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Date: Fri Oct 02  GMT+00:00 1998
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This Issue:
1. Munich madness by Red Kelly / Tv Report
3. Bayern & United Walk Tightrope (D.Mail)
4. Fergie goes easy on Schmeichel
5. Scholes sparkles but United let it slip in last minute
6. Schmeichel out of action after fumble  


Daily RED Trivia  Fri 2nd October:

2/10/1944: Willie Morgan born in Sauchie, Scotland. Signed for £100,000 from Burnley
Morgan made his debut against Tottenham Hotspur in August 1968. The ball-playing
wingman or midfielder won a Second Division Championship medal in 1975. A total
of 294 appearances and 33 goals between 1968-75. Morgan joined Burnley in
June 1975, and won a Division 2 Championship medal with Bolton Wanderers in
1978. He won 21 caps for Scotland,  playing in the 1974 World Cup Finals.

2/10/1968: United beat Waterford (Republic of Ireland) 7-1 at Old Trafford in the European
Cup 1st Round 2nd leg watched by 41,750. Denis Law 4, Nobby Stiles, Francis
Burns and Bobby Charlton scored the goals. Team was; Stepney, Dunne, Burns,
Crerand, Foulkes, Stiles, Best, Law, Charlton, Sadler, Kidd.


Next 4 games: 
Result/Fixture Index:

Sat  3/10 Southampton (A) PL
Sat 17/10 Wimbledon   (H) PL
Wed 21/10 Brondby     (A) CL
Sat 24/10 Derby       (A) PL

UNITED Stats v Southampton are here:


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

Barcelona     2 Brondby 0
Bayern Munich 2 Man Utd 2

Barcelona   2 1 1 0  5  3     4
Brøndby     2 1 0 1  2  3     3
ManUnited   2 0 2 0  5  5     2
BMünchen    2 0 1 1  3  4     1


