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Date: Wed May 06 16:59:50 GMT+00:00 1998
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                     P  W D  L  F  A Pts

 UNITED             24 14 4  6 55 29 46
 Leeds United       22 13 3  6 44 27 42
 Blackburn Rovers   23 11 7  5 41 28 40
 Aston Villa        23 10 6  7 33 23 37
 Birmingham City    24 9  7  8 33 29 34
 Stoke City         24 10 4  1035 41 34
 Everton            23 9  6  8 33 31 33
 Preston North End  24 10 3  1132 48 33
 Derby County       23 9  3  1131 45 30
 Liverpool          23 8  5  1031 40 29
 Nott Forest        24 7  5  1237 51 26
 Tranmere Rovers    23 4  9  1138 48 21
 Sheffield Wednesday24 4  7  1327 40 19

UNITED will be Champions :
if Leeds United fail to win their last 2 games

Barry your editor
This Issue:
1. Stam signs (Sporting Life)
2. Telegraph Report  Man Utd (2) 3 Leeds (0) 0
3. United - Sheep TV report
5. Terje Fkjeldes / Jimmy Nielsen
6. Keane's injury
8. Cardiff City v. Man United


Beckham sports a new hair colour at the game against Leeds United

Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Michael McDonagh Subject: Stam signs (Sporting Life) STAM COMPLETES DREAM UNITED MOVE Jaap Stam claimed it was a "dream come true" to complete his record 10.75million move to Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven. The Holland international, who becomes the world's most expensive defender, agreed a seven-year contract with the Old Trafford outfit. But Stam, 25, will not officially become a United player until July 1. "It's a great feeling," he said. "As a little kid I adored Manchester United and I like the club very much." United boss Alex Ferguson said: "It's a major signing for us and he's a fantastic player. We're really delighted to get him." Ferguson enjoyed a double celebration with his two-year-old racehorse Queensland Star winning at Chester - its second victory in as many outings so far. Stam agreed to waive most of his 15% cut of the transfer fee to facilitate the deal and delighted United chairman Martin Edwards claimed it was one of the easiest negotiations he had conducted with a player. "We are delighted he has committed himself to Manchester United and it was one of the easiest negotiations I've ever been involved in," said Edwards.
Beckham sports a new hair colour at the game against Leeds United

