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Date: Thu Nov 05 00:16:55 GMT+00:00 1998
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This Issue:
1. BBC United destroy Danes 
2. United goal blitz
3. UNITED IN EURO CRUISE  Man United 5-0 Brondby 
4. United blades sharpen up for Barca 
5. That was special, Ferguson tells United after Euro win 
8. Johnsen fit again


Daily RED Trivia  Thurs 5th November:

5/11/1949: Sonny Feehan made his debut against Huddersfield Town. Feehan was signed
from Waterford and was the first  post-war Irishman to keep goal for United. He
made 14 appearances between 1949-50 before joining Northampton Town in 
August 1950. 

5/11/1997: United win 3-1 at Feyenoord in the Champions League with an Andy Cole
hat-trick watched by 45,000. Team was: Schmeichel, G.Neville, Irwin (P.Neville),
Berg, Scholes (Poborksy), Pallister, Beckham, Butt, Cole (Solskjaer), Sheringham, Giggs. 


Barry Daily Comment:  

Great Euro Champions League Thrashing of Brondby! 5-0
Reports in todays digest.....


Next 4 games: 
Result/Fixture Index:

Sun  8/11 Newcastle   (H) PL
Wed 11/11 Nott Forest (H) LC 
Sat 14/11 Blackburn   (H) PL

UNITED Stats v Newcastle:


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
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

Table/Results 4/11:

Sep 16 Brøndby         2-1 Bayern München
Sep 16 Man Utd         3-3 Barcelona
Sep 30 Barcelona       2-0 Brøndby
Sep 30 Bayern Munich   2-2 Man Utd
Oct 21 Brøndby         2-6 Man Utd
Oct 21 Bayern Munich   1-0 Barcelona 

**Nov  4 Barcelona 1-2 Bayern Munich 
**Nov  4 Man Utd   5-0 Brøndby

Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Man United      4  2  2  0 16  7   8   
Bayern Munich   4  2  1  1  6  5   7  
Barcelona       4  1  1  2  6  6   4   
Brondby         4  1  0  3  4 14   3   

To be played:
 Nov 25 Barcelona        v  Man Utd
 Nov 25 Bayern Munich    v  Brøndby
 Dec  9 Brøndby          v  Barcelona   
 Dec  9 Man Utd          v  Bayern Munich

BREAKING NEWS - Thursday 05 November 1998 

                  UNITED'S ODDS CUT 

                  Manchester United European Cup odds
                  have been cut from 8-1 to 9-2 second
                  favourites by William Hill who make
                  Inter Milan 4-1 favourites but have
                  lengthened Arsenals odds from 7-1 to
                  Hill's make holders Real Madrid 11-2
                  third favourites with Juventus at 6-1
                  and Bayern Munich 10-1.
                  Dynamo Kiev's odds have come in from
                  66-1 to 20-1


