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MANUNITED.NETLANE.COM : TODAYS NEWS Date: Wed Apr 08 07:40:36 GMT+01:00 1998 Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Warming up for Liverpool Friday! Live on Sky Europe! Todays Pic: Palli come back, against Blackburn! Barry your editor. This Issue: 1. Times Report Blackburn 1 ManU 3 2. UNITED TO WIN THE PREMIERSHIP (Sporting Life) 3. Becks -- Jekyll & Hyde (D.Mail) 4. Ince says Scousers can win title - HAHAHAHA 5. Times Article: Oliver Holt believes.... ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ Subject: Times Report Blackburn 1 ManU 3 April 7 1998 FOOTBALL Ferguson's side confirm title pedigree at Ewood Park Happy returns for United BY OLIVER HOLT FOOTBALL CORRESPONDENT Blackburn Rovers ...1 Manchester United ...3 A LOCAL paper had labelled the quartet of returning players "The Crunch Bunch". Another was saying that the restoration of "The Famous Four" would stop Manchester United's championship jitters turning into a fully fledged case of the shakes. Sure enough, just when the title seemed to be ebbing further away from them in the fraught surroundings of Ewood Park last night, The Crunch Bunch came through. As Arsène Wenger and his Arsenal team gathered around their television sets and rubbed their hands in expectation of another United stumble in the struggle for FA Carling Premiership dominance, a United team restored to something like full strength fought back from a goal down to surge past Blackburn Rovers. United are now six points clear at the top and although Arsenal have three games in hand, the way that United celebrated this victory suggested that its cathartic value, its capacity to steady shredded nerves and steal back momentum that had slipped away to North London, may mean it was the latest of many turning-points in the battle at the top this season. The Crunch Bunch - Schmeichel, Pallister, Butt and Giggs - all absent during much of the recent period of United's travails, gave performances that suggested United will be hard for Arsenal to overhaul now that they are fully fit. In this mood, United will beat Liverpool on Good Friday and make the hill even steeper for Arsenal to climb. After they had been thoroughly outplayed in the first half and had deservedly gone behind to a penalty from the excellent Sutton, United hit back after the interval with a fine goal from Cole. Scholes put them ahead with a strike that owed something to fortune, but United finished things off in style in the last minute when Giggs freed Beckham, who slid his shot past Fettis. Alex Ferguson, the United manager, had betrayed his own view of the importance of the match in the second half, leaping off the bench to remonstrate with referee and linesman after the tackles and the elbows had started to fly in. Afterwards, he admitted that defeat would have given Arsenal a significant advantage in the run-in. "I have been replaying the last two years in my mind," Ferguson said, "and I cannot recall us ever being given the kind of doing that Blackburn gave us in the first half. We were out-thought, outfought, outrun and outplayed. We just had to try to impose ourselves on the game a little bit, at least do that. "Let's be honest about it: if we had lost tonight, it would have given Arsenal a massive boost. We have had a warning about our performance level here. I would expect us to play far better against Liverpool on Friday. Giggs has come through with no problem at all and that will have done him good. It was a really gritty performance and we are going to need that now. I just pray that Blackburn can play like they did in the first half against Arsenal next week. They should bottle that." Ferguson had sprung a surprise before the game by deciding not to restore Sheringham to the starting line-up after his one-match suspension. Solskjaer began in attack with Cole but, in the first half, they hardly got a kick. Blackburn, with Sutton and Gallacher outstanding in attack and McKinlay dominant in midfield, were in control. Schmeichel was in uncharacteristically uncertain form, dropping crosses here and free kicks there, but he escaped unpunished. So did United until, after 31 minutes, Duff escaped from the shackles that Gary Neville had clamped on him and burst into the area. Neville appeared to push him to the ground, the referee awarded a penalty and Sutton dispatched it low past Schmeichel. In the second half, though, Ferguson brought on Butt for Solskjaer and pushed Scholes into a more advanced position, and United were a different team. Giggs hit his stride, Cole's runs carried more conviction and Butt held everything together as passions began to run high. Nine minutes after the interval, Gary Neville almost made amends for conceding the penalty when he forced his way in front of Wilcox in Blackburn's six-yard box and found himself with a clear shooting chance. The ball did not fall kindly for him, though, and he could only direct his shot weakly at Fettis. A minute later, however, United equalised. Beckham played a