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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Fri Jan 22 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Aberdeen Away! by Kerry Davies
2. Reserves vs Derby - Personal report by Pat Jennings
3. Liverpool preview (soccernet)


Daily RED Trivia  Fri 22nd January 1999:

22/1/1958: Lance Richardson died in Cordoba, Argentina. Richardson made his United
 debut against West Bromwich Albion in May 1926, and the nerveless Goalkeeper
 made 42 appearances between 1926-28, later joining Reading.

1966: United win 5-2 at Derby County in the FA Cup 3rd Round watched by 
  33,827 with goals from George Best 2, Denis Law 2 and David Herd. Team was:
  Gregg, Dunne, Cantwell, Crerand, Foulkes, Stiles, Best, Law, Charlton, Herd, Aston.


Barry Daily Comment:
USA ONLY: http://www.soccertv.com :
English FA Cup 4th Round: Manchester United vs Liverpool 
FOX Sports World and FOX Sports World Espanol 
(a.k.a. FOX Sports Americas-US) will air the 
* HUGE * Manchester United vs Liverpool English FA Cup 4th Round 
Clash on Sunday January 24 at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. 
+ All the detail for the USA Supporters club spring trip, Including the trek
  to Milan, can be found at the USA Supporters club web page.

New Survey #34 Question: What is United's best pairing of Centre Backs?
G.Neville & Stam
G.Neville & Johnsen
Berg & G.Neville
Berg & Stam
Johnsen & Stam
Johnsen & Berg
(Question suggested by Gary Heath)
Survey opened: Sun Jan 17 99 20:00 EST 
Vote now at: http://www.red11.org/miva/survey.mv

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

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

  24/1 Liverpool   (H)  12.00 Sky Sports FA CUP 4th rnd
  31/1 Charlton    (A)  15.00 UK

UNITED Stats v All teams:


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal                  Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181
03/10/98    Southampton              Away     W  3-0     2    15,251
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475
29/11/98    Leeds                    Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159
19/12/98    Middlebrough             Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Notts Forest             Home     W  3-0     3    55,216 
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741
10/01/99    West Ham United          Home     W  4-1     3    55,180
16/01/99    Leicester City           Away     W  6-2     2    22,091

Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


 Manchester Utd    v   Inter Milan
 Real Madrid       v   Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus          v   Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich     v   Kaiserslautern

 Ties to be played on March 3 and 17

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Chelsea              22  11  10   1  34  18   16   43
 2  Aston Villa          22  12   7   3  34  20   14   43
 3  Manchester United    22  11   8   3  49  26   23   41
 4  Arsenal              22  10   9   3  23  11   12   39
 5  Leeds United         22   9   9   4  36  20   16   36
 6  Liverpool            22  10   5   7  43  26   17   35
 7  Wimbledon            22   9   7   6  29  33   -4   34
 8  West Ham United      22   9   5   8  25  31   -6   32
 9  Middlesbrough        22   7  10   5  32  28    4   31
10  Derby County         22   7  10   5  22  20    2   31
11  Leicester City       22   7   8   7  25  27   -2   29
12  Tottenham Hotspur    22   7   8   7  28  30   -2   29
13  Sheffield Wednesday  22   7   5  10  25  22    3   26
14  Newcastle United     22   6   7   9  26  31   -5   25
15  Everton              22   5   9   8  13  24  -11   24
16  Blackburn Rovers     22   5   6  11  21  29   -8   21
17  Coventry City        22   5   5  12  21  31  -10   20
18  Charlton Athletic    22   3   8  11  26  36  -10   17
19  Southampton          22   4   5  13  20  46  -26   17
20  Nottingham Forest    22   2   7  13  18  41  -23   13

Fixtures FAC:
*** ROUND 3 FIXTURES (REPLAYS) ON 19/01/99 ***
             (0) Barnsley  v  Swindon Town (0)