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Subject: BBC United destroy Danes Andy Cole continued his impressive scoring record Manchester United scored four first-half goal to beat Denmark's Brondby 5-0 Wednesday in their Group D Champions League match. The English side beat Brondby 6-2 two weeks ago in Denmark and this outing was just as bad as David Beckham scored in the 7th with subsequent goals by Andy Cole (13th), Phil Neville (15th) and Dwight Yorke (27th). Paul Scholes added another in the 63rd. United manager Alex Ferguson eased up in the second half when he brought on substitutes Jordi Cruyff and Ole Solskjaer. The Dane's were not helped by the absence of No. 1 goalkeeper Mogens Krogh, who missed the match with a back injury with backup Emeka Andersen getting the call. But there was no disputing United's class at Old Trafford tonight as the rampant Reds ripped Brondby apart to put themselves within touching distance of the Champions' League quarter-finals. There are stouter defences than Brondby's in Europe, but that should not detract from United, whose passing and finishing were breathtaking at times. Just as in Denmark a fortnight ago, United won the game with another opening salvo and this time they blitzed the Danes with four goals inside the opening 28 minutes. It was United's third mauling of Brondby in just over three months and the Old Trafford outfit have also set a new Champions' League record of 16 goals in the group stages. More importantly, though, United remain in pole position at the top of Group D going into their next match against Barcelona in the Nou Camp in three weeks' time. Keeper Emeka Andersen was found wanting for United's first after seven minutes when Beckham beat the goalkeeper with a 30-yard free-kick. It was the England international's fourth of the season and his third from a free-kick. Per Nielsen then headed against his own post and Cole was denied by a last-ditch challenge before United netted their second in the 13th minute. Jesper Blomqvist found Cole, who played a one-two with Dwight Yorke, before tucking the ball home from an acute angle for his 13th goal on his 19th European appearance. Phil Neville made it 3-0 after 15 minutes when he played a one-two with Yorke before ramming home his first Old Trafford goal. Jaap Stam went close to a fourth with a header before Andersen produced a fine save to touch Cole's header over the bar. But the inevitable fourth goal came on 28 minutes courtesy of record signing Yorke. Blomqvist found Beckham on the right and he crossed for Yorke to head home, although Andersen made another howler as he let the ball squirm under his body. Just after the half hour, United replaced Phil Neville, who had a hamstring injury, with Wes Brown, who had made way for Denis Irwin in the starting line-up. Peter Schmeichel, who was making his 50th European appearance against his former club, denied Brondby a consolation goal when he thwarted lone striker Ebbe Sand with his legs. Paul Scholes kept the celebrations going for the home fans when he cut in from the right to tuck home a left-footed shot for goal number five on 62 minutes. It was the red-hot United's 26th goal in their last seven matches. Cruyff, Yorke, Beckham and Solskjaer all went close to a sixth near the end, but for once United had to settle for just five. Teams: Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Irwin, Stam, Beckham, Cole, P. Neville, Blomqvist, Keane, Scholes, Yorke. Subs: Van Der Gouw, Butt, Cruyff, Solskjaer, Johnsen, Curtis, Brown. Brondby: Andersen, Bjur, Nielsen, Ravn, J. Jensen, Daugaard, Sand, Colding, Bagger, Skarballius, Rasmussen. Subs: Drejs, Bjerregaard, Vragel, Thygesen, Hansen, Krogh, M. Jensen. Referee: M Lubos (Slovakia)
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Subject: United goal blitz Thursday, November 5, 1998 Once upon a time, the Vikings used swarm over from Denmark to pillage and plunder in these lands. Last night the latest bunch of would-be raiders were battered into submission and sent home in disarray. Most of the plundering was done by Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole as they carried Manchester United to a Champions League goal-scoring record on a night of footballing perfection at Olf Trafford. United's total of 16 is already more than any team since the inception of the league stages of the European Cup - and they still have two group games to go. And manager Alex Ferguson clearly now has the potent force to take his club all the way to glory after a show of strength that must have sent reverbations all the way across the continent. Juventus, Ajax, Spartak Moscow, Real Madrid and Monaco have all scored 15 in group games. United have shot past them all with three against Barcelona, two against Bayern Munich and a total of 11 in two matches with Brondby. The Danes knew from the start they were in for a hiding having lost 6-2 to United a fortnight ago in Copenhagen and 6-0 when the two sides met in a pre-season friendly. Their one hope was a holding exercise to salvage a little pride against the side who went into the game at the top of Group