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MANUNITED.NETLANE.COM : TODAYS NEWS Date: Fri Apr 03 17:49:32 GMT+01:00 1998 Mail: email@example.com Easter in the snow here in Denmark! Warm up ready for Monday night.....Blackburn here we come! Greetings to REDS All Over The World! Barry your editor. TODAYS PIC: Dave Arnold himself at OT July 97! Read more about DA's trip This Issue: 1. Best Tips United For Title (D.Mail) 2. Pilkington joins Celtic 3. Choccy quotes 4. Scholes Give All-Clear (Carling) 5. Fergie Eyes German Again 6. Arsenal's Short Fuse (D.Mail) 7. Del Piero To Leave Juve (D.Mail) 8. Scholes Give All-Clear (Carling) 9. Daily Mail Ramblings ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ Subject: Best Tips United For Title (D.Mail) Best tips United to hang on in battle for title Friday, April 3, 1998 Manchester United legend George Best has backed his former club to sneak home in the title race - but only on goal difference. Defending champions United have seen their lead in the Premiership whittled down to three points by Arsenal, who have two games in hand, but Best said: 'I think the title will stay where it is this year but it won't be by much.' Best, speaking at a soccer function in London, added: 'I reckon it will come down to goal difference at the end. Arsenal are giving United the fright of their lives but there is too much strength in depth at Old Trafford for them to let it go.' Best also believes that the disappointing Champions League defeat by Monaco will spur United to greater things in the run-in. He said: 'I think that result came as such a shock to the system and they won't be making any mistakes from now on. Obviously, United and Arsenal must try to win every game they have left. The first side to drop points will be the one that loses the championship but I still think that my former club will come up trumps.' Roy Keane has stepped up his training programme following his cruciate ligament operation. The midfielder has played in practice matches but is not yet permitted to tackle. It will be three more weeks before Keane sees the specialist who can remove the restriction. Arsene Wenger has pledged his future to English football - even if Arsenal no longer want him. That is not likely with the club pushing for a Premiership and FA Cup double but serious negotiations over his new Highbury contract have yet to start and the Frenchman accepts there are no guarantees. Wenger, who has been linked with the French national team job, said: 'If my contract at Arsenal is not extended I would accept that. It would not be right to think they could not do without me. But I would like to go elsewhere in England. I have to work to survive. I cannot turn my back and just go fishing.' Much likelier, though, is fat new contract for the Frenchman - and an eventual teaming-up with Tony Adams as a member of his backroom staff. Wenger, preparing his side for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Wolves, believes Adams will have a role at Highbury when he eventually quits playing. The Arsenal coach paid tribute to coach Pat Rice and hinted at a similar role for inspirational defender Adams. He said: 'I would have made mistakes without Pat. He knows the spirit of the club and it is important to have people like him and Tony around. There is a great togetherness here. People who have played together for 10 years have something special between them. One day it will be important for the club to keep one or two of these players in order to retain this kind of spirit.' Adams, whose return to the team after injury in mid-January has coincided with a run of seven Premiership wins and a draw out of eight games, paid tribute to his manager. He said: 'We are talking about my contract but I am happy playing for this club. 'Arsene Wenger has impressed me with his knowledge and his insight into people. He's helped me with my self-awareness and I think between us we have extended my career. The way I was going there was not going to be much life left in me.' Wenger, whose side have one of the worst disciplinary records in the Premiership, insisted there will be no change of style. Arsenal have collected three red cards and 61 yellows this season but he said: 'We are a physical team and we play to our strengths. 'Every team is up for it against us which means every game is a fight. I don't think we are an unfair team and when I look at our disciplinary record I am a little amazed. We have improved but not enough.' Marcus Lionel van Geyzel. Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org My ICQ number is: 1579383 Member of the Manchester United International Mailing List: email@example.com Member of the Red Devil Mailing List: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 16:48:43 +0200 (CEST) X-Sender: email@example.com (Unverified) X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Version 1.4.3 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Barry Leeming) Subject: Pilkington joins Celtic UNITED STAR JOINS CELTIC ON LOAN Celtic today solved their goalkeeping headache ahead of Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers by signing Manchester United reserve Kevin Pilkington on a three-month loan deal. Pilkington, who has played six Premiership matches for United, will act as cover for Parkhead number one Jonathan Gould after regular back-up Stewart Kerr injured