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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Fri Feb 26 00:29:33 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. Ronaldo: United beware 
3. Schmeichel eyes dream move «« 
4. United boss Ferguson fires wages warning
5. M.E.N article  Yorke and Cole can join Red elite


Daily RED Trivia  Friday 26th February 1999:

26/2/1951: United trounce Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 at Hillsborough in a Division 1 
 game watched by 25,693. Harry McShane, Johnny Downie, Stan Pearson and
 Jack Rowley grabbed the goals. Team was: Allen, Carey, McGlen, Gibson, Jones,
 Cockburn, McShane, Pearson, Aston, Downie, Rowley.

1973: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer born in Kristiansund, Norway. Solskjaer scored on his
 United debut in August 1996 after coming on as substitute against Blackburn Rovers.
 He scored 19 goals in his first season at Old Trafford, winning a Premiership medal
 in 1997. A lethal finisher, he has scored 58 goals in 118 games between 1996-98, and
 has been capped many  times for Norway, playing in the 1998 World Cup Finals. 


Barry Daily Comment:

Reserves drew 1-1 yesterday v Forest: Clegg scored for us, just before half time.
United's shareprice recently shot up to 227p before retreating back to 219p
early Wednesday. It closed at 223p yesterday.
These recent moves have been the biggest action in the shares
for many weeks and may indicate some smart money getting involved.

Previous News:
 Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio
Peter Schmeichel's last Season at United!

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

27 Southampton  (H) 15.00
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:


           Wimbledon   0-0   Aston Villa           15,582


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)


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


 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  v Everton  
Barnsley v Spurs  
Arsenal  v Derby  
Manchester United v Chelsea (Sunday 7/3 1400 hrs UK)


