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Date: Sun Aug 22 04:37:02 GMT 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Speculation by Gary Neville
2. Fit Adams attacks Man Utd
3. Ferguson in plea to United paymasters
4. Real want Jordi
5. Bogarde and Barca reject bid


* * *

Today's Match:

* * *

Quick UNITED Team News:

Manchester United are forced into one change with Raimond van
der Gouw taking over from the injured Mark Bosnich.

Ronny Johnsen, Gary Neville and Wes Brown are also out.

But Jaap Stam and Henning Berg reported fit after playing in
international friendlies this week.

* * *

TV special

Whatever happens on the pitch, the game at Highbury will also be
a television first as broadcaster Sky offers an interactive

Replays and statistics will be available for those armchair fans
with the required extra equipment.


*** RESULTS ON 21/08/99 ***

        Chelsea (0) 1 - 0 (0) Aston Villa
       Coventry (1) 2 - 0 (0) Derby
        Everton (1) 4 - 1 (0) Southampton
          Leeds (0) 2 - 1 (1) Sunderland
  Middlesbrough (0) 1 - 0 (0) Liverpool
      Newcastle (2) 3 - 3 (1) Wimbledon
      Sheff Wed (1) 1 - 2 (2) Tottenham
        Watford (0) 1 - 0 (0) Bradford
       West Ham (1) 2 - 1 (1) Leicester

*** FIXTURES ON 22/08/99 ***
             Arsenal  v  Manchester United



Pos Team          P   W   D   L   F   A    Pts
 1  Tottenham     4   3   0   1   8   5    9
 2  Middlesbrough 4   3   0   1   7   4    9
 3  Man Utd       3   2   1   0   7   1    7
 4  Chelsea       3   2   1   0   7   2    7
 5  Aston Villa   4   2   1   1   6   3    7
 6  Leeds         4   2   1   1   5   3    7
 7  West Ham      3   2   1   0   5   3    7
 8  Arsenal       3   2   1   0   4   2    7
 9  Watford       4   2   0   2   4   5    6
10  Southampton   4   2   0   2   6   9    6
11  Wimbledon     4   1   2   1   9   9    5
12  Coventry      4   1   1   2   3   3    4
13  Bradford      3   1   1   1   2   2    4
14  Everton       4   1   1   2   7   8    4
15  Leicester     4   1   1   2   5   6    4
16  Sunderland    4   1   1   2   3   6    4
17  Liverpool     3   1   0   2   2   3    3
18  Newcastle     4   0   1   3   6   11   1
19  Derby         4   0   1   3   2   7    1
20  Sheff Wed     4   0   1   3   3   9    1


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
08/08/99    Everton                  Away     D  1-1    10    39,141
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home     W  4-0     3    54,941
14/08/99    Leeds United             Home     W  2-0     1    55,187

       P   Won       Drawn     Lost      For        Against    Points
Home   2   2 (100%)  0 (0%)    0 (0%)    6 (3.0)    0 (0.0)    6 (3.0)
Away   1   0 (0%)    1 (100%)  0 (0%)    1 (1.0)    1 (1.0)    1 (1.0)

Total  3   2 (67%)   1 (33%)   0 (0%)    7 (2.3)    1 (0.3)    7 (2.3)

                                         Averages per game in (brackets)

HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 14/08/99 - Leeds United (55,187)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE:  11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (54,941)
BEST WIN:                11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0)




ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.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.
 8/08/99    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   16.00 Live on Sky
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 Live on Sky
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 Live on Sky
*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Cantona + 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
15/12/99    ?     WC 5
18/12/99    West Ham United          away PL   15.00
26/12/99    Bradford City            home PL   15.00
28/12/99    Sunderland               away PL   20.00 Live on Sky
 3/01/2000  Middlesborough           home PL   20.00

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

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
 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
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
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 f


