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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Thu Jul 22 10:15:40 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. Today's Result + Quick Fire TV Report
4. United master Chinese puzzle 
5. A weekend in Sydney. by "David Marshall, Brisbane, Australia" 
6. Taking over Sydney Harbour Personal Report by Ken Simpson
8. Shanghai Shenhua 0 Manchester United 2
9. Australian club keeps pressure on United - The Times
10. Big guns wheeled in for Cole battle 
11. Edwards on selling shares and Keano contract


Daily MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Thurs 22nd July 1999:

Barry Daily Comment:
Another victory another clean sheet.
Seems like "REDS are taking over" as we did in "Barcelona"

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


01-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Charity Shield, AWAY)
08-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Everton  (FA Premier League, AWAY)
11-AUG-1999 [20:00] Manchester Utd. vs Sheffield W  (FA Premier League, HOME)
14-AUG-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leeds U  (FA Premier League, HOME)
22-AUG-1999 [16:00] Manchester Utd. vs Arsenal  (FA Premier League, AWAY)

**** Friendly at Salford City
Salford City, the North Western Trains League club, are to play a friendly
against a side from their "big brother" neighbours Manchester United, at
their Moor Lane ground (in Kersal) on Saturday July 17th at 3pm.
August 3rd Omagh Town, St Julian's Road ground
August 4th Wigan Athletic

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

TODAY 21/7 12.15 uk Shangai first time ever!!!
 This match will be watched by 80,000 fans 
  The game has sold out with the Shanghai Star reporting the home side's
  chairman Yu Zhifei as saying: ''It is unprecedented that the tickets
  should sell out for a match five weeks in advance." 

Sat 24/7 Hong Kong  Repeat of the 1997 game
 "ALL matches will be shown "the same day" om MUTV.

UNITED Stats v All teams:

Pos Team                  P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    38 14  4  1  45  18   8  9  2  35  19   43   79
 2  Arsenal              38 14  5  0  34   5   8  7  4  25  12   42   78
 3  Chelsea              38 12  6  1  29  13   8  9  2  28  17   27   75
 4  Leeds United         38 12  5  2  32   9   6  8  5  30  25   28   67

Here are all the matches for the coming season 1999/2000:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899.htm
Subject:      First Team Fixtures 1999/2000 [All dates/times subject to change]
Dates of possible cup ties also shown

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/07/99    Melbourne Australia   11.00  pre-season     2-0  60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   06.00  pre-season     1-0  78,000 
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     12.30  pre-season     2-0  80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China 08.30  pre-season      -

 1/08/99    Arsenal      Wembley Charity Shield          -
 3/08/99    Omagh Town     friendly in aid of Omagh Bomb Fund
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly at JJB Stadium.

 8/08/99    Everton                  away      16.00
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      home PL   20.00
14/08/99    Leeds United             home PL   15.00
22/08/99    Arsenal                  away PL   16.00
25/08/99    Coventry City            away PL   20.00
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio           ESC       19.45
30/08/99    Newcastle United         home PL   13.00
11/09/99    Liverpool                away PL   11.30
15/09/99    ?     EC
18/09/99    Wimbledon                home PL   15.00
22/09/99    ?     EC
25/09/99    Southampton              home PL   15.00
29/09/99    ?     EC
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  away PL   16.00
*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Schmeichel]
13/10/99    ?     WC 3
16/10/99    Watford                  home PL   15.00
20/10/99    ?     EC
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        away PL   15.00
27/10/99    ?     EC
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 3/11/99    ?     EC
 6/11/99    Leicester City           home PL   15.00
20/11/99    Derby County             away PL   15.00
24/11/99    ?     EC
27/11/99    Sheffield Wednesday      away PL   15.00
30/11/99    Tokyo  Palmeiras         WCC       20.00
 1/12/99    ?     WC 4
 4/12/99    Everton                  home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
11/12/99    FAC 3 Will not enter ...
15/12/99    ?     WC 5
18/12/99    West Ham United          away PL   15.00
26/12/99    Bradford City            home PL   15.00
28/12/99    Sunderland               away PL   20.00
 3/01/2000  Middlesborough           home PL   20.00

 ***** 5-14 /01/2000 Brazil WTC  *****   [3-4 games]

*  8/01/2000  FAC 4 Will not enter ...
12/01/2000  ?    WC sf i
15/01/2000  Leeds United             away PL   15.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  home PL   15.00
26/01/2000  ?    WC sf ii
* 29/01/2000  FAC 5 Will not enter ...
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         away PL   15.00
* 19/02/2000  FAC 6 Will not enter ...
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                away PL   15.00
27/02/2000  ?   Wembley WC f
 1/03/2000  ?   EC
 4/03/2000  Liverpool                home PL   15.00
 8/03/2000  ?   EC
11/03/2000  Derby County             home PL   15.00
15/03/2000  ?   EC
18/03/2000  Leicester City           away PL   15.00
22/03/2000  ?   EC
25/03/2000  Bradford City            away PL   15.00
 1/04/2000  West Ham United          home PL   15.00
 5/04/2000  ?   EC qf i
 8/04/2000  Middlesborough           away PL   15.00
*  9/04/2000  FAC sf Will not enter ...
15/04/2000  Sunderland               home PL   15.00
19/04/2000  ?   EC qf ii
22/04/2000  Southampton              away PL   15.00
24/04/2000  Chelsea                  home PL   15.00
29/04/2000  West Ham United          away PL   15.00
 3/05/2000  ?   EC sf i
 6/05/2000  Tottenham Hotspur        home PL   15.00
10/05/2000  ?   EC sf ii
14/05/2000  Aston Villa              away PL   15.00
* 20/05/2000 Wembley FAC f Will not enter ...
24/05/2000  ?    EC f



