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Date: Sun Oct 24 04:08:05 GMT+00:00 1999
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This Issue:
1. Ask the StatMan - How many Manchester United shirt DESIGNS have there been?
2. Carling Report - Tottenham (2) 3 Man United (1) 1 FT
4. Slick Spurs stun United - Guardian
6. United haven't fined Beckham 
7. MEN  THE WAY WE WERE . . . 



Barry Comment:
REDS lost a fine record v Tottenham recently. The team played well
according to Fergie, it was defensive errrors which caused the loss.
more in todays edition .......

ECL Group D  ** Manchester United **
Olympique de Marseille * NK Croatia Zagreb * SK Sturm Graz

Manchester United FC Champions League Squad List
 1 Mark John Bosnich      2 Gary Alexander Neville 3 Dennis Joseph Irwin
 4 David May              6 Jakob Stam             7 David Robert J Beckham
 8 Nicholas Butt          9 Andrew Alex. Cole      10 Edward Sheringham
11 Ryan Joseph Giggs     12 Philip Neville         14 Johan Jordi Cruyff
15 Lars Jesper Blomqvist 16 Roy Keane           17 Raimond RJH Van der Gouw
18 Paul Scholes          19 Dwight Yorke           20 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
21 Henning Berg          23 Michael Jamie Clegg    25 Josť Quinton Fortune
26 Massimo Taibi         31 Nicholas James Culkin  33 Mark Antony Wilson
34 Jonathan Greening

Group D         P   W   D   L   F   A  PTS
Marseille       4   3   0   1   6   3   9
Manchester Utd  4   2   1   1   5   2   7
Croatia Zagreb  4   1   1   2   4   3   4
SK Sturm Graz   4   1   0   3   1   8   3

Tue Sep 14 Manchester United    0-0 Croatia Zagreb   
Tue Sep 14 Marseille            2-0 SK Sturm Graz   
Wed Sep 22 Croatia Zagreb       1-2 Marseille   
Wed Sep 22 SK Sturm Graz        0-3 Manchester United
Wed Sep 29 Manchester United    2-1 Marseille   
Wed Sep 29 Croatia Zagreb       3-0 SK Sturm Graz 
Tue Oct 19 Marseille            1-0 Manchester United   
Tue Oct 19 SK Sturm Graz        1-0 Croatia Zagreb 
Wed Oct 27 7:45 NK Croatia           v Man Utd
Wed Oct 27 7:45 Sturm Graz           v Marseille
Tue Nov  2 7:45 Manchester United    v SK Sturm Graz   
Tue Nov  2 7:45 Marseille            v Croatia Zagreb 

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         Aston Villa   1-1   Wimbledon             27,160
       Bradford City   3-1   Leicester City        17,655
             Chelsea   2-3   Arsenal               34,958
 Sheffield Wednesday   0-0   Coventry City         23,296
         Southampton   1-1   Liverpool             15,241
   Tottenham Hotspur   3-1   Manchester United     36,072

*** FIXTURES ON 24/10/99 ***
             Everton  v  Leeds United
             Watford  v  Middlesbrough
     West Ham United  v  Sunderland

*** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 23/10/99 ***

Pos Team                  P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Leeds United         11  4  1  1  10   5   4  0  1  11   7    9   25
 2  Arsenal              12  5  0  1  13   5   3  1  2   7   7    8   25
 3  Manchester United    12  4  2  0  19   6   3  1  2   9  13    9   24
 4  Sunderland           11  4  2  0   8   2   3  0  2  12   7   11   23
 5  Tottenham Hotspur    11  4  0  2  15  11   2  2  1   5   4    5   20
 6  Leicester City       12  4  2  0  11   6   2  0  4   9  11    3   20
 7  Chelsea              10  4  0  1  13   3   2  1  2   4   4   10   19
 8  Aston Villa          12  3  3  0   8   3   2  0  4   5   9    1   18
 9  Everton              11  3  2  0  11   3   2  0  4   6  11    3   17
10  West Ham United       9  4  0  0   6   2   1  1  3   5   6    3   16
11  Liverpool            11  2  0  3   5   5   2  3  1   7   6    1   15
12  Middlesbrough        11  3  0  3   6   7   2  0  3   7   8   -2   15
13  Coventry City        12  3  0  3  11   8   0  4  2   5   7    1   13
14  Southampton          11  2  2  2  10  10   1  1  3   8  12   -4   12
15  Wimbledon            12  1  3  2   9  10   1  3  2   9  16   -8   12
16  Bradford City        11  1  2  2   5  10   2  0  4   4   7   -8   11
17  Watford              11  2  0  3   5   6   1  0  5   2   9   -8    9
18  Derby County         11  1  0  5   3  12   1  3  1   7   7   -9    9
19  Newcastle United     11  2  1  2  14   7   0  0  6   7  20   -6    7
20  Sheffield Wednesday  12  1  1  4   7   9   0  1  5   1  18  -19    5

27-OCT-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs NK Croatia  (UEFA Champions League, AWAY)
30-OCT-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Aston Villa  (FA Premier League, HOME)
02-NOV-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Sturm Graz  (UEFA Champions League, HOME)
06-NOV-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leicester C  (FA Premier League, HOME)


UNITED Stats v All teams:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
First Team Fixtures 1999/2000
All dates/times subject to change
Dates of possible cup ties also shown

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/07/99    Melbourne Australia   pre-season  W  2-0     -    60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   pre-season  W  1-0     -    78,000
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     pre-season  W  2-0     -    80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China pre-season  W  2-0     -    40,000

 1/08/99    Arsenal   Wembley Charity Shield  L  1-2     -    70,185
 3/08/99    Omagh Town Omagh Bomb Fund        W  9-0     -     7,000
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly           W  2-0     -    15,000 
08/08/99    Everton                  Away PL  D  1-1    10    39,141
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home PL  W  4-0     3    54,941
14/08/99    Leeds United             Home PL  W  2-0     1    55,187
22/08/99    Arsenal                  Away PL  W  2-1     1    38,147
25/08/99    Coventry City            Away PL  W  2-1     1    22,024 
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio               ESC  L  0-1     -    15,223
30/08/99    Newcastle United         Home     W  5-1     1    55,190
11/09/99    Liverpool                Away     W  3-2     1    44,929
14/09/99    Croatia Zagreb           Home EC  D  0-0     -    53,250
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home     D  1-1     1    55,189
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC  W  3-0     -    16,480
25/09/99    Southampton              Home     D  3-3     1    55,249
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC  W  2-1     -    54,276
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL  L  0-5     2    34,909
11/10/99    Sir Alex Testimonial     Home F   L  2-4  LEGENDS 54,842      
13/10/99    Aston Villa              Away WC3 L  0-3     -    33,815
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL  W  4-1     2    55,188
19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC  L  0-1     -    57,745 
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     L  1-3     3    36,072

27/10/99    Croatia Zagreb           Away EC   19.45
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 2/11/99    Sturm Graz               Home EC   19.45 
 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
 4/12/99    Everton                  Home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
18/12/99    West Ham United          Away PL   15.00
26/12/99    Bradford City            Home PL   15.00
28/12/99    Sunderland               Away PL   20.00  "live on sky"
 3/01/2000  Middlesborough           Home PL   20.00
 JAN 05-14  Brazil WTC [3-4 games]
06/01/2000  Necaxa (Mexico)          Neut WTC  16.00
08/01/2000  Vasco da Gama (Brazil)   Away WTC  16.00
11/01/2000  South Melbourne (Australia) N WTC  16.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  Home PL   15.00
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            Home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         Away PL   15.00
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                Away PL   15.00
 1/03/2000  ?   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 Final



