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Date: Fri Jan 29 07:13:51 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Berg happy with understudy role
2. Emails from 365: United Fans Dig Ole


Daily RED Trivia  Fri 29th January 1999:

29/1/1932: Tommy Taylor born in Barnsley. Signed from his hometown club in March
 1953 for £29,999, he scored twice on his debut against Preston North End. A big,
 strong Centre-forward who won Championship medals in 1956 and 1957, and
 scored United's consolation goal in the 1957 FA Cup Final. At 26 he lost his
 life at Munich in 1958, having notched 128 goals in 189 appearances. For
 England he won 19 caps and scored 16 goals.

1983: United win 2-0 at Luton Town in the FA Cup 4th Round with goals
 from Remi Moses and Kevin Moran watched by 20,516. Team was: Bailey,
 Duxbury, Albiston, Moses, Moran, McQueen, Robson, Muhren, Stapleton,
 Whiteside, Coppell. United won the cup, beating Brighton in the Final.


Barry Daily Comment:

SUAM visited the MMC yesterday, firm but fair seems to be the response from
those who went. See http://stopmurdoch.com for a brief report.

  Solskjaer has scored numerous goals for United, but do you notice how
muted and subdued his goal celebrations are. His celebration for the
match-winner against Liverpool was unprecendently animated, which shows
how special that goal is, against the team he supported as a boy. Ole
has seen the light.

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

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

31/1 Charlton     (A)  16.00 UK
3  Derby          (H)  20.00
6  Nottm Forest   (A)  15.00
14 Fulham         (H)  14.00  FAC 5th round 
17 Arsenal        (H)  20.00 
20 Coventry       (A)  15.00
27 Southampton    (H)  15.00

UNITED Stats v All teams:


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 Un3ited         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                    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    Middlebrough             Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Notts 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     3    22,091

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

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Chelsea              22  11  10   1  34  18   16   43
 2  Aston Villa          22  12   7   3  34  20   14   43
 3  Manchester United    22  11   8   3  49  26   23   41
 4  Arsenal              22  10   9   3  23  11   12   39
 5  Leeds United         22   9   9   4  36  20   16   36
 6  Liverpool            22  10   5   7  43  26   17   35
 7  Wimbledon            22   9   7   6  29  33   -4   34
 8  West Ham United      22   9   5   8  25  31   -6   32
 9  Middlesbrough        22   7  10   5  32  28    4   31
10  Derby County         22   7  10   5  22  20    2   31
11  Leicester City       22   7   8   7  25  27   -2   29
12  Tottenham Hotspur    22   7   8   7  28  30   -2   29
13  Sheffield Wednesday  22   7   5  10  25  22    3   26
14  Newcastle United     22   6   7   9  26  31   -5   25
15  Everton              22   5   9   8  13  24  -11   24
16  Blackburn Rovers     22   5   6  11  21  29   -8   21
17  Coventry City        22   5   5  12  21  31  -10   20
18  Charlton Athletic    22   3   8  11  26  36  -10   17
19  Southampton          22   4   5  13  20  46  -26   17
20  Nottingham Forest    22   2   7  13  18  41  -23   13


Great Pic of the FA CUP Celebration!

Subject: Berg happy with understudy role MANCHESTER, England, Jan 28 - Defender Henning Berg said on Thursday he was happy to adapt to Manchester United's squad system despite admitting that his lack of action has meant 1998 was his worst year in soccer. The Norway international has started only 17 of United's 54 matches since he joined them for five million pounds ($8.24 million) at the beginning of last season. ~I have never been in the position before where I haven't been in the team,~ he was quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News. ~All my career I have been a regular. When I was put on the bench here it was the first time I had experienced that. ~I did a lot of thinking last season and analysed my attitude in the summer. I realised it didn't matter what I thought about being in the side. I just had to go out and do as best I could and just be happy for the chance.~
Great Pic of the FA CUP Celebration!

