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Date: Sun 26 Dec 1999 09:08 GMT
1. O'SHEA JOINS LOAN EXODUS
2. The night of the supernatural - Daily Telegraph
3. Happy Christmas - WINNER OF Theatre Of Dreams Peter Schmeichel Competition!
4. Brothers in Arms - official site
5. United's jaunt adds spice to festive feast - Guardian
6. BECKHAM DOUBTFUL FOR BANTAMS CLASH -
7. UNITED WAIT ON BECKHAM
8. A Request from The Theatre Of Dreams Guestbook
9. FOOTBALL365 HALF-TERM REPORT: MANCHESTER UNITED
MANCHESTER UNITED DAILY NEWS BOXING DAY Sun 26th Dec 1999:
Match day today and Lee Sharp's Bradford enter the Theatre Of Dreams
Lets hope the REDS did not eat too much Christmas pud just like Bill & Barry!
Kick off [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Bradford C (FA Premier League, HOME)
Old Trafford is the venue as Manchester United take their last bow of
1999, the year the team gave their supporters everything they asked for.
United played some glorious football during the 4-2 victory at West Ham
and if they do not find the right gears to take the three points on offer
today, it will be suspected that some Y2K glitch has found its way into
the machine a week early. As United were engineering West Ham's first
League home defeat, Bradford City secured an encouraging 2-0 win against
Newcastle. Dean Windass returned for that game but aggravated an ankle
injury, Isaiah Rankin is suspended, but Neil Redfearn is available after
serving a one-match ban
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O'SHEA JOINS LOAN EXODUS
John O'Shea has become the seventh Manchester
United player to go on loan this season. The
young central defender has joined Bournemouth
on a month's loan, and with John Curtis, David May, Ian Fitzpatrick, Luke
Chadwick, Kirk Hilton and George Clegg all on their travels,
Old Trafford is becoming a ghost town! Good luck John!
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The night of the supernatural - Daily Telegraph
THOSE of us fortunate enough to have been at Anfield on the night of May
26, 1989, when Arsenal plundered the old League championship from under
Liverpool's noses, assumed that we should never again experience such an
astonishing twist in the tale of a football match. A decade later, to the
very day, we were proved wrong.
Perhaps we should have known. At various stages along the road to the
Champions League final in Barcelona, Alex Ferguson had affectionately
berated his Manchester United players for a habit of putting him through
"torture" prior to completing their tasks: the concession of early goals to
Juventus in Turin, for example. So I suppose it was appropriate that, with
the summit in sight, they should continue to climb Everest the hard way.
Having conceded an early goal to Mario Basler's free-kick, they waited
until stoppage time before inflicting an altogether more profound and
durable form of pain on Bayern Munich and their estimable coach, Ottmar
The German club's colours were already tied to the trophy. Whoever was
responsible for that foolish and, in retrospect, almost unbelievably
trivial act - would a brief delay really have spoiled the post-match
ceremonies? - clearly had no understanding of football, let alone the sense
of indomitability that had pervaded the ranks of Ferguson's United since
their remarkable 10-man triumph over Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals six
weeks earlier. And thus fate, yielding to a functionary's irresistible
temptation, began to unfold.
It was given a push by Peter Schmeichel, acting captain in the absence of
the suspended (and injured) Roy Keane and United's greatest hero of the
night. The massive goalkeeper, who had scored from a corner in Europe some
years before, needed no prompting to come up as United assembled in the
Bayern penalty area. Leaping, he got a touch to David Beckham's kick and,
although Stefan Effenberg prodded away the loose ball, Ryan Giggs sent it
back in for Teddy Sheringham to find the net. United's celebrations were
wild, of course, but short. There was still business - extra time, we
presumed - to be done. By contrast Bayern's self-pity lingered. Terminally.
Four of their players were still prostrate in the penalty area a minute
later. The Italian referee, Pierluigi Collina, was as sympathetic as any
neutral but asked them at least to go through the remaining motions, which
turned out to be another Beckham corner, another glance of the head, this
time by Sheringham, and a stab by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer which might have
gone anywhere but went straight into history.
As the net bulged behind Oliver Kahn, United were champions of Europe and
no one but a rather sheepish official noticed that the ribbons were being
changed on the glittering prize about to be handed over amid scenes of
incredulous jubilation; even the Nou Camp, that most worldly and
sophisticated of stadiums, seemed to quiver.
