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Date: Mon Nov 09  GMT+00:00 1998
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This Issue:
1. United suffer Euro hangover  Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle 
3. Double cream of Manchester 


Daily RED Trivia  Mon 9th November:

9/11/1946: United beat Derby County 4-1 at Maine Road in a Division 1 game watched
by 57,340. Uniteds goals were scored by Stan Pearson 2, Charlie Mitten and
Jack Rowley. Team was: Collinson, Walton, McGlen, Warner, Chilton, Cockburn,
Delaney, Morris, Rowley, Pearson, Mitten.

9/11/1963: Graham Moore made his United debut against Tottenham Hotspur. Moore was
signed from Chelsea for £35,000 and the burly striker made 19 appearances and scored
5 goals between 1963-4. He won 21 caps for Wales. He moved to Northampton
Town in December 1965.


Barry Daily Comment:  

Well we maybe suffered a Euro hangover today, you cannot win 'em all!

             Arsenal   1-0   Everton               38,088
        Leeds United   2-1   Sheffield Wednesday   30,012
   Manchester United   0-0   Newcastle United      55,174
     West Ham United   1-1   Chelsea               26,023

*** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 08/11/98 ***

Pos Team                  P   W   D   L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Aston Villa          11   7   4   0  14   5    9   25
 2  Arsenal              12   6   5   1  14   5    9   23
 3  Manchester United    11   6   4   1  23   9   14   22
 4  Middlesbrough        12   4   6   2  20  15    5   18
 5  Chelsea              10   4   5   1  14  10    4   17
 6  Leeds United         12   3   8   1  13   9    4   17
 7  Derby County         12   4   5   3  12  10    2   17
 8  Leicester City       12   4   5   3  11  10    1   17
 9  West Ham United      12   4   5   3  13  13    0   17
10  Wimbledon            12   4   5   3  17  19   -2   17
11  Liverpool            12   4   4   4  19  14    5   16
12  Charlton Athletic    12   3   6   3  19  16    3   15
13  Newcastle United     12   4   3   5  15  16   -1   15
14  Tottenham Hotspur    12   4   3   5  16  21   -5   15
15  Everton              12   2   6   4   7  11   -4   12
16  Sheffield Wednesday  12   3   2   7   9  12   -3   11
17  Coventry City        12   3   2   7   9  18   -9   11
18  Blackburn Rovers     12   2   3   7  12  17   -5    9
19  Nottingham Forest    12   2   3   7   8  18  -10    9
20  Southampton          12   1   4   7   9  26  -17    7

Next 4 games: 
Result/Fixture Index:

Wed 11/11 Nott Forest (H) LC 
Sat 14/11 Blackburn   (H) PL
Sat 21/11 Sheff Wed   (A) PL15.00
Wed 25/11 Barcelona   (A) CL 19.45

UNITED Stats v Blackburn:


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
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174

