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Date: Wed 27 Oct 1999 03:30 GMT
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This Issue:
2. Ardiles out to upset United
3. Unknown
5. Charlton urges Man Utd Cup rethink
6. Two more United stars go to Belgium


Bill's Daily Comment:
An important match tonight vs Zagreb.  We need a result tonight so let's hope the lads can pull it together.  Sir Alex says: "If we lose in Zagreb we are out of the tournament".  Although we've heard these tactics from the Master before, I'm hoping that those words will have the desired effect again this time.  C'mon REDS!

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ECL Group D  ** Manchester United **
Olympique de Marseille * NK Croatia Zagreb * SK Sturm Graz

Manchester United FC Champions League Squad List
 1 Mark John Bosnich      2 Gary Alexander Neville 3 Dennis Joseph Irwin
 4 David May              6 Jakob Stam             7 David Robert J Beckham
 8 Nicholas Butt          9 Andrew Alex. Cole      10 Edward Sheringham
11 Ryan Joseph Giggs     12 Philip Neville         14 Johan Jordi Cruyff
15 Lars Jesper Blomqvist 16 Roy Keane           17 Raimond RJH Van der Gouw
18 Paul Scholes          19 Dwight Yorke           20 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
21 Henning Berg          23 Michael Jamie Clegg    25 Josť Quinton Fortune
26 Massimo Taibi         31 Nicholas James Culkin  33 Mark Antony Wilson
34 Jonathan Greening

Group D         P   W   D   L   F   A  PTS
Marseille       4   3   0   1   6   3   9
Manchester Utd  4   2   1   1   5   2   7
Croatia Zagreb  4   1   1   2   4   3   4
SK Sturm Graz   4   1   0   3   1   8   3

Tue Sep 14 Manchester United    0-0 Croatia Zagreb   
Tue Sep 14 Marseille            2-0 SK Sturm Graz   
Wed Sep 22 Croatia Zagreb       1-2 Marseille   
Wed Sep 22 SK Sturm Graz        0-3 Manchester United
Wed Sep 29 Manchester United    2-1 Marseille   
Wed Sep 29 Croatia Zagreb       3-0 SK Sturm Graz 
Tue Oct 19 Marseille            1-0 Manchester United   
Tue Oct 19 SK Sturm Graz        1-0 Croatia Zagreb 
Wed Oct 27 7:45 NK Croatia           v Man Utd
Wed Oct 27 7:45 Sturm Graz           v Marseille
Tue Nov  2 7:45 Manchester United    v SK Sturm Graz   
Tue Nov  2 7:45 Marseille            v Croatia Zagreb 

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

             Everton   4-4   Leeds United          37,355
             Watford   1-3   Middlesbrough         16,081
     West Ham United   1-1   Sunderland            26,022

*** FIXTURES ON 25/10/99 ***
    Newcastle United  v  Derby County

*** FIXTURES ON 27/10/99 ***
           Liverpool  v  West Ham United

*** FIXTURES ON 30/10/99 ***
             Arsenal  v  Newcastle United
        Derby County  v  Chelsea
        Leeds United  v  West Ham United
      Leicester City  v  Sheffield Wednesday
   Manchester United  v  Aston Villa
       Middlesbrough  v  Everton
           Wimbledon  v  Southampton

*** FIXTURES ON 31/10/99 ***
       Coventry City  v  Watford
          Sunderland  v  Tottenham Hotspur

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Leeds United         12   8   2   2  25  16    9   26
 2  Arsenal              12   8   1   3  20  12    8   25
 3  Sunderland           12   7   3   2  21  10   11   24
 4  Manchester United    12   7   3   2  28  19    9   24
 5  Tottenham Hotspur    11   6   2   3  20  15    5   20
 6  Leicester City       12   6   2   4  20  17    3   20
 7  Chelsea              10   6   1   3  17   7   10   19
 8  Everton              12   5   3   4  21  18    3   18
 9  Aston Villa          12   5   3   4  13  12    1   18
10  Middlesbrough        12   6   0   6  16  16    0   18
11  West Ham United      10   5   2   3  12   9    3   17
12  Liverpool            11   4   3   4  12  11    1   15
13  Coventry City        12   3   4   5  16  15    1   13
14  Southampton          11   3   3   5  18  22   -4   12
15  Wimbledon            12   2   6   4  18  26   -8   12
16  Bradford City        11   3   2   6   9  17   -8   11
17  Newcastle United     12   3   1   8  23  27   -4   10
18  Watford              12   3   0   9   8  18  -10    9
19  Derby County         12   2   3   7  10  21  -11    9
20  Sheffield Wednesday  12   1   2   9   8  27  -19    5