On such occasions, words have a habit of failing us. Thus, while the
journalists' lap-tops screamed for mercy as a prepared story of United's
ultimate inability to deliver an unprecedented treble was turned on its
head with brutal haste, it was left to Gary Neville to summon the mot
juste. "This," said the perennially precocious defender, "was
supernatural." He was as close to the truth as anyone; the vagaries of a
ball's bounce can defy analysis. In any case, to tell another truth, it had
been a match unworthy of analysis, full of unforced errors and offsides. In
90 minutes there had been only one short phase of admirable play, and it
had come from a Bayern suddenly inspired by the substitute Mehmet Scholl.
To this extent they, and especially Hitzfeld, were dreadfully unlucky. Much
has inevitably been made of Ferguson's recourse to Sheringham, who took
over from Jesper Blomqvist midway through the second half, and Solskjaer,
who replaced Andy Cole only 11 minutes before he scored. But the true
masterstroke had been Hitzfeld's response to Sheringham's arrival: Scholl.
The midfielder, his smooth creativity so incongruous, like a patch of green
shoots in a desert, twice exchanged passes with the hitherto anonymous
Effenberg, whose shot drifted wide. Then, from Scholl's majestic crossfield
ball, Effenberg brought from Schmeichel one of those saves in which the
Dane becomes an impassable giant starfish. Next Scholl, dipping a shoulder,
chipped Schmeichel only to find a post. He also forced an excellent diving
save but eventually, the keeper having turned to see Carsten Jancker's
overhead kick hit the crossbar when he must have feared it would put the
cause beyond rescue, we began to realise the oasis that had grown up around
Scholl would turn out to be fruitless. Bayern, tiring, duly faded and there
still, plugging away like . . . well, like Germans, were United.
Plenty of poor matches are settled on penalties. This one, among its many
distinctions, was settled by corners. They changed so much. Ferguson, for
instance, got a knighthood instead of a critical mauling for his team
arrangement (in truth, lacking Keane and Paul Scholes, his options had been
limited). Hitzfeld was deprived of the honour of having guided both
Borussia Dortmund, who had beaten United in the 1997 quarter-finals, and
Bayern to the European title. Charles Hughes, the avid statistician who
used to be the FA's technical director, once worked out that on average it
took 50 corner-kicks to produce a goal. But there was nothing average about
events in Barcelona the night of May 26, 1999.
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Happy Christmas - WINNER OF Theatre Of Dreams Peter Schmeichel Competition!
Question went out: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 16:13:14 +0100
to Daily News Readers CP List Readers + RED DEVIL readers 9 16:13:14 +0100
Congrats, EVERYONE who answered were correct!
Answer was 1998-12-19 vs Middlesborough
- Alex Ferguson wasn't there due to a family matter. 2-3 we lost
Confirm at http://www.red11.org/miva/players/playermatch.mv HO HO HO
This means that Peter Scmeichel went 31 unbeaten matches at the end of his
Manchester United Career - quite a statistic!
The THREE FIRST entries to answer according to my email clock
which can sort mails on time of arrival: [bottom of this email shows the
1 16:36 "Dave Sharkey" Fri, 24 Dec 1999 15:37:06 +0000
16.36 - 24 mins after the question was sent out!
2 17:04 "Meade, Michael" Fri, 24 Dec 1999 17:01:32 +0100
3 17:06 "Bruce Crawford" Fri, 24 Dec 1999 16:06:27 -0000
These times show on my email program by time of arrival in Denmark......
so here's what happened in Danish time GMT + 1hr
question sent out at 15.13 uk time
Dave answers at 15.37 in uk
Mick at 16.01 in uk
Bruce at 16.06 in uk
Time of arrival local times sent
17:22 "Jonathan Townley" Fri, 24 Dec 1999 11:18:51 -0800
21:37 "terry smith" Fri, 24 Dec 1999 12:36:31 PST
03:00 "Shamim Adam" Sat, 24 Dec 1999 10:53:52 -0800
06:18 "Jacky.the.Crook" Sat, 25 Dec 1999 13:17:33 +0800
Here are copies of the mailings + at the bottom headers showing times
From: "Dave Sharkey"
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 15:37:06 +0000
Re: [MufcDailyNews] Question Of The Year When did Peter Schmeic
United v Middlesboro DEC 1998
From: "Meade, Michael"
RE: [RedDevils] Question Of The Year When did Peter Schmeichel l
ast lose a REDS match?