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Subject: Ask the StatMan - How many Manchester United shirt DESIGNS have there been? Date: Saturday, October 16, 1999 Time: 7:31 AM EST Submitted by: Anders Peter Holstebro Email address: erik-rene-nielsen@post.tele.dk Subject: Ask the StatMan visitor_country: Denmark visitor_age: 13 question: How many Manchester United shirt DESIGNS have there been? ============================================================================ In the past ten years the regular Red shirt has seen subtle changes every two years or so. But back in the first seasons in the Football League (1892-94) Newton Heath wore Red and White Quartered jerseys with Blue shorts. Between 1894-96 it was Green and Gold halves. From 1896 to 1902 they wore White shirts and Blue shorts. When the club became Manchester United in 1902 the Red shirts were worn for the first time. But between 1922-27 there was a change to White shirts with a Red 'V' on both back and front. In 1934 they tried Maroon and White hooped shirts. United wore Blue when winning the Finals of the 1948 FA Cup, 1968 European Cup and 1992 League Cup.
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Subject: Carling Report - Tottenham (2) 3 Man United (1) 1 FT Tottenham (2) 3 Man United (1) 1 FT Iversen 37 Giggs 23 Scholes 40 (og) Carr 71 Magnificent Tottenham handed Manchester United another dose of capital punishment as Sir Alex Ferguson's Treble winners crashed to their fourth defeat in the last five games - just three weeks after a 5-0 thumping at Chelsea. Manchester United should never be written off, especially with only a third of the season gone, but as Spurs hit back from a goal down to claim a famous victory - their first in the FA Carling Premiership against United for nearly three years - there were definite signs of decay in a team that has carried all before them over the last seven years. Click image for full size They finished with their defence and discipline both in tatters after Frenchman Mickael Silvestre's blunder led to a 36th-minute equaliser by Steffen Iversen, and then Paul Scholes put through his own goal just four minutes later. And what really finished them off was a rocket shot by Republic of Ireland rookie Steve Carr, crashing home a 35-yard thunderbolt that left Mark Bosnich completely helpless with 19 minutes still to go. But that was enough time for United to show how standards have really slipped. David Beckham was booked for a bad foul on Mauricio Taricco and substituted almost immediately. Then Roy Keane, making his first League start since late August - and lucky not to have been booked for two earlier pieces of petulance - finally pushed referee Jeff Winter's patience too far with a crude lunge at the battered Taricco. At the end of a soggy yet sometimes sunlit afternoon, there was a rainbow hovering over White Hart Lane - but the pot of gold was promised only to Spurs. Manager George Graham had worked another minor miracle against the side he believes set the benchmark for all the rest - and Graham did it with a team robbed of key personnel by injuries. With Les Ferdinand, Darren Anderton and Willem Korsten all on the casualty list, it seemed a fatal double-blow when striker Chris Armstrong and £4million defender Chris Perry were also ruled out. But with out-of-favour winger Ruel Fox making his first start of the season and 22-year-old Luke Young partnering captain colossus Sol Campbell at the back, Spurs matched their mighty visitors with a thundering commitment and in the end superior craft. United appeared to be in complete control when despite an early scare after Bosnich had to smother a sharp shot on the turn from Oyvind Leonhardsen, they moved into a well-deserved lead with Ryan Giggs's first Premiership goal of the campaign. Andy Cole pushed the ball through beautifully between Campbell and Young on the edge of the Spurs area and Giggs strode onto it to flick expertly past Walker. But Tottenham refused to buckle and were generously allowed a way back into the contest by some catastrophic defending. First Silvestre, playing in his apparently preferred central position after being used as a full-back by Ferguson since his arrival from Inter Milan, carelessly headed a routine back-pass beyond Bosnich and was relieved to see it just miss a post and go out for a corner. But the relief lasted just a few seconds because from Ginola's flag kick on the right, Tim Sherwood sent a flying header across goal and Iversen scrambled in a 36th minute equaliser even though the Australian goalkeeper bravely blocked his first effort onto a post. And four minutes later, Ginola, who had looked largely redundant as a real on his left wing outpost, did the damage from that side - calling for a short corner