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From: RED KELLY Subject: Munich madness by Red Kelly / Tv Report Sitting down with my kids to watch the game last night I hadn't realised that United hadn't played in the Bavarian beer capital since that fateful day in 1958. My phone had rung fifteen minutes before kick-off and the conversation drew to a close just in time for me to observe the minute's silence when the return to the scene of tragedy was truly brought home to me. The first half progressed well until the linesman's contact lenses blurred. He'd probably been partaking of some gaseous Bavarian lager and let off a Dobson which had rippled through his shorts and belched out of the top of his shirt at the very moment the ball was played through the United rear guard. It was a blatantly offside goal. They were actually offside twice. I know the linesman was over the other side of the pitch, but isn't that what they're used to anyway. To miss one decision is forgivable - they're only human, but to miss two must cast doubt on his origins. I was still confident in the end result though as the whites were playing with an authority usually reserved for speed cops on Englands B roads. I have learned all the signs over the years watching footy on the box with my children - it's no wonder they encourage me to go to the actual games! I have come to know that if they are sitting happily next to me then all is well, if they are at the other end of the settee then I'm obviously tense. For the entire first half they sat next to me apart from when the move which led to the goal started and I was out of my seat begging for the right cross. When it came and Yorkie headed home they joined me in a triumvirate celebration. And after Yorke took the remainder of the Bayern goalmouth out of his own he revelled in congratulatory hugs. Half time came with a chance to pull a can from the fridge in readiness for the second assault on the German goal. Then the bloody phone rang again but something told me who it would be this time. It was with a certain amount of apprehension that I picked up the receiver. I was half expecting incomprehensible drivel but was shocked to hear a surprisingly sober BDS. He was recovering from the night before and was I glad he hadn't decided to phone me then after downing copious glasses of 8.3 strength! I could hear the pandemonium from the crowd inside the stadium down the phoneline. I wished I was there but by then it was a touch too late to even consider a dash for the local airport. The verdict on the first half was good.- United in command and as long as the Germans didn't pull a tactical masterstroke and Fergie hadn't turned into that nausiatingly frumpy fairy Tinkerbell again, we should be on for more thrills. Sure enough we were. After only a few short minutes that battering ram of a centre forward Paul Scholes sent shivers down the lily-livered German goalkeeper's spine as he fumbled the ball in the area. Scholesy scampered right through him and the ball was in the net. The roar from our living room was loud enough to bring neighbours running from two streets away to see what was up. The scenes of celebration were wilder than for the first equalising goal. We were in the lead at last and deservedly so. All we had to do now was hang on for the next 85 minutes and we'd be 3 points better off. As the half wore on I became more and more tense. My 8 year old daughter had long gone to bed having expressed disgust at Becks' booking and my 12 year old son was sitting as far away from me as possible. By the last five minutes of the game we were divided by a gap which left no doubt as to the tension on displayed. Karen said afterwards that she could hear the shouting and balling from the top of the house as clear as if she was in the same room and had obviously decided to steer clear til well after the game had finished. Then the ball was belted out for a throw in and our daft Danish custodian decided to do a spot of stage diving and we all know the rest. Even he can't know why he did that and he must be thanking the lord that he's such a big bastard because if he wasn't he'd be nursing more than a couple of shiners this morning and that would be just from Fergie's breath. Talk about paint stripper, he'd definitely have white hair by now anyway. The cursing continued for some time after the game had finished until Karen eventually appeared half an hour later. It was devastating watching it on TV, it must have been worse live. The news this morning brought everything back into perspective though when we heard that the plane due to carry the United party home had developed engine problems. Thankfully they decided to call it a night and have a couple of Bavarian brews. Pity they hadn't done that 40 years ago. Copyright RED KELLY 1998
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Subject: SCHMEICHEL OUT FOR TWO WEEKS SCHMEICHEL OUT FOR TWO WEEKS By David Anderson, PA Sport Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel will be out for two weeks after aggravating a stomach injury against Bayern Munich. Schmeichel had been playing with the problem for a fortnight and manager Alex Ferguson admitted he now needed to rest it. He will miss Saturday's trip to Southampton and Denmark's European Championship 2000 qualifiers against Wales on Saturday week and Switzerland four days later. Ferguson also claimed it was doubtful that he would figure in United's home game against Wimbledon on October 17. Schmeichel, though, should be back for United's third Champions' League Group D match against his former club Brondby in Copenhagen on October 21. "Schmeichel is out with a stomach injury," said Ferguson. "He has played with it for the last couple of games and we are now going to give him a rest for two weeks. "He will miss the Southampton game and the Wimbledon game, but he should be ready for the Brondby game away - he would not want to miss that one." Ferguson did not think Schmeichel's injury contributed to his blunder, which gifted Bayern a last-minute equaliser in last night's 2-2 Champions' League draw. "Like any player playing with an injury you just have to get through it somehow," said Ferguson. Paul Scholes, who scored United's second goal against Bayern, is doubtful for the match at the Dell after hurting a foot, but Jesper Blomqvist should be available coming off suffering from cramp. Ryan Giggs, who has a foot injury, and ankle victim Ronny Johnsen are non-starters. © PA Sporting Life
