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Date: Sun 21 Nov 1999 03:35 GMT
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Personal Match Report - by "Paul Busby"
2. Carling Report
4. Beckham sparks red card outrage



Barry Comment:
Great win still top and match reports galore in todays 
daily news - thanks to Paul Busby for his efforts!

Important info on Rio from Mike Dobbin:

Re the tournament in Brazil, United have not yet announced ticket
information, but have asked branches for estimates of numbers required.
Contact United immediately and ask to be given ticket information
when this is available, qouting your United membership number.
If you are not a member then this may be a problem if they are supplying
tickets to members only.

Ken Merrett has just visited Rio to check out the arrangements, and adivised
members at the branch conference on Saturday that they should think
carefully before going to the tournament, since Rio is an extremely
dangerous place, with a very high murder rate.

BIFFO'S tribute to that great night in Barcelona, cool links to 
Man United and other Champions League sites. 
Players gallery, post match chatroom. 
Taken from The Worldwide Manchester United Fans Webring - 400+ RED sites!

The BBC will broadcast live coverage of Manchester United's World Team
Championship challenge in Brazil.

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

FINAL Group D          P W D L  F A  PTS
Manchester United FC   6 4 1 1  9  4  13 
Olympique de Marseille 6 3 1 2 10  8  10 
SK Sturm Graz          6 2 0 4  5 12   6 
NK Croatia Zagreb      6 1 2 3  7  7   5 

Second stage Euro Draw  GROUP B
Manchester United Valencia Bordeaux Fiorentina
Tues Nov 23 
Group B: Fiorentina v Manchester United 
Group B: Valencia v Girondins Bordeaux 
Wed Dec 8 
Group B: Girondins Bordeaux v Fiorentina 
Group B: Manchester United v Valencia 
Wed Mar 1 
Group B: Manchester United v Girondins Bordeaux 
Group B: Fiorentina v Valencia 
Tues Mar 7  
Group B: Girondins Bordeaux v Manchester United 
Group B: Valencia v Fiorentina 
Wed Mar 15 
Group B: Manchester United v Fiorentina 
Group B: Girondins Bordeaux v Valencia 
Tuesday, March 21 
Group B: Fiorentina v Girondins Bordeaux 
Group B: Valencia v Manchester United 

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99/2000 fixtures/match reports are at

Mark Bosnich's Personal Details 



Previous News:
 BSKYB Takeover news/pics at http://www.red11.org/mufc/bskyb.htm
  Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
 Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!


             Arsenal   5-1   Middlesbrough         38,082
        Derby County   1-2   Manchester United     33,370
             Everton   1-1   Chelsea               38,225
        Leeds United   2-1   Bradford City         39,937
      Leicester City   2-1   Wimbledon             18,255
         Southampton   0-1   Tottenham Hotspur     15,248
          Sunderland   0-2   Liverpool             42,015
             Watford   1-1   Newcastle United      19,539

*** FIXTURES ON 21/11/99 ***
     West Ham United  v  Sheffield Wednesday

*** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 20/11/99 ***

Pos Team                  P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    15  6  2  0  24   6   4  1  2  11  14   15   33
 2  Leeds United         15  6  1  1  13   6   4  1  2  15  13    9   32
 3  Arsenal              15  6  1  1  18   6   3  1  3   8   9   11   29
 4  Sunderland           15  5  2  1  10   5   3  2  2  14   9   10   28
 5  Liverpool            15  5  0  3  11   6   3  3  1   9   6    8   27
 6  Tottenham Hotspur    14  5  0  2  17  12   3  2  2   7   6    6   26
 7  Leicester City       15  6  2  0  16   7   2  0  5   9  13    5   26
 8  Middlesbrough        15  4  1  3   9   9   3  0  4  11  14   -3   22
 9  Chelsea              13  4  1  1  13   3   2  2  3   6   8    8   21
10  Everton              15  3  4  0  16   8   2  1  5   8  14    2   20
11  West Ham United      13  4  1  0   7   3   1  2  5   5   8    1   18
12  Aston Villa          14  3  3  1   8   4   2  0  5   5  12   -3   18
13  Coventry City        14  4  0  3  15   8   0  5  2   6   8    5   17
14  Southampton          14  2  2  3  10  11   2  2  3  10  13   -4   16
15  Wimbledon            15  2  4  2  12  11   1  3  3  10  18   -7   16
16  Newcastle United     15  3  2  2  17   8   0  2  6   8  21   -4   13
17  Bradford City        14  1  3  2   6  11   2  0  6   6  12  -11   12
18  Derby County         15  2  0  6   7  15   1  3  3   7  11  -12   12
19  Watford              15  2  1  4   7  10   1  1  6   4  15  -14   11
20  Sheffield Wednesday  14  1  2  4   9  11   0  1  6   1  21  -22    6


HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 25/09/99 - Southampton (55,249)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE:  11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (54,941)
BEST WIN:     11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
              30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1)
HEAVIEST DEFEAT:         03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)
BEST HOME WIN:           11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)
                         30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1)
BEST AWAY WIN:           22/08/99 - Arsenal (2-1)
                         25/08/99 - Coventry City (2-1)
                         11/09/99 - Liverpool (3-2)
                         20/11/99 - Derby County (2-1)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT:    03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)

23-NOV-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Fiorentina  (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)
30-NOV-1999 [10:00] Manchester Utd. vs Palmeiras  (Inter Continental Cup, AWAY)
04-DEC-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Everton  (FA Premier League, HOME)
08-DEC-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Valencia  (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     -    53,250
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home     D  1-1     1    55,189
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC  W  3-0     -    16,480
25/09/99    Southampton              Home     D  3-3     1    55,249
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC  W  2-1     -    54,276
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL  L  0-5     2    34,909
11/10/99    Sir Alex Testimonial     Home F   L  2-4  LEGENDS 54,842      
13/10/99    Aston Villa              Away WC3 L  0-3     -    33,815
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL  W  4-1     2    55,188
19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC  L  0-1     -    57,745 
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     L  1-3     3    36,072
27/10/99    Croatia Zagreb           Away EC  W  2-1     -    30,000
30/10/99    Aston Villa              Home PL  W  3-0     2    55,211
 2/11/99    Sturm Graz               Home EC  W  2-1     -    53,745 
 6/11/99    Leicester City           Home PL  W  2-0     1    55,191
20/11/99    Derby County             Away     W  2-1     1    33,370

23/11/99    AC Fiorentina            Away EC   19.45
pp 27/11/99 ? Sheffield Wednesday  Away PL *No new date yet
30/11/99    Tokyo  Palmeiras         WCC       20.00
 4/12/99    Everton                  Home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    Valencia CF              Home EC   19.45
18/12/99    West Ham United          Away PL   15.00
26/12/99    Bradford City            Home PL   15.00
28/12/99    Sunderland               Away PL   20.00  "live on sky"
 3/01/2000  Middlesborough           Home PL   20.00
 JAN 05-14  Brazil WTC [3-4 games]
06/01/2000  Necaxa (Mexico)          Neut WTC  16.00
08/01/2000  Vasco da Gama (Brazil)   Away WTC  16.00
11/01/2000  South Melbourne (Australia) N WTC  16.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  Home PL   15.00
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            Home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         Away PL   15.00
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                Away PL   15.00
 1/03/2000  FC Girondins de Bordeaux Home EC   19.45 
 4/03/2000  Liverpool                Home PL   15.00
 7/03/2000  FC Girondins de Bordeaux Away EC   19.45 
11/03/2000  Derby County             Home PL   15.00
15/03/2000  AC Fiorentina            Home EC   19.45
18/03/2000  Leicester City           Away PL   15.00
21/03/2000  Valencia CF              Away EC   19.45 
25/03/2000  Bradford City            Away PL   15.00
 1/04/2000  West Ham United          Home PL   15.00
 5/04/2000  ?   EC qf i
 8/04/2000  Middlesborough           Away PL   15.00
15/04/2000  Sunderland               Home PL   15.00
19/04/2000  ?   EC qf ii
22/04/2000  Southampton              Away PL   15.00
24/04/2000  Chelsea                  Home PL   15.00
29/04/2000  West Ham United          Away PL   15.00
 3/05/2000  ?   EC sf i
 6/05/2000  Tottenham Hotspur        Home PL   15.00
10/05/2000  ?   EC sf ii
14/05/2000  Aston Villa              Away PL   15.00
24/05/2000  ?   EC Final


