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Date: Tues Mar 30  GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Results of Survey's #40 + #41.  New Question #42 Week of Mar 28 
4. Takeover
6. England Duo's Injury Scare injury 


Daily RED Trivia  Tues 30th March 1999:

30/3/1968: Alan Gowling made his debut at Stoke City. After scoring in his baptism at the
 Victoria Ground, Gowling scored 4 times against Southampton in February 1971,
 and made 87 appearances between 1968-72, scoring 21 goals, before joining
 Huddersfield Town for £60,000 in June 1972. He scored for Newcastle
 United in the 1976 League Cup Final, and won promotion with Bolton Wanderers in 1978.

1994: United's double bid continues as a Paul Ince goal beats Liverpool 1-0 at
 Old Trafford in a Premiership game watched by 44,751. Team was: Schmeichel,
 Parker, Irwin, Bruce, Sharpe, Pallister, Cantona, Ince, Keane, Hughes, Kanchelskis.

Barry Daily Comment:

Manchester United have lined up Everton's England Under-21 left-back Michael
Ball as a major summer signing. But the deal is only likely to go through 
if Everton are forced to cash in on 19-year-old Ball, who they rate at £7million,
through being relegated.

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

Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:3

Next Games:
April 3 Wimbledon (A)  15.00 PL
7 European Cup Semi Juventus (H)
11 FAC Semi Arsenal at Villa Park  12.30 UK Live Sky Sports Uk
17 Sheff Wed (H) 15.00 PL
21 European Cup Semi Juventus (A)
25 Leeds (A)  11.30 {am} UK PL Live Sky Sports UK 

UNITED Stats v All teams:

*** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 21/03/99 ***

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Manchester United    30  18   9   3  68  31   37   63
 2  Arsenal              30  16  11   3  42  13   29   59
 3  Chelsea              29  15  11   3  44  23   21   56
 4  Leeds United         30  15   9   6  49  27   22   54
 5  West Ham United      30  13   7  10  34  39   -5   46
 6  Aston Villa          30  12   8  10  39  37    2   44
 7  Derby County         30  11  11   8  32  32    0   44
 8  Wimbledon            30  10  10  10  34  44  -10   40
 9  Liverpool            28  11   6  11  52  37   15   39
10  Tottenham Hotspur    29   9  12   8  34  34    0   39
11  Middlesbrough        29   9  12   8  39  40   -1   39
12  Newcastle United     30  10   8  12  38  41   -3   38
13  Sheffield Wednesday  30  10   5  15  35  33    2   35
14  Leicester City       28   8  10  10  28  37   -9   34
15  Coventry City        30   8   7  15  31  42  -11   31
16  Everton              30   7  10  13  23  35  -12   31
17  Blackburn Rovers     30   7   9  14  32  42  -10   30
18  Southampton          30   8   5  17  28  56  -28   29
19  Charlton Athletic    29   6  10  13  33  40   -7   28
20  Nottingham Forest    30   4   8  18  27  59  -32   20


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal                  Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181
03/10/98    Southampton              Away     W  3-0     2    15,251
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475
29/11/98    Leeds United             Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159
19/12/98    Middlesbrough            Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Nottingham Forest        Home     W  3-0     3    55,216
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741
10/01/99    West Ham United          Home     W  4-1     3    55,180
16/01/99    Leicester City           Away     W  6-2     2    22,091
31/01/99    Charlton Athletic        Away     W  1-0     1    20,043
03/02/99    Derby County             Home     W  1-0     1    55,174
06/02/99    Nottingham Forest        Away     W  8-1     1    30,025
17/02/99    Arsenal                  Home     D  1-1     1    55,171
20/02/99    Coventry City            Away     W  1-0     1    22,596
27/02/99    Southampton              Home     W  2-1     1    55,316
13/03/99    Newcastle United         Away     W  2-1     1    36,500
21/03/99    Everton                  Home     W  3-1     1    55,182