a knee in training. With third-choice Andy McCondichie cup-tied after a recent loan spell at Hamilton, coach Wim Jansen launched a desperate search for cover ahead of today's transfer deadline with an Old Firm double-header coming up. Pilkington, whosepath at Old Trafford is blocked by number one Peter Schmeichel and his Dutch deputy Raymond Van der Gouw, will travel north from Manchester tonight and is expected to join the first-team squad for training tomorrow. The 24-year-old said: ``I appreciate I'm coming in as cover for Jonathan Gould but am delighted to have the opportunity to become involved with Celtic at this stage in my career. I see this as a career opportunity which I hope to grasp.'' General manager Jock Brown added: ``With Stewart Kerr currently injured and Andy McCondichie cup-tied it was essential we brought in quality cover for Jonathan Gould, and we're satisfied Kevin fits the bill.'' Barry Leeming e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Theatre Of Dream http://manunited.netlane.com "RED sky at night UNITED delight" In memory of 1958/1968 Subject: Choccy quotes McClair Lifts United Pressure By Stephen Wood Brian McClair ... asks question for United BRIAN McClair today revealed how Alex Ferguson will ease the pressure-cooker atmosphere in the Manchester United dressing room. The Reds and Arsenal go head-to-head in the last five weeks of the season in a battle royal which will decide the destiny of the Premiership trophy. With no margin for error on either side, it's bubbling up into the most exciting finish in Premiership history. Attention switches back to United in the next seven days, as they bid to establish another nine point lead with victories over Blackburn and Liverpool - while the Gunners are pre-occupied with FA Cup glory. It's that heart-stopping time of year again, but McClair reckons they're cool enough at Old Trafford to overcome any jitters. ``The win over Wimbledon was a tense affair, but it showed we're not ready to give up when things don't go for us straight away,'' he said. ``The management can really help in this sort of situation and the gaffer asks us, `why are you worried about the pressure? You could be playing for a team faced with relegation or doing another job altogether.' ``He reckons that's real pressure and he's right. Maybe we need reminding every now and then, but every player at Old Trafford realises how lucky he is to be here.'' United hope to welcome back a quartet of injured stars - Peter Schmeichel, Ryan Giggs, Gary Pallister and Nicky Butt - for the televised Lancashire derby at Ewood Park on Monday, and McClair argues you can't underestimate their impact. He explained: ``Quite honestly, it's like bringing in new players. People like to speculate on who United might buy, or who they should buy, but these four - if they make it - will give us a nice lift. ``It would be unfair to expect any side to lose those quality players and not be affected by it. But they're on the way back at a good time for us.'' So with United and Arsenal rarely playing on the same day in the run-in, how will the Reds keep an eye on goings-on with the Highbury challenge? ``We won't get worked up about it,'' adds McClair. ``There's nothing we can do about Arsenal and their results. The most important thing is us, because if we don't pay enough attention to our own games, we won't keep up the pressure on them.'' A Manchester United is for life, not just for christmas. --------------------------------------------------------- JacKiT@indigo.ie --------------------------------------------------------- If tomorrow was today, it would be yesterday. Subject: Scholes Give All-Clear (Carling) Man United 3 Apr 1998 SCHOLES GIVEN ALL-CLEAR Alex Ferguson gave England coach Glenn Hoddle a welcome boost when he revealed Paul Scholes will not need surgery on his troublesome knee. Scholes' all-clear is the latest good news to emerge from Old Trafford as United enter the final lap of their title tussle with Arsenal. And United manager Ferguson is confident the injured quartet of Peter Schmeichel, Gary Pallister, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt will be fit to face Blackburn on Monday. Scholes' knee flared up during United's Champions' League exit against Monaco just over two weeks ago and he was forced to come off at half-time. After the match Ferguson feared the midfielder would need an operation to clear up the recurring problem either before or after the end of the season. This caused concern in the England camp that Scholes would not be available for the World Cup Finals in France. Ferguson, though, claims that rest has proved to be the best cure. United's recent hectic programme had taken its toll on Scholes' knee, but with the champions now playing an average of one game a week, he has been able to recover. ``The one game a week is helping him and there's no great strain on him now as compared to the period when he was playing with the injury,'' he said. ``That run of Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday just caught up with him. ``Now he's getting rest during the week or at weekends after games and he's coping well. ``So we don't anticipate him having anything, which is good news for Manchester United.'' Ferguson revealed that Schmeichel (hamstring), Pallister (back), Giggs (hamstring) and Butt (calf) all trained this week and are in