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Subject: I'LL NEVER LEAVE OLD TRAFFORD PLEDGES PHIL EXCLUSIVE - by CHRIS BAILEY PHIL Neville is a Fergie Fledgling who will never fly the nest. Any predatory Premiership managers with his name pencilled on their summer shopping lists can throw away their worthless pieces of paper. The 22-year-old Manchester United star is going nowhere except, he hopes, into Kevin Keegan's first England squad. Mutterings about Middlesbrough and Blackburn being willing to shell out millions to prise away the younger Neville brother from Old Trafford have reached Phil's ears but he describes them as ``a joke.'' He has recently signed a new contract that will keep him a United player for seven years - and he couldn't be happier. ``Playing 15 or 20 games a season for United is better than playing for a full season for most other Premiership sides,'' he told M.E.N. Sport. ``With the talent in our squad just getting selected for the bench is an achievement. Wanting to leave has never entered my head. Why would it? This is the best club in the world.'' Despite being regularly ``rotated'' by boss Alex Ferguson, Phil has managed to clock up 22 matches so far this term - around the same figure as Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, and Ryan Giggs - and considerably more than senior internationals Henning Berg, Ronny Johnsen, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham. ``Of course everyone would like to play every game but you have to learn that it is not realistic,'' said Phil. ``I think sometimes people forget that I am only 22 and two years younger than my brother Gary, Becks (David Beckham) and Giggsy (Ryan Giggs).'' One of his main goals - along with winning the treble with United - is to get back into the England picture. His confidence was shattered last summer when Glenn Hoddle left him out of his World Cup 22 but Phil feels he'll have a better chance under Keegan. ``I have never worked with him but Nicky Butt and Andy Cole have and they say he is inspirational. ``I'd love to get back into the England picture. I was upset when I missed out on the World Cup squad but, funnily enough, I was more bothered when Glenn Hoddle left me out of the friendly against the Czech Republic. ``He said he was giving younger players a chance but then virtually everyone he picked was older than me. ``Fortunately, Alex Ferguson has been brilliant. Every time I have been left out of the United team or an England squad he has taken the time and trouble to remind me I have a big future at Old Trafford. ``It is something he doesn't have to do but it is very comforting.'' Phil's last three outings have been watched by Howard Wilkinson (twice) and Keegan himself and he will be keeping fingers crossed while helping United to what he hopes will be a unique treble. ``Play well for United and the England caps will follow, that's what I have always believed and that's what I hope to do,'' he added.
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Subject: Ronaldo: United beware By Graham Hunter Just as the Ronaldo rumour mill has hit full gear it appears that the Brazilian superstar is about to do the same. Yesterday in training he moved smoothly, kicked the ball without pain and looked every inch a man who could threaten Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-finals, the first leg of which is at Old Trafford next Wednesday. From his awful day in the World Cup Final against France, right up to this week, Ronaldo has been plagued by malicious whispers that his career was in jeopardy. The Inter Milan striker, who has been suffering from tendinitis in both knees, said: 'I admit my physical condition is not the best. In fact, this is the worst period of my career. But I am concentrating my fitness efforts on next week's match against Manchester United in England.' The sad thing for Ronaldo is that he knows people are enjoying his discomfort - both physical and mental. Twelve months ago he had just been crowned king of the football world for the second time at an age when a young man is supposed to be given the key to his parents' house - not be rich enough to buy a hundred houses for both his mother and father. He was the perfect athlete, vaulting tackles, erupting away from markers - looking and feeling invincible. Then suddenly, last summer, the shock which billowed around the Stade de France when Ronaldo was omitted from the original team sheet for the World Cup Final was like being hit in the stomach by a boxing glove filled with horseshoes. Since then it has been doom and gloom, almost unremittingly, as his knees have failed beneath him, his coach has been sacked and Inter approach next Wednesday's tie against United with a limp rather than a spring in their step. But he snaps testily at the idea that his life misses the samba spirit of South America. 'Carnivals, that's just in Rio,' he said. 'I didn't come to Italy, just as I didn't go to Spain, to go to carnivals. I'm here to play football. 'Here football is very hard but it is clean - even if injuries occur they are not caused by malice or aggression in the bad sense of the word.' The wounded genius can hear people sniping at his commitment, his attitude and murmuring about his private life. Shrewd observers, however, know that Ronaldo will play in one or both of the clashes with United if his club need him. Not to prove the gossips wrong. He accepts his status means he is a target for the envious and Ronaldo is clearly not a man burdened by his troubles. He said: 'Carrying on at the level I was at when I won World Player of the Year twice in a row is a target but you must always know that, in such conditions, responsibilities increase and criticism is stronger when analysing the performance. 'To me that is natural because that particular award brings with it the fact that one is seen as the best but as a human being I still make mistakes. 'I'm human and it is human to err - but you should try to err as little as possible. 'This is my first season in the Champions League and winning it would be another great stone in the house of dreams which I am building. 'But, God willing, I hope to improve it as quickly as possible so that I can at least regain the standard I had during the last two seasons when I had the honour of being considered the best player in the world. 'I have dealt with problems since I was a child growing up in Brazil because it was a difficult upbringing but they are in the past - they have been completely overcome. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth and I owe everything to God and to football.' Even at 22, he is bracketed with the three most recent geniuses of the game, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff and Pele. His talent is not yet as developed as theirs nor has he won a World Cup as did the two other South Americans. In fact, France 98 will be a woeful epitaph instead of the ode to joy it promised to become for Ronaldo. He said: 'Everything that happened in France certainly left me very sad. Of course there were mistakes, when things don't go well something must lie behind the failure. 'When I chose to play in the final I did what I felt I had to do. At the time I felt in perfect condition and the previous problems were momentary and had passed by.' Of course the 'previous problems' were a seizure so dramatic, in the hours before the final, that Roberto Carlos, for one, thought he had died. Ronaldo said: 'I felt that nothing serious had happened, the tests were all negative and if things turned out for the worse I accept that. 'I don't accept the argument that all the fuss I caused by playing when the coach left me off the first team sheet and then reinstated me might have affected my team-mates. We just played badly.' Ronaldo views the United matches with appetite bordering on hunger. He said: 'I follow the performance of Alex Ferguson's team on television. They started the season badly but have rediscovered their best form and are top of the table. 'They play the type of football that favours open and attacking styles - I'm expecting two great matches full of goals. In fact, the kind of matches I love.' Ominous words for United.