Subject: Emails from 365: United Fans Dig Ole ...Isn't it great to finally hear from someone who doesn't think they are God's gift to football? While we have to put up with the bleating and whining from the Coles and the Collymores, it is refreshing to hear from a footballer whose main concern is the performance of the team. Ole obviously wants to play as much footy as possible but, at the same time, understands that 'There is no I in team'. Maybe the aforementioned players (and I'm sure there are others) should take a leaf out of Solskjaer's book and show a bit of class next time the cookie doesn't crumble their way. Mudguts, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia What a welcome breath of fresh air from Old Trafford. Solskjaer's belief in both his team and his own ability should be a lesson to all professionals. No-one can deny that Yorke and Cole have one of the hottest partnerships currently on view in the Premiership and Solskjaer is sufficiently realistic to see that he does not fit in with this. Some people might see this as a lack of ambition on his part, but I think it shows a maturity that all footballers should take a measure of. Paul Ryan ...Yorke and Cole create more, but Solskjaer and Yorke score more. I don't have the stats to prove that, but I don't think anyone would disagree that, while Andy is great, Solskjaer shoots whenever he gets a whiff of goal; and, more often than not, scores. Yorke and Cole try to walk it in, with one-twos and step-over-the-ball dummies. It's great to watch, but this approach fails against well-organised defences. In addition, the number of misses from six yards has been well documented. This sounds like a contradiction in terms, but Liverpool's defence was well organised for 88 minutes, and Yorke and Cole got little change. I would play Solskjaer more regularly, if only for the exemplary attitude that he displays. Contrast his behaviour with that of Stan the Wuss and Pierre van Hoydickhead. In the minds of Utd fans, Ole is already a legend for the sacrifice the made against Newcastle last year. We love him to bits. Michael Wong ...First off - I'm biased as I'm a United fan. But I think Solskjaer should stay at Old Trafford for several reasons. He's still young; Cole isn't the kind of striker who'll be improving at 29; and Ole has more natural talent than Cole - this will out eventually. If he goes elsewhere, he's unlikely to get the same amount of domestic success or European football as if he stays at United. Tottenham and West Ham are both on the up, but hardly at United's level in terms of current squad, recent achievements and club structure. If he goes, he will be forever wondering what might have been. He's not the only decent striker warming the bench at a big club these days - Suker, Riedle, Baggio - and time is on his side. Chris Francis PS: Sheringham is extra baggage though, not so much a has-been as a never-was. ...I'm a United supporter and I think that since United have a weak defence, why not put Solskjaer on with Cole and Yorke? Play a 3-4-3 formation. United will always leak goals but, if the best form of defence is attack and half the time Jaap Stam and the boys sit on the halfway line anyway, why not outscore your opponents? Gary, Botswana ...Ole hasn't thrown an "I must be picked" tantrum when left out of the side and hasn't nicked off to Melbourne for a month whinging that's it's so stressful being called a poofter by Croatian fans after missing yet another tap-in. The fact that this is so rare now as to be newsworthy is a bit of an indication on how footballers see the world nowadays. I guess he looks at the situation and honestly thinks to himself that, if he's good enough, he'll get his chance. There's something to be said for career advancements that are earned and not just handed out. I'm sure Ole will get his chance and will then feel all the better for having stuck it out and earned it. Good on him to knuckle down and put in the effort in a day and age when footballers at this level are all too often seen to be 'copping-out' when the going gets tough. Matthew Chrzczonowicz ...Solskjaer displays the kind of loyalty that players should have, instead of opting to go for higher salaries and pursing for their own benefits over those of the team's supporters. I would love to see him stay, even though there is every chance that he might leave. But for him to remain at United would offer him the best chance at winning medals. I think Fergie should try out a 4-3-3 formation at times. Perhaps this would give United a more potent strike force. But, of course, it is always good to have an ace up his sleeve to pull out in times of need. Richard, Australia But There's Always One, Isn't There? Alex Ferguson should continue to use Solskjaer in a substitute's role as his general play is not good enough to replace either Cole or Yorke. His passing and link-up play is not as good and he has always struggled to hold play up for the United midfield to get forward like Cole or Yorke successfully do each game. Ferguson, as always, says the right thing in public to encourage Solskjaer to keep his spirits up. Solskjaer in turn is playing his own PR games because he knows it is the public approach Ferguson would expect. And Ferguson is no fool. He will keep Solskjaer hungry on the bench and playing him for the last 15 minutes or so allows the opposition to never relax if they feel they are getting the upper hand on the United forward line. James Dunne, London
Great Pic of the FA CUP Celebration!