*** ROUND 3 FIXTURES (REPLAYS) ON 20/01/99 ***
         (1) Notts County  v  Sheffield United (1)

*** ROUND 4 FIXTURES ON 23/01/99 ***
              Aston Villa  v  Fulham
                 Barnsley  v  AFC Bournemouth
          or Swindon Town     
         Blackburn Rovers  v  Sunderland
           Bristol Rovers  v  Leyton Orient
                  Everton  v  Ipswich Town
           Leicester City  v  Coventry City
         Newcastle United  v  Bradford City
             Notts County  v  Cardiff City
      or Sheffield United     
               Portsmouth  v  Leeds United
      Sheffield Wednesday  v  Stockport County
             Swansea City  v  Derby County
                Wimbledon  v  Tottenham Hotspur
                  Wrexham  v  Huddersfield Town

*** ROUND 4 FIXTURES ON 24/01/99 ***
        Manchester United  v  Liverpool **********  1200 kick off!
            Wolverhampton  v  Arsenal


Busby Babes

Subject: Aberdeen Away! by Kerry Davies With the gap between qualification for the European Cup Quarter Finals and the game itself so large, the announcement of a friendly taking place in Aberdeen mid January appeared to be the perfect tonic to those lack of Euro Away blues. Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time anyway! So, it was a small, but hardy bunch of three that took advantage of the very reasonable £48 Easyjet flight to Aberdeen. Our arrival at the airport on Monday morning saw only two more regular faces appear demonstrating quite clearly that it was only a few of us that have far too much time on our hands! The flight was a short one, but still long enough to enjoy a lunchtime beer, and by one o'clock we were landing, somewhat bumpily, in Aberdeen. Stepping off the plane we were greeted with a cold harsh wind, driving rain into our faces, but at least it wasn't snowing which is what the weather forecast had led us to believe. On the way through, the draw of the airport bar proved too strong for three of us, so we stopped off for some more liquid refreshment before getting a taxi into town. The first port of call was the Station Hotel which was where a few other fellow travellers where supposed to be taking advantage of the rumoured cheap rooms on offer. At £69 for a single room, we quickly decided against it, but had a quick drink in the hotel bar while catching up with a few of the other lads that had made the trip. It quickly became apparent that one member of their party had sampled quite a few more ales than the rest of them, and was already quite the worse for wear at only 2 in the afternoon! The Criterion Bar round the corner was the next port of call, and it was here that everyone else that had made the trip was drinking, along with two dead ringers for the Italian plumbers Mario & Luigi! The plan was to have a couple of drinks in here before heading off to find a room for the night, but, as these things have a habit of doing, it was a long while before we managed to drag ourselves away from the place! Our rather inebriated companion was providing the entertainment with his antics and the barmaids no nonsense attitude to him! Howard was then disgusted to see a few of us eating the rather nice cheese toasties on offer, claiming that it was 'no food till Wednesday' for him, in keeping with his previous Euro Away guidelines! We eventually managed to drag ourselves from the bar around five, and headed off in the wind and rain to find somewhere to stay. A decent looking, and even more decently priced B&B was soon secured (£15 a head - bargain!) and so it was on to Ryan's Bar to meet up with the Blackpool lot who were having a bite to eat in relative calm having slipped away from the others! Howard then ruined his claim from just 2 hours previous by lapping up a rather strange concoction the involved the juice from a bowl of mussels and everyone elses left over salad! Phil was getting in to the swing of all things Scottish by devouring a plate of haggis (which was actually quite nice), while Martin ploughed his way through a two course meal that involved curly chips to start, followed by straight chips! The ground was finally reached where there were a few of the others outside, having failed in their attempts to get into the Executive Lounge courtesy of the tickets left for them by Wes Brown! With one of the RI sellers short of a ticket, it was left to us to jib him in, which we managed thanks to a particularly dozey steward not noticing the most blatent passing back of a ticket stub ever seen! Once successfully in the game it was a fairly dull affair despite a full compliment first teamers from United. Ronny Johnsen scored with a cracker from the edge of the box before Aberdeen equalised with a header later on, while Schmeichel produced a string of top class saves throughout the match. The game was played to an atmosphere so muted it made Old Trafford these days seem like a hotbed of passion - a small cheer when Aberdeen scored was about all that was heard from the home fans! A few of the Reds tried getting things going, but with so few United and even fewer United that knew any songs, it was a futile exercise, although we were all amused by the impromptu chant of 'spaghetti and pasta too, United are going to Milanoo!' from one of the Reds present. I managed to wander in to the Exec Bar halfway through the second half, tried to get a drink to take back to the Shell Box that my company had hired, but unfortunately, my somewhat less than business suit attire blew my cover, and it was to be back into the stands without a drink. With full time drawing in and the prospect of a penalty shoot out looming, we felt that the bar over the road was a much better option, so we departed to horrified and baffled looks from the Aberdeen Reds present in our end. A quick drink in the Aberdeen Bar was made all the quicker by the presence of our drunken colleague from before who looked set to get everyone in the bar killed by the bouncers, so we headed off back into town. Outside Phil regaled us of his encounters with a bunch of West Ham boys who chased a few Reds over the large hill next to the ground when United played a pre-season tournament there in 1980. Upon getting over the hill, they decided to duck into a restaurant they came across in order to avoid the baying mob that was just behind. Unfortunately for them, their chosen hideout was full up with the rest of the West Ham lads, so a rather quick exit was called for before they managed to disappear into the night! We had met up with Ari by now who took on the part of tour guide by promising to lead us to a number of excellent bars he knew of. He succeeded in taking us to some bars, but whether they were excellent is another matter entirely! First up was the Pittodrie Bar where we caught the end of the Villa game, before heading further down the road to the Kings Bar were we met up with a load of Aberdeen Reds, including the originally nicknamed 'Jock' who was putting up a few of the Reds for the night and wasn't quite sure what he had let himself in for! The next port of call on Ari's magical mystery tour was the supurb Archibald Simpson's, which more than made up for the rather poor selections previously. Drinks were dirt cheap (two bottles cost £2.40!) and it was open till 12. A tremendous Eric singsong at the end was not greeted too enthusiatically by the Aberdeen fans in the bar, although the Denis Law songs were greeted a little better, while the 'you can stick your fucking England up you arse' was greeted more enthusiastically still - strange that!!! We found our way into the nearby club Oh Henry's soon after and were then reunited with our drunken comrade who had managed to fall asleep in the train station, before phoning various people back home telling them that he was in various parts of the country before word of where he was finally got back to us, and we were able to locate him, a little more sober and ready for some more drinks! The club was excellent - free to get into, and playing a number of decent Manchester tunes from the likes of the Roses and the Mondays. Howard managed to get thrown out for the heinous crime of being too quiet - he was sitting on a stool by the bar having a quiet drink, when the bouncer came over and turfed him out! Quite unbothered by the whole thing, we just headed off for a drink elsewhere! I discovered Phil's hotel and went in for a final drink before he returned. A baffling conversation with the barman meant that I wasn't allowed to pay for the drinks with cash, and that I had to put the bill on my room to pay for in the morning. There was then the small problem that I wasn't actaully a resident, so I had to charge them to Phil's room before retiring to the lounge (cheers Phil!). All that was left for me to do then was finish my drink and get back to my B&B. I staggered out into the road and found a cab and passed him the card I picked up with the name and adress of my humble abode on it. The cabby then proceeded to drive a few hundred yards down the road, stopping with a big grin on his face! I paid him, giving him an extra large tip to hide my embarrasment and finally got in to bed around 4. Surprisingly, I managed to get up for breakfast in the morning which went some way towards making me feel like a member of the human race again, and then went back to bed. We were awoken sometime later when a window cleaner appeared, but then promptly disappeared after Howard started singing 'When I go cleaning windows' at him! A shower and change of clothes later, and there was time to go to the pub for a few swift ales before heading off to the airport. We were joined by Ari some time later who was planning his 7 hour train journey home, and the beers started to flow again far too easily. Typically, and for me very worryingly, we were still there 45 minutes before our flight left. While I ran around the bar urging Howard that it might be an idea to drink up and get a cab, he calmly sat at the bar proclaiming that we shouldn't worry, we had till Sunday to get to Manchester! We finally got to the airport about 25 minutes before the flight left, and I was very relieved to find myself in the airport lounge in time for the departure. The flight was again a little bumpy to say the least, but we landed safely enough just after 3, with plenty of time to have a few more beers in the airport before heading home. I'm sure that the 15 or so regular faces that made the trip had a good one, and has certainly helped pass the time before the big one in Milan this March... Kerry
Busby Babes

