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Date: Tue May 25 00:19:58 GMT 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Personal FA Cup Final Match Report by RED KELLY
2. United just one game away from European glory
3. Supersonic United on final journey
4. United fans fly in and set up luxury base


*           MANCHESTER UNITED ARE            *
*          TRIPLE DOUBLE CHAMPIONS           *
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*       1999 PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS        *
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*         1999 F.A. CUP CHAMPIONS            *
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          TWO Trophies - 1 to go!

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For those in the UK, The 1999 Manchester United Football
Squad has released a new single.
It's called Lift It High (Its all about belief).

Daily RED Trivia  TUESDAY May 25 1999

 United beat Leicester City 3-1 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley
 watched by 100,000. David Herd 2 and Denis Law score the goals
 that bring the cup back to Old Trafford for the first time in
 15 years. Team was: Gaskell, Dunne, Cantwell, Crerand, Foulkes,
 Setters, Giles, Stiles, Quixall, Herd, Law, Charlton.

 Lee Sharpe born in Halesowen. A winger who could play
 elsewhere, he was signed for £185,000 from Torquay United, and
 made his debut against West Ham United in September 1988 aged
 17. He won a European Cup Winners Cup medal in 1991, and
 followed that with a League Cup Winners medal in 1992 and
 Premiership medals in 1993,1994 and 1996, together with an FA
 Cup Winners medal in 1994.   261 appearances and 36 goals for
 United between 1989-96, and caps for England, the first in 1991
 when just 18 years old.  Sold to Leeds United for £4.5 million
 in June 1996.

Bill's Daily Comment:

Barry has made it to Barcelona!

I fly out in 4 hours for Manchester, and will meet up with Barry
Wednesday in Barcelona.  I leave the Daily News in the capable
hands of our very own MUTV MasterFan Quiz Champion Paul Hinson.

RED KELLY said it best in today's FA Cup Match Report:
"What a season it's been and now it is due to end at the Nou
Camp on Wednesday night. I'll be there, I wish you could be too.
If you can't, be sure that we will drink a drink to you in the
knowledge you will be there in spirit." - RED KELLY

My sentiments exactly.  Cheers everyone!


How to be recognised by list members in a crowd THE SIGN IS A HANDKERCHIEF
tied with 4 knots on your head! If you feel like it call out  "GUMBI!" [NOT a joke]
 MUSCS SA Secretary Ethel Sleith called from SA today
 SHE WILL BE IN BARCE! She flies in on Monday afternoon IBERIA IB650 17.15pm
 and will be joining us all!!!!


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Final Games:
22 FAC Final Wembley Newcastle  (N) Live on Sky Sports UK
26 European Cup Final Bayern Munich  Nou Camp 

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
 5  West Ham United      38 11  3  5  32  26   5  6  8  14  27   -7   57
 6  Aston Villa          38 10  3  6  33  28   5  7  7  18  18    5   55
 7  Liverpool            38 10  5  4  44  24   5  4 10  24  25   19   54
 8  Derby County         38  8  7  4  22  19   5  6  8  18  26   -5   52
 9  Middlesbrough        38  7  9  3  25  18   5  6  8  23  36   -6   51
10  Leicester City       38  7  6  6  25  25   5  7  7  15  21   -6   49
11  Tottenham Hotspur    38  7  7  5  28  26   4  7  8  19  24   -3   47
12  Sheffield Wednesday  38  7  5  7  20  15   6  2 11  21  27   -1   46
13  Newcastle United     38  7  6  6  26  25   4  7  8  22  29   -6   46
14  Everton              38  6  8  5  22  12   5  2 12  20  35   -5   43
15  Coventry City        38  8  6  5  26  21   3  3 13  13  30  -12   42
16  Wimbledon            38  7  7  5  22  21   3  5 11  18  42  -23   42
17  Southampton          38  9  4  6  29  26   2  4 13   8  38  -27   41
18  Charlton Athletic    38  4  7  8  20  20   4  5 10  21  36  -15   36
19  Blackburn Rovers     38  6  5  8  21  24   1  9  9  17  28  -14   35
20  Nottingham Forest    38  3  7  9  18  31   4  2 13  17  38  -34   30