Personal stories here: http://www.red11.org/mufc/barcelona.htm

We went to Barcelona in a fine day in May
And all our supporters sang loudly & gay
And when it was over and all said and done
We beat Bayern Munich  by 2 goals to 1

The first one was Teddy's he out foxed the rest
The second was Solskjear's he's simply the best
We could have had 4 or we could have had 9
But we didn't start playing till injury time


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

Subject: SCHOLES KO'S ALTRINCHAM Paul Scholes warmed up for the new season by scoring the only goal as a Manchester United XI beat Altrincham 1-0. The England midfielder, who has not gone on the first-team tour to Australia and the Far East because his wife Claire is expecting their first child, netted in the 75th minute at Moss Lane. Fringe players Alex Notman and Erik Nevland also featured in the friendly against the non-league outfit, which was watched by 1,024 people. © PA Sporting Life
Click On pic - Pat Jennings on a day out with Fergie at Haydock!"

Subject: Today's Result + Quick Fire TV Report Shenua 0-2 Manchester United Solskjaer (55) Sheringham(67) Manchester United Team v Shenua Van der Gouw, Curtis, Irwin(c), Wilson, Brown, Stam, Greening, Butt, Cole, Solskjaer, Blomqvist Bench: NevilleP, Bosnich, Yorke, Sheringham, Berg, May, Cruyff, Clegg Comms by Lou Macari "Toughest game on the tour" Playing in Shangai first time ever!!! 80,000 all seated Shenua Manager from Brasil. UNITED wearing normal Red & white today Shenua white/blue shorts also sporting "SHARP" ads on their strip! Very humid & sticky evening - 4 team changes from Oz Humidity 90% 01 Curtis foul 03 Shenua attack well covered by Van der Gouw 05 Blomqvist taken out, Sols shot saved 09 Good chance in UNITED pen area, cleared crowd VERY excited! 10 Music blasting in the speakers 12 Irwin cross cleared 13 Wilson shot saved 14 Stam clears at the back 15 Brasilian Marcello shot well saved by VdG Open fast game both sides in the action 17 Corner RED Blomqvist to Greening good shot deflected, new corner corner nr2 Stam header wide 20 Cole cross taken out 22 Jaap covering excellent at the back 23 Terrific shot from Mark Wilson well saved by Hu Chu Lam (spelling?) 24 Blomqvist free kick too long 27 Cole flick to Nicky Butt excellent 28 Curtis beaten by a header Fan Chee Hee (Palace player) wide 30 Chin Hee shoots wide good chance 31 Cole cross wide 33 Pace of game starts to drop due to humidity 35 Stam beaten? on the break covered by Curtis 41 Free kick to ShenSi, resulting shot way over 43 Yan Yong centre well taken VdG 44 Shot saved from YuChee deflected HT 0-0 4 Subs on Phil Neville(Butt) Cruyff(Greening) May(Stam) Sheringham(Cole) 47 Fast start Wes Brown booked for challenge 48 Good play left wing Irwin cross taken out 50 United pressure slow build up tho' 51 Phil Neville chip outside area just over bar, pass was from Teddy 52 Sols to Teddy shot well saved, 2nd chance over the bar leaning back 54 TREMENDOUS GOAL from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer!!! Pass from Blomqvist one touch on the chest, finished in the bottom right corner of the goal. Classic! 1-0 55 Mark Wilson shot saved, goes for corner. UNITED looking good 60 Clegg on for Irwin (May-capt) 61 Sols through again no shot this time 62 A breeze gets up to help the players in this humidty Plenty of subs being used by the Chinese 67 Sols to Teddy blasted with outside of the right foot 2-0!! Goalkeeper got a hand to it but went in with the power 68 Bosnich on for Van der Gouw 69 Bosnich saves from close in 70 Blomqvist centre long 72 Bosnich comes way out of goal kicking way up field 73 United complete control, Teddy free kick, bottom left corner going in, saved! 75 Scramble in United area finally cleared 77 Bosnich yellow carded for wasting time!? 79 Free kick outside area, Sheringham to May who cracks in low hard shot, but wide 80 Shenua volley just wide left of post, Bosnich beaten 83 Blomqvist shot saved 84 Shenua shot from inside area side netting 89 Yorke on for Wilson 90 Match played out for an excellent commanding win 90 FINAL SCORE 2-0 Men of the match for me Ole Gunnar & Teddy Cheers from Barry *** Barry thought of the day Last season Ole Gunnar 18 goals from 19 starts! We have to play him evn more this season?? A selection of Chinese player names (spelling?) WooChinWing LuYing TeHee ChinFung ChenSi PuJayYuk VangBin barrylee@post3.tele.dk
Click On pic - Pat Jennings on a day out with Fergie at Haydock!"