Subject: Reserves vs Derby - Personal report by Pat Jennings As it was (sort of) my neck of the woods, I took the terrible two off to Derby last night to watch the United reserves play. For some inexplicable reason, the Derby reserves still play at the Baseball Ground. This would be like a modern day holiday maker going on a cruise on the Titanic! It's hard to believe that top flight football was once played here. I vaguely remember being here for an FA Cup match (I think) in the late 70's or early 80's, which I think we won (anyone help me out? I can't even blame the drink either!) I'm sorry I didn't get all the team down as we just missed the KO as Derby hadn't realised the massive draw United have everywhere and hadn't opened up enough of the stadium to cater for the 30,000 Reds that turned up ;-)) We did get in free though as the lad on the turnstile was a United fan (Cheers mate!). Once inside my nephews ran straight down to the touchline, completely ignoring everything I shouted at them. It was raining and the pitch looked like a ploughed field. We were kicking away from us as we sat level with Raimonds 18 yard box. Curtis was nearby and May, Greening, Nevland and Mulryne were the only familiar players I could see. Derby scored first as our defence misjudged an excellent (Beckham style) cross field ball that, I think, they all thought was going to run out of play. A Derby player crossed it into the box that only had 1 United defender in it and it was 1-0. We were nearly caught out with an identical move a few minutes later but Curtis handled it a bit better. We had a free kick soon after that was taken by our number 8, he was extremely unlucky not to score and had it been on target would have took the goalies hand off if he'd have touched it. We levelled soon after but I was busy picking up the contents of Joseph's lunchbox as he had dropped it on the floor. I also couldn't pick the name up on the 'two tins and a piece of string' tannoy system (great match report eh?). I'd had enough of sitting in the rain and so dragged my nephews back a few rows and got in a dry bit. But their stream of inane questions continues: "Patrick....What sport did they play here before they played football?" "Patrick....Why do they call it the Baseball Ground?" "Patrick....(pointing at a sign that says 'Derby - The Rams') does that say Derby are rubbish?" and finally "Patrick....Why's there a clock on the front of that stand?" The woman behind me wasn't having much different with her son either Son: Mum, who's Captain? Mother: David May Son: Why's he Captain? Mother: Because he's the oldest Son: No he's not, van de Gouw is. Mother: Yes but we don't have goalkeepers as Captain. Son: Schmeichel's been Captain Mother.............. Anyway half time came and upon their insistence we moved again to the upstairs tier that had now opened. The halftime entertainment was provided by Rammy, their club mascot, wearing an EDS shirt (wasn't you moonlighting again was it Alan?). Rammy whipped the kids up into a frenzy as he gave away numerous signed footballs and sweets to all the kids down at the front (where we'd just been sitting). Ronnie and Reggie wanted to go back down again and join in, but I dissuaded them from doing this as I'd had enough of their antics. Does Fred the Red do this at reserves matches at Gigg Lane as it went down really well with the kids? The teams came out for the 2nd half and it got underway again. I don't go to many reserves matches, but the few I've been to have always been entertaining, free flowing and good natured. This was no different and apart from a linesman who didn't understand off side it was well officiated. Derby again took the lead when a player broke down the left flank, VDG didn't cover his near post well and the scorer exposed this. I'm sure he and May must've been thinking "what am I doing here in this shit hole in the pissing rain?" They are effectively playing in the 3rd team. I know we had the Aberdeen match the night before, but it seems the fringe players of the first team aren't risked in the reserves, which seems a bit daft to me as it's the only really competitive games they could have. May did have one classic moment as he shoved the Derby player over who was next to him after a bit of elbows in our box. The ref didn't even give them a free kick. When we attempted to make our first substitution, without a number board being held up, you could see Superstar pointing to his chest saying "who me?" I bet he was well pissed off when it wasn't him after all :-)) We started to take control of the game and I thought all along we'd score again. Nevland scored after a nice move and I thought we should have gone on to win, having a reasonable penalty appeal turned down in the process. I overheard some United fans behind us asking who was our number 11. "Jonathan Creek" one of them said, much to everyone's amusement! All in all it was a reasonable result and an enjoyable game and as it didn't cost me a penny all night, I can hardly complain. Cheers Pat Jennings (c) Not to be Used without Permission of the Author E-mail: patj@telepad.demon.co.uk