Champions League:
**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


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Sunday, November 8, 1998 Published at 17:03 GMT Subject: United suffer Euro hangover Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle Manchester United lost ground at the head of the table as Newcastle produced a battling performance to take a rare point from Old Trafford. In truth though the Tynesiders' goal was rarely threatened by a Manchester side which failed to capture the form of recent weeks. Newcastle had German Dietmar Hamann returning for his first game since August. The German's recovery from injury coincided with Alan Shearer's promotion to captain in the absence of Rob Lee and Stuart Pearce. Phil Neville missed out for the home side after failing to recover from an injury picked up in midweek - Wes Brown came in at right back. Paul Dalglish was at the heart of a lot of Newcastle's good early work but they were always wary of Manchester United's rapid counter-attacks. Newcastle keeper Shay Given who was forced to make the first save. He had already been given an early warning when Paul Scholes shot wide after back-heels by Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke split the Newcastle defence open. Given then got down to his right to palm away Jesper Blomqvist's goal-bound effort from the edge of the area. But Peter Schmeichel was called into action on 22 minutes. Shearer took a quick free kick, won by Dalglish on the edge of the area when he was fouled by Jaap Stam. The Danish keeper seemed to slip and fumbled the ball, but no Newcastle player was quick enough to get to the ball. Penalty claim Newcastle had a strong penalty claim when Denis Irwin collided with Dalglish in the area after Schmeichel had come racing out of his area and missed the ball. But referee Steve Dunn ignored the protests from those in black and white. Things livened up straight after the break with Shearer booked for a challenge on Roy Keane, and then the Irishman playing an inviting ball into the box for Cole. The striker turned well but skied his shot into the stand. Dalglish was then handed an excellent opportunity as Wes Brown's attempted back pass found him in the area, but Schmeichel was quick to close down the danger and blocked his shot. Alex Ferguson decided to make changes with 12 minutes of the second half gone. Ronny Johnsen replaced Brown at right back, although the Norwegian did not finish the game as his return from injury was spoilt by an apparent recurrence of his problem. The Manchester side began to step up the pressure and after one goalmouth scramble Gary Neville put Beckham clear behind the Tynesiders' defence. But the England man missed the best chance of the game so far - failing to hit the target with only Given to beat. Then it was Ruud Gullit's turn to ring the changes, as the Dutchman brought Gary Speed on for Hamman. His well-organised side continued to frustrate the home team, who appeared to be still feeling the effects of their midweek walkover of Brondby in Europe. Given was only rarely called into action during a flat second half, as was Schmeichel, although the Dane did have to save a Shearer free kick. Yorke had an opportunity but Given gathered the ball at his feet after Cole had put him through, then Cole could not convert a chance created by Blomqvist. That was the Swede's last serious contribution as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was thrown on with minutes to go in a last throw of the dice by Ferguson. Beckham was offered a final opportunity in his favourite position - a free kick on the edge of the area. But he blasted the ball into the wall to end a disappointing afternoon as the Old Trafford side slipped back to third in the table. Man Utd: Schmeichel, Neville, Irwin, Stam, Beckham, Cole, Blomqvist, Keane, Scholes, Yorke, Brown. Subs: Johnsen, Butt, Cruyff, Van Der Gouw, Solskjaer. Newcastle: Given, Griffin, Hughes, Charvet, Dabizas, Hamann, Batty, Glass, Shearer, Georgiadis, Dalglish. Subs: Harper, Pearce, Solano, Barton, Speed. Referee: S Dunn (Bristol)
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BREAKING NEWS - Sunday 08 November 1998 UNITED BROUGHT BACK DOWN TO EARTH After demolishing Brondby in midweek Man Utd demonstrated their mortality with a lacklustre 0-0 draw against Newcastle. Gone was the rapid one-touch passing, which had cut sides to shreds in the last few weeks. Gone was the ruthless finishing which had resulted in the Reds banging in 26 goals in their previous seven games. Instead United never really got out of first gear at Old Trafford against a determined Newcastle side, who successfully threw a spanner into their highly-tuned works. The omens had not augured well for Newcastle coming into the game. They had won just once at Old Trafford in their last 32 visits, while Alan Shearer had not scored since the end of September. Premiership: Manchester United 0 - 0 Newcastle United Gullit denies Ferguson breathing space David Lacey sees Manchester United struggle to find their sparkling European form Monday November 9, 1998 The devil usually found in Manchester United's football took a holiday at Old Trafford yesterday. They gave a performance which