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Date: Sat Oct 03 04:27:24 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Reserves win again/United to play friendly in Aberdeen
2. Injury completes miserable week for Schmeichel 
3. Beckham still has some growing to do


Daily RED Trivia  Sat 3rd October:

3/10 1914: United beat Sunderland 3-0 at Old Trafford in a Division 1 game watched
 by 16,000. George Anderson, George Stacey and Enoch West scored for the Reds.
Team was: Beale, Hodge, Stacey, O'Connell, Hunter, Knowles, Meredith, Turnbull,
Anderson, West, Norton. 

3/10/1981: Bryan Robson signed for United from West Bromwich Albion for a record
£1.5 million. Lifted the FA Cup three times, scoring twice in the 1983 Final, and
won further winners medals in 1985 and 1990, plus Premiership medals in 1993
and 1994. An inspiring captain and midfielder who also collected a European 
Cup Winners Cup medal in 1991. Represented England in the 1982, 1986 and 1990
World Cup Finals, winning 90 caps and scoring 26 goals. For United he made 457 
appearances and scored 97 goals between 1981-1994, making his debut at 
Manchester City in October 1981. Became manager at Middlesbrough in May 1994.


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
Brĝndby     2 1 0 1  2  3     3
ManUnited   2 0 2 0  5  5     2
BMünchen    2 0 1 1  3  4     1

*** FIXTURES ON 03/10/98 ***

    Blackburn Rovers  v  West Ham United
       Coventry City  v  Aston Villa
        Derby County  v  Tottenham Hotspur
        Leeds United  v  Leicester City
       Middlesbrough  v  Sheffield Wednesday
   Nottingham Forest  v  Charlton Athletic
         Southampton  v  Manchester United
           Wimbledon  v  Everton