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Subject: Liverpool preview (soccernet) Liverpool bid to end 78-year FA Cup jinx By Jeremy Butler MANCHESTER, England, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Manchester United's rivalry with Liverpool, one of the oldest and most intense in English soccer, has seen United in the ascendancy for most of the 1990s. They will be hoping to maintain the upper-hand when they face Liverpool in England's match of the season so far -- their F.A. Cup fourth round tie at Old Trafford on Sunday. For while the battles between the two have sometimes gone United's way and sometimes Liverpool's in the league over the last 20 years, it has been a different story in the F.A. Cup. Liverpool have not beaten United in the FA Cup in eight meetings since 1921 and since 1977 when United beat Liverpool 2-1 in the Cup Final to end Liverpool's hopes of a league, FA Cup and European Cup treble, United have not lost any of the six FA Cup matches between the two -- all played in the final or semifinal. In 1979 they beat Liverpool 1-0 in a semifinal replay after a 2-2 draw; in 1985 they won another semifinal replay 2-1 after a 2-2 draw and in 1996 they beat Liverpool 1-0 in the Cup Final again with a late Eric Cantona goal settling a dull game. That goal not only gave United the Cup for a record ninth time but also secured the League and Cup Double for United for the second time in three years. In all United and Liverpool have met 13 times in the cup with United winning seven times and Liverpool twice -- their last victory coming as long ago as 1921 in a replay in the old first round. Their first cup meeting was 101 years ago when Liverpool beat United, then still known as Newton Heath, in a second round replay, but naturally their two Cup Final meetings are the best remembered matches of all. Liverpool went into the final of 1977 already crowned league champions and due to play Borussia Moenchengladbach in the European Cup Final in Rome four days after playing United at Wembley. Liverpool's team included Kevin Keegan, who was playing his last domestic match before heading to German side SV Hamburg. But Keegan, who had been the two-goal hero when Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-0 in the final three years earlier, made little real impact against a United side who went ahead five minutes into the second half when Stuart Pearson squeezed home a shot under the slow-diving Ray Clemence. Their lead didn't last for long as Liverpool came straight back up the field and Jimmy Case volleyed home with one of the best goals ever scored in a Cup Final two minutes later. Three minutes after that United went 2-1 ahead with one of the most freakish goals scored at Wembley -- a lucky strike as Lou Macari's wayward shot hit Jimmy Greenhoff and looped up over Clemence and into the net. The consolation for Liverpool was being crowned European champions for the first time when they defeated Borussia 3-1 in Rome's Olympic Stadium the following Wednesday. The excitement of the 1977 Cup Final failed to materialise in 1996 as Liverpool's fashionable players wore white suits on to the pitch in the pre-match walkabout, but were left red-faced at the end of the day. The game was a huge anti-climax and one of the worst finals seen at Wembley with Liverpool content to soak up United's pressure. Eventually, with extra-time approaching, Cantona won the Cup for United with a shot from the edge of the area after Liverpool had failed to clear a corner. In between those two finals there were two titanic semi-final battles with United breaking Liverpool's hearts on both occasions. In 1979 the teams met at Maine Road with Liverpool taking the lead through Kenny Dalglish. Joe Jordan equalised but the Anfield side were soon awarded a penalty only for Terry McDermott to miss from the spot. His embarrassment was increased when Brian Greenhoff put United ahead but Alan Hansen saved the day for Liverpool and earned a replay four night nights later at Goodison Park. Jimmy Greenhoff again proved to a thorn in the Liverpool side as his early goal left Liverpool laying siege to the United goal but failing to grab an equaliser. United went on to lose the final 3-2 to Arsenal. In 1985 United triumphed again after another replay to thwart Merseyside dreams of an Everton-Liverpool final. United took the lead in the first match at neutral Goodison Park through Mark Hughes and held that until Liverpool equalised with four minutes to play through Ronnie Whelan. United went 2-1 up in extra time with a goal from Frank Stapleton, but Paul Walsh made it 2-2 with a second Liverpool equaliser in the dying minutes even though a linesman had flagged for offside. Four days later at Maine Road, Liverpool took the lead when Paul McGrath put through his own net, but United fought back to win with goals from Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes. They completed something of a Mersey "double" when they beat Everton 1-0 in the final. Both teams are currently playing well with United crushing Leicester 6-2 last week and Liverpool beating Southampton 7-1. There is no clear favourite for Sunday's tie but with United having history on their side, it would be no surprise if they went through after a replay, or even on penalties.
Busby Babes