Subject: CHINA BROKEN BY REDS Wednesday, July 21, 1999 14:27 United faced arguably their toughest pre-season test so far when they kicked off their first ever match in China. Shanghai Shenhua FC are already halfway through their season, leading their two-strong league table, and are domestic treble winners in their own right. The Reds were also playing on a far better pitch than they had experienced in Sydney and Melbourne, in the magnificent Shanghai Sports Stadium packed out with 70 fans. It was thought the vast Red hordes would be cheering for the English Champions, but the biggest cheers and roars were raised whenever Shenhua FC crossed their own 18-yard line. A Shenhua kung fu kick caused some panic in the United defence after nine minutes and when Wes Brown failed to clear, the Chinese went close with a Chow Mein shot towards Rai van der Gouw's goal, only to be caught offside. United responded with a shot from Solskjaer that the Shenhua keeper had to parry, and then a left-foot noodle-cutter from Mark Wilson which was collected more comfortably. Wilson kept his place in the side for the third consecutive game, partnered again by Nicky Butt. Two Brazilian imports spiced up the Chinese line-up, defender Nintendo and forward Gungho. The latter forged a strong run down the left after 15 minutes and fired in a cross-shot which van der Gouw managed to gather without getting to his feet. The Dutch goalkeeper was one of a few players in the side making their first pre-season start, the others being right-back John Curtis, centre-half Brown and striker Fred the Red. United's first corner in the 17th minute was played short by Jesper Blomqvist to Jonathan Greening, and the youngster signed from York produced a shot on target which was deflected wide for a second corner. From the follow-up, Stam rose well to send a towering header that cleared the Shenhua’s goalposts and was retrieved from the nearby rice plantation. Wilson, fast becoming one of the stars of the tour, hammered in the best shot of the half in the 25th minute, after good work by Curtis opened up the Shenhua defence. A first goal looked almost certain to be chalked up but the Chinese international keeper, Grasshopper, showed brilliant reflexes to push the ball aside. Shin Hi was one of the few names in the Shenhua side recognisable to English suppporters. Formerly a Chip Shop owner in Croydon, he was back in China for a holiday, but was asked to guest by the Shenhua management. Shenhua nearly closed the half with a goal when a pacy run through by Chu Chu and a mid-range shot by Tuf Luk took a deflection and threatened to go the wrong way for van der Gouw. Fortunately for United, the flying Dutchman adjusted his dive and the scores remained blank for the interval. With the 90 per cent humidity sapping the players' strength, Steve McClaren took the opportunity to make several substitutions at half-time. Phil Neville, Jordi Cruyff, David May and Teddy Sheringham were all introduced, while Stam, Butt, Cole and Greening were withdrawn. Wes Brown became the first player to be booked, after a late challenge on Chin Cut required the first appearance of a physio. It was a rare lapse of discipline by United who, despite landing in China less than 24 minutes previously, were generally in control. Shenhua tended to attack on the break but showed good pace and were very direct when they did so, hundreds piling into the penalty area in unison. The tendency for unusual scorers to make their mark in pre-season nearly rang true again in the 53rd minute when Phil Neville collected the ball in the Shenhua 'D' and chipped it first time towards goal. The fullback, playing this time in midfield, was denied a rare senior goal when his effort floated just on to the roof of the stand. Another chip, this time in the form of a crinkle-cut by Solskjaer, dropped perfectly into the Shenhua box for Sheringham to shoot. The goalkeeper saved the first strike, but then fumbled and should have been picking the chip out of the net seconds later. Instead, Sheringham skied his second attempt after a slip by Lu Sing with the goal at his mercy. Happily, Teddy's blushes were spared in the 56th minute by his fellow European Cup hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian scored his first goal since that incredible night in Barcelona to give United a deserved 1-0 lead. Blomqvist's twenty-yard pass bounced once in front of the Norwegian who took the ball comfortably on the knee and then volleyed it into the bottom right-hand corner. The goalkeeper was well beaten and chastised. United were finally off the mark, with their first-ever goal on the Chinese mainland. By now, the Reds were firmly in their stride, and Shenhua made several substitutions in an attempt to keep up. United made another change themselves when Michael Clegg replaced Denis Irwin after 64 minutes. The visitors didn't have it all their own way, though, and van der Gouw had to get down to his left in the 66th minute to make another good save from Tee Hee, following a Hai Karate corner. The Shenhua cheerleader, Soy Sors, roused his forces into another infiltration onto enemy soil. United's Scandinavian attackers combined again in the 68th minute to make it 2-0 to United. Blomqvist cheekily backsided the ball to Solskjaer whose first-time pass into the area found Teddy Sheringham. Three touches from the England man was enough for control, while a fourth was enough to knock the ball in off the goalkeeper. Almost two months after the European Cup Final, the same goalscorers looked to have secured a rather less important trophy for Manchester United…. another Sharp International Cup. Rai Van der Gouw's hopes of playing a full ninety minutes lying down were dashed when Steve McClaren brought on Mark Bosnich immediately after the goal. The Australian then had twenty minutes or so to see out a third consecutive clean sheet for the touring team in front of the good-natured Bank Holiday crowd. There was nearly a third goal in the 76th minute when Sheringham drove a direct free-kick low to the goalkeeper's right. The Chinese chop-sticks man was sharp enough to save this for a corner. Another free-kick six minutes later ended in David May thumping an opponent who was marginally wide. Ming, who had looked fragile at the heart of the Shenhua defence, was replaced by Chris Pe Duk. Shenhua brought on four more goalkeepers for the last seven minutes, but the effect was negligible. The action was mainly at the other end as the home side creditably chased a late, United-style comeback. One Chinese substitute was close to scoring with a left-foot shot and Swe Tens Our hit the side netting but Bosnich was otherwise untroubled, unless you count the yellow card he received for apparent takeaway-wasting. The referee was obviously playing it by the book, friendly or not! UNITED: van der Gouw (Bosnich 68); Curtis, Brown, Stam (May 45), Irwin (Clegg 64); Greening (Cruyff 45), Wilson (Yorke 89), Butt (P Neville 45), Blomqvist; Cole (Sheringham 45), Solskjaer. Subs not used: Berg, Yorke. Goals: Solskjaer 56, Sheringham 68.
Click On pic - Pat Jennings on a day out with Fergie at Haydock!"