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
27/02/99    Southampton              Home     W  2-1     1    55,316
13/03/99    Newcastle United         Away     W  2-1     1    36,500
21/03/99    Everton                  Home     W  3-1     1    55,182
03/04/99    Wimbledon                Away     D  1-1     1    26,121
17/04/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home     W  3-0     1    55,270
25/04/99    Leeds United             Away     D  1-1     2    40,255
01/05/99    Aston Villa              Home     W  2-1     1    55,189
05/05/99    Liverpool                Away     D  2-2     2    44,702
09/05/99    Middlesbrough            Away     W  1-0     1    34,665
12/05/99    Blackburn                Away     D  0-0     1    30,436
16/05/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Home     W  2-1     1    55,189


HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 27/02/99 - Southampton (55,316)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE:  15/08/98 - Leicester City (55,052)
BEST WIN:                06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST DEFEAT:         20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)
BEST HOME WIN:           17/10/98 - Wimbledon (5-1)
HEAVIEST HOME DEFEAT:    19/12/98 - Middlesbrough (2-3)
BEST AWAY WIN:           06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT:    20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)*****
Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

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


 Manchester Utd  2 v 0  Inter Milan
 Real Madrid     1 v 1  Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus        2 v 1  Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich   2 v 0  Kaiserslautern

**DYNAMO KIEV      2 v 0  REAL MADRID         (Agg:3-1)
OLYMPIAKOS         1 v 1  **JUVENTUS          (Agg:2-3)

Semi Finals 
Manchester United v Juventus  4-3agg 3-2 [1-1]
Bayern Munchen v Dynamo Kiev  4-3agg 1-0 [3-3]

Venue Camp Nou (Estadi FC Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain 
Date Wednesday 26 May 1999 Kick-Off 20.45 CET (19.45 GMT) 

CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world.