Subject: Telegraph Report Man Utd (2) 3 Leeds (0) 0 Loss of title stings United into display of defiance By Henry Winter Man Utd (2) 3 Leeds (0) 0 ARSENAL'S gauntlet has been picked up, the challenge accepted. Last night, in a stadium reverberating with defiance, Manchester United responded to Arsenal's coronation with a powerful statement of intent. It was not just the way the deposed champions brushed aside a disappointing Leeds, nor the manner in which they confidently unpicked the visitors' massed defence, producing goals for Ryan Giggs, Denis Irwin and David Beckham. What should concern Arsenal was the desire etched in Alex Ferguson's post-match words. After paying tribute to Ars¸ne Wenger's side - "We recognise what champions are made of" - United's manager said: "There are one or two things you can do: you can wither and die or do something about it." As ambitious as ever, Ferguson is busy turning strong words into action. As the celebrations ripple around Highbury's environs, Arsenal supporters may care to consider some of the sights and sounds from Old Trafford yesterday. Jaap Stam, £10 million worth of Dutch footballer of the year, sat in the stand and today undergoes a medical before finalising his move from PSV Eindhoven. "It's a shame that United are not the champions this season but next year they will be," Stam said. "I'm absolutely sure of that." Stam will be installed by pre-season, scheduled by Ferguson to begin on July 7. Such a date may prove awkward if England enjoy a good run at the World Cup finals. After glancing admiringly at Stam, United's supporters voiced their approval of another defender who may one day become a popular first-team regular. Wes Brown, a talented teenager, arrived in the second half to deliver a debut of real promise. Tall, quick and mobile, the under-18 international produced one dispossession of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to signal his quality. "We've got great hopes for him," Ferguson said. Yet if there was one defensive display to purr over it came from Gary Neville. Whether tackling, tracking or raiding down the flanks, Neville delivered a performance of real all-round accomplishment. Afterwards he outlined how he and his colleagues were feeling, how determined they were to reclaim the high ground. "It's a feeling of hurt," the England international said. "You set out at the start of the season to win the League and the European Cup. They were the two trophies we went for and we failed. We have got to put it right next season." Neville was swiftly involved yesterday, building moves as Leeds fans crowed their support for Arsenal. "You're not champions any more," they sang. United responded in the best manner possible. After six minutes, a break by Neville punished Ian Harte's failure to cut out Gary Pallister's drilled pass. Having just kept the ball in play, Neville crossed beautifully for Giggs to head in. United were in control, attacking in waves across Leeds' 4-1-4-1 set-up. Their second goal stemmed from another angled delivery, this time from Irwin on the left. Teddy Sheringham was flattened by Harte and, with typical calm, Irwin placed the penalty to Nigel Martyn's left. Leeds' intermittent threat stemmed from counter-attacks, the ball invariably heading towards Hasselbaink. A lively, if lonely front-runner, the Dutchman was rarely supported consistently from midfield. When Leeds managed to create an opening, as David Wetherall did for Lee Bowyer, Neville stepped in to clear. Yet Leeds should have had a penalty when Nicky Butt clearly handled an inswinging free-kick from Harte. Gary Willard, though, was having none of it, much to George Graham's irritation. "He's one of the poorer refs," the Leeds manager said, "but that's not to take away from our poor performance." Fifth-placed Leeds, all but certain to make the UEFA Cup, were enlivened by Harry Kewell after the break, the Australian twice going close. But United were always in command. Just before the hour United added a third, Beckham finishing with a glorious volley. To round off Leeds' disappointment, Gunnar Halle was dismissed for two bookable offences. Europe awaits for them; for United, this summer looks to be a time of reviving hopes.
Beckham sports a new hair colour at the game against Leeds United

Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 22:53:41 +0300 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Terry Dale Subject: United - Sheep TV report To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU It was quite an entertaining game and we looked very good again in short bursts of activity. I wonder why we couldn't have put in more performances like this over the past couple of months. Leeds came to get something from the game to enhance their UEFA ambitions so it wasn't one of your typical pointless powderpuff end-of-season games with nothing at stake. Leeds tried but were comprehensively beaten. We played in fact with gay reckless abandon at times, and one can only suspect that the team does much better when freed from tension. (Not that having Alex glaring from the touchline is exactly relaxing.) If Jaap Stam was in the stands as reported, I wonder what he thought of it all? The defence looked pretty solid. As he watched a cultured defensive display poor ol' Jaap was probably thinking he'd be our sixth- choice defender after Pally, Johnsen, May, Berg and, yes, Wes Brown! There were some fine performances from the whole team again. Gazza Neville excelled, but so did Becks and Giggs and even Superstar May. Sporting his new haircut (which, I believe, was very fashionable in the 1930's) David May put in another rock-solid performance. I don't think he will be leaving Old Trafford next year, but Fergie seems to be sending those "farewell" signals to Berg. Our first goal came on 6 minutes after some Kanchelskis-type wing play by Gazza Neville. His cross was met sweetly by Giggs' head (he can't have meant that, can he?). On the half hour we were 2-0 up thanks to a Dinnnis Irwin penalty. Doing something useful for perhaps the first and last time in the game, Teddy "earned" the penalty by caving in under a lightish challenge from a Leeds defender. The replays of the incident suggested that Teddy might do well in Hollywood if his career at OT doesn't work out. (And it won't, I think.) There was a nice shot of the Leeds coach and internationally well-known convicted criminal, George "Fingers in the till" Graham, ejaculating violently on the touchline. And was that a Rolex that twinkled cheekily on his wrist? Stolen no doubt, the rascal. He looked desperate to get something from the game, but it would be nice if Leeds could miss out on Europe again if only because the primeval slime that supports them are such sad buggers. Phil Neville came on for Dinnis in the second half and, after our third goal on 59 minutes, there were run-outs for the young, impressive Brown and the old, once-impressive Choccy McClair. (Actually, "run-out" may not be the right word for Choccy. It was more of a "wheeze-out".) The third goal resulted from Andy Cole's persistence. As he attempted to barge his way through, the ball ballooned up and was headed out straight to Becks on the edge of the box. He volleyed the ball home hard and low. A fine goal. Pity about the hair, though. Why does Posh insist on dolling him up like Dolly bloody Parton? Anyway, true to form, off went Becks to the Sheeps' corner to indulge in a little provocative vengeance for the boos they'd directed at him the whole game. As a matter of fact, the fans singing-taunting battle off the pitch was sometimes more enteratining than the one-sided battle on it, and I'd be very interested to hear what exactly was going on in the stands from anyone who actually attended the match. "Oooh aah Cantona came over loud, very loud, and clear and had the hair on the back of my neck standing up. Good ol' Eric, you'll never be forgotten, and how kind of Leeds to sell him to us for what amounted to the price of a Guinness and packet of crisps. We owe it all to you Leeds. Thanks. The Sheep also came across loud and clear with "Arsenal" and the essential "Stand up if you hate ..." A bit bloody annoying in your own stadium, but it made for one of the best OT atmospheres this season. I wonder if any sheep got sacrificed after the game? So three more points to keep up our title challenge. Yes, that's right, we can still win it. No I'm not completely bonkers. It'll happen like this: Arsenal are going to get three points deducted for the illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs and we'll be handed the championship again. You all know what a checkered history the Arse players have got: ex-player Merson was forever sniffing coke while Adams used to go around like a St Bernard dog with a little barrel of whisky under his chin. The whole team are at it. They eat anabolic steroids for breakfast instead of Cornflakes and are popping all sorts of performance pills from morning till night. This has to be true. How else can you explain the fact that pathetic old turds like Dixon, Adams and Winterburn (who were all pronounced clinically dead last year) are running around like spring chickens beating defenders and scoring Maradonna-type goals? They're at it. Oh yes, they're at it alright. They're all at it. Even Arsene. Don't worry. The championship is ours again just as soon as Inspector Knacker of the Scotland Yard anti-drugs unit gets on the case. Aha, and I think I hear the police siren already ... __________ Terry Saudi feeling a little light-headed.
Beckham sports a new hair colour at the game against Leeds United

Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 15:51:33 +0200 (CEST) Subject: BATISTUTA SET TO LEAVE FIORENTINA BATISTUTA SET TO LEAVE FIORENTINA Unsettled hero Gabriel Batistuta may have played his last home game for Fiorentina. The Argentinian captain, who was linked with Manchester United last year, has revealed he is ready to quit the club despite scoring twice in the 5-1 win over Brescia. Batistuta has always had a difficult relationship with club president Vittorio Cecchi Gori, and there whistles for the team from the home crowd on Sunday despite Batistuta opening the scoring after just 17 seconds. "I don't know what's going to happen at the end of the season...Cecchi Gori and I have to talk about what's best for everyone," said Batistuta. "I've been here for seven years and clearly I don't make people happy like I used to. "The fans were whistling us and I don't agree with that, and even if they whistle the team then they're whistling me as well." Batistuta, whose double-strike brought his career tally here to 151 goals, added: "At one point during the game, I realised that this could be my last game in Florence." Despite his 20 goals, it's been a disappointing season for the club - Italy's last UEFA Cup place is now the best Fiorentina can hope for.
Beckham sports a new hair colour at the game against Leeds United

Subject: Terje Fkjeldes / Jimmy Nielsen To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU United linked with Norwegian star It has emerged that Manchester United have been monitoring the progress of Norwegian Under-21 goalkeeper Terje Fkjeldes after his club Sogndal confirmed the interest on Monday. Sources in Norway confirmed an English club had been following the youngster's progress since February. United were linked to Spurs' Espen Baardsen then Danish Under-21 star Jimmy Nielsen last month but had a representative at the Denmark v Norway Under-21 game where both Nielsen and Fkjeldes were in action. United are thought to be actively searching for a long-term successor to Peter Schmeichel, currently recovering from a hamstring injury.
Beckham sports a new hair colour at the game against Leeds United

Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 16:45:58 -0400 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Mark Green Subject: Keane's injury To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU Hi my red friends, On the subject of Keane, a couple of list members have expressed a doubt over whether or not he will be the same player when he returns next year. There's no doubt that the injury he sustained to his cruciate ligament is the one all footballers fear most.....however, coming from a medical background, I assure you it will be less problematical for Keano due to the nature of the player himself. After rehabilitation, such injuries cause more of a problem for 'flair' players ala Giggsy - those who twist and turn at high speed and transfer their weight suddenly from one leg to another whilst trying to take an opponent on. Just look at how the injury has interrupted Thornley's progress. It's unlikely now that he'll ever truly fulfill the potential he once shown before his injury. No disrespect to Keano, but he's no Giggsy or Pele! Keano is so influential to us through his work-rate, he has a fantastic 'engine' and is a terrific leader on the pitch. He's a winner. The major problem for him is going to be those first few block tackles. There's no doubt this will currently be niggling at the back of his mind - but once he's overcome those crucial first bone-jarring tackles he'll be the same old Keano - I can assure you of that. With Keane back, and Stam completing the formalities of his move today all we need is a big-name striker to pair with Andy Cole next year. Then my friends, finally, we should have a team well capable of recapturing the title and European cup next year. No disrespect to any of our strikers at the club at the moment, but in crucial European games against the top sides, chances are always at a premium. Andy Cole is great, but he does miss a lot of chances. If he gets three chances in one game then he'll probably only score once more often than not. We need a clinical finisher - someone who when they get one good chance, they'll finish it every time. That's the difference at the highest level. We simply don't have a striker of that calibre at the moment. I heard yesterday that Batistuta may have played his last game for Fiorentina - we could do a lot worse! Feel free to comment on any of the above - but please, no more scare-mongering on the list about Keane's injury..... he's going to be just fine. Bye my friends, Mark.........
Beckham sports a new hair colour at the game against Leeds United

Subject: Mirror Article FERGIE: WE'LL BOUNCE BACK AND WIN TITLE FERGIE: WE'LL BOUNCE BACK AND WIN TITLE Man Utd ..3 Leeds ..0 Alex Ferguson sent an ominous warning to the rest of the Premiership last night by declaring: "I will take Manchester United back to the top." The United boss opened up on the agony of seeing his side de-throned as kings of English football by awesome Arsenal. But he banished any misgivings about his future as United saw off bitter rivals Leeds in their final home match of the season. Fergie outlined his blueprint for claiming the title back from the Gunners in his programme notes. "We will gather strength from the setbacks of this season," he said. "Disappointment is part of football and part of growing up. We are a young club and we will learn from our mistakes. So many of our players have not reached their prime yet. Their best is yet to come and they will get over the knocks that fate has handed us this season.'' Jaap Stam surveyed his new soccer empire and loved what he saw. A United side suffering from title rejection but still fit and well enough to give the supporters a timely pick-me-up. Stam, for once, was one of them as he sat in a VIP seat with his wife Ellis. And he lapped up every second in his new surroundings. Stam was up on his £10.5million pins to clap his new team-mates on to the pitch before battle with Leeds. And he was on them again as United soared ahead with two first-half goals. Now Stam cannot wait for the day to dawn when he can pull on the same red shirt. That magic moment will come ever nearer after his medical today and the completion of his record-busting deal. But for the time being he was happy to sit back and enjoy further high-class entertainment as David Beckham joined in the goal fun with a third in the 58th minute. United obviously were out for the blood of the side who had beaten them back in September to assist in their title downfall. And Stam would have winched at some of the challenges, with Leeds' Gunnar Halle getting the red card in the 62nd minute for a second bookable offence. United showed great spirit to hide their title heartbreak. Ferguson even told the faithful beforehand that Arsenal were worthy winners in a warm tribute. United still had pride and passion to play for. And they had to react quickly after Leeds threatened to take a stranglehold on the game after just 60 seconds. Jimmy Hasselbaink made his intentions clear in his first run on goal that ended with a snap shot a fraction wide. But United responded as only they can - with a goal of stunning power and brutal execution. Gary Pallister's long ball to Gary Neville should have been cut out by Ian Harte in the fifth minute. But the Leeds defender boobed badly and Neville stretched out a right leg to keep the ball in play and set up the first United strike. The England star crossed superbly for Ryan Giggs to plant a header into the bottom corner. It was a goal that shook Leeds to the core but they came fighting back themselves to test stand-in keeper Raimond Van der Gouw. Gunnar Halle hoisted the perfect ball in for Lee Bowyer. But with the keeper flatfooted, Neville was in the right spot to intercept with a header before Bowyer could react. Leeds though were suddenly back in trouble in the 29th minute when United stormed into a two-goal lead from the penalty spot. Denis Irwin's cross was arrowing to Terry Sheringham until Harte climbed all over the England striker's back. Irwin stuck the spot kick into the bottom corner with Nigel Martyn flying the other way. Beckham completed United's stroll in the sun with a third goal just before the hour, volley ing home sweetly with his right foot from the edge of the area.
Beckham sports a new hair colour at the game against Leeds United