       P   Won       Drawn     Lost      For        Against    Points
Home   16  11 (69%)  4 (25%)   1 (6%)    38 (2.4)   16 (1.0)   37 (2.3)
Away   14  7 (50%)   5 (36%)   2 (14%)   30 (2.1)   15 (1.1)   26 (1.9)

Total  30  18 (60%)  9 (30%)   3 (10%)   68 (2.3)   31 (1.0)   63 (2.1)

                                         Averages per game in (brackets)


HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 27/02/99 - Southampton (55,316)
LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE:  15/08/98 - Leicester City (55,052)
BEST WIN:                06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST DEFEAT:         20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)
BEST HOME WIN:           17/10/98 - Wimbledon (5-1)
HEAVIEST HOME DEFEAT:    19/12/98 - Middlesbrough (2-3)
BEST AWAY WIN:           06/02/99 - Nottingham Forest (8-1)
HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT:    20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)

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  2 v 0  Inter Milan
 Real Madrid     1 v 1  Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus        2 v 1  Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich   2 v 0  Kaiserslautern

**DYNAMO KIEV      2 v 0  REAL MADRID         (Agg:3-1)
OLYMPIAKOS         1 v 1  **JUVENTUS          (Agg:2-3)

Semi Final Draw to be played 7th, 21st April
Manchester United v Juventus  [OT 7/4]
Bayern Munchen v Dynamo Kiev 


Gary Neville in training for Juve!

Subject: Results of Survey's #40 + #41. New Question #42 Week of Mar 28 www.red11.org Survey Results: Question #40: Week of Mar 7 Do you agree with Alex Ferguson's policy of resting key players for 'less important' matches? Yes: 124 81.6 No: 28 18.4 Total: 152 Question closed 03-15-99 23:05 EST Barry Comment: Unaminously agreed with Fergie. Seems like we all accept that resting players is an important part in the chemistry of a successfull Manchester United FC. Question #41: Week of Mar 14 Besides UNITED, which is the strongest team in the European Cup Semi Finals? Bayern Munich (Germany) 44 55.7% Juventus (Italy) 19 24.1% Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) 16 20.3% Total votes: 79 Question closed 03-28-99 23:15 EST Barry Comment: Judging by a 24% vote Juve are one of the easiest of the 3 competitors left in the European Champion's League. So now we have drawn Juve we just need to put in a performance as we did v Inter and we will be there! According to the votes it may well be Bayern Munich in the final? Over 55% said that they are the strongest of "the rest" See you all on May 26 European Cup final, Nou Camp ... Manchester United v Bayern Munich? NEW SURVEY: Question #42: Week of Mar 28 Do you agree with UEFA's £2,000 fine on Alex Ferguson for remarks regarding Italian footballers? Question now open. Please vote here: http://www.red11.org/miva/survey.mv Still running a survey about Sam Haywards Background/Wallpaper Pics: Please vote for your favorite background design: (this page shows all the backgrounds at once, fast loading) http://www.red11.org/miva/survey_wallpaper.mv Bill McArthur "There's only ONE United - Manchester United!" http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats
Gary Neville in training for Juve!

Subject: ROW OVER BECKS David Beckham will clock on at Old Trafford today - with his manager Alex Ferguson anxious to know why England kept a crock on for half an hour. Manchester United's medical staff, assessing Beckham's chances of being fit for next week's Champions League semi-final against Juventus, may find the prospects dicey. And if the outlook is bleak, old sparring partners Kevin Keegan and Ferguson could be on another collision course. Beckham suffered a dead leg in his buttock when Polish defender Tomasz Lapinski accidentally landed on him in a pile-up by the corner flag at Wembley on Saturday. That happened in the opening seconds of the second half - yet Beckham soldiered on in discomfort until 13 minutes from time, when he was replaced by United team-mate Phil Neville. Ferguson will want to know why Beckham was not withdrawn earlier, especially as Keegan had another wide-right midfielder, Ray Parlour, warming up for nearly 25 minutes on the bench. United expect to learn in the next 48 hours the extent of Beckham's injury.
Gary Neville in training for Juve!