Subject: Personal FA Cup Final Match Report by RED KELLY Here a stripe, there a stripe, everywhere a stripe-stripe - Personal FA Cup Final Report by RED KELLY In May of 1977 I took myself down to Wembley. A game against the scousers was not to be missed. I had no ticket as I didn't possess enough tokens even though I regularly travelled to Old Trafford from Preston where I lived at that time. Naturally everyone told me I had no chance of getting a ticket so should save myself the trouble. But I had never been to an FA Cup Final before and was determined to go to this one. But I did get a ticket that day and sat in the sunshine on the third row just to the right of the Royal box. The FA Cup has always been special to me from the very first game I ever saw on TV, the '57 Final, to the present day. I came away from that treble busting game in 1977 with a suntan and a grin as wide as Wembley Way. Yesterday I came away with a grin as wide as Wembley Way and a suntan too! I was picked up at around 10am and driven to Wembley at the speed of light. How did it only take us an hour and a quarter to travel the 90 odd miles and negotiate the North Circular Road as well you may ask. If you could have seen my white knuckles I'm sure they would have told the story. Apparently it was imperative to get there early to allow the tension of the journey to be released before kick-off. I don't know whether I've missed something here but maybe we should have driven a little slower and then the tension within us wouldn't have been at the heart stopping level and so we wouldn't have needed so much time to get over it. There's a simple equation there but our driver hadn't quite twigged it! Anyway I'd arranged to meet the Boston Red between the towers at midday to help him try and secure a ticket. It turned out he'd already done so with the help of a few list members, myself included. The New York branch had phoned a well known Californian Red to say there may well be a ticket spare. He then phoned Fish, that well known Red from Vancouver Island, who phoned me with the hotel where the New York Reds would be staying. I then phoned Sean, who phoned the hotel and secured the ticket! Networking of the highest order. I did get my reward though and was given a T-shirt to signify my honourary membership of the Boston Reds. Maybe I'll get to watch a game with you guys at the Plough and the Stars and if so, maybe the next day one of you would administer a hangover cure! All that remained for us to do was to wait by entrance J for someone wearing a T-shirt which stated "Soccer for Life". Neither of us knew who this person was or what they looked like, the only thing we had to go on was the T-shirt. So we waited and waited. We really wanted to get off to the Torch for the usual pre-match ritual but the ticket was far too important for that. Then Boylie arrived saying the Torch had fallen to the Geordies and the Dibble had moved United on. The Mags had got there first and as the saying goes - finders keepers. I tried not to let superstition get the better of me and wandered off in search of the missing T-shirt wearer leaving Sean hopping nervously from foot to foot outside J. Boylie was doing his best to whip up some atmosphere and by the time I came back he'd succeeded. The noise from that part of the ground outside the turnstiles was testament to the songster. But the T-shirt wearer hadn't arrived at the appointed time and the nerves were beginning to show. There's only one answer in these circumstances - beer, so off I went up Wembley Way towards the Torch where there are a couple of Off Licenses. The whole place seemed to be full of barcodes in rasta wigs, they were everywhere, to such an extent I wondered if any United had turned up. Halfway along I came across the T-shirt. At bloody last I thought and asked the wearer if he had a ticket for the Boston Red. He looked at me incredulously and when he spoke it became clear that this was not the New Yorker I had expected, but a Manc. Mistaken identity. I hoped there wasn't going to be a rash of these bloody T-shirts about or things could become rather embarrassing. Onward to the Offy I went dodging the barcodes. They were singing their hearts out but I couldn't understand a word they were on about so it mattered little to me. It mattered a lot to them though and as I was only one Red on my own in amongst many Mags they were getting agitated that their words were having no effect. To be honest I couldn't have cared less, I'd not stopped smiling since Sunday anyway and they certainly weren't going to stop me then. The sight of so many stripes was making me dizzy though. I used to get the same effect looking at Bridget Riley's Op Art paintings but realised the solution - don't go to any Bridget Riley exhibitions and the problem ceases to exist. This was a slightly different problem, there was no way I could get away from the bloody stripes. Standing above the steps as they came pouring out of the tube station was unbelievable. Good job they didn't all walk sideways, wave after wave of undulating black and white stripes, it's enough to make anyone feel nauseous. Nearly every single one of them wore the shirt in fact anyone who didn't must have been branded an interloper. Thank god we're not playing Juve on Wednesday, I don't think I could stand it - I'm all striped out. It was like being at a clowns convention on open day. There were groups dressed as Elvis Presleys, groups dressed as Arabs in long black and white stripped night gowns, black and white stripes with black and white checked trousers. I mean what were these people on for god's sake. I finally made the Offy, purchased some cans and set off back again. At least I had a beer or two to keep me company on the way back and I can assure you that by the time I returned to young Hennessey there was only the one can left. It was enough though! The ticket had arrived and the smile which had spread over his face told me before he opened his mouth to let out the words. Why open your mouth to speak when you can be pouring beer down your throat anyway! After a brief search for Fish and his flag at the main gates where we had made tentative arrangements to meet around 2 o'clock we decided to get in the ground early. It was around 2.30 by the time I made it down to my seat after a brief encounter with a very upbeat Barney and an even more upbeat Tony Smith. Now that was a worry, Tony isn't usually one for optimism I thought - so what's got into him then! I don't think I've ever been to Wembley, except that first time, and stayed in my own allocated seat and yesterday was no exception. Down at the front I spotted the BDS and in front of him (thankfully not behind him) were Linda and Ian. Later we were joined by Pat Jennings and also Tony. Wembley was bathed in sunshine and say what you like about the facilities and the prices on offer but we were there where thousands crave to be. I have to say though that if it was your first visit then you'd be forgiven for thinking the stadium was called AXA because the sponsors signs were everywhere. I get sick of this sponsor overkill, why can't it be more understated? After "Abide With Me" there were explosions at the other end and I looked up expecting to see the barcodes blown apart into