D. Brondby ran into problems even before the kick-off when first-choice goalkeeper Mogens Krogh was ruled out with a back injury picked up in training the previous day. His deputy Emeka Andersen stepped in and 18-year-old schoolboy Kim Drejs was flown in as extra cover. He arrived only a few hours before kick-off. Ebbe Skovdahl's team began the match defending in numbers but, when the opposition have David Beckham in their line-up, even the best-laid plans can go asunder. Which is exactly what happened after a mere seven minutes of Danish resistance. Cole was sent spinning to the turf 30 yards out and Brondby set up their defensive wall. But, with the kind of panache that has made him one of the world's most dangerous dead-ball experts, Beckham delivered a delightful right-foot shot between the goalkeeper and his right-hand post. Moments later, United captain Roy Keane, freshly shaven-headed for the occasion, sent over a cross which defender Per Nielsen, in his panic, deflected on to the bar. Cole got to the rebound just before his front-line partner Yorke, but succeeded only in striking Kenneth Rasmussen on the line. No matter. Such was the ferocity of United's ambition - and such was the inability of Brondby to track down the willing runners - more goals were inevitable. With 13 minutes gone, Jesper Blomqvist, given the task of filling in for Ryan Giggs while the Welshman recovers from a broken foot, glided the ball into Cole's path. The £7million striker, now showing the confidence that once suggested he would become the most prolific scorer of his generation, calmy stepped over the ball and continued his run into the box, certain that Yorke would see the opportunity. He did. United's latest and most expensive arrival at £12.6m distributed with care, allowing Cole to maintain his stride and clip the ball perfectly past Andersen. Only two more minutes elapsed before the match began to assume the proportions of a rout. Philip Neville, encouraged by United's domination, strode forward, swapped passes with Yorke, then let fly with a handsome right-footer to record his first Champions League goal. It had taken only 15 minutes for Brondby to be engulfed by the red storm. But United, eager to send a clear message of their European intentions across the continent, threw more sand in their opponents' faces. Yorke, having worked so assidiously for his team-mates, was given his reward after 27 minutes. Blomqvist swept the ball towards Beckham, who took one look, measured the flightpath of his cross, then dropped the ball on Yorke's head. The striker did not disappoint, sending his effort down and into the ground, the ball spinning below Andersen's body and into the net. Ebbe Sand managed a shot on goal for the Danes but former Brondby goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel hooked his shot away. In the opening seconds of the second half substitute Jordi Cruyff might have increased the advantage but miskicked - one of United's few mistakes on the night. They made another when Ruben Bagger popped up in the English side's box unmarked. But he,too, muffed his shot. It was not Brondby's night. In the 61st minute Paul Scholes made no such mistake, however, as he cut in from the right, beat two defenders and picked his spot to give United the record. Brondby captain John Jensen, who spent four years with Arsenal, went into the game believing United were the best bets for Champions League triumph, even if his heart told him the Gunners might triumph. He came away even more convinced that Ferguson's men will take some stopping.
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Subject: UNITED IN EURO CRUISE Man United 5-0 Brondby Alex Ferguson promised their would no slacking at Old Trafford on Wednesday - yet it is doubtful even the United boss expected quite such a startling start to their Champions Cup clash with Brondby. In a truly extraordinary opening to their fourth Group D game, United were 4-0 up inside 30 minutes as David Beckham, Andy Cole, Phil Neville and Dwight Yorke rattled in one each. Understandably, United eased off slightly after the break although Paul Scholes danced through to grab a fifth just past the hour. A highly satisfied Ferguson had no complaints afterwards even though United lost some their momentum in the second half. "We knew we had the game won at half-time. We made a couple of changes and sometimes that's when the flow goes out of game." "We did what was necessary and we produced some magnificent football in the first-half - I am very pleased." Tonight's rout makes it 16 goals so far in United's latest challenge to rule Europe supreme. An incredible 11 of those have been slammed past the poor Danish team who, since beating Bayern Munich in their first game of the competition, have suffered a disastrous sequence of results. Beckham began the rout with a cracking free-kick after only seven minutes before Andy Cole grabbed his sixth of the season - and third Champions' goal in as many games. And if that did not prove this was going to be United's night, then the sight of Phil Neville storming into the box to stick in only