cushioned chip down the right wing into the path of Cole, who cut inside Henchoz as if he was not there and sent a scything, left-foot shot skimming across the grass, across Fettis and into the bottom corner of the goal. Ferguson came storming on to the touchline to protest at a linesman who was flagging for a foul by Beckham on Wilcox and had to be restrained by the fourth official, Uriah Rennie. Ferguson soon forgot his anger, though, when Gary Neville intercepted a pass by Wilcox and fed the ball to Beckham. His curling cross hit the on-rushing Scholes on the thigh and, with Fettis wrong-footed, the ball rolled slowly into the net. Schmeichel showed his true worth in the dying minutes, first saving Hendry's powerful header from a corner and then blocking Kenna's close-range shot with his legs. Beckham wrapped it up with his cool finish after Giggs's incisive through-ball had ripped open the tiring Blackburn defence. The Crunch Bunch had done their job. BLACKBURN ROVERS (4-4-2): A Fettis - J Kenna, C Hendry, S Henchoz, J Wilcox - G Flitcroft, W McKinlay, T Sherwood, D Duff - K Gallacher, C Sutton. MANCHESTER UNITED (4-4-2): P Schmeichel - G Neville, R Johnsen, G Pallister, D Irwin - D Beckham, P Neville, P Scholes, R Giggs - O G Solskjaer (sub: N Butt, 46min), A Cole. Referee: G Ashby. From: Helgi Adalsteinsson
Subject: UNITED TO WIN THE PREMIERSHIP (Sporting Life) To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by eris.web-plus.dk id WAA01981 Hi fellows Sporting-life has predicted that MAN UTD will win the League, as if that´s something new ;) Have a look. UNITED TO WIN THE PREMIERSHIP By PA Sports Staff Manchester United Apr 10: Liverpool H (United to win 2-1) - United's fiercest rivals will be desperate to beat them, but Liverpool have not won at Old Trafford since March 1990. Apr 18: Newcastle H (United to win 2-0) - Newcastle need the points to guarantee Premiership safety, but it's hard to see them stopping United at Old Trafford. Apr 27: Crystal Palace A (United to win 3-1) - an away banker if ever there was one against the relegation-haunted Eagles. May 4: Leeds H (1-1 draw) - yet another tough home game against a Leeds side, who can be brilliant one game and terrible the next. May 10: Barnsley A (United win 2-1) - United have already lost at Oakwell in the FA Cup, but don't expect a similar result if they need a victory to win the title. Arsenal Apr 11: Newcastle H (Arsenal to win 1-0) - a dress rehearsal of the FA Cup final and what should be another three points for the Gunners. Apr 13: Blackburn A (2-2 draw) - Rovers won at Highbury in December and are good enough to take a point in the return at Ewood Park. Apr 18: Wimbledon H (Arsenal to win 2-0) - On paper, one of Arsenal's easier games and one they should win. Apr 25: Barnsley A (1-1 draw) - Barnsley are no longer the pushovers Arsenal beat 5-0 in October and they will be fighting for their Premiership lives. Apr 29: Derby H (Arsenal to win 1-0) - Derby have proved a stern test for Arsenal in recent matches, but the Gunners should win through. May 3: Everton H (Arsenal to win 2-1) - Everton will be desperate to take anything from this game, but should leave with nothing. May 6: Liverpool A (1-1 draw) - Arsenal have a terrible recent record against Liverpool and may well have to settle for a draw. May 10: Aston Villa A (1-1 draw) - Not the easiest of places to go on the final day, and Villa could well take a point. Verdict: Man Utd, 79pts (Champions) Arsenal, 76pts © PA Sporting Life Greetings from Iceman in Denmark Helgi Adalsteinsson Aalborg University email@example.com http://www.business.auc.dk/~helgi Subject: Becks -- Jekyll & Hyde (D.Mail) Fire of Fergie as United beat Blackburn 3-1 Tuesday, April 7, 1998 If Manchester United go on from this result to retain their title, it will be remembered as the half-time team talk which saved a championship. Limping in at the break after playing like virtual strangers for 45 minutes Manchester United came out to cosh Blackburn Rovers, scoring three times and sending a shiver down the spine of the watching Arsenal players. David Beckham was the man who typified their raw fighting spirit as he attempted, by fair means and sometimes foul, to trample all over his tormentors. The United No.7 scored one and made the other two, all the while playing as if he believed that anyone not wearing a red shirt was an enemy. Watching it was bewitching and distasteful in almost equal measures but there can be no doubt that Beckham has two things upon which United flourish, a hatred of losing and genuine footballing class. The game was balanced at 1-1 with 25 minutes to go when Dr Jekyll became Mr Hyde for a few minutes and after the dust had settled the champions were 2-1 up and there was no way back for Rovers. United will deny that his aggression is a tactic like John McEnroe's tantrums, calculated to upset the concentration of opponents. But there can be no doubt that it takes a strong team to mix it with these boys and come out on top. Nicky Butt and Gary Neville had combined to send