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www.red11.org : TODAYS NEWS
Date: Fri May 08 08:09:16 GMT+00:00 1998
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So Eric will soon be on the beach , will be nice to see him :)
Pic of the day showing how much Jaap loves Manchester!
Your editor Barry.

This Issue:
1. MEN article Stam Is The Prize Guy 
2. Cantona to play in Kuala Lumpur
3. Teamtalk
4. United quick to act after failing to win title

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Jaap arrives in the Manchester rain!

X-Sender: jackit@indigo.ie X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.5 (32) Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 15:58:05 +0100 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: J Callaghan Subject: MEN article Stam Is The Prize Guy Stam Is The Prize Guy By Stuart Mathieson Jaap Stam learns a bit about Manchester weather MANCHESTER United's record buy Jaap Stam is steeling himself for a busy Premiership baptism next season. The 10.75m Dutch defender has forfeited around 750,000 to ensure that his dream move to Old Trafford went through. Holland's World Cup kingpin flew back to Eindhoven last night to prepare for the Dutch Cup Final on May 17. But, after tieing up his United future, he was looking beyond his PSV farewell and the World Cup in France to next season. ``There is going to be a lot of pressure on me but I can deal with it,'' Stam declared. ``That's normal when you have cost so much money but I will do my best to satisfy everyone. I haven't come for the money. Firstly I am coming for the football. So losing the 15 per cent doesn't bother me. ``I hope to win a lot of prizes with United. ``The difference in England appears to be that there isn't one team in the Premiership who play defensively. ``The players are more opportunistic and everybody tries to make goals. They always go for three points and that's why I have come. ``It will be busier for me playing in England. ``You want to reach the top and in Holland I'd reached it. ``Over here the competition is much stronger than in Holland.'' He added: ``I had gone as far as I could in Holland but I want to improve and that's what I can do at Manchester United.'' Earlier this week Stam and his wife Ellis briefly went house-hunting around the Wilmslow and Hale areas. Stam will return after the World Cup while his wife remains in Holland to have their first child.
Jaap arrives in the Manchester rain!

From: Support PC2 SrwaniHQPg To: Barry Subject: Cantona to play in Kuala Lumpur Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 14:43:55 +0800 X-MS-TNEF-Correlator: X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.0.1457.3) Resent-From: Resent-Date: Sat, 9 May 98 01:51:17 CST5EDT Resent-To: barrylee@post3.tele.dk KUALA LUMPUR: Frenchman Eric Cantona is returning to football after a one-year absence. The former Manchester United star and 1996 English Footballer of the Year will play for France in the Mild Seven Challenge Pro Beach Football Tournament at the Stadium Negara here on May 22 and 23. Cantona retired from competitive football last May and has since spent most of his time and energy as an actor. The general manager of Event Marketing Group Bhd, Mild Seven Seafarers' Club, James Lee said yesterday: "Cantona is part of a star-studded cast that will parade their array of football skills at the Stadium Negara. "The other teams taking part are Brazil, the United States and Malaysia." He added that Brazil, who took part in the 1996 and 1997 tournaments, would be represented by former World Cup stars, among them Junior and Adao. "The Americans have two former national players - David Vanole and Philip Gyau. Malaysia will be represented by former internationals Lim Teong Kim, Ismail Ibrahim, Chow Siew Yai, Hassan Sani, Khan Hung Meng, Ong Yu Tiang, Ahmad Yusof and Mubin Mokhtar," said James. Tickets for the tournament will be available at the Stadium Negara from May 18. Tickets are priced at RM12, RM25 and RM35. Thanks & Regards, TanKiaSen Support PC2 Sriwani HQ Pg E-Mail Address mailto:suppc2.shpa@sriwani.com.my
Jaap arrives in the Manchester rain!

X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 13:38:11 -0700 To: suggs@tiac.net Subject: Teamtalk Fergie assures Berg's future Berg: Reassured Alex Ferguson has assured Norwegian World Cup defender Henning Berg of his future at the club, despite fears on Monday that he had become the sixth choice central defender at the club. The signing of Jaap Stam and the inclusion of Wes Brown against Leeds led to more concern over the 5 million star's first team chances but the United boss firmly quashed suggestions he was being squeezed out. Fergie reacted with amusement to suggestions that 18-year-old Brown was now - together with Stam, Johnsen, Pallister and May - ahead of Berg in the Old Trafford pecking order. He said: "Henning Berg is in my plans. "I hope he can get a good pre-season, if he can do that he is definitely in my plans." Spending will not stop yet United will not be putting away the cheque book just yet after tying up the Jaap Stam deal yesterday. The spending is expected to reach the 15 million mark within a fortnight as Alex Ferguson waits to hear from French side Lens and their reaction to his reported bid for Marc Vivien Foe. United are said to have offered 2.5 million for the Cameroon international who failed to impress much during last Saturday's French Cup final. Fergie could also be ready to turn his attention to a top striker with that old chestnut Gabriel Batistuta on his way out of Fiorentina. Chairman Martin Edwards revealed that the club made bids of over 10 million for three players last summer, one of them rumoured to be the Argentinian, but were knocked back each time. He said: "Clubs don't want to sell their best players, especially to us. It is as simple as that." Tomlinson on mark in Cardiff Graeme Tomlinson was United's goalscorer in the 1-1 draw with a Cardiff City XI in Jimmy Goodfellow's testimonial at Ninian Park last night. Despite prior publicity suggesting some first team stars would be in action, United fielded largely their Pontin's League leading side with Alex Notman, Philip Mulryne, Brian McClair and Jonathan Greening. Nick Culkin was in the Reds' goal where he was beaten just once, by Nottingham Forest's ex-Cardiff defender Christian Edwards - playing as one of several guests. Goodfellow himself, who remains the Welsh club's physiotherapist, played in the final 10 minutes in front of 7, 195 fans. Toulon joy for Reds pair United pair John Curtis and Michael Clegg have been selected by Peter Taylor for the England Under-21 squad to play in this summer's Toulon tournament. Ronnie Wallwork has been overlooked after playing for the England Under-20m side last year in Malaysia while Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand, both eleigible, have been left out - presumably because of their anticipated involvement in the World Cup. Beckham released David Beckham's younger brother Michael has been released after two years on YTS forms at Ipswich Town. A Manchester United is for life, not just for christmas. --------------------------------------------------------- JacKiT@indigo.ie --------------------------------------------------------- If tomorrow was today, it would be yesterday.
Jaap arrives in the Manchester rain!

