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1. FA CARLING PREMIERSHIP  Man Utd v Bradford StatPack
2. Beckham doubt for Bantams ««
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5. Solskjaer set for return
6. Sheringham not interested in Bosman's holiday
7. MEN - Fergie hopes for 'fledgling' return



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FA CARLING PREMIERSHIP Man Utd v Bradford StatPack Sunday, KO 3.00pm Man Utd Manager Alex Ferguson will be keeping a close eye on David Beckham, who picked up a hamstrong injury in the 4-2 win over West Ham last week. Mark Bosnich is also in full training again and pushing or a return over Christmas. The Australian keeper has been out of action since December 4 when he strained a hamstring during the 5-1 win over Everton. Team (from): van der Gouw, Bosnich, G Neville, Stam, Silvestre, P Neville, Irwin, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Yorke, Sheringham, Butt, Cole, Solskjaer, Fortune. Bradford Dean Windass is the only douvt for Bradford. The midfielder twisted his ankle on his return to action in the 2-0 victory over Newcastle last week. Neil Redfearn is available again after a one-match ban, Isaiah Rankin is out for three games following a sending-off in a recent reserve outing. Team (from): Clarke, Myers, McCall, Wetherall, Lawrence, Blake, Mills, Whalley, Beagrie, O'Brien, Windass, Sharpe, Halle, Saunders, Redfearn, Westwood, Davison. StatPack - By Dave Todd MANCHESTER UNITED (2nd) v BRADFORD CITY (17th) Man Utd's last six league games: TOTTENHAM (A) L1-3 (Giggs) ASTON VILLA (H) W3-0 (Scholes, Cole, Keane) LEICESTER (H) W2-0 (Cole 2) DERBY (A) W2-1 (Butt, Cole) EVERTON (H) W5-1 (Irwin pen, Solskjaer 4) WEST HAM (A) W4-2 (Yorke 2, Giggs 2) Bradford City's last six league games: LIVERPOOL (A) L1-3 (Windass) COVENTRY (H) D1-1 (Mills) LEEDS (A) L1-2 (Windass) CHELSEA (A) L0-1 MIDDLESBROUGH (H) D1-1 (Mills) NEWCASTLE (H) W2-0 (Saunders, Wetherall) Head to Head: Have not met in the league since September 1935 Have not met in the top division since December 1921 Bradford have not won here since December 1932 (3 lge, 1 LC since) Bradford have won only 2 of the 21 league meetings here Man Utd have won 6 of the last 10 league meetings here Met only once on Boxing Day, in 1911 (United winning 1-0 at Valley Parade) Last Corresponding Fixture: Man Utd 4 (Moses, Albiston, Moran, Coppell) Bradford 1 (Campbell) - LC 3rd Round replay, 24th November '82 MANCHESTER UNITED Won 9 of last 10 games (all comps) Won only 5 of last 10 league games Won last 7 home games (all comps) Unbeaten in 25 games at home (all comps) 4 clean sheets in last 9 games (all comps) Top scorers in the entire football league with 44 goals from 17 league games. In the Premiership, the closest are Sunderland with 33 goals, but they have played a game more than United. Man Utd have never lost a Premiership game at Old Trafford in which they scored first David Beckham has not scored a Premiership goal this season Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has 5 goals in his last 2 appearances (all comps) Top Scorer: Cole - 14 (12 lge, 2 CL) Also: Yorke - 11 (10 lge, 1 CL), Keane - 8 (3 lge, 4 CL, 1 Toyota Cup), Solskjaer - 7 (5 lge, 2 CL) BRADFORD CITY Won only 3 of last 11 games (all comps) Only 13 points from last 16 league games Lost 5 of their last 9 Premiership games, conceding 16 goals in that time. Lost 7 of their last 8 away games in the Premiership, gaining 3 points from a possible 24 in that time. Opponents have scored first in 12 of their 18 league games this season - they have managed to salvage only 4 points from these 12 (all drawn - no wins) Only 1 clean sheet in 11 home games this season (all comps) Lee Mills has scored in 4 of last 5 home games (3 lge, 1 LC) Dean Windass stands on 99 career league goals Peter Beagrie stands on 48 career league goals Lee Sharpe has 47 career goals in all comps Top Scorer: Mills - 5 (4 lge, 1 LC) Also: Saunders - 4 (2 lge, 1 LC, 1 FAC), Blake/Wetherall/Windass - 3 (1 lge, 1 LC, 1 FAC/1 lge, 2 LC/3 lge)
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Beckham doubt for Bantams «« David Beckham did not train yesterday and is the main doubt as Sir Alex Ferguson prepares his side to face Bradford City on Boxing Day. Beckham has a niggling hamstring injury and Denis Irwin is also struggling, although Andy Cole may return after a painful rib injury sustained in training. The match is the first time in 77 years that the sides have met in the top flight and also marks the return of old favourite Lee Sharpe to Old Trafford for the first time. Sharpe said: 'It's going to be extremely difficult and no-one will give us much of a chance. "It's bound to be a fantastic atmosphere. With 55,000 in the crowd - it's got to be the best atmosphere in the country. But I think that can inspire us." Clearly he has been away too long. Mark Bosnich is pushing for a first team recall but it may be a little too early for him to return to the starting line-up. United: (probable) van der Gouw, G.Neville, P.Neville, Stam, Silvestre, Keane, Scholes, Beckham (or Butt), Giggs, Solskjaer, Sheringham (or Yorke). Subs (also from) Taibi, Berg, Irwin, Fortune, Jordi, Cole, Greening.