from Leonhardsen and whipping the ball over. Young was totally unmarked and yet missed completely with an attempted back-flick header but it was enough to unsight Scholes who could do nothing about it as the ball thumped off him and past the bemused Bosnich. Even the rumbling thunder and torrential downpour that greeted United at the start of the second period would hardly have matched the intensity of the half-time lambasting Ferguson must have given his shell-shocked troops. Click image for full size And for a while they responded splendidly with only a desperate, last-ditch tackle by the resourceful Young stopping Scholes pounding clear on Cole's adroit header. Spurs had to launch themselves into tackles and cover space for all they were worth to repel a United revival. And Walker did well to smother Cole's low drive through the surface water in the penalty area after the striker robbed Steffen Freund and played a delightful one-two with Dwight Yorke. But any hopes of a comeback were blasted into oblivion by Carr's explosive drive after 71 minutes. There seemed no danger to United's goal when the Ireland full back, who scored his first League goal only a few weeks ago at Wimbledon, came trotting down the right wing. But Bosnich was left groping at thin air as the 22-year-old Dubliner unleashed an unstoppable rocket that zipped into the far, top corner from all of 35 yards. It came just three minutes after David Beckham had been booked, for a petulant foul on Taricco and then almost immediately substituted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And it set the mood of utter frustration for United. Roy Keane, making his first League start since late August, had already been lucky to avoid a booking for dissent when he brought down Taricco and left referee Jeff Winter no alternative but the yellow card. For some reason Winter also chose to book Tottenham's German midfielder Steffen Freund in the same incident but the former Borrussia Dortmund had already played a full part in his side's triumph and was magnificent in helping shore up the barricades as United fought in vain to repair the damage in the last 19 minutes. Tottenham: Walker, Carr, Campbell, Young (Vega, 76), Taricco, Fox (Piercy, 87), Freund, Sherwood, Leonhardsen, Iversen, Ginola. Subs not used: Baardsen, Edinburgh, Dominguez. Booked: Fox, Sherwood, Freund. Man United: Bosnich, Neville, Stam, Silvestre, Irwin (Greening, 82), Beckham (Solskjaer, 68), Scholes, Keane, Giggs, Yorke, Cole. Subs not used: Van Der Gouw, Berg, Higginbottom. Booked: Beckham, Keane. Attendance: 36,072. Referee: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees).
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Subject: *** STATS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 23/10/99 *** 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 22/08/99 Arsenal Away W 2-1 1 38,147 25/08/99 Coventry City Away W 2-1 1 22,024 30/08/99 Newcastle United Home W 5-1 1 55,190 11/09/99 Liverpool Away W 3-2 1 44,929 18/09/99 Wimbledon Home D 1-1 1 55,189 25/09/99 Southampton Home D 3-3 1 55,249 03/10/99 Chelsea Away L 0-5 2 34,909 16/10/99 Watford Home W 4-1 2 55,188 23/10/99 Tottenham Hotspur Away L 1-3 3 36,072 *** TEAM STATISTICS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 23/10/99 *** AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE: 55,157 HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 25/09/99 - Southampton (55,249) LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (54,941) BEST WIN: 11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0) 30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1) HEAVIEST DEFEAT: 03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5) BEST HOME WIN: 11/08/99 - Sheffield Wednesday (4-0) 30/08/99 - Newcastle United (5-1) BEST AWAY WIN: 22/08/99 - Arsenal (2-1) 25/08/99 - Coventry City (2-1) 11/09/99 - Liverpool (3-2) HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT: 03/10/99 - Chelsea (0-5)
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Subject: Slick Spurs stun United - Guardian Gerry Cox at White Hart Lane Manchester United's slump continues as they crashed 3-1 at Tottenham yesterday, their fourth defeat in five days, a result which denied them a place at the top of the Premiership. The game started at a cracking tempo, and from the way United knocked the ball about, you would never have thought this was a side who had lost three of their previous four games. However, those defeats, against Aston Villa, Chelsea and Marseille, seem to have affected United's confidence once they concede a goal, and it was remarkable to witness the turnaround in fortunes in the 10 minutes before half-time. Up to then, Tottenham had rarely looked like scoring. Steffen Iversen was playing as a lone