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Date: Mon Apr 06 11:37:34 GMT+01:00 1998
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Blackburn Here we come!
REDS Monday live on SKY SPORTS in Europe 20.00 gmt
Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester United

USA: Monday Apr 6 2:55pm ET/11:55am PT LIVE espn2 
LIVE TSN (Canada)  (kickoff 3pm ET/12noon PT) 

ENJOY!  All Over the World "UNITED!"
Your editor Barry.

This Issue:
1. Results without Giggs and Pallister
2. Ahead of the Blackburn game...
3. Moran's View (Carling)
4. Pally Quotes


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From: JulesMif 
Subject:      Results without Giggs and Pallister

>A quick glance at United's results since Giggs and Pallister have been
>sidelined shows how important they have been this season.

All games, all competitions since 01/01/98 without Giggs or Pallister

Played 7 Won 2 Lost 2 Drawn 3 GF 9 ave GF 1.26 GA 6 Ave 0.88

Jules (See Sky Text Europe: 222)

Subject:   Ahead of the Blackburn game...


A       Blackburn       League          0-0
A       Blackburn       League          0-2
A       Blackburn       League          4-2     Cantona, Kanchelskis 2,
A       Blackburn       League          2-1     Sharpe, Beckham
A       Blackburn       League          3-2     Cole, Scholes, Cantona

        P  W  D  L  F  A  +/-  Pts
        5  3  1  1  9  7  +2   10

United's games against Blackburn have always had an important say in the
destination of the Premiership title. At least, that's how they're
usually built-up. It could be something to do with the fact that United
and Blackburn have been the only ever winners of the Premiership, but
again tonight, the importance of game in terms of trophy destination is

United's record against Blackburn at Ewood Park is good, having won
there on the last 3 occasions. Overall, our record against them is
excellent, losing just once in the previous 11 meetings. But that one
loss hurt, obviously you never like to lose, but in the 1993-94 season
United at one stage had opened a sizeable gap over the rest of the field
and looked odds-on to retain the title. Slowly but surely Blackburn
chipped away at the gap and the media were promoting the match as a
six-pointer. Blackburn at the time had the momentum going into the game
and Shearer (annoyingly) got the two goals. Fortunately, history shows
United did the double that season.

The following season it was Blackburn's turn to win the title, so
United's turn to win at Ewood Park. As they say: "The game had
everything". Henning Berg, playing for Blackburn of course, was
controversially (no matter how tinted your red spectacles are) sent off
early in the first half for a 'challenge' on Lee Sharpe. Cantona
converted the penalty and that decision lost the game for Blackburn.
Amazingly they twice came back to equalise, but in the end the 10 men
were no match for the 11 men.

The Blackburn fixture during 1995-96 occurred early on in the season.
Blackburn had now taken United's throne as Champions and this game was
seen as an early season indicator to test United's mettle in the
Championship challenge. The kids were beginning to get use to the
rigours of the Premiership and it was David Beckham, after a penalty
area scramble, who gave United the lead, the three points and the belief
that the title could be won with kids.

Last season's meeting between the two was late on and United needed the
points to extended their lead at the top and get themselves clear of the
scrap forming below them. This was Andy Cole's day, scoring one and
having a hand in the other two, the performance was a perfect display of
how his game has improved since joining United. Lets hope for a similar
result tonight.

Player to watch: Stephane Henchoz

Thanks for reading,
Ian Grant,

Subject:      Moran's View (Carling)

Man United 4 Apr 1998

The cavalry should be back for Manchester United against Blackburn on Monday
when a clutch of recently injured stars are hoping to return.

Peter Schmeichel, Gary Pallister, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs trained this
week and are in contention to face Blackburn at Ewood Park - and as far as
one former United and Rovers star at least is concerned they may make the
difference for the Reds.

Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Moran said: ``As we all know
injuries have taken a big toll on United, and it's possible as a team they
were focused on Europe.

``The key thing for United is that they are getting players back. That's
crucial for them and that gives the whole side a big lift.''

Schmeichel and Giggs have been struggling with hamstring injuries, while
Pallister has been blighted by a back problem and Butt a calf complaint.