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Personal Match Report - by "Paul Busby" Since its a while since I've done a match report, sorry if it's not up to the usual list standard ;-) The morning started traumatically - I got a haircut! With the weather in Stockport causing the brass monkeys to install central heating, the first job of the day was a quick trip to the market to buy a woolly hat! Meeting up with Pete H, we joined the queue at the station for the cheap day return to Derby. An uneventful journey other than the ABU's sitting opposite reading the back of my paper saying "I hope Derby beat f*ckin' Man U" - somethings never change! A short stroll down the road from the station took us to The Brunswick, a cracking pub where they brew their own beer and serve arguably the best selection of real ale in Derby - well worth a visit if you enjoy playing sardines and spending 10 minutes waiting at the bar! You would have thought they would have been giving the beer away since the landlord had recently won £8,000,000 (that's eight million f*ckin' quid!) on the lottery but sadly it was not the case. One or three list members were spotted along with many of the usual faces at aways. The Leamington Skinhead joined us for a couple of pints and the mood on the way to the ground was upbeat. Arriving at the ground, we questioned a representative of the East Midlands boys in blue as to the way to the away end. We might as well have asked for an explanation of Einstein's theory of relativity since the question was obviously not covered in their pre match briefing! What the f*ck are these tossers being paid overtime for? A walk round three-quarters of the ground found us the away end and an excellent steak and kidney pie (did you really think this report could avoid a "pie report"?)! A much needed trip to the gents was perfectly timed to see the aforementioned LS hugging another bloke! Linda, it's just male bonding, honest! The first half started with the reds attacking the goal where we were standing. End of report for 40 minutes. It was dire! Other than two (well) off target shots from Keano, there was nothing worth mentioning. The only thing of note was the amount of yellow cards referee Mike Reid was dishing out to Derby for their rash challenges on the reds. Their left full back (sorry, no idea of his name) got a stupid one after protesting about an obvious foul and being booked for dissent. Two minutes later, he dropped Yorke from behind in what was a clear yellow card offence. Gary Neville ran to the ref expressing his displeasure and the red card was duly shown. Cue 30,000 Derby fans booing GN for the rest of the game. Tossers! To be honest, the game needed something to spark it off. The final five minutes of the first half was played with a passion, both on and off the field, that was sadly lacking before. A bad tackle on Phil Neville resulted in a free for all with about 15 players pushing and shoving but, surprisingly, another red card was not shown. Half-time 0-0. The second half started in the manor which followed for the next 45 minutes. The reds with 11 men totally outplaying the 10 men of Derby. There were no outstanding performances (Stam and Keano were, of course, their usual 10/10 red shirted heroes) and likewise, no-one had a crap game. Giggs, once again, was frustratingly just short of brilliance beating 3 men before fluffing a simple pass inside - but would you really prefer Blomquist/Fortune/Greening/Ole out there? Course not - and the red hordes backed him up with the "Giggs will tear you apart, again" New Order song. The inevitable happened when Becks crossed from the right and a half clearance fell to Nicky Butt (pretty quiet, but effective until now) who let fly from the edge of the box and, with the help of a slight deflection, rifled a screamer into the top right hand corner of the net. Cue KC and the Sunshine Band and general merriment from the reds behind the goal. The support was, as usual (Chelsea excepted) excellent with "The 12 days of Cantona" getting its customary pre-Christmas outing. The rest of the half was more of the same with the only question being if anyone else would be sent off. The reds were playing training ground "pass and move" and Derby were hoofing it up hoping for miracles. With not long to go, United subbed Silvo for Berg and Becks for Ole then a cross from Giggs (?) from the left found the leading scorer in the Premier League (not sure of my facts on this one but you get the point) unmarked in the six yard box to head home unchallenged. Shearer for England! Game over, NOT! With a minute to go, a (dodgy) free kick was given to Derby who floated one in from the right. Rai went walkabout allowing a free header to be nodded into an empty net. 90 seconds of "kick it in row Z!" followed before the whistle went on a well deserved win. We didn't play great but we won - isn't that what winning trophies is all about? Meeting up with PH and the LS outside, the