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Subject: Schmeichel eyes dream move «« Peter Schmeichel could get his dream move to the south of France in the summer - if French World Cup keeper Fabien Barthez quits Monaco for AC Milan. Barthez is keen on the move if Monaco fail to qualify for the Champions' League next season and they are currently way off the pace in the French first division. Schmeichel, who has received numerous offers from abroad during the months since he announced his departure in the summer, is openly targeting a switch to the tax-free haven. The 35-year-old wants two seasons in the sun before he winds down his career in Denmark with either an executive director or manager's role at Brondby.
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Subject: United boss Ferguson fires wages warning GLASGOW, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson on Thursday hit out at the wages spiral he believes is in danger of crippling the game. Ferguson, whose club were recently ranked as the richest in the world, warned that the hike in players' salaries sparked by the Bosman ruling is hurting fans as well as clubs and could lead to a whole generation of supporters turning away from football. "What you have now is a free-for-all so far as wages are concerned," Ferguson said in an interview with the Glasgow Herald newspaper. "It is a serious concern now whether clubs can afford to pay the kind of money which is being talked about. "If you are to believe some of the sums being bandied about then the game could die if clubs attempt to meet the demands which are being made. "We all know of cases where clubs are struggling financially and a great many of the problems -- if not almost all of them -- stem from the fact that players are asking for salaries which are too high and which will cripple the game permanently unless there is some common sense brought to bear on the whole matter." The Bosman ruling gave players the right to leave clubs on a free transfer at the end of their contracts. That led to the recent high-profile case of Liverpool winger Steve McManaman, who has signed a five-year deal with Real Madrid that will earn him a reported 14 million pounds ($22.45 million) in wages and signing-on fees. Ferguson called on players' unions to "preach reality" to their members involved with contract negotiations. "Honestly, I believe the very future of football is on the line unless we get back to wage negotiations in which players and clubs are comfortable and can talk clearly to each other instead of being hung up on the often nonsensical wage deals which are being asked for nowadays." Ferguson, the longest-serving manager in England's Premier League, said if the freedom of contract given to players by the Bosman ruling was not used more wisely he had "real fears" for the game's future -- from the fan's point of view as well as that of the clubs. "It has to come to an end some time but what will be left of football as we know it if these spiralling wages carry on for much longer. "The money to pay the players has to come from somewhere and, inevitably, that means it will come from the pockets of the supporters. "I don't believe we should be continually asking the fans to pay higher prices to see games. If you go to London you can find yourself being asked for 30 pounds ($48.11) for the cheapest seats. "That takes the game out of reach of the ordinary fan and it makes it impossible to take the family, so you are losing out on the next generation of supporters. That would be a serious problem." ($1=.6236 Pound)
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Subject: M.E.N article Yorke and Cole can join Red elite By STUART MATHIESON DWIGHT Yorke and Andy Cole can hoist themselves up Manchester United's list of great post-War strike partnerships as they go for the treble. Alex Ferguson's £20m front combination have hit 40 goals between them this season and only Liverpool's Michael Owen separates them in the Premiership goalscoring stakes. The Old Trafford pair are on course for a unique Premier League one and two in the goal charts. Since the formation of the elite division in 1992-93 no side has provided the top two hitmen in the country. With Yorke on 21 goals in his debut United campaign and Cole hot on his heels with 19 strikes the pairing is set to attain legendary status by the end of the season. They need 15 goals from 14 games to move into fourth place in the list of top double acts. The early-1960s David Herd-Denis Law alliance is top of the lot and is unlikely to be shifted for a while. Three times they topped the golden 40 mark, and that included a phenomenal 70-goal haul in 1963-64, in which the Lawman struck 46. But Herd himself recognises the qualities of the Yorke-Cole union: ``Andy and Dwight are doing what myself and Denis did in the way they play off each other,'' says the Red great. ``It was just one of those things that happened. We had a mobile forward line and we interchanged quite a lot. If I went forward Denis would be behind me and the other way around. I'd have a shot and Denis would slide in and score the rebound. Andy and Dwight do that. ``Matt Busby used to say to Denis and I that he didn't want us in midfield, he just said get into the penalty box. The two boys these days are doing similar. ``We had good players creating for us and so have these two. I love the one-twos they play and they've got such quick feet. ``Teams in the sixties always had two front men scoring goals and if you didn't score over 20 each you were in trouble. Nowadays I think there is more of a goal spread. They share them out. ``But, however good these two are, there is nobody next to Denis Law. Nobody compares. He's on his own.'' Old Trafford has hailed six partnerships since the Second World War which has notched over 40 goals between them. Matt Busby's first era spawned the Stan Pearson and Jack Rowley combo which hit 54 goals in the 1947-48 season and 52 in the Reds' first post-War championship season of 1951-52. The golden mantle was then passed on to Barnsley import Tommy Taylor and home-produced Dennis Viollet in the Busby Babes era. Taylor and Viollet scored 41 and 45 in the 1954-55 and `55-56 campaigns, the latter bringing a League title. Liam Whelan then briefly took over from Viollet to register 65 goals with England international Taylor in 1956-57 as United won the championship, reached the FA Cup final and entered Europe. Munich robbed the Reds of Taylor and Whelan, and Viollet struck up a partnership with Bobby Charlton which reaped 53 goals in 1959-60 and 50 in 58-59. The Law and Herd combo were just three short of repeating their stunning 70-goal act with their 1964-65 tally of 67. The pair had warmed up for those two golden seasons with 50 goals in '62-63. The only modern-day partnerships to make it past 40 were Eric Cantona and Mark Hughes with 46 in the `93-94 double season and Hughes with Brian McClair, scoring 42 in `90-91.
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