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Subject: Bayern & United Walk Tightrope (D.Mail) Bayern and United face uncertain future By Patrick Vignal MUNICH, Oct 1 (Reuters) - The first-ever European clash between Bayern Munich and Manchester United left both sides frustrated and unsure of reaching the knock-out phase of the continent's top club competition. Wednesday's 2-2 draw, a fair result after a hard-fought battle at Munich's Olympic stadium, means the two ambitious sides are still chasing their first wins in the group D of the Champions' League, probably the toughest of the whole draw. Bayern, who had slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Denmark's Brondby in their opening game, remained bottom of the group with just one point. Barcelona have four, Brondby three and United, who could manage only a 3-3 draw with Barcelona in their first match, two. "Everything can still happen," said United manager Alex Ferguson, whose men badly need a win at Brondby in their next match on October 21. "I found we played pretty well. Bayern's late goal was a vicious blow. But it's not over. We can even still win our group." Bayern, seeking their first European Cup trophy win since the last of three consecutive triumphs in 1976, will entertain Barcelona without veteran libero Lothar Matthaeus, who will be suspended after receiving his second yellow card in the tournament on Wednesday. "To end our group in first place we must win the four remaining matches," club president Franz Beckenbauer said. "I'm not saying it's impossible but if we keep wasting opportunities like we did tonight (Wednesday), it will be very, very hard." Amazingly enough, United and Bayern, who have played more than 450 European matches between them, had never previously faced each other in a continental club competition. It was an emotional night for the English club as it was in Munich that an air crash claimed the lives of eight United players and 15 others in 1958. A minute's silence was observed before the kick-off in tribute to those who perished when the plane carrying the team home from a European Cup quarter-final against Red Star Belgrade crashed on take-off after refuelling. "It was a kind thought and we'd like to thank Bayern for that and for their welcome," said Ferguson. The visitors were heading for a win when Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel misjudged a high ball in the dying seconds, allowing Brazilian striker Giovane Elber to score his second goal of the match and present Bayern with a draw. "I was delighted when Elber levelled but we should have scored before that," Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said. "We played good football but we wasted too many chances and that is a real problem." Like United, Bayern, who have won all their six German first division matches so far, struggle to find their best form when playing in Europe. "The Champions' League doesn't like us," said Beckenbauer. "For some reason we don't play quite as well there as we do in the Bundesliga" Bayern started the match in promising fashion and Elber put them in front by beating Schmeichel from close range in the 11th minute. Relying on counter-attacks, the visitors levelled on the half hour when England midfielder David Beckham exploited a blunder from Matthaeus and crossed for new signing Dwight Yorke to head home. Another mistake by a shaky Matthaeus allowed Yorke, arguably the best player on the pitch, to feed Paul Scholes who gave United a 2-1 lead with a tenacious run through the defence in the 49th minute. "Dwight Yorke had a great game," said Ferguson, who refused to blame Schmeichel for Bayern's late goal. Both clubs are targets for a breakaway Super League and are as concerned with business as they are with football itself. Beckenbauer surprised many recently by saying modern football was all about entertainment and that lifting trophies was not that important. "I think the fans were entertained tonight," he said after Wednesday's match. "They saw four goals and an exciting match between two strong teams."
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Subject: Fergie goes easy on Schmeichel Thursday, October 1, 1998 Alex Ferguson refused to blame Peter Schmeichel after his blunder denied Manchester United victory over Bayern Munich. The United goalkeeper misjudged Bixente Lizarazu's throw-in to allow Gio-vane Elber space to scramble home a last-minute equaliser in the Olympic Stadium and level the scores at 2-2. Ferguson said: "In a situation like that there is no point in blaming Peter Schmeichel. I thought he was magnificent."