Subject: United quick to act after failing to win title United quick to act after failing to win title By Stephen Wood MANCHESTER, England, May 7 (Reuters) - There was no startling collapse, no appalling loss of form and no one single reason why Manchester United failed to complete a hat-trick of English league successes this season. In fact, if they win their final league match against Barnsley on Sunday they will end the season with 77 points -- two more than their title-winning total last season. That, though, will not be enough to catch Arsenal who wrapped up the title with their 4-0 home win over Everton on Sunday. So what went wrong with Alex Ferguson's side ? At the beginning of March they were 12 points ahead of Arsenal and they still have lost only two of their last 12 league matches since January. Twice this season their play reached the heights -- in their 3-2 European Champions League win over Juventus in October and when they raced into a 5-0 lead against holders Chelsea in the F.A. Cup on January 4, before easing up to win 5-3. They have not suddenly become a bad team, or have they ? Veteran defender Gary Pallister, who is completing his ninth season with the club, believes that despite the highly talented squad at Old Trafford, they did not have the strength in depth to cope with some key injuries. "You always learn in football," said the 32-year-old defender, "about your team and yourself. We had some major injuries as we were gearing ourselves for the European Cup games against Monaco (in March). "Since then we have found it hard going. We haven't played the kind of football we did at the start of the season, and we've lost ground. "You have to take your hat off to Arsenal, they have played some great football. They were quite a few points behind us, we suffered a bit and they have taken advantage of that. Maybe our squad was not as big as it should have been and it took a bigger toll that expected." In retrospect there were three key incidents which cost United the title. The first came on September 27, when Republic of Ireland international midfielder Roy Keane injured himself in a reckless tackle with Alf-Inge Haaland of Leeds which ruled him out of action for the rest of the season. The second came on November 9 when a David Platt goal seven minutes from time gave Arsenal a 3-2 home win over United. The third came on March 14 at Old Trafford when a 79th minute Marc Overmars goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 win and the double over United. Last season United took all six points off the Gunners. This season, Arsenal took all six points off United -- and their title. Although Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes did a sterling job in covering for Keane throughout the winter, when they were both injured in the early spring, United couldn't cope. Ryan Giggs' absence at various stages was another devastating blow, while Pallister and goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel's injuries also played havoc with coach Alex Ferguson's plans. Ironically looking back, United's defeat at Arsenal in November was regarded as a mere blip at the time, but in retrospect it can be seen to be the day when the first seeds of doubt were sown about United's title ambitions -- and for that matter when Arsenal's began to be taken very seriously. But United had racked up 16 goals in three games with a 7-0 win over Barnsley, a 6-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday and a 3-1 win over Feyenoord leading up to that match and the winter ahead seemed full of promise. But despite a run of six consecutive league wins from November 22 to December 26, eyebrows were raised when United let slip a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 at Coventry who scored twice in the last four minutes. A 1-0 loss at Southampton three weeks later was explained away as inevitable against their jinx side, but a 1-0 home defeat by Leicester two weeks later -- their first at Old Trafford in the league for 14 months -- was less easy to justify. A draw and a defeat to Barnsley, at the time the worst club in the division, in the fifth round of the F.A. Cup did absolutely nothing to restore confidence at Old Trafford, and as winter changed to spring, United had clearly lost their dominance and the utter self-belief. The baton appeared to have been grabbed by the red-and-white team from North London. In many ways United only have themselves to blame for losing their 12-point advantage at the top at the turn of the year, because when they needed it, there was no inspiration left. Too many players who weren't injured, lost their early season sparkle. David Beckham had to spend too many matches working till he dropped trying with less and less success to kick-start a lacklustre midfield, rather than creating in attack, while Teddy Sheringham, a 3.5 million pounds ($5.8 million) buy from Tottenham Hotspur last summer as a replacement for the retired Eric Cantona, visibly lost pace, invention and his touch after the New Year and eventually found himself on the bench. He hasn't scored a league goal since December 28. Andy Cole also had a similar bearing on United's failure. With so much pressure on him last August, Cole responded well, scoring 20 before the end of February, but since then he has managed just two in 12 and the lack of goals in tight games has meant United weren't able to keep pace with Arsenal. It means that Ferguson has already begun to re-shape his squad, this week signing Dutch Player of the Year Jaap Stam from PSV Eindhoven for a world record fee for a defender of 10.75 million pounds ($18 million). Others are bound to follow as United begin to build for another assault on the major titles both at home and in Europe next season.
Jaap arrives in the Manchester rain!

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