Subject: United master Chinese puzzle John Gittings in Shanghai Thursday July 22, 1999 Manchester United saved face in China last night by coming alive in the second half to beat the local champions Shanghai Shenhua 2-0. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opened the scoring from a long pass from Jesper Blomqvist in the 56th minute, and 10 minutes later he crossed to the substitute Teddy Sheringham for the second goal. The 80,000 crowd cheered every Shenhua attack but they were also looking for "Man-lian" United brilliance. When Dwight Yorke came on in the last moments of the game they buzzed with enthusiasm at a few deft steps which might have helped earlier. Shenhua's Fan Zhiyi, who plays for Crystal Palace, was often dangerous and the team also showed the benefit of their growing links with Brazilian football, with attacking play from Julio Cesar and Marcelo. They head the league table under the former Brazilian national coach Sebastiao Lazaroni. United's acting captain Denis Irwin said it had been hard work in the humidity. He complimented Shenhua for "attacking us hard on the break" but said his team deserved to win. The assistant manager Steve McLaren said Shenhua would "maybe make the First Division in England and definitely the Second." The wider significance of the game for Shanghai lies in the boost to self-esteem as more foreign clubs take Chinese football seriously. United are also seeking to show that their interest in China is not only commercial, and they plan to send coaches from Britain to teach basic skills. United leave Shanghai today for Hong Kong, where they will play South China on Saturday. The Australian club Carlton have appointed a leading law firm to seek possible compensation from United over Andy Cole's tackle on Simon Colosimo which left the 20-year-old defender with damaged knee ligaments.
Click On pic - Pat Jennings on a day out with Fergie at Haydock!"