Beckham off on another of his blistering runs down the right when the slightest of touches from Jason Wilcox's flailing hand send him tumbling to the turf. There was no play-acting but the contact was accidental and did not deserve the furore which ensued. Beckham got up with an attitude, the one which manager Alex Ferguson had demanded at half-time. Having got even, United now got mad. Seconds later Wilcox received the ball on the touchline and Beckham put in a thumping challenge for which he was immediately penalised. The United substitutes, led by David May, surrounded the linesman and Ferguson unleashed heated outbursts at the linesman and the referee. Suddenly the game threatened to boil over. The United players did not lose their concentration, however, and a few minutes later the match was won. Neville dispossessed Damien Duff at high speed and sent Beckham down the right once again. He looked up once, struck the ball with a swerve and the cross bounced in front of Colin Hendry. Paul Scholes was running in immediately behind him and as the ball hit his left thigh it went into one side of the goal when Alan Fettis was diving the other way. The importance of Beckham's performance was that he had been playing his normal game in the first half when United were given what Ferguson called 'a doing.' Against a blue and white tide which made some of his team-mates look fragile and others look ring-rusty, Beckham kept on pumping in his right footed crosses and passes. His defiance was like the last stand of champions who had won only two matches in the last eight since Ryan Giggs limped off with a hamstring injury against Derby in February. Stung by their humiliating 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford four months ago, for long spells last night Rovers looked as if they would get revenge. Although Giggs, Gary Pallister and Peter Schmeichel were all returning after injury, it was the goalkeeper who got the jitters first, spilling a shot and a free kick from Jeff Kenna and a corner from Duff. A Blackburn goal was inevitable and Gary Neville lost concentration long enough to haul Duff down in the box as the Irishman surged past him. Chris Sutton, sent off in a bad-tempered display in that Old Trafford drubbing, thumped the penalty gleefully past Schmeichel to put Rovers ahead in the 32nd minute. It really does not matter what kind of Caledonian curses Ferguson used in the dressing room. His cold, hard stare would have said as much as his words . The important point was that enough of these young men, led by Beckham, realised the debt they owed Ferguson, the value of those multi-million-pound contract extensions they have just signed and the need to play without letting themselves down. Andy Cole scored a superb equaliser nine minutes into the second half when Beckham sent him away and the striker rediscovered all that lost edge when he cut inside Stephane Henchoz and smashed a left-foot shot into the far corner of the net. It was a gem of a goal and afterwards Ferguson correctly identified it as his team's most important moment. When it came to it, United found they had unearthed their killer instinct as well as their will to battle and in the final moment Giggs put through a sensational pass to Beckham, who capped a Man of the Match night by scoring with ease. The hard truth is that it may not be enough as Arsenal have three games in hand and only a six-point gap to close. But without this win it would have been over and for that United can thank whatever home truths were told at half-time and another of David Beckham's Jekyll and Hyde performances. Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 15:06:09 -0700 From: David Menashe Subject: Ince says Scousers can win title - HAHAHAHA To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU England midfielder Paul Ince believes Liverpool have once last chance to revive their flagging season. It will come on Friday when Ince makes his competitive return to Old Trafford against former club Manchester United. He accepts defeat there would finally extinguish Liverpool's lingering hopes of making a late run for the premier league title. Liverpool lie third in the table, 12 points adrift of United, after another season of under-achievement. But Ince said on Tuesday: "We've got two games in hand and there's no-one at Anfield who thinks it's all over. "We still believe the title is between three clubs -- United, Arsenal and ourselves. The people who are saying it's a two-horse race are exactly the same people who thought United had it won a couple of months ago "It's a huge game for us on Friday, possibly more than United. Liverpool have suffered at United's hands recently but there's no reason why we can't go there and win. Player for player we can match them. "We've got to win all our games to stand any chance of making up the difference at the top. So if we lose to United we may as well forget it." Ince was at Old Trafford for four years before moving to Inter Milan in 1994. He spent two seasons at the San Siro before