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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Tue Dec 01 07:47:43 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Survey #28 results "Should Andy Cole play for England?" & "Will UNITED beat Bayern?"
2. Sheep Dipping Personal Match Report from "RED KELLY"
3. UNITED ARE IN GREAT NICK
4. HASSELBAINK TIPS UNITED FOR TITLE
5. New Sites on the Worldwide Manchester United Fans Webring (Total 281)
6. SPUR FOR BUTT 
7. Men for the millennium 

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Daily RED Trivia  Tue 1st December:

1/12/1948: United's Jack Rowley scores on his England debut in a 6-0 win against 
 Switzerland at Highbury.

1951: United beat Blackpool 3-1 at Old Trafford in a Division 1 game watched by
 34,154. Johnny Downie 2 and Jack Rowley scored for the Reds, pushing hard for
 the Championship. Team was: Crompton, McNulty, Bryne, Carey, Chilton, 
 Cockburn, Berry, Pearson, Rowley, Downie, Bond.

1990: United win 1-0 at Everton with a Lee Sharpe goal in a Division 1 game
 watched by 32,400. Team was: Sealey, Irwin, Blackmore, Donaghy, Phelan,
 Pallister, Sharpe (Martin), Ince (Webb), McClair, Hughes, Wallace.

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Barry Daily Comment: 
*** LC QUARTER-FINALS FIXTURES ON 01/12/98 ***
               Sunderland  v  Luton Town
               Wimbledon  v  Chelsea
                                 02/12/98 ***
           Leicester City  v  Blackburn Rovers
        Tottenham Hotspur  v  Manchester United

Remaining 1998 games: 

ALL Result/Fixture Index:
http://www.red11.org/mufc/fix9899z.htm

Wed  2/12 Tottenham     (A) (LC 1/4 final) 19.45 sky sports
Sat  5/12 Aston Villa   (A) PL 15.00
Wed  9/12 Bayern Munich (H) CL 19.45
Sat 12/12 Tottenham     (A) PL 15.00
Wed 16/12 Chelsea       (H) PL sky sports time 20.00
Sat 19/12 Middlesbrough (H) PL 15.00
Sat 26/12 Nottm Forest  (H) PL 15.00
Tue 29/12 Chelsea       (A) PL sky sports time 19.45 UK


UNITED Stats v Aston Villa:
http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/vsastonvilla.htm

*** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED  ***

Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
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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                    Home     W  3-2     2    55,172 

Prem Table 29/11:
Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
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 1  Aston Villa          14   8   5   1  22  12   10   29
 2  Manchester United    14   8   4   2  30  16   14   28
 3  West Ham United      15   7   5   3  20  16    4   26
 4  Arsenal              15   6   7   2  15   7    8   25
 5  Chelsea              13   6   6   1  22  13    9   24
 6  Leeds United         15   5   8   2  22  14    8   23
 7  Middlesbrough        15   5   8   2  24  17    7   23
 8  Liverpool            15   6   4   5  26  19    7   22
 9  Derby County         15   5   6   4  15  14    1   21
10  Wimbledon            15   5   5   5  19  25   -6   20

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Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   5  3  1  1  8  5  10   
Man United      5  2  3  0 19 10   9
Barcelona       5  1  2  2  9  9   5    
Brondby         5  1  0  4  4 16   3   

Sep 16 Brndby         2-1 Bayern Mnchen
Sep 16 Man Utd         3-3 Barcelona
Sep 30 Barcelona       2-0 Brndby
Sep 30 Bayern Munich   2-2 Man Utd
Oct 21 Brndby         2-6 Man Utd
Oct 21 Bayern Munich   1-0 Barcelona 
Nov  4 Barcelona       1-2 Bayern Munich
Nov  4 Man Utd         5-0 Brndby

Nov 25 Barcelona       3-3 Man Utd
Nov 25 Bayern Munich   2-0 Brndby
    to play.....
Dec  9 Brndby          v  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd          v  Bayern Munich