Subject: A weekend in Sydney. by "David Marshall, Brisbane, Australia" Hi Folks, Just a few notes about my trip to see the Reds (or whites as it turned out) in the flesh. The alarm woke me at 4.30AM and by 4.45 I was in the cab to the Brisbane airport for an international flight as all domestic seats were booked. A long wait and short flight had me arriving at about eight thirty to be picked up by my cousin whom I had not seen for 20 years. He's and a Blackpool supporter, and both remember the 1948 final! It was a cracker of an Oz winter morning - clear blue skies and not too cold. From there to St Joseph's college where the team was to start a training session at 9.30AM. We were to be privilaged spectators as only members of the NSWMUSC were to be admitted. United were imposing a security screen in Sydney (God knows why) and you had to show both your match ticket and member's card to be allowed in. We had been warned in a letter that if there was a leak and any press turned up we would all be given the big A. By the scheduled starting time there were about 500 Reds in attendance and the team coach arrived late complete with police escort. I suspect there were probably snipers on the roof too. We gave them a cheer and watched with interest as they were split up basically into forwards and attackers after some very gentle stretching exercises. We had some discussion on which one was Wilson who, BTW was very impressive in the game the next day. The defenders played a lot of 2 on 2 stuff and at the other end there were drills involving crossing and shooting, but all quite gentle and leisurely. McLaren has the voice and attitude of a sergeant major and I was surprised in the way he treated these knowledgeable footballers, most worth millions and nearly all much longer at the club than he as if they were novices and sometimes fools. There was in particular a very strenuous exercise which involved players, in turn, standing between two markers about 5 yards apart. They were to move to the right or left when McLaren bellowed "Right!" or "Left" and sprint 5 yards forward on "Go!". He gradually sped it up until and then changed the meaning of the commands from the players' right and left to his own which made it much more difficult. Poor Wesley Brown was the most confused by this. I thought the most nimble were Ole and, despite his size, Japp. At the end there was a drill where a player would set the ball up outside the box and another would shoot with Bosnich in goal. They were trying to score three to end the session and from when I started counting it took 47 shots to beat him three times. He looked absolutely great, got down very quickly and held a lot of powerful shots without losing control of the ball. I suspect he may do. At the end we gave them another cheer and were very sorry that, not only did they not come over to us, but only Solks, Giggs and Neville bothered to even give us a wave before leaving. Afternoon free for farnarcling around Sydney. On the match day we walked down to the Orient pub where a meet had been arranged and spent a couple of top Red hours meeting people from this list such as Nick and Rob and lots of others. I had acquired a lifesized cardboard cut out of George Cole in a United strip as used in an advertising campaign for an electrical good chain here and backed him with plywood and hinged him to make him transportable on the plane. He quickly became very popular and known as Arfur Cole (a sort of hybrid name from Minder) and was considered by some to be Andy's dad! The pub was crammed with Reds and Boddington's was on tap, though we drank them dry of it just before leaving for the game. All the United songs were sung including "The 12 days of Cantana", the Calypso and a "Yip Yap Stam", just to show we are up to date here. At one point some AFL came on the TV screen in the bar and nice rendition of "You can stick you AFL up your a*se" resulted. Football singing and chanting is not part of the Australian tradition and the pub attracted a lot of attention from the passing throng in this very touristy part of the city. Several Japanese folk came in just to take photos and probably to warn the friends at home what to expect in November. At one point a lad arrived wearing a Scouse strip with "Owen" on the back. He was made very welcome and given the full anti-scouse repertoire before he left. For me the best part of the whole weekend was the trip from the pub through the streets of startled locals to firstly Wynyard then Central stations and on the train to the ground. There were a couple of hundred Red yards all singing particularly "Oh Manchester is wonderful" and simply "United! United!" I felt I was home spiritually at any rate. The train trip was agonizingly slow and we only arrived at Homebush with 15 minutes to go and I remembered to buy the three programmes I needed. Before leaving Brisbane I had managed to contact the chief of security at the ground to ask if taking Arfur in would be a problem. He advised me to leave him at home, so I was a bit worried he may have been incarcerated. I headed for the most junior looking female security person I could see and when she challanged me I mentioned the security chief's name, asked her if she knew him (she did) and told her he a authorized me to bring Arthur into the ground. It worked! We made the long climb up the spiral ramp and ended up very high indeed. We suspended our giant banner off the balcony (Oz Reds salute Manchester United) and settled down. Unfortunately, despite the encouraging atmosphere before the game and allegedly being amidst 1000 or so NSW supporters it was absolutely impossible to get any significant singing or chanting going, and I now know how you who complain about OT must feel. What a let down! To top it off a couple of the security blokes rather sheepishly came to tell us the the ground authority had contacted them and requested our banner be removed. Talk about pathetic! I suppose it was something to be the first to see the new away strip (I wonder is it the Sportswool one?), but I would much preferred to have seen them in red. You have seen reports on the game notable for a great goal, a terrible injury inflicted by Andy Cole and a quite spirited Oz effort. United hardly broke sweat IMHO despite Dinnis saying the Socceroos were the better side and McLaren claiming there were a lot of knackered players after the game. There was an absolutely crap "compere" - some American basketball personality I gather. Totally inappropriate, and dead ignorant "Come up Terry Sherringham". Full of artificial hype and bullshit. Then there was the awful sponsor of the whole thing, Mr Crass himself, Rene Rivkin, the epitome of immodesty - and a programme that was horrid and inaccurate having Becks, the other Neville, Keano and Scholsie in and all the fledgelings out of it as well as only 5 of the Oz players correct! After the game and the silly presentation there were 78 000 people on the railway platform with no signs or announcements to help. Total chaos, as you may imagine. There was probably more chanting then than during the game! I guess the things that stick out for me was the chance to see many of the treble winners in the flesh and the amazing support United had in Sydney. I think more than 30 000 at the game were in United kits and all over town you just kept running into Reds. Not exactly "Taking over Sydney" but pretty impressive nevertheless. Cheers, David Marshall Brisbane, Australia. Red 'til I'm dead - treble achieved, I'm ready to go! See David and Arthur here! http://www.red11.org/mufc/images/99/oz/dave_&_arthur.jpg
Click On pic - Pat Jennings on a day out with Fergie at Haydock!"