returning to the English game with Liverpool last summer. _____________________________________________________________________________ Ince, you sound such a plonker. You have as much chance of winning the title as City have of winning the World Cup and FA Cup double. As my mate always says, there 2 kinds of hope - Bob Hope and No Hope. Liverpool belong to the latter group. Subject: Times Article: Oliver Holt believes.... To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by eris.web-plus.dk id EAA08260 Oliver Holt believes Alex Ferguson's team remain favourites for the Premiership AFTER all the disappointments, the crushing exit from the European Cup and the faltering form in the FA Carling Premiership, a morbid sense of curiosity floated around Ewood Park as Manchester United prepared for their return to action there on Monday night. Their tepid victory over Wimbledon eight days earlier had done little to dispel the feeling harboured by many that Arsenal were the more vigorous of the two championship aspirants. It seemed as though all eyes were on them in Blackburn, boring into them for signs of weakness. The critics had come to bury them, not to praise them. But, after an uncertain first half, United provided another twist to a season that is suddenly bulging with excitement. Until three or four weeks ago, there had seemed only one outcome: that United would waltz away with the title. Then, until Monday night, it seemed that they were intent on throwing it away instead. Now the battle is well and truly joined. Their 3-1 win over Roy Hodgson's team, courtesy of goals from Cole, Scholes and Beckham, re-established them as clear title favourites and opened up a gap of six points over Arsenal that will become nine if United beat Liverpool, the old enemy, at Old Trafford on Good Friday. Even with four games in hand, that will be hard for Arsenal to claw back. It is now, now that the phoney war has been left behind, that the pragmatism for which Alex Ferguson has been so roundly castigated all season should come into its own. Suddenly, beginning on Saturday, Arsenal will find the matches hurled at them at a bewildering pace. Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers will have to be negotiated in the space of three Easter days. United, who left the domestic cup competitions behind long ago, may not only have more energy in their younger legs, but they will also have the luxury of longer recovery periods between games. Nor do they have the problem of ever-mounting suspensions that still haunts their North London rivals. Add to that the fact that United have now welcomed back a host of their leading players, who are desperate to try to banish the frustration of having been absent for the matches against AS Monaco that dashed their hopes of progressing to the European Cup semi-finals. The return of Schmeichel, Giggs, Butt, Pallister and Scholes may give United the ability to move up a gear. Their experience of playing under the crushing pressure of this sort of denouement is also bound to be an advantage. In contrast, it is hard to see where any future Arsenal improvement can come from. They are in marvellous form already, their confidence growing with successive victories, but the kind of fillip that would have been brought by the availability of Ian Wright looks set to be denied them by his tortuous return from injury. The smooth rhythm that they have achieved will also be disrupted by the forthcoming suspensions of Martin Keown and Ray Parlour. The teams are still neck and neck and, if United lose to Liverpool, the race will take on a different complexion once more - but the more points that United accrue, the more the pressure builds on Arsène Wenger and his polyglot side and the more even the slightest slip-up will seem catastrophic. There may yet be twists and turns to come, but the United side that surged past Blackburn looked like a team that had awakened, relieved, from a tortured dream and had rushed to embrace reality. The race for the championship will probably still go to the wire, but United have their noses in front again now. _______________________________________________________________ Ah, I feel really good right now - Always enjoyed reading Oliver Holt - He always had a soft spot for United Keep The Faith -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- Red Til We're Dead -------Manchester United for life not just for Christmas------- email@example.com Webmaster: Barry Leeming Theatre Of Dreams: http://Manunited.netlane.com " If ever they are playing in your town You must get to that football ground Take a lesson come to see Football taught by Matt Busby Manchester, Manchester United A bunch of bouncing Busby Babes They deserve to be knighted " $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Calypso available here: mp3 Manchester United index: Results Mailing List Digest Archive WhosWho Archive Pics Statistics Reserves Team Trophy's History Munich Manchester United Webring ______________
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