next question was what to do about the police blockade stopping us walking round the ground to get back to the station? Obvious - down the embankment and back up right next to the police vans. What the f*ck was that supposed to achieve? Even the coppers seemed embarrassed as they all but helped us climb over the fences. Whilst PH made the (sensible) decision to get the 18:00 back north, yours truly decided to partake of The Bunswick's finest before getting the 19:00 which was, of course, 20 minutes late meaning missing the connection at Stoke and a 50 minute wait. Time for another pint! 3 points, still top of the league and a good day out. Cheers! ======================= Paul Busby Manchester, England buz@phantom.screaming.net =======================
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Carling Report Derby (0) 1 Man United (0) 2 FT Delap 90 Butt 53 Cole 83 England's forgotten striker Andy Cole gave Kevin Keegan a glimpse of what the Battle of Britain was missing by scoring the goal that made sure Manchester United stayed on top of the FA carling Premiership. After Nicky Butt had marked his return to first-team action from a month out because of a hernia operation by opening his account for the season at Pride Park with a fierce drive after 53 minutes, Cole - twice left on the bench by the England coach against Scotland in the past week - hit United's second. Butt's was his first goal for 11 months as he deputised for the rested Paul Scholes to good effect. Then Cole appeared to have put the game well beyond Derby when he headed home Ryan Giggs' cross seven minutes from time for his 14th of the season. Rory Delap gave the Rams a glimmer of hope in stoppage time when he rose above Raimond van der Gouw to direct Seth Johnson's free-kick into the bottom corner. But it was too little too late, and Derby remain in the bottom three after suffering their sixth home defeat out of eight in the Premiership this season. United, who have now won their last five matches, will be relieved to have recorded their first victory at Derby since 1977 after a bad-tempered clash. Stefan Schnoor was sent off in the 39th minute after picking up two bookings in quick succession, and referee Mike Reed showed the yellow card to five other players - Butt plus four from the Rams. Never mind the Battle of Britain; Pride Park today staged a match with as much ill-feeling as either of the two Euro 2000 play-offs - and England international David Beckham was one of the principal ringleaders. He got away with planting his boot on Schnoor's chest in the early stages, an incident ignored by Reed. Intentional or not, it set the tone for a nasty encounter which continued with Roy Keane aiming a kick at Marvin Robinson, the 19-year-old Derby striker making his first senior start, inside two minutes. Schnoor had no one but himself to blame for being sent off after he was cautioned twice in as many minutes. But Beckham, together with Gary Neville - making only his second league start of the season after a series of groin problems - were out of order in their behaviour in the run-up to the red card. First Schnoor was booked after Reed's attention was caught by a flagging assistant referee, who had been the target of several choice words from the German after he had been penalised for climbing all over Dwight Yorke. Then, with the home fans still angered by the initial caution, he ploughed through the back of Yorke and the ref had little option but to brandish a yellow card, followed by the red. Reed, who has booked more players than anyone else in the Premiership this season, would have needed no encouragement to give the defender his marching orders - but he was given some by Beckham and Neville. The England duo raced across to the referee with their arms in the air, no doubt pointing out he had already taken Schnoor's name and giving him advice as to what course of action he should take. Three minutes later they were at it again, although this time they were joined by the majority of the players on the pitch as Reed lost complete control of the situation. Phil Neville collapsed in a heap after challenging Dean Sturridge, and as the play became scrappy Johnson flattened Butt. Even though the incident happened on the other side of the pitch, Beckham and Gary Neville raced 40 yards to join in as managers Jim Smith and Sir Alex Ferguson stood and watched. Shortly afterwards Ferguson was storming down the touchline to berate the same assistant referee who had got Schnoor booked - and the game, unlike the temperature at a chilly Pride Park, was boiling over. The half-time interval gave both sides the chance to cool down, and it transformed United who had failed to trouble Mart Poom in a lacklustre opening period. Ryan Giggs went close twice immediately after the restart before United moved in front, and Beckham and Gary Neville were both involved in the goal. The midfielder's corner was half-cleared, and after the right-back