contention for the trip to Ewood Park. Teddy Sheringham is also back after a one-match ban and the return of all these players will be a tremendous lift to United. Ferguson will be particularly pleased to welcome back Giggs as United have won just two of the eight games he has missed. ``I won't decide until Sunday morning what my team will be, but they are all in the frame for sure and they deserve to be,'' he said. ``They're all fit. Everyone of them has trained this week and there will be no late fitness tests.'' Jordi Cruyff may make the squad after he came through a reserve game on Monday night after recovering from a hairline fracture of his ankle. United captain Roy Keane is recovering well from his cruciate ligament injury and is doing everything in training - except tackling. Ferguson, though, claimed it is highly unlikely that he would play a competitive match for the A team or reserves before the end of the season. Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 16:49:34 +0200 (CEST) X-Sender: email@example.com (Unverified) X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Version 1.4.3 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Barry Leeming) Subject: Fergie Eyes German Again Date: Wed, 1 April 1998 19:56:02 +0200 Fergie eyes German again «« Alex Ferguson flew out to Germany last week for another check-up on transfer target Oliver Bierhoff. The Udinese striker started the Germany v Brazil World Cup warm-up fixture in Stuttgart but failed to score in a 2-1 defeat. Bierhoff, now 29, has been linked to Old trafford ever since his two-goal salvo won his country the European Championships in 1996. Alex Ferguson is thought to be on the lookout for a powerful hit-man this summer, a player to finally replace Mark Hughes - whose attributes have been missed. Second on the list could be Patrick Kluivert who seems certain to be leaving AC Milan at the end of this season. Rumours over a move for the Dutchman have been around for a while but Fergie has not watched the 21-year-old, who would cost over £5 million, in person yet. Barry Leeming e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Theatre Of Dream http://manunited.netlane.com "RED sky at night UNITED delight" In memory of 1958/1968 Subject: Arsenal's Short Fuse (D.Mail) Arsenal's thin red line between success and failure Thursday, April 2, 1998 Arsene Wenger and his players appear to be coping admirably with the mind game set them by Alex Ferguson. The nation's bookmakers agree, as the odds once stacked so heavily in favour of Manchester United winning their fifth championship in six years are being revised almost daily. Arsenal continue to triumph under the extreme pressure of the Premiership run-in and the signs are certainly looking good for a first title since 1991. After all, Arsenal can be trusted not to concede goals. Tuesday night's victory at Bolton, secured by Christopher Wreh's dazzling strike, was their eighth successive league game in which they have kept a clean sheet and meant that Premiership opposition have fired blanks against them since January 17 in 13 hours and six minutes of football. Arsenal can also be trusted to keep winning. Tuesday's 1-0 scoreline saw them record their sixth win of a rampant seven-match run which has taken them to within three points of United with two games in hand and into Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Wolves. Arsenal can be trusted to be consistent. While United have lost no fewer than seven league games, when the perceived benchmark for championship success is six defeats, the Highbury club have been beaten only four times. But Arsenal cannot be trusted to control themselves. It is their failure to exercise restraint in the heat of battle which now poses the biggest question mark against them. Perhaps it is no surprise that a team nicknamed the Gunners have a battle mentality, but some might describe their game of crime and punishment as misguided at best, dirty at worst. Martin Keown's dismissal against Bolton for two bookable offences - ironically only his second and third cautions in the Premiership this season - took the number of Arsenal players who have seen red to seven. Patrick Vieira was dismissed in a friendly before the campaign began and he has subsequently been sent off twice. Dennis Bergkamp, who looks like Dutch butter wouldn't melt in his mouth, has been dismissed twice and still has two games of his second three-match suspension to serve. The others to take the long walk have been Emmanuel Petit, for making physical contact with referee Paul Durkin, and teenager Jason Crowe, sent off in a Coca-Cola Cup tie with Birmingham. In all, dismissals and the totting-up of yellow cards have forced 12 Arsenal players to miss 39 games. The bookings of Keown and Steve Bould at the Reebok Stadium took their Premiership tally of cautions to 62 with three red cards, while in cup competitions hey have amassed another 25 cautions with four more dismissals. With another eight league games and at least one FA Cup match to go, the statistics would suggest that a few more yet will visit the sin-bin. Yet, at Old Trafford, only 48 cautions have been handed out to United players during their long, hard slog of a season. Not a bad record at a time when some referees have used matches as hand-writing exercises and where often the slightest contact or out-of-character rush of