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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Mon Aug 30 05:40:27 GMT+00:00 1999
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. 4m Taibi Signs Today (Mirror)
2. Manchester United v Newcastle United Preview
3. Manchester United v Newcastle United Preview 365
4. Wage Ceiling Raised Soon 
5. Burn Out.. In August?! (Times)
6. Beckham to take centre stage



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** Bank Holiday & today 1300 hrs UK Newcastle OT
Looks like we ligned up for 1/2 signings before
the euro deadline in 48hrs. Keep your eye on the sports news today!

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


         Aston Villa   1-0   Middlesbrough         28,728
       Bradford City   0-3   West Ham United       17,936
        Derby County   1-0   Everton               26,550
           Liverpool   2-0   Arsenal               44,886
         Southampton   2-0   Sheffield Wednesday   14,815
   Tottenham Hotspur   1-2   Leeds United          36,012
           Wimbledon   0-1   Chelsea               22,167

*** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 28/08/99 ***

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



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     -    ?

30/08/99    Newcastle United         Home PL   13.00
11/09/99    Liverpool                Away PL   11.30
14/09/99    Croatia Zagreb           Home EC   19.45 
18/09/99    Wimbledon                Home PL   15.00
22/09/99    Sturm Graz               Away EC   19.45
25/09/99    Southampton              Home PL   15.00
29/09/99    Marseille                Home EC   19.45
 3/10/99    Chelsea                  Away PL   16.00   "live on sky"

*11/10/99   Sir Alex Ferguson's testimonial OT [Schmeichel + Cantona]

13/10/99    ?     WC 3
16/10/99    Watford                  Home PL   15.00
19/10/99    Marseille                Away EC   19.45 
23/10/99    Tottenham Hotspur        Away PL   15.00
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
 1/12/99    ?     WC 4
 4/12/99    Everton                  Home PL   15.00
 8/12/99    ?     EC
11/12/99    FAC 3 Will not enter ...
15/12/99    ?     WC 5
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

 ***** 5-14 /01/2000 Brazil WTC  *****   [3-4 games]

*  8/01/2000  FAC 4 Will not enter ...
12/01/2000  ?    WC sf i
15/01/2000  Leeds United             Away PL   15.00
22/01/2000  Arsenal                  Home PL   15.00
26/01/2000  ?    WC sf ii
* 29/01/2000  FAC 5 Will not enter ...
 5/02/2000  Coventry City            Home PL   15.00
12/02/2000  Newcastle United         Away PL   15.00
* 19/02/2000  FAC 6 Will not enter ...
26/02/2000  Wimbledon                Away PL   15.00
27/02/2000  ?   Wembley WC f
 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
*  9/04/2000  FAC sf Will not enter ...
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
* 20/05/2000 Wembley FAC f Will not enter ...
24/05/2000  ?    EC f



EC links + Personal diaries here:

 Its the presentation of the European Cup at Nou Camp
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Subject: 4m Taibi Signs Today (Mirror) FERGIE HAS 4M TAIBI IN THE NET MANCHESTER United will buy Italian keeper Massimo Taibi in a 4 million deal today - and Alex Ferguson is also closing in on a new centre-half. Giant Sicilian Taibi will sign a four-year contract at Old Trafford after a price was agreed with his club, Serie A new boys Venezia. Taibi, 29, was in Manchester last week to have a medical and agree his side of a transfer that has shocked many at United - and none more so that Mark Bosnich, whose arrival from Aston Villa in the summer was seen as the answer to the loss of Peter Schmeichel. Taibi, who is 6ft 3in, is hugely popular at Venezia. In an emotional farewell yesterday, he helped them to a 1-1 draw with Udinese and then took a microphone to wish goodbye to the fans. The former Milan reserve will be registered in time to play in the Champions League and could make a domestic debut against Liverpool on Saturday week. United had a delegation in Italy closing the deal over the weekend and club solicitor Maurice Watkins confirmed: "If we want Taibi for Europe he has to sign by Tuesday." However, most of the hurdles have now been removed and Venezia have lined up a replacement. Now Ferguson is turning his attention to a last- gasp signing of a defender. Feyenoord's Bert Konterman and Frenchman Bruno N'Gotty at Milan are on his short list. Konterman is expensive at 8m but N'Gotty may be available in Italy, where United have also been enquiring about his Danish team-mate Thomas Helveg. Ferguson also considered a remarkable raid for veteran German centre- half Jurgen Kohler as a stop-gap to help United over their injury problems. But Kohler, 33, a thorn in Ferguson's side in the past, would have been ineligible for Europe because he appeared for Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League qualifying games. Ferguson is desperate for a centre-half. He is without Ronny Johnsen and Wes Brown, both with knee injuries that could end their seasons.
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Subject: Manchester United v Newcastle United Preview BY OLIVER HOLT KICK-OFF: Today, 1pm Manchester United do not seem to have crises like other clubs any more. So it may be to their opponents' misfortune this afternoon that Sir Alex Ferguson and his men suffered their first one for 39 matches last Friday night. Not that Newcastle United need any more excuses for bad luck, of course, but the European champions will be keen to get their show back on the road. Manchester United seemed to have an eye on this Bank Holiday fixture even as they were losing the Super Cup to Lazio in Monaco. Ferguson withdrew Jaap Stam and David Beckham and seemed wholly unperturbed by the defeat. It is clear that the men from Old Trafford will reserve their prime efforts for the FA Carling Premiership and the European Cup Champions' League. To that end, they will be keen to gather as many points as they can before they go into battle in Europe. They will have to do it without Roy Keane and Denis Irwin, who are both on international duty for Ireland. There are also increasing worries about their goalkeeping situation. Raimond van der Gouw hardly inspired confidence after his display against Lazio and doubts remain over the injured Bosnich after a number of unconvincing early season performances. It will be a test of character for Manchester United today, particularly with Robert Lee and Alan Shearer bursting to prove themselves now that the shadow of Ruud Gullit is no longer darkening their path. MANCHESTER UNITED (probable; 4-4-2): R van der Gouw - G Neville, H Berg, J Stam, P Neville - D Beckham, N Butt, P Scholes, R Giggs - D Yorke, A Cole. NEWCASTLE UNITED (probable; 4-4-2): T Wright - W Barton, A Goma, N Dabizas, A Hughes - K Dyer, R Lee, G Speed, N Solano - D Ferguson, A Shearer. Referee: G Willard. Ladbrokes odds: Manchester United 2-7; Newcastle United 8-1; Draw 7-2. TELEVISION: Sky Sports 1 (7pm, highlights). PREDICTION: Manchester United to win.
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Subject: Manchester United v Newcastle United Preview 365 Newcastle defender Warren Barton is backing team spirit to fuel his side's climb from the foot of the Premiership. Managerless United head for Manchester United lying 19th in the league and with just one point from their five games to date this season. And while a trip to Old Trafford is hardly the best tonic for a side that have just gone through a traumatic few weeks, ironically their last win came at the same venue. Newcastle's 2-0 FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham on April 11 was hosted by the Manchester club, and although the odds on a similar scoreline in the Bank Holiday game are slim, Barton believes they could shock a few people. ''It was difficult when Kevin (Keegan) left and Kenny (Dalglish) as well,'' he said. ''It does take a while to steady the ship, but we've got a massive game on Monday and it's a great opportunity. The pressure is off us possibly a little bit to go there and get a result. With a bit of hard work and a bit of togetherness, we're