gave him the ball his cross was headed away by Delap. But Butt controlled it superbly just inside the Derby area and with his second touch he unleashed an unstoppable right-foot drive which arrowed into the top corner. It seemed for a time that it was not so much a question of whether United would win but by how many as they laid siege to Poom's goal. The Estonian, making his first start since August 21 after suffering a wrist injury, made a fine save from Cole, and stout defending from Delap, Jacob Laursen and Horacio Carbonari also kept the champions at bay. Derby did have one clear chance, Darryl Powell seeing his shot strike Robinson and deflect away from goal after Johnson and Malcolm Christie had carved open the visitors' defence. But Cole all but killed the game as a contest when he rose unchallenged 10 yards out to double United's advantage. Delap's goal, his sixth this season, caused a few hearts to flutter among the visitors, but they were able to play out time and go into Tuesday's Champions League trip to Fiorentina in confident mood. Derby: Poom, Laursen, Schnoor, Carbonari, Borbokis (Christie, 74), Delap, Powell, Johnson, Dorigo, Sturridge (Murray, 74), Robinson. Subs not used: Prior, Boertien, Oakes. Booked: Borbokis, Carbonari, Schnoor, Johnson, Robinson. Sentoff: Schnoor 39. Man United: Van Der Gouw, G. Neville, Stam, Silvestre (Berg, 78), P. Neville, Beckham (Solskjaer, 86), Butt, Keane, Giggs, Cole, Yorke. Subs not used: Taibi, Sheringham, Scholes. Booked: Butt. Attendance: 33,370. Referee: M Reed (Birmingham).
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BUTT CAN SCORE LIKE COLE AND SCHOLES - Sky Sports Derby 1-2 Man Utd Harry Pratt reports A forgotten figure of late at Manchester United, amid the scramble for midfield places, returned ahead of last weekend’s star of the show at Hampden Park. In keeping with his manager’s ever-uncanny knack of ringing the right change at the right time, Nicky Butt underlined that anything Paul Scholes can do he can too. Not quite as often as the flame-haired England hero, who was left on the bench after his double strike for Euro 2000 glory seven days earlier. Butt's deflected right-foot shot from 13 yards, seven minutes into the second half, was the first time Butt had hit the back of the net in more than 11 months. The leaders were able to coast thereafter, minds clearly pondering the forthcoming second stages of the Champions League. But the streak of relaxed lethargy did not filter throughout the leaders’ entire line-up. Andy Cole, still a semi-outcast at international level with England, once more rattled in another shot at Kevin Keegan’s selection process, heading in powerfully from Ryan Giggs’ sweet cross from the left hand side. Thanks very much said the Treble defenders, content with their first success away to Jim Smith’s men for longer than they care to remember. Now Pride Park, even with a bulging 32,000 capacity on Saturday, is no Hampden Park. Yet the flying challenges, which littered the opening 45 minutes, were every bit as fierce as during the Battle of Britain. Derby’s early dominance of proceedings was not dissimilar to Scotland’s supremacy over the Auld enemy either. To add fuel to the comparison, there was no luck for Jim Smith’s men who after the bright start were rendered helpless with the red card shown to Stefan Schnoor for two cautions collected inside two minutes. The first was for dissent aimed at the linesman whose only crime had been to flag for a late lunge on Dwight Yorke. A few seconds on, Schnoor had a great deal more to cuss and curse as he went - another poor tackle leaving the official no choice whatsoever. That only heightened the growing tension in the stadium and led to a free-for-all, amid two appalling, deliberately mistimed, studs up tackles from Darryl Powell and Butt. How the latter escaped the black notebook none is able to say. Mike Reed excepted. He made amends later with Butt receiving a deserved booking midway through the second half. By then, though, the outcome was sorted thanks to Cole’s header making it a total 14 goals for the campaign. It might have been very different had Derby skipper Powell’s goal-bound drive not been diverted to safety by unlucky debutant Marvin Robinson. As it was that chance went begging, and became all the more painful for Smith's strugglers when they finally did breach the United defence just before time. Mark Bosnich had been left out of the starting line-up after returning from Australia’s double international Brazil bill in between matches struggling with a calf strain. So Fergie opted for the more-experienced Raimond van der Gouw in goal rather than a recall for Italian misfit keeper, Massimo Taibi. The Dutchman had not been required to make a save all day until a late free-kick was badly missed by the wandering van der Gouw and Rory Delap - who else? - headed in from close range to move farther clear of the club's other leading marksmen. So United's fifth