Subject: BLOM-SHELL! By Sunday People staff Jesper Blomqvist could be a shock departure from Manchester United in the summer - just a year after going to Old Trafford. The Swedish flier thought he was coming as competition for Ryan Giggs's left wing spot, but that idea has not worked out. Blomqvist is not guaranteed a place in Giggs's absence after all - and with boss Alex Ferguson experimenting with three up front his chances are limited. The former AC Milan and Parma ace is unsettled by developments and the United management won't keep him either if he complains too loud. Blomqvist was back in Sweden last week, playing down rumours of a rift after being snubbed for the Everton game last week when he was 'injured'. With Giggs out, Ferguson opted instead for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to start through the middle and then move out wide. In the last two months Blomqvist has only begun two Premier League games. He is still rated vital cover for hamstring victim Giggs. But in the summer there could be a shock departure for Blomqvist - especially if Fergie brings in a new left sider in his summer spending spree.
Gary Neville in training for Juve!

Subject: Takeover >Correct me if I am wrong but the MMC isn't politically led, and >any decision it makes cannot be overturned by the government >(DTI)? <>So if the MMC say YES with no reservations then the Government <>can't do anything about it., again if it says NO then that the <>end of the bid. If the MMC says "yes" the DTI will automatically accept this. However if the MMC says NO or Yes but with conditions then the DTI ( Secretary of State - Stephen Byers) can decide what action, if any, to take. He could let it through even if the MMC recommend it is against the public interest and should be blocked. This is where the political interference comes in. The only reports I'd give any credence to (in the FT and The Telegraph) suggest that the MMC has reported that the bid could/would act against the public interest. If this is the case it's a matter of whether Byers has the bottle to enforce this against such a powerful (political) media player. I suspect if he can find a way out - to fudge it - he will (he'll be expected to). If the MMC report is unequivocal then even Rupert might accept that there is little the Government can do but block it - and let them off with only 2 or 3 cabinet minister sex scandal resignation stories ;-) As for BSkyB's interest in MUFC if the bid is blocked. It would be surprising if they wanted to retain a significant interest if they were not allowed a total takeover. The whole point for BSkyB is that they take total onwership of MUFC so that they can get hold of our future TV rights - permanently - and without having to bid for them. Anything less than total ownership would mean they would have to bid for the rights like anyone else - and pay the full market rate. It was stated at the MUFC AGM that BSkyB would pull out if they couldn't get 75% (so they could apply for de-listing and eventual total ownership). This barrier still awaits them - even if the bid is allowed to proceed it ain't over unless the shareholders sing - well 75% of them. This is in serious doubt now - BSkyB would almost certainly have to make a renewed, higher offer. Awareness of the true potential value of United has increased significantly over the last few months with some city analysts putting potential valuations in excess of 1.2 billion pounds - double what BSkyB offered. It was reported that the BSkyB acquisition chest contained no more than 800 million so we could be approaching the limits of their (borrowed) bidding funds. If BSkyB fail in this bid - and then lose the exclusive Premier League rights we could see the BSkyB value plummet - on the way down - passing a rising MUFC! Maybe that would be time for MUFC to make a hostile takeover bid for BSkyB - now that would be sweet ;-) Duncan
Gary Neville in training for Juve!