was more paternal than infernal as Newcastle sent Alex Ferguson's team down to third place in the table behind Arsenal, when they had been hoping to reduce Aston Villa's lead at the top to a point. Newcastle, weakened by injuries and still reorganising under Ruud Gullit, will have taken heart from the success they enjoyed in both containing United and achieving opportunities to win the match with counter-attacks. In the end they were grateful to the goalkeeping of Shay Given but the draw was fully deserved. For much of the game United's football was sluggish and slipshod and bore echoes of last month's 1-1 draw at Derby, when again their opponents' willingness to concentrate, work hard and stick to a simple plan had blunted the cutting edge of Ferguson's attack. Few sides are able to soak up the home team's movements at Old Trafford without becoming waterlogged, but yesterday United found themselves using a sponge as a punch-bag. The harder they drove forward the more they became enveloped in a stifling defence. Before yesterday's game United had scored 30 goals in nine matches and the new and prolific partnership of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole had produced 11 in seven. Newcastle set out not so much to tight-mark this pair as fill the space around them, no easy task given the speed of the two players and the ability of each to shake off defenders with sudden changes of direction. The two Newcastle centre-backs, Nikolaos Dabizas and the relatively inexperienced Aaron Hughes, came out of the afternoon with considerable credit for their refusal to be panicked into errors. Dietmar Hamann, recently returned from injury, and David Batty brought a stability to Gullit's midfield which denied Roy Keane and Paul Scholes their usual opportunities to link up with the strikers. United are seldom pressed back over the halfway line in any game, let alone at home, and it was unusual to see Ferguson's players denied so much possession between the penalty areas. As a result David Beckham, Jesper Blomqvist and the full-backs Wes Brown and Denis Irwin did not have the influence on the flanks that they usually enjoy at Old Trafford. Ferguson felt his side had given a flat performance but gave Newcastle full credit for their approach to the match. "They were terrific," he said. "They forced us on to the back foot all the time, harassed us and pressurised the man in possession very well. For a team that's struggling a bit they played with a lot of confidence." Naturally Gullit agreed. "We made it very difficult for Manchester United to play their game," he said. "They couldn't find many holes. We didn't come here simply to stop them playing, we wanted to win, but we still have to improve in the last third of the pitch." Eight minutes before half-time Newcastle appeared to be denied a penalty for the second successive weekend. Alan Shearer flicked on a high ball to find Paul Dalglish clear, Dalglish went down under Irwin's challenge - but play went on. Their best scoring chance in open play came three minutes after half-time. Brown, under pressure from Shearer on the right, passed back blind to leave Dalglish with Peter Schmeichel to beat. Fortunately for United the son has yet to acquire his father Kenny's scoring instincts and Schmeichel was able to block the shot. Until the last half-hour United had snapped and harried around the crowded areas near Newcastle's goal without achieving the sort of clear-cut opportunities Old Trafford has come to expect from its teams. Then Ferguson replaced Brown with Ronny Johnsen and moved Beckham inside, a switch that should have borne fruit in the 64th minute when Gary Neville's angled pass released Beckham through the middle only for him to shoot wide. Towards the end Given thwarted Scholes and Yorke, and Cole turned a final chance over the bar. "That performance begged questions about playing games after European matches," said Ferguson. But strolling past Brondby at home had hardly been the same as travelling to Kiev and back. And Arsenal did not appear to be complaining yesterday.
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Subject: Double cream of Manchester By Roy Collins Saturday November 7, 1998 The Bronby manager Ebbe Skovdahl may have been exaggerating, as well as attempting to make his poor, shattered defenders feel slightly less useless, when he described Manchester United's Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole as the best strikers in Europe. Even so, the words would have wiped the scowl off the face of Cole, who three months ago, pre-Yorke, was struggling to prove that he was the third best striker at Old Trafford. And Skovdahl did point out that it was not so much their individual skills as how they perform together. That is the key. Yorke and Cole in partnership offer more than the sum of their parts. They may not yet be ready to re-enact the soppy experiment in which Kevin Keegan and John Toshack indulged themselves some years ago to prove that they had telepathic understanding. But they are already finishing off each other's moves in the same casual way that long-married couples finish off one another's sentences. The second goal against Brondby in the Champions League match