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The Straits Times in Singapore, As part of a feature naming icons in each field (10 in all) of the past decade. They had Sir Alex as chief entertainer of the 90s! Sent in by Michelle Lim Thanks! ****** Goal! Give the Glory to Fergie Field Of Dreams Alex Ferguson, Manchester United coach, showed the world how to manage talent and crush competition ICONS OF THE '90s By CHERIAN GEORGE ONE game was king of spectator sports in the 20th century. One club dominated that game in the '90s. And one manager ruled that club. Alex Ferguson, coach of Manchester United Football Club, is thus one of the easiest picks for the list of top 10 show-business icons of the decade. The gum-chewing, 58-year-old Scotsman may not blend in with your typical Hollywood star or pop musician, but few have done as much to keep so many people entertained. There were, of course, individual sportsmen whose talents kept fans transfixed. In football, Ronaldo was a genuine artist but his greatness was clouded by his failure to perform to expectations for Brazil in France 1998. Tiger Woods pepped up the game of golf with his youth and elegant swing -- but it was still only golf. Michael Jordan, already top of his game in the '80s, was confirmed in the '90s as one of the greatest athletes of the century. But, although the NBA's aggressive marketing enlarged its following, basketball still could not command anywhere near the universal appeal of football. In the '90s, Manchester United, already the most famous soccer club in the world, became the biggest and most successful. Its dominance of the English league -- probably the most competitive and entertaining -- was unquestioned. From 1990, United were English champions five times, and lifted the FA Cup four times. In Europe, it won the Cup-Winners Cup in 1991 and the Champions League this year. When the European champions beat South American champions Palmeiras in November, United ended the '90s with the right to call itself the best football club in the world -- not just the one with the most money and fans. Ferguson's management of the squad since 1986 makes a case study worthy of an MBA class. For a start, he understood the importance of renewal. One of the easily forgotten facts about United's string of triumphs is that last season's Treble-winning team bore little resemblance to the team that started the ball rolling by winning the premiership six seasons earlier. The stars of 1992-93 included crowd favourites like Mark Hughes, Andrei Kanchelskis, Paul Ince and Steve Bruce. They went on to win the league-and-cup Double the next season. They seemed irreplaceable -- but replace them Ferguson id, with a crop of relative unknowns. When United won its second Double in 1996, only five of the 13 players used in the cup final against Liverpool had been in the Wembley side that triumphed against Chelsea two years earlier. Behind the club's consistent strength in the '90s was Ferguson's astute ability to keep the team fresh with new legs and ideas. More remarkable was his commitment to nurturing young players, rather than simply picking ready-made stars off the shelf. As the manager of the richest club in the world, he could have chosen to cream off top players who had already proven themselves in other clubs, especially after European integration opened the doors to foreign talent. Instead, he drew deep from United's schoolboy and youth teams. David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Wes Brown were all signed on as trainees when they were 16. As for Ryan Giggs, he went personally to his home on his 14th birthday to sign him up for United's schoolboy programme. Although non-fans love to hate the Red Devils' size and wealth, the truth is that under Ferguson, success was built up from the grassroots, not bought with a chequebook. Of course, what fans and opposing teams alike will most remember about United's '90s vintage is its breathtaking spirit on the field of play. Man for man, United teams were not obviously superior to their opponents at the top of world football. In its most glorious Treble season, some of the teams t beat in Europe looked stronger on paper. Even within England, the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool had players who were at least as talented as those of United. This was where Ferguson showed most clearly his superiority as a manager of talent and a master of psychology. He did not just assemble skilful players; he turned them into collective units that could outplay the best footballers in the world. Young superstars like Giggs and Beckham could easily have turned into insufferable prima donnas under a weaker manager. Instead, under his regime, they were among the hardest working footballers on the field, always running, always selfless. United teams throughout the '90s also showed extraordinary self-belief when it counted. Their work rate and determination never flagged before the final whistle, regardless of the odds against them. Last season, this mental strength produced some of the most dramatic games that anyone had ever seen, and ultimately delivered the Treble. Against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final, Giggs ran half the length of the field, past five defenders, to score the winner when United were a man down. Against Bayern Munich in the European final, United were down 1-0 after 90 minutes, equalised in the first minute of stoppage time, and while some Bayern players were shedding tears of shock, scored a second to clinch victory. These results were improbable. But they were not accidental. Behind them was a maestro whose will to win was so strong, it seeped into the bones of his players, raised their supporters to rapture, and reminded all fans why they love the game.