Subject: COLE BLASTS HODDLE - AND MAKES EVERYBODY HAPPY ANDY COLE'S latest outburst against England manager Glenn Hoddle will no doubt have made the in-form Manchester United striker feel much better about himself. But curiously enough, the admission that he is "not fussed" any longer about whether or not he figures in Hoddle's plans has also given the national coach some relief from his striking headache. The in-form United striker claimed that he wasn't concerned about being overlooked - "If someone doesn't think I'm good enough to be in the England team then fair enough. I'm not fussed about that" - but he went on to demand that, if that is the case, then he should be left free by the England coach to pursue his club career. "What I won't have is being talked about as if I'm not good enough to play for Manchester United and that I miss all those chances," blasted Cole. "I'm not taking that from anyone, the England manager, or whoever." Hoddle angered the player at the end of last year by suggesting that he hadn't gained more international recognition because of the ratio of chances that he converts into goals. By saying that he's not bothered about wearing the white of England and considering the abundance of striking talent at Hoddle's disposal, Cole has inadvertently given his critical national boss the perfect excuse not to pick the United striker any more. The national coach may well secretly be delighted that he will now be able to face the world's press with a clear conscience and explain that, if Andy Cole is no longer "fussed" about representing England, then his attitude alone will have ruled him out of contention for a striking spot. With Cole, Julian Joachim, Robbie Fowler, Darren Huckerby and, of course, Michael Owen scoring almost at will, plus captain Alan Shearer to accommodate, Hoddle was going to have trouble keeping everyone happy when he named his squad to face France. There may also be another winner in this ongoing feud: Manchester United and their fans. Already disillusioned with the barracking that Old Trafford players receive from a section of the crowd when representing their country, United's fans will be delighted that one half of their red-hot strike partnership will be able to concentrate fully on his club without worrying about England or risking injury when representing his country. And, with Dwight Yorke scarcely under much pressure from his national side, Trinidad, United boss Alex Ferguson will be rubbing his hands with glee as he contemplates an arduous Premiership run-in and that Champions League quarter-final against Inter Milan.
Busby Babes