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Subject: Speculation by Gary Neville August 21 1999 FOOTBALL by Gary Neville THERE had been a lot of speculation before the game against Leeds United last week that Roy Keane was going to leave, so I was delighted when I heard that he had released a statement saying he would be staying at Old Trafford until the end of the season and maybe longer. He is such an influential player in the Manchester United team that every player wants him to stay. I hope and pray that he does sign, because it would be almost impossible to replace the influence and the importance that is attached to him at the club. It takes four or five years for a player to build up the kind of respect that Keano has. It takes four or five years of brilliant performances and of being a driving force that is an inspiration to the team. Peter Schmeichel had that kind of respect last season and Keano has it, too. Bryan Robson had that kind of drive about him as well and, in his own way, even Eric Cantona had it. You need all sorts of characters in your team, but that type of player is the force behind the team. They shout and they cajole and they yell at you because they want you to perform to the standards they know you are capable of, and they get frustrated if you fall below them. You have to command the respect of the whole team to do that and that is what allows Keano to be captain. He knows that the club, the manager and the players all want him to stay, but neither I nor any of the rest of the lads would ever try to interfere in his decision. It is nothing to do with us. I wouldn't expect anyone to have a say in my contract negotiations and no one should do it with Keano, either. It is up to him. It is an individual thing. One thing is certain: he will be in the side against Arsenal at Highbury tomorrow, when we have got another chance to prove that the hold they seemed to have established over us over the past couple of seasons has been well and truly broken. Our victory over them in the FA Cup semi-final replay last season was tremendously important in all manner of ways. It gave us real momentum to push on towards the treble and it gave us that confidence that we had nothing to fear from Arsenal again. They are still a great side. Nicolas Anelka was a brilliant player for them but Kanu has been getting rave reviews since he joined. He is an elusive kind of player, difficult for a defender to mark because he drops so deep. It has created an interesting situation at Arsenal now, though, because in the past, Bergkamp always used to drop off and Anelka would run through. Bergkamp and Kanu both like to drop off, so maybe Bergkamp will have to start pushing farther forward. I know they beat us in the Charity Shield but I thought we were the better side and even though it is early in the season, it's vital we get a good result. We dropped six points to them the season before last and they won the title by one point. Last season we dropped four to them and we won by one point. We have got to take more points off them and Chelsea this season. There's no chance of me being part of the team. I'm hoping to play in an under-19 match against Huddersfield Town today and then there's a possibility that I'll get another game in a friendly in midweek. After that, I should be ready to start trying to push for a first-team place. The longer you are out, the more you worry whether you are going to get back in. I'll be nervous today because it's the first proper game back after a few months out with my groin injury. It is strange when you have been out for that long because you have not got the match sharpness the other lads have. The defence have also been playing brilliantly while I have been injured so that will make it difficult to regain my spot as well. People talk about the fact that my brother, Phil, and I seem to be competing for the same place and that he will suffer if I return at right back. It has gone past that stage with us, really. He kept me out for the last four games of the Double-winning season a few years ago and it has worked to my advantage on other occasions, but we don't think about it like that. It would be nice if some day, somehow, we could both play in the side regularly together. I know that when Kevin Keegan names his squad for the games against Luxembourg and Poland on Thursday that I will not have had a first-team match to prove my fitness, but I would still love to be involved. The injury has cleared up completely with all the rest and I hope that I will have had some first-team action by the time the squad meets up. They are both crucial games for England in the attempt to qualify for the European championship and it would be a dream for me if I could play some part in helping us to do it.