not a million miles away. ''We're disappointed with the way it's gone this season, but it's up to us to put it right. We've definitely got the ability here and with hard work, we can start climbing up the league. There's not a question about the ability. We've just got to get together and focus on the right thing, and that's the club. It's down to us as a group of players. We've got to hold our hands up and not just point at one person.'' Midfielder Gary Speed admitted that the start had come as a shock, but he to is confident that there is better to come ''At the start of the season, everything was looking optimistic,'' he said. ''We felt that we were a team that would be up there challenging and we still can be, there's no doubt about that. But with what's happened, there's always going to be a certain amount of upheaval and disruption and it's up to the players now to make sure we perform well for Newcastle and for the fans. ''That's the most important thing, to get this club off the foot of the league. We haven't performed in the last few games as well as we should, and it needs the players to bring something out of themselves to make sure that Newcastle start winning games, and hopefully we can start with that on Monday.'' Gullit's departure on Saturday came after a torrid week which saw him ring the changes in his side, and it would take some inspired guesswork to predict the identities of the 11 men caretaker boss Steve Clarke will send out in his first, and with Bobby Robson hotly tipped to take over, possibly last game in charge. Former captain Rob Lee, who had been made to train and play with the reserves after a showdown with Gullit, was immediately restored to the first-team squad and will travel for this game, but the temporary boss still has several injury problems. Keepers John Karelse and Steve Harper both have injuries and, like defenders Marcelino and Franck Dumas, missed the Sunderland game. On-loan Tommy Wright could again deputise, but the big question will be whether or not Alan Shearer, a substitute on Wednesday, returns. Although Clarke was giving little away as he spoke to the media on Saturday lunchtime, his show of unity with the Magpies skipper suggests that he will be leading from the front at Old Trafford. Another player who could receive a new lease of life is Greek defender Nikos Dabizas, who was recalled by Gullit for what proved to be his last game after admitting during the close-season that his days on Tyneside were drawing to an end. The former Olympiakos player initially proved a huge hit after his 1.3m move to St James' Park in March 1998, but under Gullit, his confidence drained away and he ended the last campaign a shadow of the man who looked certain to forge a successful career in England. Manchester United were strangely subdued as they lost 1-0 to Lazio in the UEFA Super Cup in Monaco and goalkeeper Raimond Van der Gouw put their lacklustre performance down to tiredness. The match was the champions' third in six days and their Dutch keeper claims they will be more fired up for this match with the Geordies. ''We've played a lot of games in a short space of time and I think that was the difference between us and Lazio,'' he said. ''We will be a different side against Newcastle. We know it will be hard because every team wants to beat us, especially after winning the Treble. The manager said three points against Newcastle are more important than winning in Monaco and I think that will be quite clear on Monday. It's also a very special game for Newcastle because the pressure is on them and they really need the points. So I hope it will be a good game.'' Defender Jaap Stam and midfielder David Beckham came off with thigh complaints against Lazio and Alex Ferguson is confident they will both be fit to face the Magpies. Sir Fergie will also check on Gary Neville, who has just returned from a groin injury, to see if he suffers any reaction to his first full 90 minutes for the senior team since the European Cup Final in May. Definitely out, though, are skipper Roy Keane and Denis Irwin who are on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.
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Subject: Wage Ceiling Raised Soon CALL IT GOLD TRAFFORD FOR BECKS & CO EXCLUSIVE By BILL MILLS Manchester United have opened preliminary contract talks with star men and three, David Beckham, Dwight Yorke and Ryan Giggs, are set to break the club's 30,000-a-week barrier. The trio are already poised to extend contracts that still have almost three years left to run. Although United are unlikely to rubber-stamp any improved contracts until the end of the season, the talks are designed to indicate what each player requires to extend present deals. The club have moved swiftly to avert another crisis after Roy Keane's imminent decision to quit Old Trafford on a free transfer at the end of the season. Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers Gary and Philip are set for raises of around 10,000 a week as United's PLC, under pressure from Sir Alex Ferguson, are likely to raise the current 30,000-a-week ceiling to around 40,000. Nevertheless, the club are bracing themselves for further problems, aware they are currently falling way behind their European counterparts when it comes to players' salaries. United's strict approach to players' wages have also failed to ease the club's attempts to attract new stars to Old Trafford. Instead they are moving to Italy and Spain for bigger cash offers.