chequered ticker tape, but those bloody sponsors had set off a line of fireworks to welcome the teams. Do they have to do this? Shouldn't the two teams be allowed a dignified entrance onto the Wembley pitch as of old. Are all aspects of tradition now deemed old hat? Normally we'd see the entrance, but yesterday we could see zilch apart from palls of smoke billowing up and darkening the otherwise blue sky. Anthems over, Charlie comes out to ask which teams are playing and, "aren't there supposed to be horses and mints with holes?" What was he doing there anyway? My first real sight of the team was when they came down our end. It didn't seem to matter who was or wasn't playing. The Wizard had made his rotation policy work so why should we care anymore. So it was Ole and Andy up front with Superstar and Ronny at the back. No Nicky, but we had Roy so no worries. Oh really! The oh really lasted a mere few minutes and as Captain Keano hobbled off the pitch and Teddy ran on we wondered - just a little, but we really did wonder. The Geordies had started like Palace did in 1990 - very hard, but within a couple of minutes we were one up. Actually from where we were behind the goal anything could have happened. We only knew it was a goal because everyone told us so and so we were happy, to put it mildly. We were well into the singing anyway and would have celebrated anything, but a goal was more than welcome. We were so far away from the other goal and with so many black and white stripes at their end I was getting disorientated. Were we at a football match or about to be charged by a gigantic herd of zebras on the Serengeti. Whatever it was confusing but I was gradually getting used to it. We were belting out the songs by now. My favourite of the day had to be "cheer up Alan Shearer, oh what can it mean, to a sad Geordie bastard and a shite football team." Shearer came in for more than his share of baiting as the greedy ineffectual big headed t**t made no impression on his big day at all. "David May Superstar, got more medals than Shearer" eat your heart out you greedy bastard. I like this man a lot as you can tell - the boring bean-feasting fart. For long periods United shut the game down and the Mags had no answer. Only once did they raise an eyebrow or two and cause Linda to look back and wipe her brow. But we were fairly comfortable at half time and Keano's injury had unwittingly sparked the performance of the day from Sheringham. I can't say I was Teddy's biggest fan at first, but over the last few weeks I've come to accept him as one of our own and after yesterday he can have the freedom of Manchester as far as I'm concerned. I never thought I'd ever say Teddy Sheringham was my man of the match, but he was. Peter said his goodbyes to us for the last time on English soil as he left his goal and I have to say it brought a lump to my throat as I saw him walk away. Half time and another trek to the toilets was in order and on the way I bumped into a friend who had only just been allowed back into the ground after chinning a Mag. Apparently there were mitigating circumstances like he was in our end and mouthing off, but he was lucky to be back and busy searching for his mates! A quick chat with the lap dancer and a few other mates and it was back outside just as the teams re-appeared for the second half. Drunken was on which was no surprise. So that would test Superstar and Ronaldo and prepare them for the German bombardment which is coming our way on Wednesday. No need for concern - they coped with him exceptionally well. Newcastle started the second half as they began the first, it was all action down the other end. I was glad we couldn't see very well as it seemed to be rather too frantic for my liking. The Geordies had found their voices again after a half-time beer and they even rivalled our singing for a short while, but thankfully we soon shut them up when Ole won the ball on the edge of the box to our left, slipped it to Teddy who laid it back to Scholsey and it was 2-0. This time we all knew it was enough and pandemonium ensued. The stewards came and stood close by and watched in amazement as we went absolutely mad. The looks on their faces were a picture as they seemed to enjoy the moment nearly as much as we did. I was grateful that I was standing on the third row with BDS in front of me as Pat made a beeline for the big man and planted a smacker on him - ooooooh nasty! I was merely engulfed by the two blokes either side of me! In truth we could have been celebrating more goals with Teddy's audacious chip the best and closest effort. It was the culmination of a class move - one of the many class moves of that second half. The Geordies did come mighty close though as they rallied in the last ten minutes. I thought Superstar had cleared off the line but they'd hit the post and there followed a couple of other chances when our hearts were briefly tickling our tonsils. But the match was ours and the triple double ours too and hardly ever did the smiles leave our faces all day. The lads grouped together and formed a circle in the centre of the pitch and with their arms around each other they danced a jig of delight. Team spirit is a wonderful thing and United have it in abundance - that is plain for all to see. Give the Mags their due, they clapped Keano as he held the Cup aloft and many stayed to clap United on their lap of honour. The Newcastle team dared not to come round to our end though, but if they had they'd have been clapped as well - oh ye Toons of little faith. I remember that last time, in '96, the lads were prevented from breaking through the over zealous cordon of stewards who barred their way from the pitch, but this time they got through and came round to see us. I'm glad they did so that we could see the joy etched into their faces and they could the joy in ours. It's a moment that I never tire of, the Cup held aloft and us standing there with huge grins applauding our heroes. I could have stayed there forever. The other end was almost empty as Becks left the pitch cradling the Cup as affectionately as he would his baby son. And those who were left applauded him too. We said our goodbyes to each other with promises to meet in Barca and there was a special hug for Linda as she knows as much as I do that it doesn't get any better than this. We have travelled a long and sometimes very hard road to get to where we are now. Our support has never wavered and now we are reaping the rewards. One man has brought us to this point. One man has instigated everything you are now privileged to witness. The one man who danced in front of us after the team had passed, waving his arms in the air and grinning as widely as we were. Alex Ferguson you are a Wizard indeed. So on to the final chapter of an amazing season. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be sitting here typing such words. Nearly every record has already been broken with style, class and sheer grit. What a season it's been and now it is due to end at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night. I'll be there, I wish you could be too. If you can't, be sure that we will drink a drink to you in the knowledge you will be there in spirit. Copyright RED KELLY 1999
CONGRATS to REDS ALL over the world.

