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Date: Sun 26 Dec 1999 09:08 GMT
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This Issue:
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
8. A Request from The Theatre Of Dreams Guestbook



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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 Hitzfeld. 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. Manchester United - The Legend - http://manunited.net
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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 headers proof] 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 Barry explanation....... 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 others 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 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 1st place X-Envelope-To: From: "Dave Sharkey" Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 15:37:06 +0000 Re: [MufcDailyNews] Question Of The Year When did Peter Schmeic Reply-to: ds1929@weir.co.uk United v Middlesboro DEC 1998 Dave --------------------- 2nd place 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) Baz, It was of course Middlesbro' Regards Mick. ------------------- 3rd place 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 19-12-98 Middlesbrogh 2-3 at Old Trafford Bruce Crawford Leicester ------------------- Others who answered: From: "Jonathan Townley" Date: Fri, 24 Dec 1999 11:18:51 -0800 dec 19 vs middlesborough From: "terry smith" To: tsmith007@mufc.dk 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 Shamim mimsie@pacific.net.sg From: "Jacky.the.Crook" To: Date: Sat, 25 Dec 1999 13:17:33 +0800 the answer is Man utd vs Middlesbrough in 19-12 which lost 2-3 with Schmeichel ______________________________________________________ Thanks for entering SPECIAL RED congratulations to the FIRST THREE entries! I was very impressed as all of you answered within an hour so all THREE of you will now receive a cd containing 650 megs from the Theatre Of Dreams Website & more! MUFC 1999 The Triple Cd - includes 588 RED pictures many from Barcelona - 22meg 9 pdf's - 10meg 11 screensavers - 29meg 26 ass videos - 68meg 146 wav files [5 hours 48mins!] - 419 meg 230 real audio files mainly interviews - 45meg 27 mp3 files - 60mins - 23meg 21 url's from http://www.red11.org ENJOY!
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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 points. "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 been warned!
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United's jaunt adds spice to festive feast - Guardian David Lacey 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 festivities. 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 evening. 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 football. 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. BBC NEWS
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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 reserve outing. 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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A Request from The Theatre Of Dreams Guestbook Record 4030 Name: Justin Dene Huson Referred by: Just Surfed On In Time: 1999-12-26 00:17:13 Comments: I have been a Manchester United fan since I could remember. My parents are both from the U.K. but I live in Chicago. I have never been to a Manchester game but I hope to go one day. My room is filled with Man Un parafanelia from over the years but adding just one ticket stub to my collection would put the icing on the cake. >>>>>>>>>> REDS If you are in a holiday mood and want to help Justin? Mail him at husonjd4@excite.com Thanks Barry barrylee@post3.tele.dk ----------------------- Some other recent entries from our guestbook http://saturn.guestworld.tripod.lycos.com/wgb/wgbview.dbm?owner=ManUnitedFC Record 4021 Name: Becky Clegg Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Northampton Time: 1999-12-17 22:19:01 Comments: David Beckham is the fittest bloke there ever could be. He's a fit as ****. Except from Michael Owen. Even though David's a bit of a ****. He should do his hair for once in a while make his hair look as nice as his face. See ya around guys. Thanx Record 4020 Name: Tom van der Brempt Referred by: Yahoo! From: Antwerp Belgium Time: 1999-12-15 21:09:46 Comments: As a real Royal Antwerp fooball club fan. Man U thank you that we'd had Higinnbottem, Wallwork and Wood last year. We deliver you 2 new stars in a few months Clegg and Hilton!! Record 4019 Name: asy Referred by: Yahoo! From: malaysia Time: 1999-12-14 17:50:16 Comments: hope that united can get uefa championships again this year and 4 eva .....!!!!!! Record 4017 Name: Marky Howden Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: London Time: 1999-12-14 15:42:11 Comments: I am selling a football signed by the 98-99 treble winning squad, with all proceeds going to charity (The Childrens Society). Email me on markymark@bloomberg.net if you are interested. Record 4016 Name: Serene Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Singapore Time: 1999-12-13 07:59:37 Comments: This is a really great website! Record 4015 Name: Sergey Bazhan Website: I loooooooovvveee MU AAAAAAA Referred by: Net Search From: Kharkov, Ukraine Time: 1999-12-12 16:03:44 Comments: I love this club.It has BEST playersquad and SIR ALEX FERGUSON is a real PROFFFFFFI.Sergey(SPLIT) Record 4013 Name: Mark Fallaize Website: Walton Court Juniors Official Web Site Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire Time: 1999-12-11 13:43:25 Comments: I like your web site and it is the one I visit most often, apart from my own of course Record 4011 Name: fransiskus eko Referred by: Yahoo! From: jakarta, Indonesia Time: 1999-12-11 11:18:21 Comments: manchester united is the greattest football team in the world, ijust love to be a man.united big fans. congratulation to be fouetrable camph. Record 4009 Name: Caroline Cantona Website: mufc_fan Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: Jakarta Time: 1999-12-11 08:06:58 Comments: hi! i'm a big big fan of manchester united, so please write to me if you are a MANCHESTER UNITED fan too!! i'm 16th years old girl from Jakarta Indonesia my hobbies: football, musics, surfing likes: MANCHESTER UNITED,TAKE THAT, ROBBIE WILLIAMS, OASIS, BLUR, RADIOHEAD, THE PRODIGY, ETC please write me soon!!! Record 4008 Name: Dave Wilson Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: N.Ireland Time: 1999-12-11 00:19:35 Comments: I am 16 and i have supported Man Utd ever since i have been able to say, " best team in britain, if not the world ", or even younger. I will stay loyal to United always and i wish them all the best in Brazil, hopefully then we will be able to shut up any Die Hard Liverpool supporters. Thanks alot, Dave Record 4007 Name: harri sugandi hutagalung Referred by: From a Friend From: indonesia,north sumatra,sibolga Time: 1999-12-10 10:15:55 Comments: mu is the greatest soccer team in the world ever.so come on "red devils" you must to be a champions league winner 1999/2000 and win in the club world cup in brazil. "GOD BLESS YOU" Record 4005 Name: keeper Referred by: Clicked on a 'Guestbooks by GuestWorld' Button From: Indonesia Time: 1999-12-09 09:47:54 Comments: I like this site 'coz I can search &find the newest information about my favorite football club, Manchester United! And I can watch my fav.soccer player... Ole Gunnar Solskjaer! This is cool site! Yeah... I think that's all my comments!Bye! Record 4004 Name: STEVE THAM Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: SINGAPORE Time: 1999-12-09 04:10:18 Comments: MY FRIENDS AND I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT MAN UTD!! THE CLUB WILL ALWAYS BE THE WORLD CHAMPION! WITH KEANE REMAIN IN MAN UTD, MY FRIENDS AND I BELIEVE THEIR MAN UTD WILL CONTINUE TO DOMAIN THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE, AND THE UEFA LEAGUE To sign the book? http://www.lpage.com/wgb/wgbsign.dbm?owner=ManUnitedFC
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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 the team? 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 performances? 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 him." 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 Championship Major Personnel Changes Quinton Fortune from Atletico Madrid, 1.5m, Massimo Taibi from Venezia, 4.5m, Michael Silvestre from Internazionale, 4m 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 record. 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 page. 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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