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 17:01:32 +0100
X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.5.2448.0)
It was of course Middlesbro'
From: "Bruce Crawford"
Re: [MufcDailyNews] Question Of The Year When did Peter
Schmeichel last lose a REDS match?
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 16:06:27 -0000
Middlesbrogh 2-3 at Old Trafford
Others who answered:
From: "Jonathan Townley"
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 11:18:51 -0800
dec 19 vs middlesborough
From: "terry smith"
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 12:36:31 PST
the answer is 19 December 1998 vs Middlesbrough at Old Trafford
From: "Shamim Adam"
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 1999 03:00:43 +0800
Middlesbrough 19 December 1998
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 1999 13:17:33 +0800
the answer is Man utd vs Middlesbrough in 19-12 which lost 2-3 with
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Brothers in Arms - official site
All respect to the Greenhoffs, but Phil and Gary Neville must
be the highest profile footballing brothers since
Bobby and Jack Charlton.
The Neville sporting institution is well-known, with father
Neville the commercial director and mother Jill a secretary at
Bury FC, and sister Tracy an England netball international.
But it's the boys who generate the most column inches.
With Gary the senior member, it's he who gets the nod for
the First Team more often than Phil. But it was Phil who
was named when Alex Ferguson named his Dream United
XI a couple of years back.
Now with Boxing Day, and Bradford City, looming, it's Gary
who’s favourite to play, with Phil expected to warm the
bench. Not that he’s in the least worried. He's got an old
friend coming to visit.
"They've got some decent players, and with Lee Sharpe
coming back to Old Trafford it will be a special occasion,"
claimed Phil. "But we’re desperate to win.
"Sunderland and Bradford have shown that for teams
coming up, the best way to approach it is to just go for the
victory. If teams come up and hope to sit back and defend,
that's not going to work. Sunderland and Bradford are both
attacking teams, and they're a credit to their managers that
they're coming out and playing such attractive football."
And Gary couldn't help but agree. It will be a great day for
Bradford, but at 4.45pm on Boxing Day, United want those
"They'll be giving it their all, and I imagine there are four or
five players in their team whose first time at Old Trafford it
will be. We've got to make sure that they know what it's
about in the early part of the game, because we've had that
before, teams coming here and enjoying the first part of the
match. That carries them through the rest of the game.
"We'd love to finish the year on a high at Old Trafford. It's
been a fantastic year, everything's gone right on the pitch,
and it would be fantastic if we could get a win against
Bradford," stated the elder Neville.
He's now recovered from the groin injury that kept him out
for so long, and is looking forward to a healthy and
prosperous 2000, at home and abroad.
"Everything seems to be going well. It was a frustrating
start to the season, but I've been involved in the last four or
five games, and really enjoyed it. We seem to be playing
well at the moment, which is pleasing.
"I think by the time we get to Brazil, with another couple of
matches under my belt, I should be back to full match
fitness. I'll have played about eight matches by then. You
need that month to get back into full swing when you've
been out for five or six months.
"Chasing the ball and closing people down all seems a bit
sluggish when you first get back. It's a sharpness thing. It's
coming back a little bit now. Against West Ham it felt
better, and hopefully against Bradford and Sunderland it will
be back to normal.
"The trip to Brazil will be different and difficult, but these are
the things we’ve got to overcome. Some of the Brazilian
and Australian teams will have an advantage over us in
terms of climate, but I wouldn't swap any of their teams for
ours. We've got a great squad and we're going to go over
and win that trophy," he thundered.
Vasco da Gama, South Melbourne and Necaxa, you have
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United's jaunt adds spice to festive feast - Guardian
In football Christmas used to be full of surprises, a time when form went
crackers. Fulham could beat Ipswich 10-1 on Boxing Day then lose 4-2 at
Portman Road two days later.
A hundred years ago Arsenal lost 5-0 at Lincoln City on Christmas Day and
Manchester United won 7-0 at Grimsby on Boxing Day. Somehow it is difficult
to imagine the visits of Barnsley and Hartlepool to Blundell Park and
Sincil Bank over the present holiday period causing a similar stir.
A revival of Christmas tradition would do the Premiership no harm just now.
The millennium season does not need another championship climax restricted
to just Arsenal and Manchester United.
Yet, if a challenge is to emerge which will add a more compelling dimension
to the contest it is important that the teams best equipped to lead it,
namely Leeds United, Sunderland and Liverpool, do not slip up during the
The Premiership reaches its halfway point on Boxing Day and at this stage
the chase for the title begins in earnest. The Champions League does not
resume until March (academic information in Arsenal's case) which means
that for two months the interested parties can concentrate their efforts
fully on the Premiership.