his second senior goal in 85 appearances certainly did. A mere 15 minutes on the clock and already 3-0 up! What more could they want. But Fergie's high-fliers, leading the group by a point from Barcelona, whom they face in the Nou Camp three weeks from now, had not quite completed their first-half business. For a brilliant exchange between the lethal pair of Yorke and Cole set up the £12.6million record-signing from Aston Villa for a simple header. That was Yorke's ninth of the season and third in a row in Europe - and even more amazingly the Reds' 16th goal in just 207 minutes of action against Brondy, if you include the 6-0 pre-season 'friendly' drubbing in Copehagen. With victory assured, Blomqvist was replaced by Jordi Cruyff at half-time after an impressive first half display from the Swede. Beckham was just inches away from a wonder goal seven minutes after the interval when he danced through the Brondby defence before seeing his shot curl the wrong side of the post. Paul Scholes kept the Old Trafford faithful happy when he cut in from the right to slot home a number five with a sweet left foot finish. Cruyff, Yorke, Beckham and Solskjaer all went close before the end, but this time United had to settle for just five. Brondby's coach Ebbe Skovdahl held his hands up afterwards as he admitted that his side were completely out-classed. "I have to admit that United are several levels above us. Frankly, I hope they win the trophy now because it will put our two results against them in perspective and make these defeats easier to cope with. "United have so many good players who played with such speed, we could not do much to top stop them. Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Irwin, Stam, Beckham, Cole (Solskjaer 53), P. Neville (Brown 31), Blomqvist (Cruyff 45), Keane, Scholes, Yorke. Subs Not Used: Van Der Gouw, Butt, Johnsen, Curtis. Goals: Beckham 7, Cole 13, P. Neville 15, Yorke 27, Scholes 63. Brondby: Andersen, Bjur (Krogh 74), Nielsen, Ravn, J. Jensen, Daugaard, Sand (Hansen 77), Colding, Bagger (Thygesen 68), Skarballius, Rasmussen. Subs Not Used: Drejs, Bjerregaard, Vragel, M. Jensen. Att: 53,250
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Champions League Group D: Manchester United 5 - 0 Brondby Champions League results Dynamo Kiev 3 - 1 Arsenal Man Utd 5 - 0 Brondby Subject: United blades sharpen up for Barca By David Lacey at Old Trafford Thursday November 5, 1998 Manchester United again used Brondby as a punchbag last night as they maintained the prolific run of scoring form which they will hope to take to Barcelona in three weeks' time. Three goals in nine minutes at the start of the match reduced the Danish team to a familiar state of disarray and from then on it was merely a case of United helping themselves. The overwhelming nature of Manchester United's 6-2 victory in Copenhagen two weeks earlier, and that on top of a 6-0 win there in a pre-season friendly, should have been sufficient to put United on their guard last night. Football is an illogical business at the best of times and Brondby had not come simply to admire their opponents' attacking style, although they soon found themselves reduced to this. Three points rather than another performance of swash and buckle were United's priority. They wanted to make sure of staying ahead of Barcelona in the group before setting off for Spain later this month, but Bayern Munich's 2-1 win at the Nou Camp means United now only need to beat the Germans on December 9 to win the group. In the event the points were secured with another display of awesome swordsmanship. Nevertheless, memories of the way Barcelona had come from 2-0 down to force a 3-3 draw with United in their opening Champions League game were a reminder of how easily the surest of things can change. The initially studious approach they adopted for last night's game was, therefore, understandable if brief. United appeared at that point content to keep the ball and invite the opposition to chase it. In fact Alex Ferguson's team were merely gathering themselves for another onslaught. To begin with, Andy Cole was fouled beyond the penalty area on the left and the right foot of David Beckham, who had missed the previous game through suspension, did the rest. Emeka Andersen, a late replacement for the injured Mogens Krogh in the Brondby goal, was beaten by a 30-yard shot curling inside the near post. Per Nielsen very nearly increased United's lead three minutes later, heading Keane's centre against his own post. In the 13th minute Jesper Blomqvist, now enjoying a run of matches on the left wing in place of the injured Ryan Giggs, produced a centre which Cole allowed to run to Dwight Yorke. Yorke promptly fed the ball back to Cole, who coolly made space for himself before beating Andersen from a narrow angle. Two minutes later it was the turn of Phil Neville, who with the return of a fit Denis Irwin had switched from left-back to right, replacing Wes Brown. A brisk exchange of passes with Yorke and Neville was through Brondby's stunned defence to score. Already the match had become what was now a routine rout. Once