27-OCT-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs NK Croatia  (UEFA Champions League,
30-OCT-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Aston Villa  (FA Premier League, HOME)
02-NOV-1999 [19:45] Manchester Utd. vs Sturm Graz  (UEFA Champions League,
06-NOV-1999 [15:00] Manchester Utd. vs Leicester C  (FA Premier League, HOME)


UNITED Stats v All teams:
ALL FIXTURES at: http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix992000.htm
First Team Fixtures 1999/2000
All dates/times subject to change
Dates of possible cup ties also shown

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/07/99    Melbourne Australia   pre-season  W  2-0     -    60,000
18/07/99    Sydney    Australia   pre-season  W  1-0     -    78,000
21/07/99    Shanghai  Shenhua     pre-season  W  2-0     -    80,000
24/07/99    Hong Kong South China pre-season  W  2-0     -    40,000

 1/08/99    Arsenal   Wembley Charity Shield  L  1-2     -    70,185
 3/08/99    Omagh Town Omagh Bomb Fund        W  9-0     -     7,000
 4/08/99    Wigan Athletic friendly           W  2-0     -    15,000 
08/08/99    Everton                  Away PL  D  1-1    10    39,141
11/08/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Home PL  W  4-0     3    54,941
14/08/99    Leeds United             Home PL  W  2-0     1    55,187
22/08/99    Arsenal                  Away PL  W  2-1     1    38,147
25/08/99    Coventry City            Away PL  W  2-1     1    22,024 
27/08/99    Monaco - Lazio               ESC  L  0-1     -    15,223
30/08/99    Newcastle United         Home     W  5-1     1    55,190
11/09/99    Liverpool                Away     W  3-2     1    44,929
14/09/99    Croatia Zagreb           Home EC  D  0-0     -    53,250
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home     D  1-1     1    55,189
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC  W  3-0     -    16,480
25/09/99    Southampton              Home     D  3-3     1    55,249
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC  W  2-1     -    54,276
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL  L  0-5     2    34,909
11/10/99    Sir Alex Testimonial     Home F   L  2-4  LEGENDS 54,842      
13/10/99    Aston Villa              Away WC3 L  0-3     -    33,815
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL  W  4-1     2    55,188
19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC  L  0-1     -    57,745 
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     L  1-3     3    36,072

27/10/99    Croatia Zagreb           Away EC   19.45
30/10/99    Aston Villa              home PL   15.00
 2/11/99    Sturm Graz               Home EC   19.45 
 6/11/99    Leicester City           Home PL   15.00
20/11/99    Derby County             Away PL   15.00
24/11/99    ?     EC
27/11/99    Sheffield Wednesday      Away PL   15.00
30/11/99    Tokyo  Palmeiras         WCC       20.00
 4/12/99    Everton                  Home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
18/12/99    West Ham United          Away PL   15.00
26/12/99    Bradford City            Home PL   15.00
28/12/99    Sunderland               Away PL   20.00  "live on sky"
 3/01/2000  Middlesborough           Home PL   20.00
 JAN 05-14  Brazil WTC [3-4 games]
06/01/2000  Necaxa (Mexico)          Neut WTC  16.00
08/01/2000  Vasco da Gama (Brazil)   Away WTC  16.00
11/01/2000  South Melbourne (Australia) N WTC  16.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  Home PL   15.00
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            Home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         Away PL   15.00
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                Away PL   15.00
 1/03/2000  ?   EC
 4/03/2000  Liverpool                Home PL   15.00
 8/03/2000  ?   EC
11/03/2000  Derby County             Home PL   15.00
15/03/2000  ?   EC
18/03/2000  Leicester City           Away PL   15.00
22/03/2000  ?   EC
25/03/2000  Bradford City            Away PL   15.00
 1/04/2000  West Ham United          Home PL   15.00
 5/04/2000  ?   EC qf i
 8/04/2000  Middlesborough           Away PL   15.00
15/04/2000  Sunderland               Home PL   15.00
19/04/2000  ?   EC qf ii
22/04/2000  Southampton              Away PL   15.00
24/04/2000  Chelsea                  Home PL   15.00
29/04/2000  West Ham United          Away PL   15.00
 3/05/2000  ?   EC sf i
 6/05/2000  Tottenham Hotspur        Home PL   15.00
10/05/2000  ?   EC sf ii
14/05/2000  Aston Villa              Away PL   15.00
24/05/2000  ?   EC Final