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Solskjaer set for return 25 December Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in line for a recall as Sir Alex Ferguson tries to plot the Christmas downfall of two of last season's promoted sides. Solskjaer was left out last weekend despite scoring five times in United's two previous outings but the Norwegian seems certain to face Bradford at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. "This Sunday I will consider Ole Gunnar without question and there is every chance he will play. I've got good options," said Ferguson. "The West Ham match was a terrific game. We played very well. Attacking wise we were very good although I thought we were a bit slack with their first goal. Nonetheless we went down there knowing it is always tough and it was a good result for us." Dwight Yorke rediscovered his goal touch at Upton Park and is favourite to partner Solskjaer but Andy Cole could also come into contention after recovering from a slight back injury. Ferguson was delighted with Yorke's double strike last Saturday and said: "I think it's important for goalscorers to get back into the goals. All strikers feel that if they are not scoring they are not contributing but of course Dwight was contributing. Even so they feel better when they are scoring." The main doubt for United remains David Beckham who is having treatment on the hamstring injury picked up during the 4-2 win at West Ham and Nicky Butt is on stand-by to step into midfield. After Bradford, United travel to Sunderland on Tuesday for their last game of the century and their first at the Stadium of Light. Ferguson is expecting no easy rides in either game and expects a passionate affair on Wearside: "I think you can see what history does. You look at Sunderland and you see history. They have always had a fantastic support and a passionate support now they have got this fabulous new stadium that is full every week and you get an idea of what it is all about. Resources and history. "Bradford are a team that's now getting to grips with playing in the Premier Division. I think for their young manager, Paul Jewell, every game will be an experience. "We're not taking anything for granted. We know you get three points for every game and it's not just a matter of thinking it's the important ones that have to be picked out. Boxing Day is a big game for us." (c) Copyright Press Association Ltd 1999, all rights reserved.
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Sheringham not interested in Bosman's holiday Teddy Sheringham has slammed the Bosman ruling even though he knows he could cash in under football's new freedom of contract rules. The Manchester United striker is putting football ahead of big money as he considers his future at Old Trafford. "I'm not happy about the Bosman rule. I don't think it's such a good idea because it would probably make players greedy. I think the money should stay in football rather than going anywhere else," Sheringham said. "Footballers get paid astronomical amounts anyway, so for them to be on a Bosman ruling and getting crazy money is just absurd." The former Tottenham striker is due to have talks with chairman Martin Edwards in the next few days and could be offered a new one-year deal at Old Trafford. His present contract runs out next summer and under the Bosman rule he is allowed to talk to other clubs from next week. However, the England star is not looking to put up his feet and accept a cash bonanza, he wants regular football. "Bosman gives the wrong idea of what football is all about," he said "I know the rules could help me, but I would be 34 before it comes around and I don't think it holds out much hope for me. But getting as much money as I can is not my main ambition. I am sure it won't affect me. "As far as my future is concerned, playing football rather than money, is what will be taken into account and we will have to wait and see what happens when whoever speaks to me." Sheringham has been with United since 1997 and had the most successful spell of his career last season when he played a leading part in the Treble success, scoring vital goals in both the FA Cup and Champions League finals
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MEN - Fergie hopes for 'fledgling' return By Stuart Mathieson SIR Alex Ferguson is hoping his original ‘fledgling’ can fly high again. Lee Sharpe - the Manchester United golden boy of a decade ago - returns to Old Trafford with Bradford on Boxing Day for the first time since his 1996 departure. And the Reds boss is backing his former charge to come good again after years battling to match his United successes of the late 80s and early 90s. ‘‘I hope Lee Sharpe plays,’’ says Fergie. ‘‘He had a great spell here as a young lad. In fact he had a good career here for eight years. As a young lad he was one of the great talents. ‘‘We bought him when he was 16 and he joined us on his 17th birthday. He made his debut as a left back in a wing back formation. He did really well. YHe added: ‘‘Lee could catch pigeons. He was a flying machine in his day and was a marvellous crosser of a ball. His service was terrific and he was not a bad finisher either he scored some important goals for us. The highlight was the hat trick at Highbury in the League Cup against Arsenal in ’91. It was one of the great performances of the time.’’ Sharpe was was the first ‘Fergie fledgling’ over a decade ago. But the Birmingham-born winger found life hard after leaving Old Trafford. He was eclipsed on by Ryan Giggs at United and suffered an injury and form nightmare after joining Leeds for £4m. Added Fergie: ‘‘The Giggsie and Sharpie situation was a problem in that respect because Giggs was a marvellous player and it was unfortunate because Lee, like a lot of players, didn’t want to be in the shadow of someone else. ‘‘They were both in the one specialist position. We played both Lee and Ryan wide right at times but they were both naturally left-footed. ‘‘Lee was losing out and obviously he wanted to go on with his career and that’s understandable.’’ Sharpe’s career has now been rejuvenated at Bradford - after an fruitless stint at Sampdoria on loan and initial injury problem with the Bantams. ‘‘Lee was unlucky getting that terrible cruciate knee injury at Leeds that knocked his career backwards,’’ says Fergie. ‘‘He’s got over that and will want to do well on Boxing Day. I know he’ll be telling all the Bradford players about what to expect at Old Trafford.’’
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