more Brondby were bewildered by United's pace and the width of their movements. Their fourth goal, two minutes before the half-hour, was waiting to happen. Blomqvist found Beckham with a crossfield pass and from the moment the centre left Beckham's foot you knew Yorke would score, which he did with a firm header. So again Brondby were reduced to an evening of damage-limitation. Their attack flickered fitfully and occasionally opened up gaps in the United cover, but their collapsible defence had made any such moments academic. At least it kept Peter Schmeichel active on a chilly evening. Shortly after Phil Neville had given way to Brown on the United right Ebbe Sand gathered a return pass from Ruben Bagger before producing a shot which Schmeichel, who had started to go the wrong way, blocked with a trailing leg. The second half began with Bagger sliding a shot wide of the far post following a corner. By now Manchester United were out to graze. With Blomqvist giving way to Jordi Cruyff at half-time and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replacing Cole soon after, they were again saving their legs, much as they had done in Copenhagen. Yet they had not given up the pursuit of further goals. Beckham curled a shot just wide of a post, having drifting through the middle past two Brondby players, and in the 63rd minute Paul Scholes jinked and swerved his way through the defence on the right to score United's fifth. Manchester United (4-4-2): Schmeichel; P Neville, Stam, G Neville, Irwin; Beckham, Keane, Scholes, Blomqvist; Cole, Yorke. Brondby (4-5-1): Andersen; Colding, Rasmussen, Nielsen, Skarbalius; Bjur, Daugaard, Jensen, Ravn, Bagger; Sand. Referee: L Michel (Slovakia).
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Subject: That was special, Ferguson tells United after Euro win By Jeremy Butler MANCHESTER, England, Nov 4 - Manchester United destroyed Brondby for the second time in two weeks as they produced a superb display of attacking football to hammer the Danes 5-0 in their Champions' League group D game on Wednesday. The English team went ahead after six minutes with a 25-metre free kick by David Beckham and Andy Cole and Phil Neville made it 3-0 by the 16 minute mark. Dwight Yorke headed the fourth in the 28th minute and United then eased up, with only Paul Scholes' 62nd minute goal to mark the second half. United top group D with eight points, one clear of Bayern Munich who won 2-1 in Barcelona. United manager Alex Ferguson said the result marked one of the best performances he had seen from his team in 12 years at the club. "The first-half performance was one of the best I have seen at United," he said. "The speed of the play and the imagination in the game was superb and the goals were stunning at times. "The second goal by Cole in particular was excellent. We are in a rich vein of form at the moment.'' But Ferguson refused to accept his team were now certain to go through to the quarter-finals despite Bayern's win in Barcelona. "I won't say we should win the group because if Bayern beat us here we could go out. Their result in Barcelona was outstanding and it will be a big night when they come here." Bayern travel to the northern English city in the last round of action on December 9. Brondby boss Ebbe Skovdahl is convinced the English team will top group D. "For me, they are favourites to win the group but I cannot say they will win the whole competition. You can pick up injuries and suspensions and that can cost you," he said."
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BREAKING NEWS - Thursday 05 November 1998 Subject: BAYERN SET UP UNITED DECIDER Manchester United will confirm their place in the last eight of the Champions' League with victory over Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on December 9 following a startling triumph by the Germans over Barcelona in Spain. Trailing 1-0 to a first-half penalty from Giovanni, Bayern stunned the Nou Camp, levelling through Alexander Zickler three minutes after the interval, then grabbing a late winner through Hasan Salihamidzic. It takes the German outfit, who entertain Brondby in their next game, to within a point of Alex Ferguson's men, with Barcelona trailing United by four points. Arsenal find themselves third in Group E, behind Dynamo Kiev and Panathinaikos, who recorded a 1-0 victory over Lens in Greece. The all-important winner came from Leonidas Vokolos after 53 minutes and could be vital in the tightest of all the groups, just a single point separating all four sides. A last-gasp header from Argentine international Diego Simeone earned Inter Milan a share of the spoils from their tricky Group C trip to Spartak Moscow. With three teams level on six points after three matches, Simeone's strike could prove vital in steering the Serie A side into the quarter-finals. Spartak had taken the lead in front of a partisan 78,000 crowd when striker Andrei Tikhonov drove his 68th minute shot against a post and Inter goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca deflected the rebound into his own net.