was a perfect example. Cole stepped over a cross with the instinctive knowledge that Yorke would read the feint, then ran into the middle to receive the return pass where he knew his partner would deliver it. Players can work together for years without developing that sort of understanding, yet successful double acts in all walks of life have always defied both logic and chemistry. Little Ern and Eric Morecambe were hardly a bundle of laughs together off stage, and Lennon and McCartney understood harmony only as a musical term. Equally, Yorke's £12.6 million arrival at Old Trafford in September was meant to be the end of Cole's United career; at one point he was even offered in an exchange. But in the seven games they have started together they have scored 11 goals, while forging an equally unlikely friendship off the pitch. Cole, who is a more introverted character than the effervescent Yorke, likens their partnership to the one he shared with Peter Beardsley at Newcastle, where he scored a Premiership record 34 goals in 1993-94. He says: "My partnership with Dwight is brilliant and it helps that we are opposites as players because we don't get in each other's way. It also helps that we get on well off the pitch." They demonstrated their friendship recently by helping to launch a book on the life of Arthur Wharton, Britain's first professional black footballer, who played for Darlington, Preston, Rotherham and Stockport between 1885 and 1902. Wharton, who also set the first world record for the 100 yards and played professional cricket, died penniless in 1930. It is no surprise that two successful black athletes should empathise with one who did not have their power to overcome racism. What is more baffling to most observers is the partnership between Yorke and Cole on the pitch because, superficially at least, they seem so alike. Their success seems to have taken even their manager Alex Ferguson by surprise; when he brought Cole back in place of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Southampton on October 3 it was, he said, simply "to freshen the team up after playing in Europe". Even their delight in playing together, each making selfless runs for the other and scoring superb goals, failed to move Fergie. "I have got plenty of pairings I can make up front," he said. Spoilt for choice or not, Yorke and Cole have started all five games since, and the Wimbledon defender Kenny Cunningham stood in awe as they destroyed his team 5-1 last month, Cole scoring twice and Yorke once. Cunningham, a Republic of Ireland international, says: "You are continually walking a tightrope against them because both are comfortable with the ball into feet and down the sides. "We tried to condense the game against them, keeping the ball as high up the pitch as possible. But you are always aware of Cole's pace over 20-30 yards. And Yorke can hurt you with the ball at his feet because he can roll you and bring others into play. Individually, Yorke and Cole are two great players. Together, they are lethal." They also seem to coax the latent talents out of one another. If Yorke's skills have helped to instil a confidence in Cole's game which has helped him develop a passing talent few believed he possessed, his own predatory instincts have been sharpened by his partner's aggression. Ferguson must scarcely believe his luck. Not since the days of Denis Law have the club had a player capable of regularly scoring 20 goals a season, now they have two who could race each other to that total. Remarkably, only one United player - Brian McClair with 25 in 1987-88 - has reached 20 league goals in the quarter of a century since Law's departure. United have got by with a succession of strikers who offered a lot more than just scoring ability - the likes of Joe Jordan, Mark Hughes and Frank Stapleton, who brilliantly held up the line and intimidated defenders, and Lou Macari, who was really an inside-forward. And, latterly, Andrei Kanchelskis, who was essentially a winger, and Eric Cantona, who was anything he wanted to be. Now United have two men who could both make an assault on United's record number of league goals in a season: the 32 scored by Dennis Viollet in 1959-60. Yorke, 27 this week, already has six Premiership goals in seven matches and Cole four from six. The pair is not only playing with a smile, Cole has sprouted one off the park as well. Aware of the insults that have been mouthed behind his back, as well as openly from the stands, he says: "I'm not bothered what people say about me anymore. I have just turned 27 and I haven't got time to worry what other people think. My record speaks for itself."
