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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS Date: Tue Feb 23 10:00:20 GMT+00:00 1999 Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org This Issue: 1. Coventry City 0-1 Manchester United: Resilient United confound Wenger 2. PREMIERSHIP FORM AGAINST SOUTHAMPTON 3. Whistleblower: United set a trend for sportsmanship 4. Ferguson eyeing up goal king Larsson 5. VOGTS TO SPEND TIME WITH UNITED ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ Daily RED Trivia Tuesday 23rd February 1999: 23/2/1919: Johnny Carey born in Dublin. A loyal and versatile servant who made his debut against Southampton in September 1937. Carey was voted 'Footballer of the Year' in 1949, and captained United to an FA Cup win in 1948 and League Championship in 1952. 344 appearances and 18 goals between 1937-53, playing in every position except Outside-Left. 36 caps for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He later managed Blackburn Rovers, Everton, Leyton Orient and Nottingham Forest. 1966: Uniteds Nobby Stiles scores for England as they beat West Germany 1-0 at Wembley. 1983: United reach their first League Cup Final after beating Arsenal 2-1 at Old Trafford in the Semi-Final 2nd Leg watched by 56,635. Steve Coppell and Kevin Moran scored to make it a 6-3 win on aggregate. Team was: Bailey, Duxbury, Albiston, Moses, Moran, McQueen, Robson (Wilkins), Muhren, Stapleton, Whiteside, Coppell. *************** Barry Daily Comment: Paul Scholes got married yesterday to his childhood sweetheart. Previous News: Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio http://www.iol.ie/~redcafe/kidd.htm Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United! http://www.red11.org/mufc/news/schmeichel.htm Next games: ALL Result/Fixture Index: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899z.htm 27 Southampton (H) 15.00 March 3 Inter Milan (H) ECLl "Quarter Final" 1st leg 19.45 7 Chelsea (H) 14.00 FAC6 *SKY SPORTS* LIVE* + DkTV1 Scand. 10 Liverpool (A) 19.45 PL (moved due to FAC) 13 Newcastle (A) 15.00 PL 17 Inter Milan (A) ECL "Quarter Final" 2nd leg 19.45 21 Everton (H) 15.00 PL UNITED Stats v All teams: http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/ *** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 21/02/99 *** Wimbledon 0-0 Aston Villa 15,582 *** CONDENSED LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 21/02/99 *** Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts --------------------------------------------------------- 1 Manchester United 27 15 9 3 61 28 33 54 2 Chelsea 26 13 11 2 39 21 18 50 3 Arsenal 26 13 10 3 34 12 22 49 4 Aston Villa 26 12 8 6 37 27 10 44 5 Leeds United 26 11 9 6 39 25 14 42 6 Liverpool 26 11 6 9 49 32 17 39 7 Derby County 26 9 10 7 25 24 1 37 8 West Ham United 26 10 7 9 29 38 -9 37 9 Wimbledon 25 9 9 7 29 35 -6 36 10 Newcastle United 26 9 7 10 34 35 -1 34 11 Middlesbrough 26 7 12 7 33 36 -3 33 12 Sheffield Wednesday 25 9 5 11 31 24 7 32 13 Tottenham Hotspur 25 7 11 7 29 31 -2 32 14 Leicester City 25 7 9 9 25 34 -9 30 15 Everton 26 6 9 11 19 28 -9 27 16 Charlton Athletic 26 6 8 12 31 37 -6 26 17 Blackburn Rovers 26 6 8 12 27 36 -9 26 18 Coventry City 26 6 6 14 24 37 -13 24 19 Southampton 25 6 5 14 25 48 -23 23 20 Nottingham Forest 26 3 7 16 22 54 -32 16 *** FIXTURES ON 27/02/99 *** Aston Villa v Coventry City Charlton Athletic v Nottingham Forest Chelsea v Liverpool Everton v Wimbledon Manchester United v Southampton Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough Tottenham Hotspur v Derby County West Ham United v Blackburn Rovers *** FIXTURES ON 28/02/99 *** Newcastle United v Arsenal *** ROUND 5 FIXTURES ON 23/02/99 *** Arsenal v Sheffield United *** ROUND 5 FIXTURES (REPLAYS) ON 24/02/99 *** (0) Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United (0) (2) Derby County v Huddersfield Town (2) (1) Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United (1) *** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 20/02/99 *** 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 United 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 Middlesbrough Home L 2-3 3 55,152 26/12/98 Nottingham 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 31/01/99 Charlton Athletic Away W 1-0 1 20,043 03/02/99 Derby County Home W 1-0 1 55,174 06/02/99 Nottingham Forest Away W 8-1 1 30,025 17/02/99 Arsenal Home D 1-1 1 55,171 20/02/99 Coventry City Away W 1-0 1 22,596 ****** 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 ****** CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL DRAW 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 FAC Quarter Finals Draw ties to be played the weekend of Saturday, March 6: Newcastle United or Blackburn Rovers v Everton Barnsley v Leeds United or Spurs Arsenal or Sheffield United v Huddersfield Town or Derby Manchester United v Chelsea (Sunday 7/3 1400 hrs UK) ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++