blood can build a yellow brick road to an early bath. United remain favourites to win the title at 7-4 on after the latest odds were issued yesterday, while Arsenal are 5-4. But at Christmas, Ferguson's seemingly omnipotent team were 14-1 on, while Wenger's side were rated 16-1 also-rans. Arsenal's Double chances then were judged equally remote. You could get 118-1 on them to do that before January, now they are a mere 7-2. The bookmakers may now feel that they should make yet another revision of their odds on the evidence of Arsenal's disciplinary record which, if it is not worrying Wenger, should be, for it will certainly be giving comfort to his bitter rival. One of Ferguson's greatest reasons for pride is that the players with the competitive instincts of Nicky Butt, Gary Pallister and Phil Neville know when they are treading the fine line between the extra tackle that will constitute a first offence or the missed lunge that generally ends in red. Butt and Phil Neville have only six cautions each, while Pallister had received only three before being sidelined by the recurrence of back trouble. This week, however, Keown became the fourth Arsenal central defender to incur a suspension. Tony Adams has had a two-game ban, while Bould and Gilles Grimandi received three-match suspensions. The thin red line which has been so praised of late also has a merciless streak, though Arsenal's penchant for tackling first and asking questions later runs right through the side. So far, they have coped with the failing, but for how much longer? Bould, who faces a one-match ban after his yellow card on Tuesday, admitted last night that nerves are also starting to play a big part in the push for silverware. 'You get a feeling that you're close now and you've got double nerves instead of your usual pre-match ones,' he said. 'One mistake and you could blow it all. It's great and it's exciting. 'I don't think you can analyse and say if we do this - win here or there. You don't read beyond the next game and we've got a big one coming up on Sunday. We could do without a replay, that's for sure.' It would appear that while Wenger may be tactically sound, he is neither tough on crime nor on the causes of crime. He and his players may yet regret that they have lived outside the law for too long. The injury list Lee Dixon: Injured hamstring during win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend. Expected to miss semi-final and Premiership games with Newcastle, Blackburn and Wimbledon. Ian Wright: Troublesome knee and groin injuries. Last start at Port Vale in FA Cup game on January 14. Battling against the clock to return in time for the Newcastle game. Marc Overmars: Picked up an ankle injury at Bolton on Tuesday. Likely to miss FA Cup semi-final and will be doubtful for Premiership match v Newcastle United. Dennis Bergkamp: Suspended for two further matches after elbowing West Ham's Steve Lomas two weeks ago. Banned for FA Cup semi-final and Premiership clash against Newcastle. Martin Keown: The England man faces a one-match ban after being sent off for two bookable offences at Bolton. Will miss London derby against Wimbledon at Highbury on April 18. Gilles Grimandi: Hurt an ankle at Bolton. Out of Villa Park semi-final against Wolves and remains doubtful for Easter fixtures against Newcastle and Blackburn. Steve Bould: Veteran defender faces another ban - this time for just one match - after being booked at the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday. Will miss derby match against Wimbledon at Highbury. Games to play: April 5: v Wolves (FA Cup semi-final, Villa Park); April 11: v Newcastle United (h); April 13: Blackburn Rovers (a); April 18: Wimbledon (h); April 25: Barnsley (a); April 29: Derby County (h); May 3: Everton (h); May 6: Liverpool (a); May 10: Aston Villa (a). Marcus Lionel van Geyzel. Reply to: email@example.com My ICQ number is: 1579383 Member of the Manchester United International Mailing List: firstname.lastname@example.org Member of the Red Devil Mailing List: email@example.com Subject: Del Piero To Leave Juve (D.Mail) £16m star set to move and Arsenal lead race Friday, April 3, 1998 Juventus are preparing for the sale of Alessandro Del Piero in the summer and that will start a stampede of British clubs for the £16million signature of the Italy striker. Arsenal have made all the running so far and are favourites if the Turin club take the plunge, with two years remaining on Del Piero's contract, and cash in on their 23-year-old superstar's extraordinary talent. But Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Manchester United and Rangers will all bid in the auction, as will the only other European clubs who could possibly afford the combination of transfer fee and wages - Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Monaco. Del Piero, hat-trick hero in Juve's 4-1 demolition of Monaco on Wednesday night, will not be sold to an Italian rival. In fact, Juventus do not want to sell him at all but they have a relentless policy of cashing in on their assets at the point of highest value which the striker, who has hit 30 goals already this season, will reach after the World Cup Finals. Juventus have consistently demanded that he extend his contract beyond its existing span but Del Piero and his advisers know that if they refuse, then the club run the risk of him playing one more