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Subject: COLE'S BACK IN THE GOALS - THANKS TO DWIGHT Dwight Yorke has put the smile back on Andy Cole's face _ the Manchester United forward is enjoying the happiest spell of his four-year Old Trafford career thanks to his new friend and strike partner. He has found a soul mate in Yorke, who has helped him rediscover his goalscoring touch, as the pair have become the scourge of defences in the Premiership and across Europe. They have scored 16 goals between them this season ahead of tomorrow's match against Cole's old club Newcastle at Old Trafford. Yorke is thrilled to see his new pal displaying the form which prompted United boss Alex Ferguson to pay the Magpies a then record fee of £6.25million for his services in January 1995. ''It's nice to see him doing well and it's nice to know that I can be helpful in some way,'' he said. ''Andy has been through a lot since he's been here. ''Earlier on in the season, he was left out a few times but he has shown great character in coming back and proving what a quality player he is. He has really taken his chance with both hands.'' Yorke has been dubbed the 'smiling assassin' because of his toothpaste-ad grin and proficiency in front of goal, and Cole admits some of the Trinidad and Tobago international's temperament has rubbed off on him. ''I think the way Dwight has been brought up in the Caribbean is different,'' he said on ITV. ''He's always smiling, and that's different from the English mentality. ''All the boys are always having a go at him because he's always smiling and laughing. ''He's making me smile, and a lot of people have picked up on that, and that's a good thing.'' Yorke is quick to repay the compliment by thanking Cole for helping him settle so quickly at Old Trafford following his record £12.6million transfer from Aston Villa in August. The duo have scored 11 goals in the seven games they have started together, and Yorke believes their friendship off the pitch has helped them gel on it. ''When I came to United, I didn't know who I was going to be playing with up front because there are so many quality players,'' he said. ''I played with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer first and I had a good relationship with him but I think what helps my partnership with Coley is that off the field we are good friends,'' he said. ''I think that is playing a significant part in our partnership.'' Yorke highlighted the superb service he and Cole receive from their team-mates. ''I think we have to give credit to the players who are around us,'' he said. ''Everyone is playing as a team, and I think that is very important. ''We've had great delivery from the likes of David Beckham and Jesper Blomqvist, and it's just fantastic to be playing in such a great team.'' Ruud Gullit's Newcastle are next in their sights, and Yorke hopes the goals will continue to flow. ''We're just going to go out there and play the way we know we're capable of playing,'' he said. ''Hopefully we can keep producing the goals and win another game for Manchester United.'' If they do, Cole will certainly be smiling.
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Subject: JOHNSEN LOSES OUT IN BATTLE FOR PLACES Ronny Johnsen has become the latest casualty of the cutthroat competition for places at Manchester United. Johnsen has recovered from his ankle ligament injury but will have to be content with a place on the bench for Sunday's match against Newcastle at Old Trafford. The Norwegian international was a permanent fixture alongside Jaap Stam at the heart of the United defence before he damaged ankle ligaments against Coventry eight weeks ago. He had been playing well and at any other club, would now be expecting to resume his partnership with Stam - but United are not any other club. Such is the competition for places at Old Trafford that Johnsen will have to wait his turn. Gary Neville moved across from right-back to fill Johnsen's berth, and manager Alex Ferguson does not want to reshuffle his defence because the England international has been playing so well. ''I think Gary Neville deserves to keep his place, it's as simple as that,'' said Ferguson. ''His form has been absolutely outstanding.'' Ferguson was quick to add that Johnsen, along with the likes of David May and Henning Berg, would get his chance during the course of the season. ''I know I have got good options with them in the event of anything happening like injuries or suspension,'' he said. ''In the context of the season, they will all play their part. ''Ronny Johnsen will play in games as will David May and Henning Berg as the season goes on.'' Johnsen had feared he would lose out because of his lay-off and has vowed to fight to win his place back. He has the added string to his bow of being able to play in midfield. United have scored 26 goals in their last seven games, and Ferguson wants them to maintain their fine form against Ruud Gullit's Magpies, who have not scored a Premiership goal in 253 minutes. United could go top of the Premiership tomorrow if results go their way, but that does not really concern Ferguson, who marked 12 years in charge at Old Trafford on Friday. ''The most important thing for us at the moment is to keep the momentum going,'' he said. ''We're enjoying a good spell and if we continue to work hard, then we can keep it going. ''Hopefully, that way at the end of the season, we will win something, and that is the true target.'' Phil Neville is doubtful with a hamstring injury, which forced him to come off in midweek against Brondby. Teddy Sheringham is still sidelined with his knee ligament problem but he has been doing some running, and Ferguson revealed that he should resume full training next week.
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