Subject: COOKE EMERGING FROM SHADOWS By Paul Walker, PA Sport Manchester City's loan star Terry Cooke admits he felt stupid practising free-kicks alongside England ace David Beckham. Cooke, currently hired out to City by his Old Trafford employers, says his United pal Beckham is so good with the dead ball he decided to work on his own free-kicks in private. Beckham's right-wing understudy has found a new lease of life at Maine Road, where his loan spell will end in another three weeks unless City can come up with the cash to buy him permanently. But Blues fans have taken the 22 year-old to their hearts, and City boss Joe Royle - speaking after Cooke's two free-kick goals in yesterday's 3-1 Division Two win at Reading - said: "Those fans are incredible - they have already paid up £1million in renewing their season tickets for next season." Cooke, meanwhile, may have learned from Beckham but he knows his place. "I have always practised free-kicks - all the time when I was at United," he said. "But standing next to Becks and practising them ended up with him making me look stupid - he's so good at them and has such great ability. "I used to go away on my own to practise them away from everyone else. "Those two free-kicks at Reading were the first I have scored in first-team soccer in my life." Cooke has fought back from more than a year out of the game with a serious knee problem and found another United favourite Roy Keane - also a long-term casualty with the same injury - a great help in his battle back to fitness. "He was so strong, far more mentally hardened than me - but being with him and doing the same rehabilitation work for about 10 months side by side helped me get through it," said Cooke. "I must admit there were times that I didn't think I would play again. I was told by the specialist that I only had a 50-50 chance of playing again after two operations. "The week after I did my knee, Keano did the same thing, and I've ended up being out longer than him. "I am only now getting back to proper fitness. I started the season still recovering and had a short loan at Wrexham after Christmas before City stepped in and took me to Maine Road. "Funnily the first taste of first-team football I'd had was in early January when Wrexham lost 4-0 at Reading. It felt good to score those two free-kicks on my next visit there." He added: "I spent all those months doing the same rehabilitation with Roy. Some days I could hardly run on to a pitch or kick a ball because of the pain - other days it was fine. "It did get me down. But I'm over it now, and it has made me mentally stronger. Roy helped me through it; he's one hell of a strong character. Now Cooke must wait to see whether City come up with the cash - around £500,000 - to keep him in their promotion run and probable play-offs campaign. "After my loan at Wrexham finished, Alex Ferguson told me that if I was coming back I would be in his European squad but that City wanted me on loan," Cooke explained. "I thought about it and said that I was nowhere near 100% fit and I would be of no use to him in Europe like that. I said that if I went out on loan again I could get myself completely fit, and the gaffer saw that was reasonable and agreed to the City loan. "I know that Bradford made an offer for me last week and United turned it down. They've also offered me a new contract, but I don't know what the terms are yet. "But City want me as well, so I will just have to wait and see what happens. It's a big decision for me. Nobody likes to leave a club like United. But if I go back it will be into the reserves - and I also don't want to leave Manchester, so City would be my next choice." Cooke has come to realise the measure of the task facing Royle too. He said: "There's a lot of pressure on the staff and the players here because it is such a massive club. I just want to help them to promotion. "It's a shame that they have dropped down so low. The Manchester derbies are such a big thing, and the city is being denied them at the moment. "I believe that United fans do not like to see City where they are even if there is such rivalry. They are a big club and don't deserve to be where they are. "I know the United players feel that way and I just want to help them get straight back up again." Royle said: "We want to buy him - now we have to try to sort out an agreement between ourselves and United to make it happen."
Gary Neville in training for Juve!

Subject: England Duo's Injury Scare injury David Beckham will head for the Manchester United treatment room when he returns from international duty, and will have a full check-up from the medical team before Alex Ferguson will know if he is fit enough to face Wimbledon at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Beckham joined the England squad despite having a calf injury picked up during last Sunday's win over Everton, but had to leave the field late on with yet another injury. This time Beckham's complaint is a dead leg in his buttock, sustained when Polish defender Tomasz Lapinski accidentally landed on him during a pile-up. The United boss had more palpitations when hat trick hero Paul Scholes was felled during the second half at Wembley, but early reports are both players will be fit for the return to Premiership action at the weekend. With Phil Neville also tasting some of Kevin Keegan's first game as England coach on Saturday and Andy Cole getting his first full game for his country, all five United players were involved in the important European Championship win. ] Scholes stole the spotlight with his three goals and earned the praise of many former England stars including Sir Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker, who both popped in hat tricks during their international days. Andy Cole's contribution was also important and could have earned him a second chance alongside captain Alan Shearer.
Gary Neville in training for Juve!

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