*** FIXTURES ON 04/10/98 ***

             Arsenal  v  Newcastle United
           Liverpool  v  Chelsea

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Subject: Reserves win again/United to play friendly in Aberdeen Man Utd Reserves 1 Notts Forest Reserves 0 United's latest Pontin's League victory - their fifth in succession - takes the Reds to the top of the Premier Division. Terry Cookes's strike settled an intriguing contest after good work by Alex Notman. Cooke was denied a second by Forest's keeper Mark Crossley but United had done enough to protect their six-match, unbeaten start to the season. Utd: Culkin, Clegg, Curtis, Brown (Roche), Wallwork, Wilson, Cooke, Wellens, Greening, Notman (Healey), Mulryne. (From MEN 2nd Oct)
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Subject: Injury completes miserable week for Schmeichel David Lacey on how United have harmed their hopes of Champions League progress Friday October 2, 1998 Manchester United will fly to Copenhagen in just under three weeks knowing that anything less than a victory against Brondby, Peter Schmeichel's old club, would severely diminish their chances of reaching the knockout stage of the Champions League. Alex Ferguson may think that nine points could be enough to win Group D but if United lose to Brondby even this would be a tall order since they have taken only two from their first two matches. The two best runners-up will join the six group winners in the quarter-finals, yet if this is to become any sort of option, Ferguson's team still have to start winning games. On Wednesday night a United victory seemed certain when they led Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Olympic Stadium as the match moved into stoppage time. Then Schmeichel made a rare error as he missed a long throw-in from Bixente Lizarazu, enabling Giovane Elber to head Bayern level. Schmeichel also aggravated a stomach injury and will not play for two weeks. The matches he will miss include Denmark's European Championship qualifiers against Wales and Switzerland. United do not have much luck in Europe when Brazilians are among the opposition. Romario destroyed Ferguson's defence at Nou Camp when Barcelona routed United 4-0 four years ago and this season Anderson and Giovanni, with a penalty, led Barca's recovery to draw 3-3 at Old Trafford after going in at half-time 2-0 down. Elber, another swift-footed, quick-witted Brazilian forward, caused United most problems in Munich. He gave Bayern the lead after 10 minutes and frequently drifted wide to stretch the defence. But when he put a simple chance wide 18 minutes from the finish, United appeared to have survived their worst crisis. Schmeichel's misjudgment made a nonsense of that prognosis. So far in the Champions League this season United have held the lead three times, only to come away clutching at draws. When a team score five goals in two matches they really should be collecting more than a couple of points. Wednesday's performance by Ferguson's side neither scaled the heights achieved by United in the first half against Barcelona nor flattened out as anticlimactically in the second. Ryan Giggs, another casualty, might well have helped to put Wednesday's match beyond Bayern's reach. Needing a win to offset their initial defeat by Brondby, the German team habitually left themselves thinly covered at the back as they pressed forward and Giggs's speed on the counter-attack would surely have punished a defence which was slow on the turn. As it was, Teddy Sheringham's quick thinking set up David Beckham for the cross from which Dwight Yorke headed the scores level on the half-hour. And when Paul Scholes strode through to put United ahead soon after half-time they looked likely to join Norwich City as the only English teams to beat Bayern in the Olympic Stadium. But it was not to be and now United have to meet Brondby without Beckham, who will be serving a one-match ban after receiving his second yellow card of the tournament. In fact, having needlessly fouled Stefan Effenberg to incur a booking, Beckham then appeared to be doing his best to get himself sent off. As a certain captain in the Home Guard might have said: "You stupid boy!" * Monarch Airlines have apologised to Manchester United after they were forced to spend an extra night in Munich when their flight home was postponed. 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.
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Subject: Beckham still has some growing to do Friday, October 2, 1998 Alex Ferguson demanded a performance of European maturity from Manchester United against Bayern Munich on Wednesday. His words were heeded by each of his players - with the worrying exception of David Beckham. While others proved Ferguson's estimate that the Champions League is accelerating their progress, Beckham proved that his good behaviour this season is not necessarily confirmation that he has grown up. In Germany, Beckham teetered on the same disciplinary tightrope from which he fell, spectacularly, against Argentina in the World Cup. That moment of immaturity, according to Glenn Hoddle, cost England victory and a possible charge to the final. Despite the vastly unfair vilification which followed, the lesson has evidently vanished from Beckham's brain, to judge by his violent reactions on Wednesday. With the game delicately balanced, he lashed out with boot and arm at Bayern's Hasan Salihamidzic. It was the moment which could have eliminated United from serious contention in this season's Champions League. His folly is only magnified by the fact that he had already been booked for a kick on Stefan Effenberg and will now miss United's next game against Brondby which is in Copenhagen - where Bayern lost, it should be remembered. If referee Marc Batta, or his assistant, had spotted the flailing boot and fist, Beckham would certainly have been ordered off. United found it hard enough to cling on to the match with a full side in the 2-2 draw and would surely have succumbed if they had been reduced to 10 men for the third time in four matches. The talented midfielder knows his character is under intense scrutiny and that Ferguson does not forgive stupidity. But what he doesn't seem to know is how to master his hair-trigger temper. Salihamidzic confirmed that he had been struck by his opponent and said: 'Nothing had happened between us before that but he was a bit angry and I don't know exactly why. I'm not going to start making a fuss about it once the game has finished because that is now part of football - it seems to happen every week.' Former United player Lou Macari was at the match and willing to be more explicit. He said: 'To my mind he is a lucky boy that he wasn't sent off. That would have been a catastrophe because he lost his head after being on the receiving end in one or two incidents. 'He raced the length of the pitch and tried to elbow someone in front of the linesman which, somehow, the official didn't see. So he was fortunate not to be sent off. David is a wonderful player but he almost let the team down because of his youth and inexperience. Now he is suspended for the Brondby game. You can judge how much he will be missed from the wonderful cross which made it easy for Dwight Yorke to score the first goal.' Nobody is questioning Beckham's talent, nor the fact that the other parts of his game have developed while his self-discipline seems to have reached a plateau. Hoddle spent most of last season warning the player about his temperament and his fears were confirmed with Beckham's instinctive strike at Argentina's Diego Simeone which brought a red card. At that time, Ferguson was protective of Beckham's generally confrontational attitude but, against Bayern, he seemed to warn Beckham at half-time that he must calm down - hence his quieter second half. Yet, that hindered United and helped Bayern rally for their late point. Salihamidzic said: 'He always has ideas in his mind which are different to other people's and he plays passes you would not expect to reach his team-mates. He still could improve the general tempo of his game - for example in the second half he took a break.' Kaiser leads defence of Beckham Friday, October 2, 1998 Franz Beckenbauer has given an insight into the flaw in David Beckham's psyche which has again betrayed him. The England midfielder must watch from the sidelines as United take on Brondby this month in an encounter that is now crucial to their chances of progressing in the Champions League. Against Bayern on Wednesday night - as against Argentina during France 98 - his temper got the better of him. Now, just as England missed him in Sweden last month, United may suffer because of his petulance when they travel to Denmark on October 21. Yet, Kaiser Franz, a long-time admirer of Beckham, believes the darker side of his personality may be a necessary evil, a counter-balance that makes him the player he is. The Bayern president said: 'Bixente Lizarazu marked him well, so he could not display his talent as he wanted to. Perhaps that is what frustrated him. 'Yet, Beckham's temper is actually one of the strengths of his game. Sometimes he overdoes it, but there is no doubt that the fire within his belly is one of Beckham's great strengths. 'If you keep him down by telling him to keep cool, you risk losing a big part of what makes him such a fierce competitor.' Beckenbauer, who admitted his relief over Bayern's late escape, believes that, in Alex Ferguson, Beckham has someone who can keep him, for the most part, on the straight and narrow. 'I don't know of a manager who has been as successful as Ferguson,' added Beckenbauer. 'He has so much experience. I am sure there is no-one better than him to talk to Beckham. 'There will always be a delicate balancing act in dealing with Beckham, but I would say that Ferguson is the best teacher he could have.' United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel will be out of action for two weeks after suffering a recurrence of a stomach injury.
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