Subject: Coventry City 0-1 Manchester United: Resilient United confound Wenger Arsene Wenger conceded he might have underestimated the endurance of Manchester United after Arsenal's gruelling battle at Old Trafford on Wednesday. It was the Frenchman who pronounced before the start of the season that neither his Arsenal champions nor England's other representatives had a hope of being crowned champions of Europe. Arsenal, of course, failed to surmount the round-robin stage of Europe's premier competition, so abandoning United to a cause which continues on Wednesday week with a daunting confrontation with Inter Milan. 'I have to say my view has changed,' confessed Wenger. 'United are good enough to win the European Cup. 'The fact Alex Ferguson has rotated his players from a very early stage in the season could prove to be the crucial factor. 'They are certainly better equipped than last season to do it because they have added more quality to their squad in Jaap Stam and Dwight Yorke. I believe now the games with Inter Milan could be decisive. 'But they have other domestic games to concern them in the intervening period - and that is always a problem.' Such a hurdle was presented at Highfield Road, where Coventry demonstrated with splendid aplomb that even an outfit precariously placed in the Premiership demand that aristocrats have to battle to slap butter on their bread. Manager Ferguson made his adjustments with the first full-scale run-out for Ryan Giggs after a lengthy lay-off with a recurring hamstring problem and the return to active service of veteran fullback Denis Irwin. But the quality of performance from United on an unpredictable playing surface, especially early in the contest, might have prompted Wenger into a further reassessment had he been in attendance. In fact, the Sky Blues, an infuriating amalgam of magic and muddle, contrived sufficient opportunities to construct an unlikely triumph. These surfaced especially in a particularly enterprising period between the 33rd and 38th minutes when goal-keeper Peter Schmeichel was required to demonstrate the lingering elasticity of his 35-year-old limbs. His full-stretch reaction to a George Boateng special from 30 yards was particularly spectacular and his positioning taken up to counter a blast from Gary McAllister timed to perfection. Even so, such is the inherent quality within the ranks of the Premiership pace-setters that the most inviting goal-scoring opportunities were exquisitely carved by United. Giggs was entitled to respond with a measure of greater accuracy to the 15th-minute chance created by the vision of David Beck-ham and unselfishness of Andy Cole. His attempted finishing flourish was yards too high. The Welshman was wayward again from a more sharply defined angle early in the second period and Beck-ham would surely have broken the deadlock had Paul Telfer not appeared out of the blue to produce a brilliant block. Time to launch supersub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the four-strikes Forest axe-man of a fortnight ago. There was no addition to the Norwegian's personal goal tally on this occasion, but the merest of headed brush-strokes applied to a Beckham cross from the right in the 78th minute painted the picture of eclipse for Coventry as Giggs appeared from behind to atone for previous profligacy with a shot which defied a last-ditch intervention by Richard Shaw. It was enough to dump Coventry into the dreaded bottom three and sufficient to retain the clear four-point advantage for United on the domestic front. But not, as Wenger warns, without handicaps being added to the optimistic pursuit of European, FA Cup and Championship glory being sustained. The vastly-important Stam set himself up for future suspension through a fifth yellow card of the season, following an over-robust challenge on the elusive Darren Huckerby. And the Dutchman remained behind in the dressing room after the interval, being replaced by Henning Berg. But the eventual outcome represents business as usual for United, no matter what the setbacks. Enough to provoke a change of heart by Wenger and hope-fully sufficient to see them move ever closer to the coveted European crown craved at Old Trafford
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Subject: PREMIERSHIP FORM AGAINST SOUTHAMPTON ************************************ DATE LOCATION FOR AGAINST UNITED SCORERS 03/10/98 Away 3 0 Yorke, Cole, Cruyff 19/01/98 Away 0 1 13/08/97 Home 1 0 Beckham 01/02/97 Home 2 1 Pallister, Cantona 26/10/96 Away 3 6 Beckham, May, Scholes 13/04/96 Away 1 3 Giggs 18/11/95 Home 4 1 Giggs (2), Scholes, Cole 10/05/95 Home 2 1 Cole, Irwin 31/12/94 Away 2 2 Butt, Pallister 05/05/94 Home 2 0 Kanchelskis, Hughes 28/08/93 Away 3 1 Sharpe, Cantona, Irwin 24/08/92 Away 1 0 Dublin 20/02/92 Home 2 1 Giggs (2) PREDICTION : 2-1 This data and the results of United against EVERY Premiership team past and present is available on your desktop anytime you want it if you download our FREE Manchester United FormGuide @ http://www.webu.nu/manu/soft.htm . You can also download free updates as the season progresses from the same page. It's almost as easy as playing Forest! ------------------------------------ Cheers to a United Victory! www.webu.nu/manu