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Subject: Burn Out.. In August?! (Times) It's only August but Manchester United are already feeling the demanding pace of a congested season, reports Ian Hawkey United stretched to limits HAVING secured three major trophies in the space of 11 heady days in May, Manchester United are finding other cups rather more easily offloaded. Already this season they have effectively conceded three prizes: add to their controversial FA Cup exemption, defeats in the Charity Shield and now the European Super Cup. Who cares about the Super Cup? Well . . . Lazio, relative nouveaux riches among Europe's glitterati, certainly did after their 1-0 win on Friday, outplaying a fatigued United whose minds had wandered to tomorrow's Premiership encounter with Newcastle United at Old Trafford. United operated at just above exhibition pace in Monaco, a habit to which they will become accustomed. By the end of this season they will have taken part in up to seven such games, when you include the World Club Championship play-off in Tokyo in December, and Fifa's World Team Championship in Brazil in January. Yet to hear Teddy Sheringham, who might expect to play in perhaps half United's fixtures, talking of "burn-out" as the players left Monte Carlo was to wonder not where it will all end, but at the fact it has only just begun. It is not even September. The cluttered new Champions League campaign starts in just over a fortnight and while United can hope to take things reasonably easy in their first-round fixtures against Sturm Graz and Croatia Zagreb, Arsenal and Chelsea have fewer opportunities to pace themselves in. Arsenal, who will be without the dynamic Emmanuel Petit for at least another month - he was also in Monaco, seeing a specialist about his injured knee - must travel to Fiorentina and Barcelona in that period. United, meanwhile, are already running on empty with their defensive resources. They face Newcastle without Mark Bosnich, Jaap Stam strained his thigh on Friday and although Gary Neville performed well in two positions against Lazio, Sir Alex Ferguson, his manager, is concerned about his readiness to return to competitive action. Wes Brown, David May and Ronny Johnsen are out and Roy Keane and Denis Irwin are on international duty. David Beckham has also picked up a thigh injury. "Stam is doubtful," said Ferguson, "and I don't know if Gary Neville will be ready for Monday. I've got Nicky Butt to replace Keane and young Quinton Fortune, who is now available, can come in to freshen things up." All of which might sound like good news for Newcastle, who could do with a couple of lucky breaks. United will be playing their fourth match in nine days, although the knowledge that Ferguson rested Ryan Giggs and Dwight Yorke for the Super Cup so they would be readier to take on Newcastle's porous defence will hardly ease the visitors' sleep tonight. "If we'd set out to win against Lazio, we'd have played a different team," said Ferguson of the forgettable Super Cup expedition. "I tried to skimp it as best I could. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."
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Subject: Beckham to take centre stage By Peter Fitton David Beckham's self-sought destiny to be among the global masters as a creative midfield player could soon be realised with England. Coach Kevin Keegan is primed for the next major development in Beckham's football future as he plans for the Euro 2000 qualifiers against Luxembourg at Wembley on Saturday and Poland in Warsaw four days later. So far Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's tactical preference has been to deploy the 20million-rated Old Trafford star as Europe's most effective wide midfielder supplying his strikers. But this week, Keegan confirmed: 'I think the time has already come for David to be a central midfield player for England. I have that opportunity as his manager. If I think it's right, I will do it. 'The question is, do you want David crossing from the right or do you want him playing down the middle? You wouldn't mind both, but cutting him in half might just be a problem. 'It's a matter for me of looking at the options and there I have Ray Parlour, Darren Anderton and Steve McManaman. I'll get a feeling about it during the training and seeing what the mood of the players is like.' Beckham has always been convinced his range of passing and energy in midfield makes the switch in roles inevitable. He showed the strength of his argument as the fulcrum of Ferguson's midfield in the European and FA Cup finals. They were outstanding performances that in Monaco on Thursday night secured Beck-ham the unprecedented acclaim of three major football awards. He was voted Europe's player of the year, best midfield player and most valuable footballer.
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