Subject: United just one game away from European glory By Mike Collett LONDON, May 24 - The match Manchester United have been waiting 31 years to play finally takes place on Wednesday night. It happens to be in Barcelona against Bayern Munich but it could have been at any venue against any team. The most relevant aspect to Manchester United is that the game is the European Cup Final with the biggest prize in club soccer at stake. Everything that manager Alex Ferguson has worked for in almost 13 years at Old Trafford has been geared to realising his greatest dream -- winning the European Cup. Now, after clinching the English Cup and League double on Saturday for the third time in six seasons with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the F.A. Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, Ferguson can emulate Sir Matt Busby and achieve his life's ambition of seeing his club crowned champions of Europe. Although Ferguson has far surpassed the achievements of Busby in terms of winning domestic trophies, he knows that to be immortalised alongside him, winning the European Cup is essential. The fact the game is being played on the 90th anniversary of Busby's birth is only one of the many ingredients that make United hope and pray that this will finally be their year. United fly to Barcelona unbeaten in their last 32 matches since December 19 and on the verge of reaching the summit of European soccer for the first time since 1968. Then, a Busby team created out of the wreckage of the Munich air disaster 10 years previously beat Benfica of Portugal 4-1 at Wembley Stadium to become the first English club to be crowned European champions. The European Cup has eluded United ever since, and although they have been close in the past, Wednesday's match wraps up the past, the present and the future for United. The fact it is against a team from Munich, the city that tragically inspired United to regard the European Cup as a Holy Grail is lost on no-one. "In many ways we are already the biggest club in Europe, but to prove that conclusively we have to win the European Cup," Ferguson says. "There's no argument about that. We have proved we are the best team in England, now we want to show that we are the top club in Europe, both off and on the field." United are not going to find that easy to do. While they have been utterly imperious in both domestic competitions this season winning the double for the third time in six seasons on Saturday, they have found sterner tests along the way in the Champions League. Drawn against Bayern Munich in the group stages of the competition they drew 2-2 with Bayern in Germany on September 30 after goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel made a last-minute mistake to concede a goal and then drew 1-1 with them at Old Trafford on December 9. In all they have played 12 matches in Europe this season, winning five and drawing seven. The German champions will be just as determined to emulate their great team of the past which won three European Cups between 1974 and 1976 and are just as physically tough and mentally attuned as United. United's great strength this season has been their attack with the partnership of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole scoring 53 goals between them, many of those created by David Beckham whose form has got better and better as the season has gone on. In all United have scored 126 goals this season, but while the attack is lethal, the defence is still not the rock-solid foundation that so many successful teams are built upon. The arrival of Jaap Stam for a world record fee for a defender of 10.0 million pounds last summer -- and the rejuvenated form of the departing Peter Schmeichel in goal, has still provided a tough enough obstacle for most teams. "I can understand why people talk about destiny this season," Ferguson said this week. "It is Sir Matt Busby'ss birthday on the day of the European Cup final and we are playing Bayern Munich, the team that reminds us of the tragdy of 1958. "There are a lot of coincidences and I hope they all have a meaning when it is over." It took Busby 12 seasons from United's first appearance in Europe in 1956-57 until he won the European Cup in 1968. Not including 1986-87 as a complete season as he only arrived in the November, Ferguson is about to complete his 12th season in charge of United. There would be no better time to win it.
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Subject: Supersonic United on final journey United will be hoping to celebrate another triumph on Wednesday The Manchester United team flew out to Spain on Concorde on Monday ahead of their European Cup final with Bayern Munich in Barcelona in the knowledge that their fans are not far behind. Thirty thousand supporters, flying on over 200 different charter planes, costing something in the region of £10m, are also preparing for the journey. Their team, who are one match away from winning an unprecedented treble after securing the Premiership title and the FA Cup, will be strengthened by the presence of Dutch defender Jaap Stam, who has recovered from an Achiles injury. Teddy Sheringham, the FA Cup final matchwinner, has already prepared himself for the fact that he will have to settle for a place on the bench despite his performance at Wembley. Odds-on The bookmakers tend to believe