Subject: Taking over Sydney Harbour Personal Report by Ken Simpson Hello all, You've seen some reports already, but I thought I'd add my two cents worth (reminds me of that old saying - "from what you hear this bozo say, two cents won't buy that much today"). Apologies for the length of this - normally I'm a man of few words, but I wanted to get everything down before I forgot it. Anyway, here's my account of what turned out to be a magic weekend - as if it wouldn't be! Dad and I flew over from Adelaide at the ungodly hour of 6 o'clock Saturday morning. Most of Saturday was spent wandering around Sydney Harbour doing touristy things, as I hadn't been to Sydney before (I even went to the opera that evening - in the standing section! - never let it be said I'm a cultural Philistine). Then Sunday morning it was off to the Orient Hotel for the big list meeting. As we entered we could hear the Red Army Choir in full voice. More and more Reds were arriving by the minute - I don't know how many listees turned up in the end but I bumped into Paul (NRTF) O'Farrell, Nick Coppack and his dad John, Rob Durie, Matt Wheeler, Dave Marshall and Mike Dobbin who had come over from Manchester for the game (and who got a big cheer when this fact was announced). Dave, sorry I didn't get to chat to you very much - I think we were all too busy singing! Say hello to Arthur for me. By about midday the place was absolutely packed with Reds and after not much more than a couple of hours of drinking we'd drunk them dry ("we've drunk all your Boddies"). The few Aussie fans present came in for the full treatment ("you came here on convict ships, us with mobile phones", "get your sh*t stars off our flag", "Iran, you couldn't beat Iran") but they were pretty good-natured about it. Rob Durie's misguided Liverpool supporting son (where did you go wrong, Rob?) turned up in a shirt with "OWEN 9" on the back and came in for a bit of stick as well - "in your Liverpool slums", "Fowler is a crack addict/sells drugs to kids", "you can stick your Michael Owen up your arse - sideways", "10 years since you won the league", etc. etc. He had a bit of a laugh about it though. All this time bemused locals and tourists were wondering what the hell was going on. Quite a few of them were stopping to take photographs - every time this happened someone would draw attention to the fact by shouting "photo opportunity" and we would all stop and play to the gallery. Occasionally we would forget - "waved to the tourists, we should have waved to the tourists"! The time came to head to the Stadio Olimpico Del Homebush, so we marched off to the train station past the gaping hordes, still singing at the tops of our voices - "Reds are here, Reds are there, Reds are every-f**king-where", "Oh Manchester is wonderful", "You are my Solskjaer", "Red Army", "United", "You've only come to see United" were all belted out with great gusto, to the combined confusion and amusement of the tourists. Finally we were on our way to the match, although there was quite a funny moment when we went to change trains and followed, sheep-like, someone who obviously had no idea which platform we were supposed to go to. Correcting our mistake, and mercilessly taking the p*ss out of a lonely Bitter on the way, we all piled into one carriage and kept up the singing all the way to the ground, including a rousing rendition of "the 12 days of Cantona". Having reached the stadium we all split up and went our separate ways to find our allocated seats. This was unfortunate really as it prevented us from creating any atmosphere during the game. When (if?) United tour again, hopefully sooner rather than later, we (local supporters' associations, local Reds in general) should try to coordinate things a bit better so we are all sat together and making as much noise as possible! I was sat with my Dad behind the goal that United attacked in the first half, in the midst of the replica kit-wearing muppets. They seemed more concerned with joining in the Mexican wave (which I think is basically a load of cr*p - this was while there was a goalscoring chance being created at one end mind you) or complaining about the quality of the play than getting behind the team. Then when an Aussie fan behind us started cheering for his team they laughed at him - what a pathetic lot they were. There were pockets of genuine United fans but they were scattered to the nine vectors and couldn't generate much noise in the vast expanses of the Olympic Stadium. When you consider there were probably over 20000 United fans in the ground it's pretty poor that we made less noise than the crowd at the Opera House on Saturday night. I hate to say it but this could be what Old Trafford becomes in the next ten years - one giant Megastore. (er, a Gigastore?) Our view wasn't great - up in the heavens in the "cheap" seats ($55 for the cheapest ones - more than 20 pounds! No wonder the Reds in the Orient were singing "Rivkin is a scouser"!). From where we were sat the players looked a bit like Subbutteo men, only without the round plastic bases. Homebush is a huge stadium and it doesn't help that the grassed area is larger than football pitch-sized AND with an athletics track running round it. The crowd are that much further from the pitch. The game itself was pretty dire in terms of entertainment, which might explain (at least in part) the morgue-like ambience in the ground. If anything the Australians had the better of the play but their poor finishing and lack of a genuine cutting edge (no Viduka or Aloisi) cost them the game. The only time we looked like being really threatening was a ten minute period in the middle of the first half. This period of pressure led to Yorke's goal. A lovely pass from Giggs, briefly playing more centrally, cleaved through the Australian defence and it was a simple matter for Yorkey to finish it off. After that we seemed to lose interest - Australia's style of play was quite "robust" and we didn't seem to keen to really go for the 50-50 balls. The only other highlights I can remember are a storming run through the middle of the park by Wilson and a good Schmeichel-style "starfish" save by Bosnich. There was also a lowlight when Australia's Colosimo was injured by a late, high challenge by Cole. Our best performers were probably Dinnnnis and the Colossus of Manchester, who contributed to Australia's "nil" if that makes any sense. Bosnich did well when he was called upon (which was not often). None of the others were memorable. Jordi seemed to get quite a bit of the ball but didn't ever seem to do much with it. So that was the game - a bit of an anticlimax after the pre-match entertainment. There was a trophy presentation after the game but we didn't stay to see Dennis Irwin hold the coveted Sharp Challenge Cup aloft. I had heard murmurings about meeting back at the Orient, so we started back to the train station, pushing our way through the massed ranks of spectators leaving the ground. The platform was absolutely packed with people - quite a sight. Arriving back at the pub, we found only Matt Wheeler and his girlfriend Margie, plus a couple of other Reds who I'd seen earlier but not chatted to. NRTF and Nick and John Coppack turned up a bit later and we posed for a 'Net Reds photo for Barry (it'll be on the way shortly, Barry). Paul, Nick and