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Subject: Scholes sparkles but United let it slip in last minute Thursday, October 1, 1998 Before the match manager Alex Ferguson had said his side might suffer for their inexperience but for the Germans to score so early and in the manner they did was bitterly disappointing. Stefan Effenberg was in splendid isolation just inside United's half when he splayed a raking 40-yard pass which skittled past numerous legs before landing right at Elber's feet. The Brazilian was still reassuringly wide of the box but transferred the ball instinctively to the man mountain known as Carsten Jancker. With that body, which was made for Gridiron rather than Champions League, the Luton Town reject held off Jaap Stam and played a one-two with Hasan Salihamidzic. By the time Jancker nudged a pass into the path of the sprinting Elber, the Brazilian was offside but referee Marc Batta, and his linesman, missed the call. With one sweeping application of Elber's right foot the ball was curled past Peter Schmeichel who had only been able to watch the instant mayhem in the territory surrounding him. Space had opened up for Effenberg and the punishment had been of the blitzkrieg variety. Ferguson had pinpointed the imposing blond as the guy who had more fun for Bayern than anyone else. Effenberg seems to conduct his life as if he has an unshakeable thirst for bad publicity but, unlike Paul Gascoigne for example, he has conserved his talent. In the minutes which followed the goal United continued to play with comfort but Effenberg, when the mood took him, caused problems. One superb cross to the back post found Salihamidzic free from Phil Neville's attentions but he failed to score while, bored with the long ball, Effenberg followed that up with an audacious nutmeg of Jesper Blomqvist in midfield. Teddy Sheringham, picked to counteract some of Munich's aerial ability and to hold the ball up, glanced a header inches past after Stam had knocked Beckham's corner across goal. Scholes was playing deeper than is his forte but he did much tactical covering, Sheringham easily justified his inclusion in the first half and, most noticeably, Blomqvist rose to the occasion. More than once he drove down the left where the presence of Giggs was missed much less than might have been anticipated. With each teasing run United won not only yards but confidence. What began to be apparent was that Lothar Matthaus, footballing maestro although he remains, was not having a comfortable night. When Sheringham hoofed a massive penalty box clearance it was Matthaus' mistake which allowed Yorke to gather and then feed Blomqvist. The Swede hoisted in a nasty cross which was rewarded with a corner, but Matthaus was clearly rattled. >From the corner only a superb save from Oliver Kahn stopped Sheringham's vicious shot and moments later Beckham curled another of his free kicks narrowly wide. The tide was turning and Matthaus was booked, eliminating him from Bayern's next match against Barcelona, before he gave the equaliser away. The 37-year-old gave possession straight to Beckham in the 29th minute. Beckham combined with Sheringham before beating Kahn and Linke with a cross which Yorke headed in. Beckham was not long in following Matthaus into the book and he, too, misses the next match, in Copenhagen, which will be a big loss on his current form. Schmeichel emulated Kahn's earlier brilliance with an instinctive stop when Effenberg sent Elber away and Salihamidzic volleyed a shot which looked as if it must score. Instead, United did, only three minutes after the break, with that quite remarkable solo goal which left Ferguson's team with only their manager to impress. All they had to do was counteract his accusation of immaturity by defending better than they had done when leading at home against Barcelona.
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Subject: Schmeichel out of action after fumble LONDON, Oct 1 - Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, castigated for a disastrous error in a vital match on Wednesday, will be out of action for two weeks because of a stomach muscle injury. United manager Alex Ferguson said Schmeichel, whose mistake let Bayern Munich equalise in the Champions' League match in Munich on Wednesday, has had the injury for two weeks and aggravated it on Wednesday. He will miss Saturday's premier league clash at Southampton as well as Denmark's European championship qualifying matches against Wales a week later and Switzerland four days after that. Paul Scholes, whose goal on Wednesday gave United a 2-1 lead in Munich, will also miss the Southampton match with a foot injury. Schmeichel and Scholes join Ryan Giggs and Ronny Johnson on a lengthening United injury list. Some British newspapers were scathing about Schmeichel's goalkeeping gaffe which cost Manchester United victory in Munich, but most were in forgiving mood towards the giant Dane. Schmeichel charged out to try and catch a throw-in in injury time but missed the ball completely while knocking his defenders out of the way, leaving his goal open for Giovane Elber to force in the equaliser for a 2-2 draw. The tabloid Daily Expresss was most critical of what it called Schmeichel's "staggering error." "Deep in the mind of Peter Schmeichel, something snapped. Why he made the calamitous attempt to collect the throw-in from Bayern's Bixente Lizarazu through a crowd of players only he knows. But the moment he did, United were in trouble," the Express said. "This was the sort of trouble which ends dreams, which costs championships, which United know only too well in Europe. This was the sort of trouble which might just be the difference between playing a Champions Cup quarter-final in March and watching one on TV." The Sun called Schmeichel's mistake "a schoolboy blunder" but along with other papers including the Mirror devoted more space to words of forgiveness from Ferguson and his other players. The Independent summed up the general reaction that after his sterling earlier work, Schmeichel ought not to be censured for his mistake, costly though it was. Their report began: "It is the loneliest position in the world - and last night Peter Schmeichel knew it."