striker because of injuries to Les Ferdinand and Chris Armstrong, and George Graham's tactic of playing with just one man up looked doomed as United took control of the game from the start. Spurs relied on midfielders such as Oyvind Leonhardsen and David Ginola to support Iversen, but they had little joy early on against a United defence well marshalled by Jaap Stam, who had Mickael Silvestre as a new partner. In contrast, United's passing and movement going forward was a delight to watch, with David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes able to switch their positions and the direction of play at will. Andy Cole had the first chance, a tame volley straight at Ian Walker, and his strike partner Dwight Yorke had a similar effort from 20 yards superbly blocked by Sol Campbell, playing his first home game of the season. Roy Keane went rampaging through the home defence, but was stopped by an unlikely last ditch tackle from Ruel Fox, playing his first game of the season for Spurs. Iversen put a header wide and then failed to control an incisive through pass from Ginola before Giggs opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. The Welsh winger traded places and passes with Cole and took the ball with his back to goal. With a quick turn he was past Campbell and Luke Young and had the simple task of flicking the ball over Walker. But Spurs were undeterred. Ginola's long shot won a corner, which Mark Bosnich flicked away unconvincingly and resulted in Tim Sherwood having a header cleared off the line by Keane. Silvestre almost scored a bizarre own goal 10 minutes later, when he headed a bobbling ball past Bosnich and narrowly wide of the post. But from the corner Spurs equalised in scrappy style. Sherwood headed Ginola's corner towards the far post, where Iversen threw himself at the ball and it flew off his chest and against the post. Bosnich scooped it out but straight to Iversen, who stuck out a leg and put the ball home. Three minutes later, Spurs were ahead from another corner, this time Ginola's cross being headed into his own net by Paul Scholes from close range. United went all out for an equaliser after the break and Cole went close with a long shot and Beckham had a clever chip headed off the line at the far post after Walker flapped at a cross. But the Spurs goalkeeper redeemed himself with a succession of good saves, denying Cole twice and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, sent on as a substitute for Beckham a minute after the England midfielder was booked for a foul on Mauricio Taricco. A minute later, Spurs increased their lead with a spectacular goal from Stephen Carr. The Irish right-back sensed Bosnich off his line and hit an unstoppable shot from fully 35 yards out and close to the touchline. The ball flew like an arrow past Bosnich into the far corner of the goal to a roar of delight from the home supporters, who had not seen their side beat United in the Premiership for almost four years. Still United pressed, with Cole having a header and a shot well-saved by Walker, who then made a superb reflex stop to tip away Solskjear's close range volley. But at 3-1 there was no way back. Afterwards, Alex Ferguson said: 'I can't criticise my players because I thought we played well enough to win. 'But sometimes fortune plays a hand and Tottenham took advantage. They worked very hard and took their breaks.'
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Subject: SCHOLES FACING HERNIA HELL Paul Scholes is the latest Manchester United midfielder who must undergo a hernia operation, news which Alex Ferguson and Kevin Keegan could do without. United's Nicky Butt, who began a three-match suspension for today's game at Tottenham, had hernia surgery last week and has been ruled out for at least six weeks. Now the Old Trafford boss has announced that Scholes must undergo a similar operation. He said: "Scholesey has been trudging on but he's going to need an operation for a hernia. He's doing OK and can carry on for a while yet, a good few weeks, but eventually he'll have to have it done." It is another setback for Ferguson who has just got skipper Roy Keane back after knee problems, but he hopes to have Gary Neville and David May challenging for places in the squad to face Champions League rivals Croatia Zagreb next Wednesday after lengthy periods out on the side lines. Ferguson is hoping Scholes will be able to hold out long enough to play a part in the closing stages of the first round phase of the Champions League on November 2 but England chief Keegan is probably unlikely to have what he calls his "little hand grenade" at his disposal.