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"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: Survey #28 results "Should Andy Cole play for England?" & "Will UNITED beat Bayern?" Week of Nov 22 Should Andy Cole play for England? Yes 80 55.9% No 13 9.1% Yes, but not for Hoddle 50 35.0% Total: 143 voted Barry Comment: Quite an expected unaminous decision only 9% say no! As for with or without Hoddle? For Andy, a place playing for his country is the prestige he would like. Thanks for voting, an interesting question this week: Will UNITED beat Bayern Munich to win Group D of the Champions League? Yes No No, but will advance as best 2nd place team Place your vote here: http://www.red11.org/miva/survey.mv Bookmark this url for your weekly vote Thankyou from www.red11.org MUFC Hon. Executive CP Cheah Webmasters: Barry Leeming & Bill McArthur Graphics: Sam Hayward Stats: Paul Hinson Site Design Diana Low Webmaster Mail: barry@www.red11.org Url: http://www.red11.org World of Manchester United Football Club.
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: Sheep Dipping Personal Match Report from "RED KELLY" After an unusually decent journey up the infamous M6 we arrived at Old Trafford at around 1.15 and it was eerie. The Leeds coaches had been escorted one by one to the ground, emptied of their cargo and taken back to the pen. We'd already passed row upon row of helmetted police with truncheons drawn and ready for the fray on the way up from the carparks. By the time we reached the forecourt we were confronted by many more lining the road, prowling round and on horseback. I had a couple of people to visit at one of the stalls and was told that business had been poor all day due to the police presence. They were everywhere and as you walked through the crowds the only noise you could hear was the dogs barking. It was eerie indeed and you couldn't see the dogs because they were hidden with their handlers behind the advertising hoardings which made it the atmosphere all the more intimidating. It was impossible to stand still for more than a minute without being moved on and that was whether you were simply waiting for someone or in a queue to get a burger. It mattered little to the police, the just barged you with their horses. Subtlety was not in great evidence on Sunday afternoon. So eventually I decided to follow orders and "get into the ground" tiptoeing carefully to avoid the enormous piles of shit left by the horses. Had it been Spring no doubt some of the local residents would have been out with buckets and shovels scooping up loads of free fertiliser for the roses. I walked past the cordon, up the steps at the back of the scoreboard end and thankfully into the ground. I climbed to my perch and was one of the first in my section. Not even the trainspotter lookalike who resides a few people down my row was in - it was ten minutes before the kick-off. Gradually everyone took their seats and the place filled up, but some were late because of delays outside and missed the start. Before the game got underway we were treated to the Munich song from the sheep in the corner pen. Good to get that one out of the way early anyway, and nice to see a green pitch again. Apparently they were still laying it on the Monday previous so it had hardly any time to bed in and it showed. Thinking about it - it was obviously a clever ploy by United drafting in all those police horses as all that shit would have done the pitch a power of good. I bet keith kent was out there on the forecourt while the game was on shovelling it up by the bucketload and hoarding it in his shed. The teams came out and the game started with United kicking towards us. The sun was beating down on our faces and we spent the first half with one or other hand shielding our eyes. There you are a great mass of jumpers and jackets, shielding your eyes from the sun - it just doesn't seem to make sense. The game took a time to get going but the young Leeds team were making a lot of the early running with the 'old man' Hasselbaink at the heart of every move. He was a thorn in the side all game and proved his ability when he turned Phil Nev and sent a flyer through his legs and in off Schmeichel's near post. It was greeted by a huge roar from the sheep pen and silence from us. Jimmy Floyd had obviously been advised not to engage his usual goal celebration so we were spared the shoot-from-the-hip routine. The sheep taunted us with, "stand up if you're 1-0 up". We remained seated and sullen. United then wrenched themselves from their Sunday slumbers and began to make a few chances. However Nigel Martyn was in one of his inspired moods and performed wonders in the leeds goal. One header from Nicky Butt was winging it's merry way to the back of the net when Martyn twisted in mid air and miraculously palmed the ball away. In the process he wrenched his back and was struggling badly from then on. You'd have thought that would be the red light for United to pile forward at every opportunity but no! Even when there was a chance to put Martyn under pressure they held back obviously feeling sorry for the poor lad. We screamed at them to pressurise him, but to no avail and meanwhile the sheep sang their one song, "we are Leeds, we are Leeds" on and on it went - as if we