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Date: Wed Jun 03 21:37:57 GMT+00:00 1998
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REDS playing for ENGLAND:  7-Beckham, 10-Sheringham, 12-Neville, 16-Scholes.
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This Issue:
1. Linda's Season Review, July and August
2. MEN   United boss Alex Ferguson is eyeing Patrick Kluivert  
3. Cantona Still Has It
4. United hold fire on Pallister move 


Subject: Linda's Season Review, July and August Copyright Linda Harvey, not to be used without permission On the net at http://www.red11.org/mufc/summ9798.htm July Standing on the concourse, behind East Lower waiting for the start of the friendly with Inter Milan with a foolish grin on my face, waiting for the start of a new season. Like a child on Christmas morning because I was back in Old Trafford! Kevin Pilkington coming on as a striker and almost bringing off the most unexpected goal of the season! The first rendition of "If you hate Paul Ince clap your hands. August Seeing the looks on the faces of the four Chelsea fans who arrived at Warwick Services at the same time as 15 coachloads of United fans on their way to Wembley! Meeting list members behind the seats at Wembley and singing songs for the King. Fergie wearing his new specs, looking tanned and very, very relaxed. Jordi Cruyff having his one good game for United. Peter taking the piss during the penalty shoot-out. Sparky leaving the pitch to the sound of "Hughsie, Hughsie" from the United fans. Keano lifting the trophy. Appearing on TV at White Hart Lane. Standing up with 3-400 Reds, out-singing 20,000 Spurs fans. Singing "Ginola, Fell over" and "Brian McClair, he may be fat". Teddy missing his first penalty. Spurs fans singing "What a waste of money" Nicky Butt scoring and running to us with both fists raised in the air. "We'll be top at 6.O'clock" and "2-0, without Cantona". Returning home to East Stand for the Southampton game, after a year's exile in the "land of the living dead" on the second tier and finding a war zone. Stewards and "suits" patrolling up and down, standing in the aisle, shouting at fans. Arguing with a "suit" and getting a mouthful of abuse in return. One lad thrown out of the ground at half-time by 8 police officers. "You are all witnesses to this". Chants of "Fergie sit down" and "If you all hate Stewards clap your hands Being given a free gift by the PLC as I arrived at the reserves' first home game of the new season: a free pen! Choccy chipping the ball over the 'keeper. Terry Cooke - an enormous talent Sitting on the coach to Filbert St next to the bus driver from Hell. Choruses of "Wanky, wanky, wanky, wanky Wanderers" on the M6. Standing up for the champions in the bus shelter, despite the efforts of the steward with the megaphone ("You can stick your megaphone up your arse"). Wonderful performances by Giggs and Schmeichel ruined by the poor finishing of Sheringham - a precursor of things to come. "We're shit and we're champions". The long, slow drawl of "Glory Glory Man United" developing into a staccato, drumming beat accompanied by stamping feet and banging on the metal stand. A rather large lady on a motor bike on the M6 on the way home! A sunny Bank Holiday Monday afternoon at OT. At last, the reserves managing to get a win, with two young sides playing fast, passing football. Terry Cooke outstanding again. Walking through a darkened East Lower before getting on the coach for the Everton game, full of ghosts and half-heard noises. Getting a warm welcome from the locals in Merseyside. A pint of Boddy's and a pasty before the game. Trying hard to be sophisticated and not stare at the Nevilles and the Beckhams just in front of us. Separated from the Everton fans by a row of elderly stewards and (very) young policemen. "You've only got two songs" and "In your Liverpool slums." United and Everton fans screaming abuse at each other, the sheer hatred leaving me breathless. Feeling very small, very helpless and very, very angry. Being covered in spittle by a United fan aiming at the Everton fans. A little girl getting hit on the head with a bottle and being comforted by Neville Neville. Becks wheeling away from the goal, signing to the Everton fans that he couldn't hear them anymore, "David Beckham, King of all cockneys". Ryan Giggs, absolutely awesome. Teddy poking the ball into the net for his first United goal. The Red corner of the ground erupting with a mixture of relief and mad celebration. "2-0 without Ralphie Milne" and "Frannie wears a wig". The United Calypso and the first chant of "Jingle Bells" for the season. Laughing at the Geordies on the Five Live radio phone in and ducking to avoid the missiles raining down on us from the top deck of a Liverpool bus. Hansen - "They hunt in packs". On the morning of the Coventry game, sitting down with my breakfast watching City fans making fools of themselves on TV - "How much do you hate Man United? "More than we love City". The forecourt before the game, stalls selling t-shirts and badges, lads selling fanzines, the smell of burgers, excited children with wide, shining eyes, fans congregating on the forecourt, gazing up at Sir Matt. Andy lifting the ball over Ogrizovic and a loud chorus of "Andy Cole, Andy Cole, Andy Andy Cole". Stewards shouting at everyone to sit down. Most fans giving up and a funereal silence descending over East Stand. Heard from the next row: "It's becoming a chore coming to Old Trafford these days."