Subject: POLICE PLAY DOWN TROUBLE AT HIGH-NOON CLASH Police are playing down the threat of a repeat of the violence which marred Manchester United's last home match with Liverpool. The two fierce rivals meet again at Old Trafford on Sunday in the FA Cup fourth round, but Greater Manchester Police are not expecting a recurrence. When the teams last met in September three fans were hurt in clashes and a police horse and rider were injured when they fell to the ground. Officers made 12 arrests for assault and public order offences. But GMP intend to police the game like any other in the city, and the only change is the noon kick-off time. A spokeswoman said: ''The game will be policed the same as any other game. ''After consultations, the kick-off time was considered the most suitable for the police and the two clubs involved. ''We have not made any special arrangements, but we will be prepared for anything that happens.'' Trouble flared last time when rival gangs clashed in a bar in Salford before the game, and one United fan was stabbed in the neck and face. A Liverpool supporter then suffered serious facial cuts during an incident outside the Old Trafford stadium when bottles and stones were thrown. During the same trouble two police horses fell and one horse and rider were slightly injured when they were kicked. A third supporter was hurt in Salford when he was hit on the head by a bottle.
Busby Babes

Subject: FERGUSON: WE PULLED PLUG ON FOE Manchester United have hit back at allegations that their plc board blocked a move for Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe. Manager Alex Ferguson claimed United's interest in the player dwindled once he had played for FC Lens in the Champions' League which ruled him out of any more European games this season. Foe broke a leg last summer, an injury which ruled him out of the World Cup, and Ferguson said: ''We felt that due to this injury we should monitor him for the rest of the season. ''But the boy had an opportunity to move to a new club and we wish him well. He's a good player but we won't to wait until the end of the season before reaching a decision.''
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