United's FA Carling Premiership title rivals Arsenal, by contrast, are
losing players through injury and suspension, and Moran believes this and
their hectic run-in could tip the title odds in his old team's favour.

``From United's point of view it's nice to have the points, but it's also
out of their control,'' he said.

``They must look to other clubs to take some points off Arsenal.

``It's going to be very difficult for Arsenal, though, especially nearer the
end when they will be chock-a-block with game upon game.

``They are still involved in the Cup, and I think this could take its toll
on the club.

``They have a problem in that they are not going to get many goals,
especially with Dennis Bergkamp being suspended and Ian Wright trying to get

``The young lads up front have done well, but I wonder if they can continue
to get the goals.

``I still feel it will be United and I think they will just pip Arsenal for
the title.''

Teddy Sheringham will also be available after suspension for the Blackburn
game, and Moran feels both sides will be desperate to win the match for
different reasons.

United need a victory to double their lead over Arsenal to six points, while
Rovers are anxious to secure a UEFA Cup spot.

Moran said: ``It's always a big game but it has that extra edge because of
the positions of the two clubs.

``United are going for the championship, while Blackburn are going for the
UEFA Cup, so there's a lot at stake.''

Moran has been greatly impressed by what Rovers boss Roy Hodgson has done
since he took over in the summer.

Hodgson has sold 18million worth of talent, but his side are still riding
high in the Premiership.

``I think he deserves an awful lot of credit,'' said Moran.

``In essence it's the same squad which has been around for the last couple
of years, although he has had to sell the likes of Henning Berg and Graeme
Le Saux.

``But they've coped brilliantly, and for me Roy Hodgson is an outstanding

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Subject: Pally Quotes

Double Danger For Reds

Pallister warns United not to rule out Liverpool threat
Exclusive by Stephen Wood and Joe Bernstein

Pallister.. in line for return  
 GARY Pallister today warned Manchester United of an 11th-hour title
challenge from old rivals Liverpool.

And the big defender admits the next eight days could decide the destiny of
the Premiership.

United's comfortable lead has been whittled away during a miserable March
by Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger's men turned up the heat with a midweek win
at Bolton.

It left them three points behind the Reds with two games still in hand, and
everyone talking about a head-to-head over the last few weeks.

Liverpool, who have flattered to deceive once again this season, lie off
the pace in third today, nine points adrift of the champions.

But Pallister said: ``Forget the title battle being a two-horse race -
there are three contenders in my book.

``A lot of people have been talking about United and Arsenal recently, and
that's fair enough because the table shows we are out in front. But I
really don't think you can ignore Liverpool from the equation yet.

Be prepared for a grandstand finish 

``Remember, they have to play both ourselves and Arsenal. Two key wins
there and they will fancy their chances, so in some ways they still have
the title destiny in their own hands.

``And with Steve McManaman and Michael Owen in their team, it would be daft
to rule them out. Hopefully, though, we can end their hopes by beating them
on Good Friday.''

Pally, 32, has been out with a back injury since January but has penciled
in a return for next week's crucial double-header with north west rivals -
first at Blackburn on Monday and then Liverpool at Old Trafford.

United picked up just four points from a possible 12 last month but
Pallister added: ``I said a few weeks ago that we never assumed the title
was ours and Arsenal's run has made that seem like wise words. But we are
still top and can go nine points clear if we win those next two big games.

``Another advantage is that Arsenal have games coming up thick and fast and
I know from experience how difficult it can be to keep up a consistent
level of performance when you seem to be playing two or three times a week.

``People might look at United's results recently and think `what is going
on?' The fact is we have had an injury crisis beyond anything we have ever
known at the club.

``You can't lose world-class players like Ryan Giggs, Peter Schmeichel and
Roy Keane without paying some sort of price. We have been digging out
results when we can but haven't been able to keep a rhythm going. Hopefully
things are starting to clear up on the injury front now.

``Whatever happens, it looks set for a grandstand finish and it's a strange
situation when the crowd are half watching your game and half trying to
find out the scores from other grounds.

``I admit curiosity gets the better of you when it comes down to the wire
and I'm sure we'll know what is happening to Arsenal and Liverpool if they
are our rivals in the last couple of weeks.''

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