don't know who they are by now - the smell of sheep-dip gave it away. They did manage something different later when they sang about Batty "coming home" - they're welcome. The game had been all too comfortable for them when very late on Yorke drifted free of a couple of markers and fed Ole out on the left who shot across the keeper. We screamed our delight - a scream tinged with aggression - an outpouring of frustration, as the half ended on a positive note. A brief wander in the bowels behind K Stand helped to relax my tortured nerves and make ready for the second half in the knowledge that Fergie was bound to have thrown the odd wobbler in the dressing room. Fortunately, unlike many around me, I had returned to my seat on time so had the pleasure of watching Scholsey push the ball past the bewildered Leeds defender while running round the other side then cutting it back right into Keane's path. It nestled snugly on the new turf at just the right moment while Keano powered his way through the remainder of the Leeds defence and hammered it into the top of the net past the replacement goalkeeper. Did we feel sorry for the new goalkeeper - did we buggery! His first touch of the ball was to pick it out of the net - who could ask for anything more. Barely a minute after the welcome half-time break and we could surely relax now and wait for the deluge of goals whilst singing, "stand up if you're 2-1 up". They naturally remained seated. Unfortunately neither the infamous Graham Poll or Leeds were affected by our collectively calming thought transmissions. What could we expect from the likes of Poll anyway - we should have known that nothing would affect this insensitive soul. He had denied us a blatant penalty in the first half and then denied us another in the second when Keane was upended by Haaland. Keane was furious and so were we, but Poll was in his own dreamworld as usual, woken only by a confrontation brewing between the two protagonists who stood eyeball to eyeball. Once again United were to let a team off the hook - Wes missed a scrappy through ball on the edge of the United area and down in front of us and Kewell found himself faced with a huge hunk of Danish. Unphased by the enormous creature bearing down on him he lifted the ball over Schmeichel and it dropped into the open goal. "You're not singing anymore" they sang and they were right, for the moment at least until we amused ourselves with a bit of bleating which got them so excited they started waving their arms about. Must've been an automatic mating response we thought and bleat some more until one or two became so excited they had to be calmed down by the yellow coats. Thankfully the last laugh was ours when Nicky Butt dragged the ball back in the box and hammered it into the top corner of the Stretford net for the third and final goal. We were happy again, but there followed another period of intense unease as we waited for the inevitable 3-3 which didn't come. We spent the last ten minutes on our feet again. It seems to be a habit these days. It would have been impossible to sit down - we were just too agitated. At last Poll did something right and blew for time to put us out of our misery and send us home shaking our heads and wondering how much older we would look when we next faced ourselves in the mirror. I took my time walking back to the car - just as well really as my way was barred by an enormous bloke carrying a huge pile of megastore bags. It was as if the weight of merchandise was tipping him off balance as he swayed from side to side and chatted on his phone. I heard him enthuse to his chat-mate "what a great game". I wouldn't have said that - great goals, yes - great game, no. Copyright Paul Windridge 1998
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: UNITED ARE IN GREAT NICK Manchester United yesterday sent out a sinister warning to the rest of England when they smashed their way past the half-century goals mark. Three more against Leeds at Old Trafford took United to the 52-goal standard in 23 matches at home and abroad this season. And, more importantly, to within a point of Premiership leaders Aston Villa as United posted notice that they want their title back off Arsenal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Roy Keane and Nicky Butt were United's latest hitmen as they shot to a magnificent eighth League victory of this current campaign. And that was against a dangerous young Leeds side who hadn't previously lost on their travels. Boss Alex Ferguson was delighted and warned his rivals that there are plenty more goals where they came from. He said: "There are goals in us. Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole worked their tails off but didn't score. When you have Paul Scholes and Solskjaer in the side as well as those two, I was sure I would get a goal from one of them. "You can see goals coming in every position. Today was the midfield making a contribution and it was great for Butt to score his first goal of the season. It was fitting for Keane too to score against Leeds, the club he was injured playing against last season. "This was a major result for us. Leeds have been in sparkling form and they are very exciting. But if we score three goals at home every game you can be sure we will win all our games. It was a tremendous result in a week where you knew there was going to be a draining effect after playing in Europe. But it was the most entertaining game against Leeds in my time here at Old Trafford. "Usually they defend here but they had a positive approach and will take a lot of credit out of this. It was so exciting it made your nerves tingle. We scored at the right time either side of half-time but Leeds caused us problems. "Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was a real handful and that's why I moved Gary Neville out to the right, where Hasselbaink was causing us trouble. "I was pleased with our performance and delighted for Nicky Butt. He was our best player and could have had a hat-trick. "It's been an unusual season for him. He's been sent off twice, unfairly at Arsenal in my opinion, but he did well today and will play at Tottenham on Wednesday." Leeds boss David O'Leary was left cursing a back injury to keeper Nigel Martyn, which forced him to miss the second half, and knee ligament damage that will keep Martin Hiden out for two months. "But the kids did us proud," he said.
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: HASSELBAINK TIPS UNITED FOR TITLE By David Anderson, PA Sport Leeds' Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink can't pick a winner in Saturday's table-topping Aston Villa v Manchester United clash - but he is adamant that the title is heading back to Old Trafford. United face John Gregory's Premiership leaders with pole position in the championship race up for grabs. It will be the biggest test yet of early-season pacemakers Villa and if they lose, United will replace them at the top. Hasselbaink is in a good position to judge United's form as he played against them yesterday and the Dutch international feels Alex Ferguson's men are in excellent shape after their 3-2 at Old Trafford. "I think Manchester United are the best side in the country at the moment and I feel they will go on to win the title," Hasselbaink said. "Villa are a good side as well and I think their match on Saturday will come down to whoever is better on the day. "Whoever wins will receive a big boost, but I still fancy Manchester United to go on and win the title. "One thing is for sure, though, the championship will not be decided on Saturday. "Instead, I think it depends on how well Manchester United and Villa pick up points against the little clubs. "No team is just going to win the league if the only games they win are against the big teams." Hasselbaink is backing United because Ferguson has such a talented squad. In particular, as a striker, Hasselbaink cannot help but be impressed by their range of attacking options. Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, who have shared 16 goals between them in the 12 games they have started together, spearheaded their attack against Leeds, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer playing behind them on the left. United even had the luxury of bringing on Teddy Sheringham, who has recovered from his knee ligaments injury, towards the end as they went all out for victory. Hasselbaink claims with a quality quartet like that they will always score goals. "At the moment Cole and Yorke are flying and there's no doubt that they are good strikers," he said. "But they've got a lot of good players here. They've got Yorke, they've got Cole, they've got Sheringham back, they've got Solskjaer and they've also got Jordi Cruyff who can play there. "You look at Sheringham and Solskjaer, who are international strikers, but they have found it hard this season and it seems no matter who you are you still have to fight for your position at Old Trafford. "If one partnership does not work for a month or so, then they simply change it round and choose another partnership. "That really does keep them all on their toes and that's why they are in the positions in the league and in Europe that they are." PA Sporting Life
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: New Sites on the Worldwide Manchester United Fans Webring (Total 281) The Worldwide Manchester United Fans Webring http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=manufan;list Visit a random site in the ring http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=manufan;random or the The Worldwide Manchester United Fans Webring homepage! http://www.red11.org/mufc/manuring.htm Sites 1 - 20 of 281 -- Next * the unoffical MUFC page MUFC through the eyes of a 14 year old devoted fan. Contains latest news and match updates, has included player profiles, a photo gallery and club history is on the way. http://www.gurlpages.com/sports/united_gurl/index.html * Chongy's Corner My site is still under construction. Due to the fact that I have School Exams at the moment, it is impossible for me to add anything for about a month. But my site is completely dedicated to the Manchester United Football Club http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/8323 * topMUFC [topMUFC's top sites] topMUFC - The only site on the net that has a top sites ranking system for the Manchester United websites ranking from least to most popular depending on website traffic. Are you a WebMaster? Come and add your site to this unique topMUFC sites ranking list and see your