact at the BBC has just informed me of this A QUESTION OF SPORT, TX: MONDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER, BBC1, 7PM Ally McCoist and John Parrott captain two teams of sporting celebrities as they answer the questions put to them by Sue Barker. This weeks guests will be: Teddy Sheringham. Last season Manchester United and England striker Teddy became the first British player to score in FA and European Cup finals, on both occasions after coming on as substitute. Teddy's last minute equaliser, and his assist for the winner, was the most dramatic ending to any European Cup final; and victory completed a historic treble of Premiership, FA cup and European Champions League for Manchester United. Dickie Bird. The most famous umpire in cricket, Dickie stood in a world record number of Tests, and his honesty and sense of humour made him popular all over the world. Once a professional cricketer himself, Dickie was always the players' favourite; since his retirement, he's become a best-selling author with his hugely popular autobiography. Dean Macey. The new star of British athletics, Dean surprised and delighted everyone by taking the Decathlon silver medal at the 1999 World Championships. He produced six personal bests over the ten events, and his dramatic sprint at the end of the 1500 metres won him the silver medal by just 8 points. Peter Beardsley. One of the most popular players in football, Peter won 59 caps for England and forged a devastating partnership with Gary Lineker. At club level he did the same with Chris Waddle and Andy Cole during two spells at Newcastle; and with John Barnes and John Aldridge at Liverpool, where he won two League titles and the FA Cup. Pictures available The programme will be repeated on Saturday 2nd October after Match of the Day. Barrylee@post3.tele.dk Denmark http://www.red11.org/barry
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