From: MikeDPG Subject: Cardiff City v. Man United To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU We played a testimonial with them today for Jimmy Goodfellows. Final result: Cardiff City XI 1 - 1 Man Utd XI Roberts Tomlinson According to the list, City took the lead innitially with a goal from Christian Roberts. Not much more word apart from that City played the full starting team to start and United only played the one 'name' player, Choccy! The full team was Culkin, M Clegg, Higginbotham, Brown, Curtis, Mulryne, Twiss, Tomlinson, McClair, Notman, Greening. Mulryne, McClair and Greening were substituted at half time - I think by Wellens, Wood and Ford, but the announcer didn't give details of the substitutions. During the second half Clegg was replaced by Roche. The Jimmy Goodfellow Select XI (not Cardiff City) used about 25 players from various clubs, including former United player Derek Brazil. Goodfellow himself (the Cardiff physio) came on for the last few minutes (he's 55). Christian Roberts scored for the Goodfellow XI after 7 minutes, and Tomlinson equalised after 14. Attendance was 7,192 and the referee was Keith Burge from Tonypandy. Mike Dobbin ---------- Western Mail report Testimonial: Fans turn out to honour Goodfellow Manchester United may not have won a trophy this season but even their reserve players have mighty crowd-pulling power. Their successful Pontins League side, comprising stars of the future and one old-hand - Scottish international Brian McClair - attracted a Ninian Park crowd last night of more than 7,000 for Jimmy Goodfellow's testimonial. City's physio should pocket around £40,000 from the event. It was a nostalgic event for 54-year-old Goodfellow, surrounded by players and managers with whom he has worked, among them Len Ashurst, Eddie May and Colin Addison. Other guests included world boxing champions Joe Calzaghe and Barry Jones and former champions Steve Robinson and Nicky Piper. Goodfellow's side kicked off with the present City players, but there were wholesale changes to make way for former favourites. Gavin Ward replaced John Hallworth in goal before a quartet of substitutions - Derek Brazil, Simon Haywarth, Damon Searle and Kevin Ratcliffe, who captained City's championship-winning side five years ago. They were followed by another ex-City trio - Paul Bodin, Paul Ramsey and Nick Richardson. City's own exciting discovery, Chris Roberts, stole the limelight from United's youngsters by giving Goodfellow's team a sixth-minute lead. 'Keeper Nick Culkin was left "home alone" as Roberts headed home a cross by Jason Fowler. United equalised four minutes later, Graeme Tomlinson dribbling round Hallworth after running onto a through ball by Northern Ireland international Philip Mulryne. Roberts forced an urgent save from Culkin and Hayworth went close, but Alex Notman missed a sitter for the visitors, Ratcliffe's well-timed tackle denied Jon Greening and Ward blocked a Tomlinson effort. The biggest cheer of the night came when Goodfellow put himself on for the closing minutes. Karl Woodward (Chief Soccer Writer)
Beckham sports a new hair colour at the game against Leeds United

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