Yet Manchester United, after they have played at Sunderland on December 28,
will not play another domestic fixture until they host Arsenal on January
24, by which time the wisdom or otherwise of competing in Fifa's World Club
Championship in Brazil will have become clearer.
In the meantime Manchester United's closest rivals in the Premiership,
while they will be involved in the fourth round of the FA Cup during the
champions' absence, will want to put themselves in the best position to
exploit any travel-weary lapses by Sir Alex Ferguson's team on their return.
From this point of view two of Tuesday's matches will be especially
significant. Arsenal, lying fourth, play Leeds, the present leaders, at
Highbury in the afternoon and then Sunderland and Manchester United, third
and second respectively at the moment, meet at the Stadium of Light in the
David O'Leary's youthful Leeds team are about to face a demanding 72 hours
which will truly test the validity of their challenge. After last Sunday's
gutsy 2-0 win at Chelsea the character of the side is not in doubt but
after four games in 11 days following two long trips to eastern Europe in
the Uefa Cup the players will have welcomed a week's rest.
Leeds meet Leicester City at Elland Road on Boxing Day - no straightforward
home win this against a Leicester team who have just knocked them out of
the Worthington Cup quarter-finals on penalties and will be anxious for
points after a couple of league defeats.
At teatime on Sunday Arsenal face a Coventry City side who have taken one
point from three games following a seven-match unbeaten run. Arsène Wenger,
in need of a victory after Saturday's 1-1 lapse against Wimbledon at
Highbury, will expect to win this one but Robbie Keane could change all that.
Manchester United should limber up for their trip to Wearside with a
victory over Bradford City on Boxing Day although Paul Jewell's side, fresh
from the weekend's win against Newcastle, will go into the holiday
programme a little more confident of staying up.
Sunderland face a more demanding preamble to Tuesday's confrontation. No
longer do teams visit Everton expecting an away-day treat. Walter Smith's
side are unbeaten at Goodison in the Premiership and, although last
Saturday's 3-1 win at Watford was their first in nearly two months, they
remain a hard side to break down at home.
What price Liverpool breaking into the top four over the next few days? Six
victories in seven league matches have taken Gérard Houllier's team from
12th to fifth and they are now three points behind Arsenal. Liverpool's
Boxing Day visit to Newcastle could provide one of the best encounters of
the festive period and they are at home to Wimbledon two days later.
The Christmas runes are often false. Last season, for example, Aston Villa
and Chelsea filled the top two places after the holiday programme. But for
the Premiership's most desperate strugglers, Sheffield Wednesday and
Watford, it is hard to see any respite.
With a paltry six points from 17 matches Danny Wilson's Wednesday are
surely doomed while Watford, who have taken two from 11 games, are also in
freefall. Derby County, desperate to climb out of the bottom three, will be
even more anxious if their holiday games at home to Villa and away to West
Ham fail to yield them at least four points.
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BECKHAM DOUBTFUL FOR BANTAMS CLASH -
David Beckham faces more treatment on his injured hamstring before Manchester
United's Boxing Day match at home to Bradford.
The midfielder is the big-name injury doubt ahead of a full programme of festive
United's Christmas matches pit them against two of last season's promoted sides,
with Sunderland to come on Tuesday.
Man Utd v Bradford:
Beckham is United's major doubt, while defender David May will not be available
after joining Huddersfield on a month-long loan deal.
Beckham will continue to have treatment on his injury picked up during last Saturday's
4-2 win against West Ham.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he expects him to be fit, while Mark Bosnich may
return over Christmas after straining his hamstring at the start of the month.
Bradford have one doubt, after Dean Windass sufffered a reaction to his ankle
injury against Newcastle last week.
The midfielder will undergo a late fitness test, while Neil Redfearn is available
again after a one-match ban.
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UNITED WAIT ON BECKHAM
David Beckham is Manchester United's only doubt as they prepare for a
Christmas programme of games against two of last season's promoted sides.
United face Bradford at Old Trafford on Boxing Day then on Tuesday night
the Treble winners have their first experience of Sunderland's Stadium of
Light before heading for Brazil and the FIFA World Club Championship.
Between now and Sunday, Beckham will continue to have treatment on a
hamstring injury picked up during Saturday's 4-2 win against West Ham but
manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he expects him to be fit.