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Subject: United haven't fined Beckham By Peter Fitton EXCLUSIVE: David Beckham has NOT been fined by Manchester United in a hard-line crackdown on their England star. But, as Soccernet revealed last week, the FA are pressing for talks with him over his behaviour on the pitch. Sources inside Old Trafford and the players' union insist reports suggesting United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had imposed a £50,000 fine - two weeks' wages - are incorrect. Yesterday Ferguson refused to enter the debate over his high-profile player. Beckham's appearance at a London fashion show 48 hours before a Champions League game against Sturm Graz in Austria was claimed to be the catalyst for hard-line action by United. But Beckham, who faces another torrid reception from fans at Chelsea today, has not so far suffered any financial penalty or the wrath of his manager. As Sportsmail revealed, Graham Bean, the FA's compliance officer, wanted to call Beckham to a private meeting to warn him about his conduct after a two-fingered gesture to Leeds fans earlier this season. The players' union headquarters in Manchester was seen as the ideal neutral venue. But United have resisted such a move in the belief that Ferguson should be left in control when his players need bringing into line. The union back the principle of errant stars being called in for a quiet word rather than seeing players repeatedly handed disrepute charges. The key issue inside Lancaster Gate now is that if the FA fail to back their compliance officer they are effectively making Bean's position untenable. Bean, a former policeman appointed last year, could change his approach by recommending that Beckham is charged with miscon-duct. But that would end any attempt at a softly-softly approach to discipline and seriously embarrass leading officers inside the FA.
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Subject: MEN THE WAY WE WERE . . . TEDDY Sheringham and Jesper Blomqvist are on course to top up Manchester United's first team squad. The injury-ravaged Reds have had a bitter-sweet week with operations for Nicky Butt (hernia), Wes Brown (cruciate knee) and Ronnie Wallwork (appendix). That has been offset by the Champions' League return in Marseille of Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs and, 48 hours later, reserve comebacks for defender Gary Neville and David May.Now Swedish winger Blomqvist and striker Sheringham have also posted encouraging medical bulletins.Sheringham has been unavailable since injuring his calf in Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial match almost two weeks ago, and misses a return to his former club Tottenham at White Hart Lane today. However, the Reds' boss says: ``Teddy will begin training again next week and he'll be back in contention soon.'' Blomqvist hasn't played all season since returning from the Reds' pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East with knee trouble. The Swede played and scored in Melbourne and was a sub in Sydney before starting again in Shanghai and Hong Kong. However, he aggravated a knee knock in training during the tour and it has dogged him ever since. Blomqvist underwent surgery six weeks ago to cure his knee trouble and is content with his progress. ``The injury is feeling okay. I have been back a week after going back home to Sweden for a fortnight for a change of scenery,'' says Jesper. ``I am at last going in the right direction now. I have come to terms with it. It is difficult to say if it will be two weeks or three before I am back, but as long as it is getting better and better and there is improvement then I am happy.``It was a clean-out of the right knee. The surgeons smoothed some rough cartilage down. ``It was nothing more than that. It was still very inflamed inside the knee when they went in, and that hasn't completely gone down.``It is still not 100 per cent of course. I ran for the first time in two months last week and I'll be taking it steady and be as smart as possible.``I have to build it up now. I have been doing a lot of bike-riding and also walk an hour every day around the Wilmslow area where I live.``I am pleased with things but I won't be setting myself any comeback dates.'' With no Pontins League match scheduled for the reserves until November 9 at Newcastle, Sir Alex Ferguson is planning to arrange some kind of outings for Neville and May next week in a bid to assist their match fitness.