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Subject: info RESERVES GO BACK TO BASICS 97-8 98-9 AUGUST Thu 20 SUNDERLAND (H) - 0-0 SEPTEMBER Wed 2 ASTON VILLA (H) 1-0 4-0 (Wilson 2, Jaszczun og, Greening) Sat 5 Everton (A) 2-3 2-0 (Cruyff, Greening) Thu 17 BIRMINGHAM CITY (H) 2-0 3-2 (Sheringham 2, Cruyff) Fri 25 Liverpool (A) 2-2 2-0 (Notman, Cruyff) OCTOBER Thu 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST (H) 1-1 1-0 (Cooke) Wed 14 BLACKBURN ROVERS (H) 2-2 3-2 (Greening 2, Wilson) NOVEMBER Tue 3 STOKE CITY (H) 4-2 ?-? PONTINS PREMIER LEAGUE P W D L F A Pts UNITED (2) 7 6 1 0 15 4 19 Sunderland (-) 8 5 2 1 15 6 17 Birmingham City(5) 10 3 4 3 13 11 13 Blackburn Rovers(3) 8 3 2 3 12 12 11 Everton (7) 7 3 2 2 8 8 11 Aston Villa (4) 7 3 1 3 12 11 10 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Stoke City (6) 6 1 1 4 5 10 4 (last place) Played Last night Before the match comment:: RESERVES GO BACK TO BASICS Manchester United Reserves will tonight be looking for a magnificent seventh win in a row when they take on Stoke City in the Pontin's League. The game, which kicks off at Bury FC's Gigg Lane ground at 7.30pm, will be a far cry from last week's Worthington Cup match when some of the Reserves played in front of 50,000-plus fans. Jonathan Greening was one such player, and he'll be hoping to repeat his performance from the last Reserves match when he scored two in a 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers. His supply line will be boosted by the presence of Nicky Butt and Ronny Johnsen, who are both on their way back from injury. Meanwhile David May will continue his quest for match fitness in the heart of the Reserves' defence. United Reserves: Gibson; Clegg, May, Wallwork, Curtis;Wilson, Butt, Johnsen, Nevland; Notman, Greening. Subs: Culkin, Ford, Wood, Teather, Healy. _______________________________________________________ Antone on the list with a match report from last night? \ / [snip, snip, snip, snip, snip...] \ / \ / This SNIP courtesy of \ / X Manchester United Football Club! X () () http://www.red11.org () ()
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Subject: Johnsen fit again (Sporting Life) Ronny Johnsen is ready to return to first-team action for Manchester United after coming through a reserve match last night. Johnsen, who has been out since damaging ankle ligaments against Coventry more than seven weeks ago, played a full 90 minutes in midfield in the 4-1 victory over Stoke reserves at Gigg Lane. The Norwegian international should now be included in United's squad to face Newcastle at Old Trafford on Sunday. David May and Nicky Butt also played in the reserve match to show they have fully recovered from minor knocks. Alex Notman, Mark Wilson, Jonathan Greening and Jamie Wood scored United's goals.
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Subject: Fiery Fergie (PA) PRICE TAG NO PROTECTION FROM FERGIE By David Anderson, PA Sport Jaap Stam may be the world's most expensive defender, but that does not excuse him from the odd rollicking from Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. Ferguson does not care if a player has cost £10.75million or £10.75 if they do something to incur his wrath, and Stam readily admits he has fallen foul of Ferguson once or twice since he arrived from PSV Eindhoven in the summer. "I think everybody has," he said. "Alex Ferguson is a great coach, and every coach yells at their players if they make a mistake, and that keeps you sharp." Stam, who today agreed a four-year boot deal with Puma, has looked solid at the heart of the United defence although he has had a few games to forget. He did not cover himself in glory with his performances in the two defeats against Arsenal, while he struggled to contain Everton striker Duncan Ferguson on Saturday. The Dutch international admits he has had to adjust to the faster pace of the Premiership, but he feels he is getting there. "The speed of the game is a lot higher than it is in Holland, and there is also more physical contact," he said. "Also, every team tries 100% to win, whereas in Holland, you knew in certain games you would not have to try so hard to win. "I was not used to playing that way and it was difficult to get used to. "But after playing a couple of games, it was OK, and I think so far things have gone all right." Stam knew playing in England would be harder than in Holland, but that was one of the reasons why he came to Old Trafford. He wants to prove himself against the Premiership's most lethal strikers and he rates Arsenal's Nicolas Anelka as the best he has faced so far. "I wanted to improve myself and I wanted to play against the best strikers in the world, and as most of the best strikers are in England, I came here," he said. "They are all tough and stopping them depends on your own play. "It's difficult to say who has been the best I have played against, but Nicolas Anelka was good. He's a great player and not just because of his pace." Stam will be anxious to keep the likes of Anelka at bay this season or he could be in for another rollicking from you know who. © PA Sporting Life
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