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.
Bosnich may find the going tough because his replacement Raimond van der
Gouw stayed in goal for the 3-0 home win over Valencia and Saturday's game
at West Ham.
Bradford boss Paul Jewell only has one doubt going into the Boxing Day clash.
Dean Windass returned to action last week in the 2-0 home victory over
Newcastle following a short lay-off with an ankle injury.
But the midfielder went over on his ankle against the Magpies and is likely
to undergo a late fitness test.
Neil Redfearn is available again after a one-match ban, but back-up striker
Isaiah Rankin is out for three games following a sending-off in a recent
Man Utd team (from): van der Gouw, Bosnich, G Neville, Stam, Silvestre, P
Neville, Irwin, Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Yorke, Sheringham, Butt,
Cole, Solskjaer, Fortune.
Bradford team (from): Clarke, Myers, McCall, Wetherall, Lawrence, Blake,
Mills, Whalley, Beagrie, O'Brien, Windass, Sharpe, Halle, Saunders,
Redfearn, Westwood, Davison.
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FOOTBALL365 HALF-TERM REPORT: MANCHESTER UNITED
Mikael Silvestre, The Fans, And Football365 Look Back At The Season So Far
Football365: How do you think the season has gone so far for yourself and
Mikael Silvestre: "I can only be satisfied with things. We are second in
the league and therefore on target for our double aim of winning the title
and the Champions League. I have been very happy with my personal
performances as well. I think that I have fitted into the team very well."
F365: What needs improving in the second half?
MS: "Nothing specific. Everyone has told me that United have always been
better after Christmas so I am expecting us to up the pace come January."
F365: Which player has made the most impact or surprised you with their
MS:"As I haven't been in England long, it is a little difficult for me to
say. Amongst the people that I have played against, Emile Heskey has
impressed me the most. He is so strong and solid and his team really
depends on him. As he is about my age, it is a lot of responsibility for
F365: Who should we watch out for in 2000?
MS: "I couldn't name one player in particular - I don't know enough about
all the teams here."
F365: What are your targets for 2000?
MS: "My targets are the same as the team's - to win the title and the
European Cup. Those are our two main priorities. Personally speaking, I
would like to continue to confirm my place in the team. I feel that I have
started well and I want to keep that up."
THE SEASON SO FAR - BY 365 AND THE READERS
Manchester United's Current Status Second in the Premiership; did not
enter FA Cup; second in Champions League Second Stage Group B; out of
Worthington Cup; winners of Intercontinental Cup; in the FIFA Club World
Major Personnel Changes Quinton Fortune from Atletico Madrid, 1.5m,
Massimo Taibi from Venezia, 4.5m, Michael Silvestre from Internazionale,
Report 8/10. They are top of the league if they win their game in hand,
with eight points more from 17 games than they had from 18 a year ago;
they have advanced in the Champions League; and they have won one version
of the world club championship.
Schmeichel's departure precipitated a keeping crisis. Just when Bosnich
seemed to have shown himself to be the answer, he gets injured. In part
the keepers have been unable to settle as without Ronnie Johnsen the
defence has looked shakey. The Keane saga, though now resolved, hasn't
helped. But Cole's goals have kept them up there. The defence will have to
tighten up if they dry up, as they currently rank tenth on defensive
All the same, you'd be a fool to bet against them. While they can't repeat
the exact make-up of last season's treble, Premiership, Champions League
and two world titles would constitute a nice grand slam. They would surely
need more of the good fortune that saw them through so many thrillers last
season, but you never know. Now if only they could solve the problem of
Martin Edwards For our full statistical breakdown of the Red Devils'
season, updated after every game, go to our Manchester United stats home
Best Performer Andy Cole
Worst Performer Massimo Taibi
Best moment/performance Andy Coles overhead kick against Leicester. "And
they say hes got no skill!" - Ian Q
Worst moment/performance Losing 5-0 to Chelsea
What is the limit of their Premiership ambitions? Champions "There is no
limit to our ambitions" - Alison
How badly could it go, and could the boss be on his way? Fourth is
probably the lower limit, but it won't happen. Alex Ferguson will only go
if the boardroom row explodes into life. "We could end up winning nothing.
the relationship between Ferguson and Edwards reaches meltdown, Fergie
goes off to make Scotland World Cup winners and the structure he has built
up falls around the Chairmans ears." - Pete
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