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Subject: BUTT OUT FOR SIX WEEKS BUTT OUT FOR SIX WEEKS Manchester United have been rocked by the news that their England midfielder Nicky Butt faces six-weeks on the sidelines, after a hernia operation. However, he should only miss one Premier League match as he would have begun a three-match suspension this weekend for a sending off at Chelsea. Butt will now miss England's Euro 2000 play-off double-header with fierce rivals Scotland next month. But will be able to resume playing at the start of the Champions League's second phase. In reality, Butt's inclusion in an England first eleven would be a surprise more than a racing certainty, but the enforced omission of the fiery red-headed Salford-born midfielder will not be welcome news for Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Subject: GRAHAM - GIVE UNITED FA CUP BYES By Neil Silver, PA Sport George Graham has added his voice to the campaign to have Manchester United reinstated in the FA Cup. Tottenham manager Graham, whose team face the Treble winners at White Hart Lane on Saturday, feels it will set a bad precedent to let United opt out of the prestigious trophy they won last season. He reckons United should be given a bye for the early stages, which would enable them to play in the FIFA World Club Championship and then return to defend the FA Cup. "I am disappointed, like a lot of other people, that Manchester United are not in the FA Cup," said Graham. "I still think things could have been structured so that they could have come in at a later stage, as has happened for Real Madrid in Spain. "It wouldn't have bothered me to see United given a bye for two rounds because I'd rather have them in it than not. "A lot of people would say that is unfair, but for the good of the tournament you want every club in it. It happens in the Worthington Cup. "Once you get one club pulling out you start to wonder if we are getting the thin end of the wedge and question whether will it happen again in the future. "The FA Cup is special and it should be special." Graham and United manager Alex Ferguson are the two most successful managers currently in the Premiership, and are also close friends. Although Ferguson has won it all in his glorious reign at Old Trafford, fellow Scot Graham has an impressive record with six major trophies in eight years at Arsenal and the Worthington Cup in his first season at White Hart Lane. Graham feels he was ahead of Ferguson while he was in charge at Highbury and, if he hadn't had his reign cut short by the infamous 'bungs' scandal, reckons he may have outstripped his friend and rival's achievements in recent seasons. "It could have happened, looking back on it," said Graham. "Maybe if I had pushed the Highbury board into spending some money, but I was getting fantastic success on low spending and low salaries and maybe I should have done things differently. But the board curbed my spending. "If you look at Alex he has resurrected a sleeping giant and turned them back into one of the greatest clubs - that is solely down to him because he is one of the best managers in the world. "He has set unbelievably high standards and that is what has made him the best manager in the game. He is a natural born winner and deserves all the success he can get. "I have come here to resurrect Tottenham and put them where they should be. They are a big club but have slipped in comparison with Arsenal. To put them back there competing at the highest level would be fantastic. "But it is much harder now to succeed because unless you can get everything you want - and that takes finance - it is going to be gradual. "It is harder to attract players and there has been unfair criticism of us because the players you would like are just not available. The number of players I have enquired about is into double figures and I would say to the fans that we are trying but the quality players just aren't available at the moment." Graham's next target is to turn Spurs into a top six club, then a top three club. He knows that will be the jackpot as it opens the door to the Champions' League. He said: "Next year the clubs competing in the Champions League are going to be guaranteed more or less £25million. It means nowadays your target doesn't necessarily have to be the Championship, but just making the top three. "That will automatically get you £25million and a head start on everybody else in terms of spending power. "There will be a few people chasing one of those top three spots and ultimately that is what I would like to be doing here. "You have got to be a super-optimist if you enter football as a player, coach or manager. You've always got to believe you have a chance. You always try to set yourself targets which are maybe unattainable. But if I can get everyone fit then I think we'll be in the top six. "If we'd had Sol Campbell, Darren Anderton and Les Ferdinand all fit we'd have been in the top six, no problem. "Few clubs can afford to lose three of their better players. Considering these injuries I'm more than satisfied with the position we are in now."
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