that United will be strong enough with or without Sheringham, as they are now odds-on to win the biggest prize in European club football for the first time in 31 years. Ladbrokes are expecting to pay out "millions" if United win and complete the Treble. "It is an historic game and it could be bad news for us if United do complete the Treble which has been quite well backed - not with big bets but the odds at the start of the season were 80-1 so we will pay out plenty of money if United win," said spokesman Sean Boyce. "It is very difficult to say how much but it is safe to say that the pay-out may run into millions of pounds. Professional A very professional Bayern side awaits United at the Nou Camp stadium, a team that have also won the German equivalent of the league and cup double. And United will be without captain Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, scorer of the second goal at Wembley, as both players are suspended. In Keane's absence, Peter Schmeichel will wear the skipper's armband in his last game for the club. Italian official Pierluigi Collina has been named as the referee. The 39-year-old, famed for his bald head, was the same official that sent off England's Paul Ince during the Euro 2000 qualifier between England and Sweden in Stockholm.
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Subject: United fans fly in and set up luxury base By Timothy Collings SITGES, Spain, May 24 -- Manchester United's army of supporters began to arrive in the Spanish resort of Sitges ahead of their team on Monday as local Catalan fans celebrated their own club's Spanish title success. Hundreds of English fans, bedecked in flags, red shirts and scarves, flew in to Barcelona international airport to a warm welcome before heading down the coast to relax before Wednesday's European Cup final between United and Bayern Munich. There were many large groups of supporters and families in the streets of old Sitges and on the sea front, enjoying a warm sunny day without any signs of trouble. There are also many German families and fans holidaying in the same resort. The Manchester United squad, fresh from winning the F.A. Cup on Saturday and completing their third English 'double' in six seasons, arrived in a British Airways Concorde, a gesture of appreciation and gratitude from the national airline for the club's outstanding feats this season. The squad is staying in a modern luxury hotel development on the northern fringes of this old resort town, a former fishing port south of Barcelona. "They have arrived safely and they are in their rooms resting," a hotel receptionist said. The complex includes a full-size football pitch and good training facilities. Many of United's fans said they had chosen to stay in Sitges because it offered them a chance to be near the team and also to extend their trip into a holiday by the sea. One fan, Carrie, said: "I plan just one night in Barcelona to see the sights and all that and then to soak up the sunshine. It is a very expensive season for us United fans this year because there are so many away games to go to." Most said they had tickets for the match, although several said they planned to buy them in the city. "It's a big stadium and there will be plenty of tickets to go round," one fan said. "It's not a problem for us." Security worries were, however, a problem for the local police and security forces concerned that tickets intended to be sold to neutrals would fall into the hands of both United and Bayern supporters who would then not be segregated. Ticket touts could be heard approaching supporters in the arrival hall of the airport and in the rental car parking area during the day but most fans flying to the Catalan capital had bought tickets in advance. United's happy fans were given a warm welcome not only because of their own successes but also because Barcelona's supporters had seen their team clinch the Spanish league title on Saturday. The Barcelona squad paraded through the city on Monday afternoon and evening as their fans, enjoying a public holiday, swept them along in a tide of festivities.
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Subject: JOHNSEN - I'LL PLAY ANYWHERE Ronny Johnsen is on standby to answer Alex Ferguson's midfield SOS call for the Champions' Cup Final. United boss Ferguson must conduct major surgery on the heart of his side after losing Paul Scholes and Roy Keane through suspension. Nicky Butt should fill one of the central midfield berths - and he sat out Saturday's FA Cup Final win over Newcastle to leave him fresh for the showdown with Bayern Munich. Phil Neville, David Beckham or even Ryan Giggs could play alongside him, but Johnsen is expected to step up from defence for the Barcelona showpiece. Johnsen admits the bans for Keane and Scholes will leave a gaping hole in midfield, but he does not know where he will play. Johnsen said: "It is a huge loss not having Keane and Scholes in there. I don't know what the gaffer is thinking for the Champions' League Final. "I have played in midfield before, but he also has Phil Neville. I've played in the back four now for quite a while, and it must be about three years. "But I will play wherever the gaffer wants me to. I will try to do a good job in whatever position I'm asked to play, and I will always try my best."
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