X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 13:35:50 -0400 To: suggs@tiac.net From: J Callaghan Subject: MEN United boss Alex Ferguson is eyeing Patrick Kluivert Alex's gold rush Fergie keen to land striker before World Cup By Paul Hince TARGET ... United boss Alex Ferguson is eyeing Patrick Kluivert ALEX FERGUSON has just seven days left to avoid a World Cup free-for-all. The Manchester United manager wants to complete his team strengthening programme BEFORE the World Cup finals begin in France a week today. He is aware that hundreds of managers will flock to France to see the game's golden boys competing for soccer's greatest prize. It will lead to an expensive Dutch auction for any player hoping to use the World Cup to land a lucrative move to one of Europe's mega-rich clubs. The same situation developed in Euro 96 when Ferguson paid in excess of 3m for little-known Czech winger Karel Poborsky who never reproduced his European Championship form in an unhappy spell at Old Trafford. Ferguson has taken steps to avoid an auction by landing his priority target, Jaap Stam, well in advance of the finals although the centre-back's transfer will not be ratified until after the World Cup. Ferguson had targeted three areas which he felt needed strengthening - central defence, midfield and the main striking role. The signing of powerhouse Stam from PSV Eindhoven for a record 10m has solved Ferguson's defensive problems. Ferguson missed out on Lens midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe, who broke his leg while training for the World Cup with Cameroon, but the Reds manager may feel that he has enough midfield strength following the return to fitness of Roy Keane. Ferguson may go for broke and attempt to sign a striker before the start of the World Cup. He is a keen admirer of the big Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert who has admitted that he would jump at the chance of a move to Old Trafford to end the misery he has suffered since leaving Ajax for AC Milan 12 months ago. Aston Villa hit-man Dwight Yorke is another name on Ferguson's wanted list although he would cost more than 12m. A similar fee would be needed to tempt Fiorentina to part with Gabriel Batistuta. And the latest name on United's striker dossier Real Madrid's Croatian star Davor Suker. He has not been able to command a regular first team berth with the Spanish giants and has been made available at a bargain 4m.

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 19:49:14 +0800 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Simian Subject: Cantona Still Has It Saw highlights of Pro-Beach Soccer Tournament held here (Malaysia) a week ago. Cantona and brother Joel played for France. Lost 6-7 to Malaysia, Cantona scored three, including a beautiful scissor-kick. Said he won't play soccer anymore, prefers beach soccer as it is more relaxing. Doesn't look fit for a real match anyway. Has added a lot of weight. Provider for almost all France's goals, including his trademark back-pass for bro to score.

X-Sender: wpa01977@mail.web4you.dk X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0.5 (32) Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 20:50:28 +0200 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Barry Leeming Subject: United hold fire on Pallister move Soccer: Manchester United are not prepared to sell Gary Pallister back to Middlesbrough until after the World Cup. Middlesbrough boss Bryan Robson has made a bid, believed to be worth 2 million, for the former England central defender. United chairman Martin Edwards is considering the Teessiders' offer, but is in no hurry to let Pallister go. United want to wait and make sure Jaap Stam, who completes his record 10.75 million move from PSV Eindhoven on July 1st, comes through the World Cup for Holland unscathed. "We're aware of Bryan Robson's interest in Gary Pallister and they have made a bid for him," said Edwards. "But any possible move for Gary to Middlesbrough is on hold until after the World Cup finals. Obviously we want to ensure Stam is free of injury before we complete his transfer on July 1st." Pallister (32), cost United a then British record transfer fee of 2.3 million when he moved to Old Trafford in August 1989. But Stam's imminent arrival has cast a question mark over his future at Old Trafford. Pallister's financial demands, however, could prove a stumbling block to a move as he is just one season away from his United testimonial, which could earn him as much as 500,000. The deal could hinge on how much Middlesbrough, who will be back in the Premiership next season, will offer him in terms of his signing-on fee and contract to compensate him. Robson said: "Negotiations with United are ongoing and I'm hopeful he will join us." Manchester United winger Ben Thornley is set to sign for Huddersfield. Thornley (23), who spent 12 matches on loan at the McAlpine Stadium during the 1995-96 season, has agreed a three-year deal with the First Division outfit. United boss Alex Ferguson wants 500,000 for Thornley. Roberto Di Matteo has told Chelsea he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future - quashing claims that he was looking to return to Italy. Reports in the Italian press earlier this week indicated the midfielder could be set to leave the Premiership two years after joining Chelsea from Lazio in a 4.9million deal. But Chelsea managing director Colin Hutchinson said: "He's very happy at Chelsea and extended his contract to 2002 as recently as last December. "We want to strengthen the squad and challenge for the championship and compete in the Champions' League - and you don't do that by selling your best players. "It seems to us that one or two agents - who have no connection with Roberto - may be trying to engineer a move and a pay-day for themselves. "Of course one day near the end of his career, Roberto will probably want to return to Italy - but that day is a long way off." French defender Remi Garde has signed a new deal with Arsenal after changing his mind about retiring from the game. The 32year-old announced earlier in the season he would quit, but was persuaded by team-mates, including Dennis Bergkamp, not to retire. Garde is one of three players to sign new one-year deals at Highbury with John Lukic and Michael Black also putting pen to paper. Manager Arsene Wenger has decided to release five players including Scott Marshall, on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling, and former Ipswich striker Chris Kiwomya.

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