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FERGUSON: KILL OFF ZAGREB By Paul Walker in Zagreb Sir Alex Ferguson has implored his European champions to destroy the threat of Croatia Zagreb to their crown and kill off any thoughts of a carve-up in Marseille next week. Ferguson has caused a storm by claiming that if United lose to Croatia and Ossie Ardiles' side need a result in their final group D match away to the French giants next week to qualify for the next stage then they will get the points they want. The suggestion is clear. That Marseille, having already qualified themselves, would be happier to see Croatia Zagreb finish second in the group than United. Ferguson knows that if Croatia do beat his shaky side - who have lost four of their last five matches - then United will be left holding onto the European Cup by their fingertips. It would put United and Croatia equal on points going into the last set of games, and, even if Ferguson's boys win at home to Sturm Graz next Tuesday, Croatia would qualify if they won in Marseille. Ferguson has already said: "If we lose in Zagreb we are out of the tournament. I know that Marseille are saying that if Croatia need a result to qualify when they visit France for their last game, they will get it." The assumption being that Marseille, who could win the group themselves in Austria tomorrow, would prefer to see United eliminated. Ferguson's comments have already brought angry reactions from the French and Croatian clubs, and UEFA have been alerted. UEFA may yet investigate, just like they did last season when Ferguson was fined for making comments about Italians that cast doubt on their honesty before the clash with Inter Milan. But Ferguson is pleading with his troops to end all thoughts of skullduggery by beating Zagreb tomorrow at a sell-out Maksimir Stadium. He said: "If we lose then we don't know what is going to happen in Marseille next week. "So we have got to get the result. We have got to do our own job, then there will be no questions. We don't then have to worry about what is happening in Marseille. "Our attitude has always got to be to go for the win. It is important and the chips are down. But Manchester United players have hardly disappointed me too much in the big games. "They have the experience and the ability to handle these kind of vital games, that is why they have been a success." UEFA's disciplinary chiefs were today made aware of Ferguson's comments and the angry reaction of both Zagreb and Marseille to a slur on their integrity. A UEFA spokesman was cagey about their response, particularly with all the major officials scattered around Europe at Champions League venues, but an investigation was not ruled out at a later date if the French or Croatian clubs complain. A spokesman said: "At the moment UEFA have no official comment to make. We have seen what was said, but unless Marseille or Croatia make a complaint, there is nothing that will happen at this time. "But it is possible that our disciplinary committee will want to have a look at the situation themselves." Croatia's public relations director, Goran Bradic, has already expressed his club's anger at such a claim. He said: "What Ferguson is saying is ridiculous, preposterous. He is questioning the integrity not only of our club but of Marseille and the whole competition. "He seems to have a phobia about this and it is only to protect his back if United are beaten by us. We would never be party to fixing a result." But Ferguson knows that United must play better than they did in the opening group game against Zagreb in Manchester last month which ended in a disappointing draw. He said: "Croatia always do better at home than they do away, that is the culture of these countries. "It will be a hard game, there's no disguising that. They surprised me with their tactics at Old Trafford, I thought Ossie Ardiles would have had a more positive approach, but they came for a point and got it. "We will always maintain the way we play, and I have every intention of sending out a side with an attacking threat. "The most important thing is that we don't make any silly mistakes at the back. Zagreb is a difficult hurdle, so we can't give them anything." Sir Alex Ferguson revealed his team on Tuesday night, 24 hours before the clash with Croatia Zagreb. He opted to field the same 11 that played at Spurs on Saturday, with the exception of Mickael Silvestre, who is ineligible. Henning Berg will come into the centre of defence. Ferguson said in answer to questions about United's goalkeeping problem, "Bosnich has played in our last three games and his fitness is 100%. We have no problem with our goalkeeper." Fergie added: "We have been punished for simple mistakes, but there are times when you have to ride the tiger, stick with the players and let them get on with it. "I trust my players, and from the evidence of how they play