Subject: WADDLE TIPS GINOLA TO BEAT UNITED PAIR TO AWARD Chris Waddle reckons David Ginola may continue the foreign domination of the Footballer of the Year award by winning this season's accolade and pipping the likes of Manchester United's Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole to the honour. Waddle scooped the prize in 1993 and Alan Shearer won the Football Writers' Association award the following season, but since then foreigners Jurgen Klinsmann, Eric Cantona, Gianfranco Zola and Dennis Bergkamp have carried off the prize. Waddle feels the best chance of an English winner lies with Michael Owen, but even the England and Liverpool star will be hard pressed to pip Ginola. Waddle is not bothered by the diving controversy surrounding the Tottenham winger and he reckons the Frenchman is one of the game's great entertainers. ''The best home-grown player is Michael Owen and I'm not sure who else comes into the reckoning after that,'' said Waddle. ''I think Andy Cole has had a good season with Manchester United and Tony Adams has done well too. ''Aston Villa have had a good season and most of their players are British, but I don't see any of them threatening. ''So I think Michael Owen, Andy Cole and Tony Adams are the best-home grown players in with a chance. ''For me, though, David Ginola is my favourite and the one I'd vote for. ''He does some of the hardest things in football. He dribbles past people, puts good crosses in and he gets stuck in. He has really done well this season and he is a team player. ''Everyone wants to be entertained when they go to a match and he's a great entertainer.'' Ginola is just one of a number of foreign players, who Waddle feels are in contention. ''Emmanuel Petit had a good season last year, won the World Cup with France and has kept going with Arsenal, so he must have a chance,'' he said. ''There's also Dwight Yorke who has done well with Manchester United. ''Chelsea are having an excellent season and their side contains mostly foreigners. ''Again Gianfranco Zola, who has won the award before, has done well, while Tore Andre Flo has also had a good season. ''It's hard to see an English player winning it and I think Ginola would be a worthy winner. ''Anyway Michael Owen has plenty of time to win it.'' Chris Waddle's top five players this season: David Ginola (Tottenham): ''He's a great entertainer and he does things fans love to see.'' Michael Owen (Liverpool): ''He just seems to get better and better.'' Dwight Yorke (Manchester United): ''He has been terrific since moving to United from Aston Villa.'' Tony Adams (Arsenal): ''Tony has done ever so well despite his injury problems.'' Emmanuel Petit (Arsenal): ''He's carried on where he left off last season.''
Great Pic of the FA CUP Celebration!

Subject: COLE'S ENGLAND DISGRACE Hoddle's Last Chance To Pick United Striker, Plus: 'We're Better Off Without Di Canio' Says Owls Star 365 Opinion by Andy Strickland PUB quiz time. How many games has Andy Cole started for England? Take your time... The much-maligned Manchester United striker has scored 15 goals this season from just 28 games, following on from his 25 from 45 starts last term. Add the 34 goals in 40 league games that he famously bagged for Newcastle back in the 1993/94 season and you'd expect the 27-year-old to have a trophy cabinet bursting with those cute little Cub Scout caps with the tassels. Come on, I'll have to hurry you. The answer is: Andy Cole has started not one England match. Not ever. Never. He has just two caps, both of which he won after coming on as a substitute. Stan Collymore's got more than that! Is it any wonder that Andy Cole's pissed off with Glenn Hoddle? The United star's first cap was won back in March 1995 against Uruguay and he came off the bench once more in the Tournoi a little over two years later to face the Italians. That, as Porky Pig was employed by Warner Bros to say, is all folks. No matter what your opinion of Cole's talent, those statistics are an absolute disgrace. He has been picked for some squads and withdrawn through injury - Michael Owen started against Chile a year ago because of one such instance - but can hardly be said to have had a fair crack given his record. Even allowing for the personal preferences of the England manager - be it Venables or Hoddle - and his desires for a settled team in qualifiers and tournaments, Cole's continued snubbing makes no footballing sense at all. His war of words with Hoddle since missing out on the France 98 squad is more than understandable when you look at the facts. All of which brings us nicely on to Monday's announcement of the England squad for the friendly against the world champions, France, on 10 February. Cole has been careful not to burn his international bridges completely, and this game represents Hoddle's last chance to include the in-form striker and prove to all of us that he, Hoddle, is not the blinkered, vindictive ogre we increasingly fear him to be. Nobody in their right mind expects Glenda not to play the bang out of form Shearer in tandem with Michael Owen, but if Cole not only makes the squad but wins a place on the bench, then it will represent good man-management and offer the testy England boss a way out of the mess he finds himself in. If he puts Cole on for a half and he flops, Hoddle can say: 'Told you' and forget about him. If Cole plays well, it'll be handy to know he can perform at international level ahead of England's vital Euro 2000 qualifiers in the spring and summer. It's not inconceivable that just a couple of injuries could leave us worryingly short of options upfront. Are Ian Wright and Dion Dublin seriously better options than Cole? The gamble could also provide a much-needed boost for Hoddle's crumbling public image. One way or another this may be Hoddle's last chance to pick and play Andy Cole.
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