website. http://topmufc.hypermart.net * A Stay In The Heart Of United Brand New Manchester United Website ! Latest results, table, players info ( Beckham & Giggs ), mp3, and more ! Remember Sign my Guest Book ! Check it out !! http://www.fortunecity.com/olympia/imran/203/main.html * Roy the breaker Keane It is about Roy Keane. It is pictures of him, a story about him and some facts http://home.sol.no/~kaareov/keano.html * David Beckham David Beckham pictures, info and more. http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Dugout/4039 * Tore & Nils Arne's Homepage. Presentation of Ferguson, Cantona and the club. There are also some links to other Man. Utd. homepages. http://www.ber.hs.nki.no/sport * The World of David Beckham With pics, links, mailing list etc. http://members.tripod.com/~gaygordons/ * 433 RED Chinese Page I support Manchester United do u like it? This site brings you all soccer news: һ㶼ǻǮҳҲ׬Ǯɣ http://433.yeah.net * Carrickfergus Manchester United Supporters Club Carrickfergus MUSC-Northern Ireland. Tells of history,members,events and contact details. http://www.autospares.co.uk/mufc.htm * Football and snowboard mp3, football and snowboard page. Snowboard pictures Mufc news and pictures http://geocities.com/Hollywood/Location/3008 * Jodenoy Books Manchester United Page On-line specialist bookshop for Man United fans, in association with Amazon.co.uk There are books about the club and players and managers past and present. Also pages on Biographies, England, Scotland , the Premier League, International football, Non-league and women's football and a general section. All books are supplied by Amazon.co.uk. http://www.jodenoy.clara.net/soccer/manu.htm * Adam's Manchester United Page My site is about the legendary football team Manchester United http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Picture/1147/adam.html * Manchester United fan club Gives you history, you can sign the guestbook. Player stats and up to date scores. http://homepages.lycos.com/~manunited_fanclub/lysports/manunitedindex.html * MANCHESTER UNITED My site about the most successful fottball team in europe - Manchester United - http://welcome.to/old_trafford * Manchester United F.C. Brand new, still under construction but excellently laid out. Great interaction and based on the best team in the world http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Dugout/8756/index.html * Tribute to Manchester United Very nice fan site for Manchester United Supporter`s . Sorry but most of the text are in Norwegian . http://home.sol.no/~dreinfje/ManU.html * Why I love Manchester United [Image] Football Is My Life Favourite Team And Player Red Devils-Manchester United Wing Commander-Ryan Giggs http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Workshop/5004/sun3.html * Gav's United Page Man United history,player profiles,updated results and fixtures.latest news and exclusive interviews with Andy Cole.He is a relation of mine. http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Portal/7353/United.htm * Juslin's Gary Neville Page It is mainly about Manchester United,load of pictures of Gary Neville and info on him.There is a board to drop message for manu.Polling on manu.There is also a chatroom for manu fans http://www.fortunecity.com/wembley/trafford/290/INDEX.html Sites 1 - 20 of 281 -- Next [ Random Site http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=manufan;random | The Worldwide Manchester United Fans Webring ] http://www.red11.org/mufc/manuring.htm The Worldwide Manchester United Fans Webring made possible by the Webring. http://www.webring.org MUFC Hon. Executive CP Cheah Webmasters: Barry Leeming & Bill McArthur Graphics: Sam Hayward Stats: Paul Hinson Site Design Diana Low Webmaster Mail: barry@www.red11.org Url: http://www.red11.org World of Manchester United Football Club.
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: SPUR FOR BUTT By STUART MATHIESON http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/webspace/mcronline/sport/indexpink.html NICKY Butt will be out to inflict some more capital punishment against Tottenham in the Worthington Cup on Wednesday. The Manchester United midfielder's winner against Leeds United in the 3-2 Old Trafford victory yesterday has won him his place in the fifth round tie at White Hart Lane. In the 23 months between his strike against Leeds and his previous Old Trafford goal against Sunderland in December '96, Butt has scored three goals and they all came in London last season against Spurs, Wimbledon and Crystal Palace. ``I thought Nicky Butt was our best player,'' said Alex Ferguson. ``He could have had a hat trick. Leeds keeper Nigel Martyn made two great saves from him, particularly the header. ``Nicky's perseverance got the winning goal for us. He was always a threat to Leeds. He's always been good at that. ``It has been a mixed season for Nicky. He was sent off twice, unfairly at Arsenal and against Barcelona at Old Trafford he had to go off for the handball. ``That was a correct decision, but to miss two games because of that one was ridiculous. So because of all that it has been mixed for him and he's not had a real run at it. ``But with that kind of form he'll play on Wednesday against Tottenham. He'll be well pleased with himself. He deserved his goal because he had persevered the whole day.'' It could mark a renaissance for the 23-year-old Butt, who has failed to start 13 of United's matches this season due to suspensions and a knee injury. Butt will definitely be joined in the starting line up at Spurs in the Worthington Cup by Ryan Giggs and Teddy Sheringham.