season, running his deal down for a further six months and signing for someone else for nothing. Given that Juventus rate Del Piero between Alan Shearer's £15m and Ronaldo's £19.5m, the Italian club's directors are currently torn between holding on to him and risking the loss of a huge sum. For that reason, they will test the market between now and the World Cup in an attempt to see if the offers become irresistible. Both Juventus coach Marcello Lippi and Del Piero know of Arsenal's wish to take this season's Champions League leading scorer to Highbury before the start of next season. The player likes London and regularly spends time there for commercial and endorsement projects. The promotion of Gianluca Vialli to Chelsea manager, the ties between the two men who helped Juventus win the Champions Cup two seasons ago and the fact that Vialli wants a top-class Serie A striker to play the pressing game he prefers all mean that Stamford Bridge remains a possibility. The only club outside London that Del Piero would consider would be Manchester United and, at his age and not being remarkably well paid at Juventus, he fits perfectly the profile of the kind of player on whom United must focus. Chairman Martin Edwards recently claimed to have agreed to the £10m purchase of Marcelo Salas only for manager Alex Ferguson to turn down the deal. But Del Piero has a far stronger track record than the Chile striker and would bring massive marketability to the club in terms of merchandising. Rangers have regularly inquired about the player since he helped Juventus to two four-goal wins over the Scottish champions in 1995 but it is highly unlikely he would be persuaded to move to the low grade of football in Scotland's Premier Division. The most thorny problem for Luciano Moggi and Roberto Bettega, the Juventus decision-makers, is how they could sell the idea of transferring Del Piero to the devoted fans, who view him as one of the best players in the club's 100 years. Even the surprise sales of Fabrizio Ravanelli, Roberto Baggio, Christian Vieri, Vladimir Jugovic, Andy Moller and Paulo Sousa would pale into insignificance compared with offloading Del Piero one year before they have to. But with each scoring landmark Del Piero passes, the balance between selling him and attempting to persuade him to stay becomes more delicate. Ahead of Marco van Basten and Michel Platini, Del Piero is now the second top scorer from an Italian club in the Champions Cup - behind the great Jose Altafini of Milan and Juventus. Marcus Lionel van Geyzel. Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org My ICQ number is: 1579383 Member of the Manchester United International Mailing List: email@example.com Member of the Red Devil Mailing List: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Scholes Give All-Clear (Carling) Man United 3 Apr 1998 SCHOLES GIVEN ALL-CLEAR Alex Ferguson gave England coach Glenn Hoddle a welcome boost when he revealed Paul Scholes will not need surgery on his troublesome knee. Scholes' all-clear is the latest good news to emerge from Old Trafford as United enter the final lap of their title tussle with Arsenal. And United manager Ferguson is confident the injured quartet of Peter Schmeichel, Gary Pallister, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt will be fit to face Blackburn on Monday. Scholes' knee flared up during United's Champions' League exit against Monaco just over two weeks ago and he was forced to come off at half-time. After the match Ferguson feared the midfielder would need an operation to clear up the recurring problem either before or after the end of the season. This caused concern in the England camp that Scholes would not be available for the World Cup Finals in France. Ferguson, though, claims that rest has proved to be the best cure. United's recent hectic programme had taken its toll on Scholes' knee, but with the champions now playing an average of one game a week, he has been able to recover. ``The one game a week is helping him and there's no great strain on him now as compared to the period when he was playing with the injury,'' he said. ``That run of Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday just caught up with him. ``Now he's getting rest during the week or at weekends after games and he's coping well. ``So we don't anticipate him having anything, which is good news for Manchester United.'' Ferguson revealed that Schmeichel (hamstring), Pallister (back), Giggs (hamstring) and Butt (calf) all trained this week and are in contention for the trip to Ewood Park. Teddy Sheringham is also back after a one-match ban and the return of all these players will be a tremendous lift to United. Ferguson will be particularly pleased to welcome back Giggs as United have won just two of the eight games he has missed. ``I won't decide until Sunday morning what my team will be, but they are all in the frame for sure and they deserve to be,'' he said. ``They're all fit. Everyone of them has trained this week and there will be no late fitness tests.'' Jordi Cruyff may make the squad after he came through a reserve game on Monday night after recovering from a hairline fracture of his ankle. United captain Roy Keane is recovering well from his cruciate ligament injury and is doing everything in training - except tackling. Ferguson, though, claimed it is highly unlikely that he would