successive win keeps them a point clear of bitter rivals Leeds, while the home side remain in deep trouble. The signs are there that they can lift themselves beyond the relegation quagmire. Manager Smith, though, needs a fully-abled squad at his disposal. Not one that is missing 'permit-problem' Fuertes, injured Burton and Morris at the start and then lost another - the stupid Schnoor - with two-thirds of the afternoon still ahead. Derby: Poom, Laursen, Schnoor, Carbonari, Borbokis (Christie 74), Delap, Powell, Johnson, Dorigo, Sturridge (Murray 74), Robinson. Subs Not Used: Prior, Boertien, Oakes. Sent Off: Schnoor (39). Booked: Borbokis, Carbonari, Schnoor, Johnson, Robinson. Goals: Delap 90. Man Utd: Van Der Gouw, G. Neville, Stam, Silvestre (Berg 78), P. Neville, Beckham (Solskjaer 86), Butt, Keane, Giggs, Cole, Yorke. Subs Not Used: Taibi, Sheringham, Scholes. Booked: Butt. Goals: Butt 53, Cole 83. Att: 33,370 Referee: M Reed (Birmingham)
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Beckham sparks red card outrage Soccernet - By Joe Melling Derby 1-2 Man Utd Stefan Schnoor's sending-off helped Manchester United retain their place at the top of the Premiership but two of Sir Alex Ferguson's stars were guilty of shameless gamesmanship. Referee Mike Reed requires no encouragement to take Draconian action but England pair Gary Neville and David Beckham were taking no chances. There should be no excusing the stupidity of Derby's Schnoor in committing two yellow-card offences within a minute in front of the infamous Birmingham official. But the way Neville and Beckham covered more than 20 yards in double-quick time to impress their opinions on Reed left a thoroughly sour taste. Derby's remaining 10 men and the vast majority of the Pride Park crowd were understandably outraged by the totally uncalled for behaviour by the United duo. After all, this was a game United were always going to win against a dangerously depleted and struggling Derby. Nevertheless, it was no longer a genuine contest once Schnoor departed the scene in the 38th minute following a foul from behind on Dwight Yorke, seconds after an initial yellow card for dissent. Nicky Butt, in his first game back following a hernia operation, virtually settled the issue in the 59th minute with a blockbuster from the edge of the area after Beckham's cross had been half-heartedly cleared by Horacio Carbonari. Andy Cole, strangely disregarded by England coach Kevin Keegan on Wednesday night against Scotland, merely confirmed the inevitable with a handsome header following a cross from Ryan Giggs seven minutes from time. Cole's strike was his 12th in the Premiership this season. But all this was after United had struggled to suppress the energy and vigour of an admirably defiant Derby side. In fact, there was not a single moment of consternation for either goalkeeper in an opening half littered with niggling exchanges that Reed appeared delighted to jump on. The referee extended his number of bookings to 52 and red cards to half-a-dozen in his 10th appearance of the season although, in fairness, there was no convincing argument to be lodged against any of seven cautions handed out on the day. Although United's greater numerical strength, not to mention superior talent, was bound to triumph in the end, Derby deserve credit for a dogged persistence. Cole was denied by goalkeeper Mart Poom in the 62nd minute with a shot on the turn but, in the main, United's clear-cut chances were reduced to a minimum. There was even an opportunity for a Derby equaliser in the 76th minute but the shot from captain Darryl Powell unfortunately struck colleague Marvyn Robinson, no doubt to the relief of the visitors' goalkeeper, Raimond Van Der Gouw. Derby were eventually rewarded with a last-minute consolation which once again exposed the prevailing frailty among the men entrusted with the United goalkeeper's jersey. Van Der Gouw wandered aimlessly to meet a free-kick from Seth Johnson and was embarrassed by the leap of the Republic of Ireland's Rory Delap, whose back-header into the unprotected goal gave Derby due reward for their exertions. Derby, who have now lost six of their eight home games, are clearly in a perilous position. Their plight has hardly been assisted by the failure of manager Jim Smith to secure the signings of Scotland internationals Craig Burley and Colin Hendry, plus the passport problem which prevents striker Esteban Fuertes from re-entering Britain, let alone Pride Park. All the more worrying then for Sir Alex Ferguson, who would surely have wanted a more imposing and fluent performance than this before the tricky Champions League confrontation against Fiorentina in Italy on Tuesday. At least United remain in pole position domestically, although such unsporting gestures from Neville and Beckham hardly encourage greater respect for the image of the reigning European and Premiership champions.
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