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Subject: Men for the millennium THE search is on for the man to fill the gap when Peter Schmeichel quits Old Trafford at the end of the season. TOM TYRRELL looks at 'keepers who are pitching for a place as the Reds' no. 1 for the new millennium. PETER Schmeichel's move to Manchester United was football's sting of the decade. But the man who fell victim to canny old Alex Ferguson's transfer tactics is set to do business with the old fox again, as the Reds seek a replacement for the retiring Dane. Ajax coach Morten Olsen was in charge of Brondby when the top Danish side sold Schmeichel - and Olsen is determined not to be stung again as United eye up his current goalkeeper, Dutch international Edwin van der Sar. Schmeichel cost a staggeringly small fee of 505,000 - because he was out of contract - and went on to be rated as the world's best goalkeeper. United's net has been spread worldwide in their bid to buy the best and the odds favour another foreign import to take over next season. Lanky Dutchman van der Sar is emerging as firm favourite but it will be no bargain buy this time. Money will be the last consideration once United have earmarked the right man. Whoever arrives will push spending this financial year beyond the 30 million mark. The size of the player as well as the cheque will come into consideration. Ferguson was said to fancy Monaco's French international, Fabien Barthez, but the man who kept goal brilliantly against United in the quarter finals of the Champions' League last season stands at just over six ft tall. When it comes to the crunch that could rule him out. Van der Sar is five and a half inches taller and can even look down on Schmeichel. His performances for Holland and Ajax have made him one of the best in Europe and it would take at least 4 million to persuade Olsen to part with him. At 28 the Dutchman is the oldest of the front runners but precisely the age Schmeichel was when he made his move to England. Youngest contender is Gian Luigi Buffon of Italian club, Parma, who at 20 years of age is tipped as one for the future. One option open to the United boss would be to stick with the dependable Raimond van der Gouw while a player like Buffon gains experience and see him as an investment for the future. Van der Gouw's performances when he has taken over from Schmeichel have let his manager know there is no reason to rush into anything, and he is capable of bridging the gap until the right man comes along. Swedish find, Matthias Asper, is four years Buffon's senior but at the same stage of his senior career. He has just had a superb first season with AIK, taking over for an unbeaten run of 18 games as the Stockholm club won their championship this season. He has yet to make his international debut but was called up to train with the Swedish squad recently. Roy Keane and Denis Irwin brought glowing reports back from their trip to Belgrade 12 days ago when they saw Ivica Kralj in action. He is Yugoslavia's first-choice keeper and played brilliantly against the Irish Republic in their Euro 2000 qualifier. United were linked with the Partizan star in the summer and their dossier on him remains open. If Fergie fancies another Dane he need look no further than Wearside where Thomas Sorensen has been doing great things for Sunderland since his 1million move from Odense. The 23-year-old is a popular figure at the Stadium of Light and is rated highly by Schmeichel himself. According to reports from Sunderland, Sorensen gets Schmeichel's vote as the man to succeed him at international level and the Danish under-21 keeper could do the same at Old Trafford. At least 2 million might have to change hands for that to happen. Other candidates from the Premiership include Espen Baardsen, first choice for Tottenham since Ian Walker lost his place. The American-born Norwegian is out of contract this summer, making him a prime target. The same applies to Mark Bosnich, who began his career at Old Trafford and was the obvious first choice when Schmeichel made his surprise announcement a fortnight ago. The chances of a return look slim and so do Fergie's hopes of persuading Gordon Strachan to part with Magnus Hedman if he turns in that direction. Hedman is regarded by Coventry fans as the ``second Schmeichel''. Same height, same shot-stopping skills and he moved to England for virtually the same price. It would cost three times the fee Strachan paid AIK for United to prise him away. Others who might figure are Ipswich youngster, Richard Wright, who was 21 earlier this month, and Roy Carroll of Wigan who has been watched by United's scouts. Blackpool's Steve Banks was targeted by Glasgow Celtic earlier this month but the price put the Scots off, and Bury's Dean Kiely did enough to catch an eye when the Shakers played at Old Trafford last month, although his chances of moving down the road look slim.
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