play a competitive match for the A team or reserves before the end of the season. Subject: Daily Mail Ramblings Why players must be defenders By Michael Herd Thursday, April 2, 1998 You can imagine the scene. The teams are all-square. There's a minute or so remaining when referee Uriah Rennie awards a penalty. It's a controversial decision but, then, they all are. Let's say, for the sake of this comment, that Dennis Bergkamp hammers the ball into the top corner of the net and Arsenal win 3-2. A Leeds fanatic, fascist and racist, having eluded the police and stewards, runs on to the pitch and sticks one on the ref. Rennie goes down pole-axed and as he lies on the ground, the fan brings back his foot to kick the official in the head. Everything has happened in a couple of seconds and only two players are close enough to intervene. Both are members of the Professional Footballers' Association. According to Gordon Taylor, the usually sensible chief executive of the PFA, his members should not get involved. They must not risk facing criminal charges or put their own careers in doubt because of injury. Taylor has been most emphatic this week. He doesn't want his lads putting themselves at risk. Apprehending lunatic fans should be left to police and stewards. After all, says the trade union leader, that's their business. That's what they are paid for. If police and officials fail, if they're not doing their job, they need to be called to account, says Taylor. Of course they should, but, first, you've got to help the ref. Let's have an inquiry when peace has broken out and the ref is safe. Can Taylor be serious? Perhaps he has been misquoted because the players have no option. There are times when they must tackle the intruder, as did Jan Aage Fjortoft of Barnsley and Liverpool's Paul Ince in the match at Oakwell last Saturday. Sadly, there are occasions when violence is the rhetoric of the football fan. He is unable to keep it in his mind where it belongs. He is the idiot who expresses his frustration by wanting to kick someone's teeth in. Sometimes he selects an unfortunate official. If police and stewards are right there, all right, leave it to them. If the cavalry haven't arrived, however, a man's got to do what a man's got to do. At those moments all of us, including footballers, have to act first, think later, and to hell with the possibility of injuring ourselves. The only defence then is offence. Can you imagine the alternative? It is that the two players, heeding the advice of their union, do nothing as the referee is kicked. There would be a huge outcry if an official were seriously hurt because of inaction by footballers. I wonder what Gordon Taylor would say then? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---- Martin Edwards, chief executive of Manchester United, says the club want to experiment with pay-per-view television sooner rather than later. Of course he does, because he knows that the £7.9million United have recently received from television would be chicken feed: what Groucho Marx called a poultry matter. Edwards knows digitalised TV will enable 200,000 fans or more to 'attend' every home game. Think of the money if United charge, say, a tenner for every League, Cup and European match. That's the best part of £50m a season. Since contra deals will enable fans to have pay-per-view for away games as well, we're talking major mazuma. With gate receipts, £100m a year will be fact, not fantasy. Come the day - and it isn't far away - we will be able to buy digital season tickets from United which will enable us to watch all their matches without going anywhere near Old Trafford. This is the future because United, not the BBC, not ITV and probably not Sky, will run their digital channel. And kids will ask their parents for DSTs for United, Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea and stop going to Watford, Tranmere and Norwich. Then, even more than now, all the bread will be Red and the Blues won't lose. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- According to Joe Kinnear, referee Dermot Gallagher locked himself in his dressing room after Wimbledon's 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford. This was probably a wise decision since Kinnear, on the warpath, suggested the ref should have been locked up in any case. Pity the poor ref, say I. Watching Match of the Day that evening both goals were debatable. They might have been off-side but that view was formed with the benefit of television replays, something Gallagher did not have in the heat of the match. Indeed, many of the problems in top sport are caused by TV replays. The ref who gets it wrong, the umpire who gives a batsman out when the ball doesn't carry, the line judge who misses a call. It is difficult to argue against the use of technology but I have a feeling that the arrival of the TV replay which we thought was a solution to some problems has, in fact, spawned a dozen others. Anything which undermines the authority of the referee is bad for the health of the game, of the players, of Joe Kinnear and other managers, and, of course, of the official himself. He needs our support and we should start by assuring him that he is always right. Even when he's wrong. Perhaps the ultimate answer is to ban television replays. Marcus Lionel van Geyzel. 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