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Subject: Whistleblower: United set a trend for sportsmanship Monday, February 22, 1999 Phil Osborn on how referees are bringing the best out in players Sportsmanship is returning to Premiership matches, according to two top international referees - and Manchester United are setting the trend. Gary Willard became only the second official this season to collect a maximum 15 points in the Whistleblower ratings for his handling of the ferociously-contested Manchester United-Arsenal match last Wednesday. Afterwards, he insisted the credit must go to the players for the way they controlled themselves in a fixture which has a history of boiling over. 'It was a match with a lot at stake and everyone was fully committed, yet there was very little adverse reaction from players when they were brought down,' said Willard, who is in his fourth year on the FIFA list. 'Thanks to the players' attitude, it was a thoroughly enjoyable game to be involved in. The game was played in a very sporting spirit, which is something I have noticed improving at matches recently.' The match ended a remarkable sequence of three matches in five days for Worthing civil servant Willard, who had been in charge of the Wimbledon-Tottenham Worthington Cup semi-final the previous day and the Huddersfield v Derby FA Cup game three days earlier. Willard's views on the improving behaviour of play-ers echoed those of Stephen Lodge after another recent United match. For the first time this season, Lodge kept his yellow and red cards in his pocket throughout the Old Trafford visit of Derby County two weeks earlier. 'The behaviour of both teams was outstanding,' said local government officer Lodge. 'It was a competitive match with a lot of strong tackles going in but the play-ers were very sporting, helping one another up and generally being nice and friendly,' said Lodge. 'It's a trend I've noticed coming back into the game this season.' The number of bookings in the Premiership so far is 1,029, an increase of almost seven per cent. But Lodge has some good news. 'I haven't had to book anyone for diving and the unfair tackle from behind has virtually been eliminated because players know that it will bring an automatic caution or dismissal,' he said. 'A number of my bookings have been for shirt-holding or dissent and this is mainly because of the high financial stakes that are involved today. 'It has to be accepted that players will not always agree with your decision because of the speed of the game and perhaps because of the angle you are viewing a particular incident from. 'We do not want to stop players talking to us and giving their views and I bring the card out only when there is a blatantly visual dissent.'
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Subject: Ferguson eyeing up goal king Larsson By Ian McGarry Monday, February 22, 1999 Manchester United want Celtic's prolific striker Henrik Larsson. United manager Alex Ferguson has asked trusted colleagues in Scotland whether the Swede could reproduce his stunning form in the more demanding Premiership. The reports have been favourable and Larsson will now feature in United's proposed close-season reshuffle as Ferguson prepares to offload players and add new faces. Celtic face a major task to persuade their £8,000-a-week, 31-goal top scorer to extend his contract, which has only a year to run after this season. They have already approached Larsson's agent, Rob Jansen, but no negotiations have taken place yet. If no headway can be made, Celtic are likely to sell Larsson, 27, for a fee in excess of £6million rather than allow him to walk away for nothing next year. Celtic, who signed Larsson from Feyenoord for £650,000 in the summer of 1997, rejected a £4m bid from Sheffield Wednesday in November.
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Subject: VOGTS TO SPEND TIME WITH UNITED Former German national team coach Berti Vogts is to spend a week with Manchester United - fuelling speculation that he is interested in managing in England. The revelation comes at a time that England are seeking a permanent coach - Kevin Keegan is only in charge until June. "The invitation came from (United manager) Alex Ferguson who is an old friend of mine," said Vogts, currently helping out former club Borussia Monchengladbach. "I want to see how things work on the training ground and how their youth system works, because they have a lot of very good young players." Vogts has been without a job since standing down from the national coaching position last September. He led his country to the European Championship in 1996 but quit with the form of the national side at a low ebb. He refused to speculate Saturday when he might take on another coaching job but has said in the past the time had come to consider a post abroad, possibly in England's Premiership. "Over Christmas there was a lot of talk about what I was apparently doing but there was no truth in it. I am taking a course to improve my English at the moment but otherwise I don't want to talk about (my football future) right now."
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