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Subject: KAISER FRANZ BECKS UNITED By David Anderson, PA Sport Kaiser Franz Beckenbauer believes Manchester United can rule Europe. Beckenbauer reckons United's squad is good enough to win the Champions' League this season. The former World Cup-winning coach was highly impressed with Alex Ferguson's side after their stirring 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich in Group D. Beckenbauer, who won Europe's most coveted prize three times with Bayern in the 1970s and is now the club's president, was particularly dazzled by United's front line. "If Manchester United continue the way they have been playing, then not only can they win the group, but then can also win the Champions' League." he said. "I think they are good enough and the whole team is so well organised. "Their potential up front is tremendous and they always looks capable of scoring goals. They scored three in Manchester against Barcelona and now two away in Munich. "They are so strong in offence that in each game they can score two or three goals. It's hard to pick up individuals in such a team and I think every single player is world-class." United are third in Group D - the so-called Group of Death - with two points after drawing their opening two games. Only the winner looks likely to qualify from the group and United could greatly enhance their chances by recording back-to-back victories over Brondby in their next matches. The Danish league and cup winners caused a few raised eyebrows when they beat Bayern 2-1 in their opening game, but Beckenbauer felt the scoreline did not reflect the match. He is adamant United will sweep Peter Schmeichel's old club aside - just like they did when they beat them 6-0 in a pre-season friendly. "They won't have any problems with Brondby," he confidently predicted. "When we played them we could have scored six or seven goals because we had so many chances, but we just could not score. "So Manchester United will beat them in Copenhagen by at least two or three goals." United winger Jesper Blomqvist, who helped cause an upset or two with IFK Gothenburg in past Champions' League campaigns, is not as bullish as Beckenbauer. "We must not underestimate Brondby and I know from playing in a small side that you really have to watch out for teams like that," he said. "We beat them in pre-season, but that was only a friendly match and does not really mean anything. "I know that they will really be looking forward to trying to beat us." And what are Beckenbauer's thoughts about United's trip to Barcelona on November 25, which could prove to be so crucial? Again he is optimistic. "It's very difficult to play Barcelona in their home stadium, but they have problems," he said. "They have problems in defence, which will suit Manchester United, and as I said before Manchester have a great chance of winning this group." Beckenbauer is not so hopeful when it comes to discussing Bayern's chances. The Bundesliga side have just one point and Beckenbauer admits that the odds are heavily stacked against them. "We are last in the group with one point, which is not enough," he said. "We have to win the rest of our matches to have a chance and I think that is almost impossible." © PA Sporting Life
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Subject: AIRLINE APOLOGISE TO UNITED By David Anderson, PA Sport Monarch Airlines have apologised to Manchester United after they were forced to spend an extra night in Munich when their flight was postponed. United were scheduled to fly back to Manchester immediately after last night's Champions' League draw with Bayern Munich in the Olympic Stadium. But the German aviation authorities would not let their charter flight land at Munich airport because a delay had taken it beyond the curfew on night-time flying. Planes are not normally allowed to operate out of Munich airport between 8pm and 4am because of the noise they make. And, although Monarch were granted a midnight extension for their flight back to England, local authorities in Munich refused to extend that to the anticipated 2am take-off time. A representative from Monarch was at Manchester airport to say sorry to United when their flight finally touched down 12 hours late. She said: "I have apologised to Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards on behalf of the MD of Monarch. "We are very sorry and we didn't want any inconvenience. "We realise that they wanted to get home and like any of our passengers we have tried to look after them. "We have given them car parking passes and we've paid for their hotel and dinner last night. "Apart from apologising, I don't see that there is anything else we can do." The Monarch representative explained that the delay had been caused by a problem with the emergency floor lighting, which meant they had to switch aircraft. By the time the replacement Boeing 757 was ready to leave Luton for Munich, the Germans would not let it take-off because of the curfew. "We pushed for an extension saying it was Manchester United but we just could not get it, although we did try," said the Monarch representative. "Had we been allowed to fly in the delay would only have been two hours, which would hardly have been a delay." United were furious by the postponement of their flight and it has affected their preparations for Saturday's Premiership match at Southampton. United are due to fly south tomorrow afternoon and their training schedule has had to be re-arranged. Secretary Ken Merrett said: "We're angry about this. "We're very disappointed that they gave no indication during the afternoon that there were going to be any problems. "The first we heard about it was at the stadium. "I cannot believe that it could not have been sorted out sooner." © PA Sporting Life
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