in big games, I am very confident. "We have got to produce, it's as simple as that. We have to get a result in this game. It's about character and temperament to play in games like this that counts." Dutch defender Jaap Stam claimed that if Croatia attack it will open the game up for United just the way they like it so they can hit their opponents on the break. Stam said: "The Croatians held us at Old Trafford, but they need to win this time around. That will suit us fine, because they will have to attack us. "That will leave space at the back for us to exploit. We need to learn from our mistakes at not attacking more in Marseille last week when we ended up losing." Meanwhile, Mark Bosnich is looking forward to reclaiming his position in the United goal. The back-in-favour keeper has broken his silence about the nightmare start to his second spell at Old Trafford. While recovering from a hamstring injury, after playing in the opening two games, he slipped down the pecking order following the arrival of Massimo Taibi and was forced to take a back seat as Raimond van der Gouw was called up for the first three European games this season. Bosnich says determination and hard work won him back his place in the side and he is hoping to play in the game as he returns to his parents' homeland. He said: "I had two choices. I could have sulked and cried about it, but I just put my head down and worked as hard as possible and fortunately I have got the opportunity to get back into the side. "Hopefully if I can continue playing really well and the team can start on a rich vein of form, I can keep my place. "I am a very fortunate individual. We all are. We do something that we love for a considerable amount of money so you have to take the plaudits as well as the setbacks with the same pinch of salt. "You can't act like a spoilt brat if things don't go well for you. You have to look at the big picture. "You are with arguably the biggest club in the world and all it was for me was to get my head down and work very hard and keep my mouth shut and just get on with it," he told MUTV. Bosnich, who played for Sydney Croatia during his early days in his native Australia before moving to United and eventually to Villa, returned to Old Trafford during the summer under the Bosman ruling and says there were no problems settling in again. "I didn't experience many difficulties other than getting injured. I have always worked hard throughout my career and anyone who has worked with me can testify to that so as far as I am concerned I had a little bit of bad luck and that's the way it happens." Zagreb boss Ardiles has admitted his dreams of Champions' League progress have all but disappeared. Zagreb looked to be in with a chance of automatic qualification for the last 16 until last Tuesday's 1-0 defeat by group whipping boys Sturm Graz. Marseille sealed qualification with last week's 1-0 victory over United in the Stade Velodrome, but United lie only three points clear of Ardiles' team, adding extra spice to tomorrow's clash. "We still have a theoretical chance to reach the second place in the group," said Ardiles. "But the most important thing is to make sure we maintain our third place which guarantees us a place to continue in the UEFA Cup. "I was very disappointed with our result at Sturm Graz and the way we performed. The most important thing was to win in Graz so that we could stay 'in the saddle', but it was our worst game in the Champions League." As Sir Alex Ferguson readies his team for the clash in the Maksimir Stadium, he will be aware of the potential of Argentinian Ardiles to pull off a shock tactical switch. When United opened their Champions League campaign at home to Ardiles' side, Zagreb's surprise 3-6-1 formation held firm and more than merited the 0-0 result against last year's champions. However, Ardiles reiterated his frustration at last week's result. "If we had beaten (Sturm) Graz, United would have felt the pressure coming here," he said. Currently lying in third place in Group D with four points from the opening four Champions League matches, Zagreb are aware that the hopes of Croatian football now lie with them after the national team failed to qualify for next year's European Championships. Following his management days in England, which saw spells with Swindon, Newcastle and Tottenham, Ardiles managed in the J-League with Shimizu S-Pulse before moving to Croatia in June. He has taken the team to the top of the Croatian League A, and they are unbeaten in domestic football with eight wins and three draws. On Saturday, they claimed a 1-1 draw against Hajduk Split with star striker Tomo Sokota netting his eleventh goal of the season - three of which have come in the Champions League.