John decided to head off as there was no sign of the other Reds, but no more than 10 minutes later they all piled into the pub. The singing started up again and was to continue, literally non-stop, late into the night. We went through every song in the book and a few more. Particular favourites were "Oh Manchester is wonderful", "You are my Solskjaer", "Championes", "we are the Manchester Boys", "Dwight Yorke, king of pornography", "We all live in a Georgie Best world", "the 12 days of Cantona", "we'll drink a drink", "Champions of Europe" and "we won the f**kin' lot". We also had great fun taunting some rival fans - a West Brom supporter ("who the f**king hell are you?") and a couple of Leeds fans, who really copped it - "We hate Leeds and Leeds", "sheepshaggers", "Oh Elland Road, is full of sheep", etc. A rather portly Australian gentleman spoke up but was quickly silenced with "you fat bastard, you ate half the crowd!" A brave scouser wandered in and was treated to the works, and then some. This continued for hours and hours, Reds taking the p*ss out of everyone and everything - and, it must be said, generally being received in good spirit by all concerned. We even had a bit of "Red-alikes" competition - there was one bloke there who looked a bit like Bryan Robson, and a bald black guy who looked a (tiny) bit like Andy Cole (well, he was black - and he had no hair - that's about it), so we saluted them with "there's only one Bryan Robson" and "Oh Andy Cole"!!! As the night wore on, people started going home and the ranks gradually thinned out; in the end I think it was mostly Brisbane and New Zealand Reds left (plus Rob's other son Dylan), and when the Brisbane lads and lasses left at around 1 o'clock I decided to pack it in, or at least my voice did - we'd been giving it loads for about 6 or 7 hours straight, after all! As I write this it's nearly two days later and my voice is still wrecked! Sunday was an unforgettable day - the singing and the camaraderie were something special. I couldn't be in Barcelona, but this goes some way towards making up for it, and is something to be treasured in its own right. This is what being a Red is all about. Cheers, Ken
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Subject: UNITED TRIUMPH IN SHANGHAI By David Anderson, PA Sport Manchester United's Champions League goalscoring heroes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham were on target again to maintain their Treble-winners' 100% tour record as they cruised to a 2-0 success over Shanghai Shenhua. Solskjaer netted the first before he went from goal-taker to goal-maker to set up Sheringham for the second against the Chinese league leaders. The goals set the seal on a polished performance from United, who have now blown away most of their cobwebs from the summer. Interest in the game against Shanghai was huge, and tickets for the game were changing hands on the black market for more than four times their face value. Those fans who managed to get in to see the match were treated to a much more open and entertaining game than United's two outings against Australia. United had been unhappy with the length of the grass when they inspected the surface before kick-off, and assistant boss Steve McClaren asked if it could be cut. The Chinese hosts obliged, and United duly recorded their smoothest performance yet of their pre-season tour. Sheringham said on MUTV: "We got here this morning and the grass was very long, so Steve asked for it to be cut - and they obliged. "The match was a good work-out for us, and that will help our fitness. "It was a difficult game for us because they played pretty well in the first half. I don't know if they tired or we got better, but it was easier for us in the second half." Sheringham revealed that the biggest problem for the United players had been coping with the stifling humidity. "It was pretty bad out there and it was even worse in the morning, especially after coming from Australia which was a little bit cooler," he said. "When you went out the humidity just hit you and it took a bit of getting used to." McClaren, in charge of the team in Sir Alex Ferguson's absence, was delighted by the performance especially because of the conditions. "Bearing in mind the conditions, I thought the players did exceptionally well to get through and come away with the win," he said. "I thought some of the passing and movement out there and the overall work rate were great. "I'm pleased it was such a good game." United have not conceded a goal in their three wins and they will be aiming to protect that record when they play their final tour game against South China in Hong Kong on Saturday. © PA Sporting Life
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Subject: Shanghai Shenhua 0 Manchester United 2 By David Anderson, PA Sport Manchester United's Champions League goalscoring heroes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham were on target again to maintain their Treble-winners' 100% tour record. Solskjaer netted the first before he went from goal-taker to goal-maker to set up Sheringham for the second against the Chinese league leaders. The goals set the seal on a polished performance from United, who have now blown away most of their cobwebs from the summer. Interest in the game against Shanghai was huge, and tickets for the game were changing hands on the black market for more than four times their face value. Those fans who managed to get in to see the match were treated to a much more open and entertaining game than United's two outings against Australia. United used the match to give their shadow squad a chance to shine, and one player who caught the eye was Mark Wilson. The 20-year-old midfielder looked lively and tested Shenhua goalkeeper Ou Chuliang early on with a drive. Shenhua are coached by former Brazil manager Sabastian Lazaroni and played with some of the South Americans' Samba style. Lazaroni had two of his compatriots in his line-up, and one of them - Marcelo - got goalside of Wes Brown to unleash a shot which was saved by Raimond van der Gouw. Wilson was revelling on the big stage and stung Chuliang's hands with a rasping drive in the 25th minute. Shenhua posed a far bigger goal threat than Australia's toothless attack, and Fan Zhiyi - guesting for the Chinese side - went close with a header before van der Gouw saved well from Zhu Qi's deflected effort. Brown was booked five minutes into the second half for a late challenge on Marcelo. The young England defender was quick to apologise to the striker, who was stretchered off, perhaps mindful of the trouble Andy Cole has had following his tackle on Simon Colosimo. Phil Neville then chipped Chuliang only for the ball to drop on to the roof of the net. United were looking menacing, and it came as little surprise when they went ahead on 56 minutes through Solskjaer. The Norwegian international striker beautifully controlled Jesper Blomqvist's flighted pass on his chest before finishing left-footed inside the far post. United doubled their advantage in the 69th minute when Solskjaer turned provider. He received Blomqvist's backheel and threaded the ball across the area for Sheringham to score, even though Chuliang got a hand to his shot. Chuliang denied United a third from a Sheringham free-kick before David May fired wide from a second set-piece. Victory earned United yet another piece of silverware in the shape of the Sharp International Trophy, and they have yet to concede a goal in their three games. Next up in the firing line are South China in Hong Kong on Saturday in the final tour match. © PA Sporting Life