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Subject: Fit Adams attacks Man Utd The fitness and the opinions of Tony Adams are dominating the news ahead of the first big clash of the Premiership season. The Arsenal skipper has informed his own boss Arsene Wenger that he is fit for the clash with Manchester United. And he has told Sunday's "arrogant" opponents they should be banned forever from the FA Cup if they refuse to rethink their boycott of the competition. It is just a month since Adams had a double-hernia operation and Wenger admits he is still undecided about plunging him back into the Gunners' biggest game of the season so far. "My concern is always that Tony could come back too soon and break down," admitted the Frenchman. "If it wasn't Manchester United we were playing I wouldn't even consider picking Tony but when somebody like him says he is available you don't just dismiss the possibility." The Highbury boss is likely to stand by 20-year-old deputy Matthew Upson, and keep the Adams comeback on hold until next Saturday's trip to Liverpool. Cup row But that has not stopped Adams entering the summer-long debate about United's FA Cup withdrawal. They pulled out in favour of Fifa's new World Club Championship in Brazil in January, apparently after government intervention. Adams says the explanation is not good enough for him. "They have enough resources to enter some sort of team, even if it is only youngsters who would love the experience." "I don't believe United should get away with such an arrogant attitude, and if they persist with their approach to this season they should be granted their wish - and never be allowed back into the competition," he told The Mirror newspaper on Saturday. "In my opinion their attitude was an insult to a great competition." Arsenal are missing England goalkeeper David Seaman, France World Cup star Emmanuel Petit and veteran left back Nigel Winterburn. But Upson is confident he can continued to deputise for Adams. "I feel I'm ready for the first-team now," he said. "I know I'm good enough." Winger Marc Overmars believes the game is "even bigger than a Champions League match". He is also likely to be absent after only returning to training this week following a recurrence of his summer-long groin injury. But he is determined to play a part and could be on the bench, as could Davor Suker despite playing for Croatia on Saturday night in Zagreb. Arsenal used a private jet to fly Patrick Vieira home from France's Belfast friendly in midweek, and the same plane was due to collect Suker from his homeland.
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Subject: Ferguson in plea to United paymasters Sir Alex Ferguson last night made another desperate plea to the Old Trafford paymasters to help fund his squad strengthening plans. The Manchester United boss has become increasingly frustrated in his search for new blood, and further warned that the club's reluctance to break the Old Trafford wage ceiling could seriously threaten his side's defence of the Treble. Ferguson is desperate for defensive cover with Wes Brown, Gary Neville, David May and Ronny Johnsen currently sidelined. He said: "We have got to be sensible and realistic. We all know we are in a market that is hard to fathom, but we are in it all the same. "If we want a player than we have to pay the price. We just have to make sure there is some sense in it and look at his age and the length of the contract he wants." Earlier this summer, United missed out on Youri Djorkaeff after offering the 31-year-old Frenchman a one-year deal.
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Subject: Real want Jordi Real Oviedo coach Luis Aragones has expressed an interest in signing unsettled Manchester United striker Jordi Cruyff. However, the Dutchman faces a race against time to conclude a move back to Spain before the Spanish transfer window closes next week. Cruyff's purchase of a new left-hand drive Maserati car is a further indication that his time in England is running out. He asked for a transfer earlier this month and, following the addition of Quinton Fortune to the squad, there now appears to be few objections from Sir Alex Ferguson. Cruyff said: "I want to play football. Last year I played about 100 minutes for United and the year before maybe I played three games. "I know I has injury problems but I just didn't feel I was getting enough minutes. I know there are a lot of good players around and the opportunity just didn't come, so I felt it was better to look elsewhere."
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Subject: Bogarde and Barca reject bid Manchester United's mission to sign Winston Bogarde has failed after both Barcelona and the player decided he would not be leaving the Catalan club. Sir Alex Ferguson's hopes of bringing in an experienced continental defender before the Champions' League transfer deadline are in tatters unless he can turn up something from one of three reported alternatives. The United boss has been linked with moves for Aston Villa's Ugo Ehiogu and Feyenoord's Dutch international Bert Konterman plus a mystery target from Serie A - which could be Inter Milan's Taribo West. Ehiogu's price-tag and the fact that half the fee would go to West Brom means Villa are unlikely to sell, not least because of the lingering bitterness that exists there after United signed Dwight Yorke and Mark Bosnich against Villa's wishes. Konterman is an unknown commodity to most fans but has emerged as a dependable player at international level since Frank Rijkaard took over the Dutch side. West, we understand, would jump at the chance of a move to the club but his erratic performances in recent years suggest he is not the manager's preferred choice. He may, however, be the last hope. Meanwhile, Roma have expressed an interest in 17-year-old French youth team captain Phillipe Mexes - linked to United a month ago. The Auxerre centre-back is seen as his country's top prospect.
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