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Ardiles out to upset United Croatia Zagreb boss Ossie Ardiles is going to pull no punches in the big European tie tomorrow night. The former Tottenham boss is out to emulate his former club and condemn United to another defeat in a bid to put their European Cup bid back on track. But when asked if he was going to pack the midfield to stifle United's creativity he replied: "I think that the midfield is absolutely crucial. I expect a similar game to the one played in Manchester but if you ask me if I will play with six players in the midfield and one in the attack the answer is no. We will have to risk more, play a little bit more offensively." Ardiles was backed up by his captain Robert Prosinecki who was looking forward to the tie saying, "If Tottenham beat Ferguson's men, why couldn't we? You never know ... only in soccer can David beat Goliath." United, who need only a draw to qualify for the next stage, will be looking to get back on track after the defeat by Marseille last week.
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Subect: PRESSURE'S TO BLAME - STAM By John Cross of The Daily Mirror Jaap Stam has revealed the reason behind Manchester United's slump. The Dutch defender is the first Old Trafford star to admit there are a few cracks beginning to appear in the Treble winners' armour. And he says the reason for their worst run in three years is because they are struggling with the huge pressure of trying to emulate last season's glories. Stam said: "There's a great deal of pressure to maintain your success. We cannot afford to let any more points slip from out grasp, but we can't take anything for granted."
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BOZZY IS DETERMINED TO SUCCEED Mark Bosnich has revealed that being dropped by Sir Alex Ferguson only made him more determined to fill the void left by the great Peter Schmeichel. Bosnich dropped down the pecking order after picking up a hamstring injury, but is set to be named between the sticks for the vital Champions League clash in his parents' homeland of Zagreb. He said: "I had two choices. I could have sulked and cried about it, but I just put my head down and worked as hard as possible and fortunately I have got the opportunity to get back into the side. "Hopefully if I can continue playing really well and the team can start on a rich vein of form, I can keep my place. "I am a very fortunate individual. We all are. We do something that we love for a considerable amount of money so you have to take the plaudits as well as the setbacks with the same pinch of salt. "You can't act like a spoilt brat if things don't go well for you. You have to look at the big picture. "You are with arguably the biggest club in the world and all it was for me was to get my head down and work very hard and keep my mouth shut and just get on with it. "I didn't experience many difficulties other than getting injured. I have always worked hard throughout my career and anyone who has worked with me can testify to that so as far as I am concerned I had a little bit of bad luck and that's the way it happens."
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Charlton urges Man Utd Cup rethink Sir Bobby Charlton remains one of the most influential figures at Old Trafford Sir Bobby Charlton has launched an eleventh-hour attempt to persuade Manchester United to take their place in this season's FA Cup. The Cup-holders have been allowed by the Football Association to sit out the competition so they can take part in the inaugural World Club Championship in Brazil. United have until Saturday to make a final decision on the issue. But Sir Bobby, one of Old Trafford's greatest players and now a director of the club, is urging his fellow board members to find a solution that will see them defend the trophy. He said: "I would like to see us play in the FA Cup and the cup in Brazil. "I believe my club has a responsibility to the history of the game in our country and I'm going to speak to our directors again this week. "The decision has to be made quite quickly. If we don't say we are going to be playing by this weekend we won't be in it." Alex Ferguson has complained about the club's fixture burden and Sir Bobby sympathises with the United manager. "I've already spoken to Alex about it," he told BBC Radio 5 Live. "With the best will in the world we would like to be in it but the problems it creates are major problems."
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Two more United stars go to Belgium Two more of Manchester United's youngster's have gone to enjoy first team action with Royal Antwerp. Following in the footsteps of Ronnie Wallwork and Danny Higginbotham, fullback Kirk Hilton and striker George Clegg are both set to start for United's sister side in the club's next game against Kortijk on Saturday. Both will hope to have a better experience than Wallwork, who narrowly avoided a life ban after an alleged assault on the Referee.
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