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Subject: Australian club keeps pressure on United - The Times BY STEPHEN WOOD MANCHESTER United may have finished the Australian half of their pre-season tour, but they are not being allowed to slip quietly away. Yesterday United learnt that they could come under scutiny from a law firm appointed by Carlton, the Australian club, which is seeking damages over the tackle by Andy Cole that left Simon Colosimo seriously injured. Colosimo, the Carlton defender, was playing for Australia in the second of two matches when he suffered knee ligament damage after a challenge by Cole. The knee has required reconstruction and, with Colosimo expected to be out of action for six months, his possible transfer to Bayern Munich has been put on hold. Carlton have appointed Slater and Gordon, reputed to be one of Australia's most aggressive firms, to seek compensation from United and Cole. Peter Gordon, a solicitor with the firm, said: "There is no doubt that the law recognises claims like this." United's unbeaten run - stretching from their loss to Middlesbrough in December - continued with a 2-0 victory over Shanghai Shenhua. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham scored in front of 80,000 fans in Shanghai. John Gregory, the Aston Villa manager, is confident of signing Robbie Keane, the Wolverhampton Wanderers striker. Gregory flew out with Villa yesterday to a four-team tournament in New York after completing the signings of George Boateng and Naguan Garayeb. He said that negotiations for Keane would continue in his absence. Dion Dublin has declared himself fit to play in New York for Villa, who begin with a match against Ajax tomorrow. The £650 fine imposed by the European Union on French World Cup organisers this week for discriminating against foreign fans has been branded "outrageous". It was less than some supporters paid for a ticket on the black market at France 98, the Football Supporters' Association said. © Times Newspapers
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Subject: Big guns wheeled in for Cole battle By Ken Lawrence Thursday, July 22, 1999 Andy Cole could face a legal fight with a team of Australia's most aggressive litigation lawyers following the Manchester United striker's controversial tackle on Australian Simon Colosimo. Carlton, the 20-year-old defender's club, appointed the team yesterday as club chairman Lou Sticca carried out his threat to sue over the injury that may force a complete reconstruction of Colosimo's knee. While the multi-million pound legal threat loomed, Cole and his team-mates were in Shanghai for United's first game in mainland China, a 2-0 victory over Shanghai Shenhua. Cole was not among the scorers - he had other things to worry about. Lawyer Peter Gordon, from the firm Slater and Gordon, said: 'There is no doubt the law recognises claims like this. 'At the minimum we will be examining the role of Andy Cole and Manchester United's policy and instructions to their players.' Cole insisted there was nothing malicious in his tackle and sent a message of goodwill to Colosimo - who last night claimed he had not received it. As Cole looked on, the goal-scoring heroes of the Champions League Final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham, netted in the second half to defeat Chinese league leaders Shanghai Shenhua. United had to overcome stifling humidity and a spirited first-half performance from the home side before recording the third win of their pre-season tour. Sheringham said later: 'I don't know if they tired or we got better, but it was easier for us in the second half.' Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial committee yesterday received confirmation from Eric Cantona that he will play for a Rest of the World team against United on October 11 and spokeswoman Ann-Marie Duffy wants him to manage the side. She is also hoping that former United keeper Peter Schmeichel, now at Sporting Lisbon, will be available to play.
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Subject: Edwards on selling shares and Keano contract This is from the Independent The bit about the pact with other players agents would explain a lot! Mark FOOTBALL: EDWARDS TO SHED STAKE IN UNITED MARTIN EDWARDS, Manchester United's chief executive, admitted yesterday that he would consider selling his shares in the club to help him become the next plc chairman. Edwards has aspirations to succeed Sir Roland Smith next year and is prepared to sell some, if not all, of his 14 per cent of the world's richest club. Sir Roland does not have any United shares and the position is considered impartial. "If I were to become chairman of the plc then it would be sensible for my holding to be reduced," Edwards said. "There is also an argument that says there is nothing wrong in having a stake but that maybe 14 percent is too high. "I know that a lot of people will say this is Edwards cashing in again but I will do what I believe is best for me and what is best for the football club." Edwards was in line for an pounds 80m windfall last season when BSkyB bid for the club and he would be well rewarded by prospective buyers now. The football speculator Joe Louis and other major players will be alerted by the news. Louis has long been in the market for a stake in a top English club and has the funds for a major share of United. Edwards has turned down recent approaches, including one from a betting syndicate. Meanwhile, Edwards is still negotiating a new contract with the Roy Keane. A secret pact with the agents of the club's other big names could drive the United captain out of Old Trafford. Edwards has an agreement with the agents who negotiated the contracts of the other United players to keep them on "comparable terms" until 2002. Some will be on pounds 25,000 a week, mainly the new arrivals, while most are on pounds 20,000 a week. This has been a practice agreed in a dozen or so cases recently. The pay scale is in operation until 2002 when it will be reviewed, a strategy that suits United who have tied up most of their players on deals up to that date. And it is why Keane's "final offer" from United is in the pounds 28,000 a week range and is as much as Edwards can pay one of the club's existing players without causing major problems. Keane is looking for around pounds 40,000 a week which would break the agreement between Edwards and the agents, sparking a pay revolution. The spiral effect of that would be rises of around pounds 600,000 a year for every player, spread throughout the first team squad costing the club a further pounds 10m a season in wages. One agent confirmed last night: "There has always been a rider from Martin Edwards in negotiations that the players will be on comparable money until the year 2002. We all accept it although everyone is watching the Keane case with interest." Keane is running out of time to accept United's contract which clearly is unlikely to increase and come near his demands.
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