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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Thu Dec 10 13:42:38 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Manchester United 1 Bayern Munich 1 - result  
2. Bayern, United enjoy 1-1 draw in Manchester  
3. Roy Keane opens the scoring 
6. Short report of Bayern game and pre-match
7. Manchester United 1 Bayern Munich 1


Daily RED Trivia  Thu 10th December 1998:

10/12/1898: Frank Pepper made his debut against Blackpool. Pepper came from Sheffield
 United and the defensive Half-back made 8 appearances between 1898-99. He 
 moved to Barnsley in June 1899. 

1994: United win 3-2 at Queens Park Rangers in a Premiership game watched by
 18,948. Paul Scholes 2 and Roy Keane score for the Reds. Team was: Walsh,
 G.Neville (Gillespie), Irwin, Bruce, Keane, Pallister, Kanchelskis, Ince, McClair,
 Scholes, Davies (Butt)    


Barry Daily Comment:

The European Champions League draw will take place on December 16
Another feature of the UEFA Champions League introduced last season is
that the quarter-final pairings aredecided by a draw, unlike in previous
years when the pairings were designated at the beginning of the competition.
The pairings for the last eight are drawn in a manner that will ensure
that the group winners and runners-up from the same group are not drawn
against each other, that the two runners-up are not drawn against each 
other and that the two runners-up play the first leg at home.
It means that we avoid Bayern and Real (the teams we will prefer to meet
later). So we have Olympiakos, Dynamo and Kaserslautern as good draw against
Inter and Juve. Not so bad. 
But actually, everything depends on team's form at March.
                     thanks to I.V.

Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio

Remaining 1998 games: 

ALL Result/Fixture Index:

Today!    Bayern Munich (H) CL 19.45
Sat 12/12 Tottenham     (A) PL 15.00
Wed 16/12 Chelsea       (H) PL sky sports time 20.00
Sat 19/12 Middlesbrough (H) PL 15.00
Sat 26/12 Nottm Forest  (H) PL 15.00
Tue 29/12 Chelsea       (A) PL sky sports time 19.45 UK

UNITED Stats v Tottenham:


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
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475
29/11/98    Leeds                    Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
Champions League:3
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

Sep 16 Brøndby         2-1 Bayern München
Sep 16 Man Utd         3-3 Barcelona
Sep 30 Barcelona       2-0 Brøndby
Sep 30 Bayern Munich   2-2 Man Utd
Oct 21 Brøndby         2-6 Man Utd
Oct 21 Bayern Munich   1-0 Barcelona 
Nov  4 Barcelona       1-2 Bayern Munich
Nov  4 Man Utd         5-0 Brøndby
Nov 25 Barcelona       3-3 Man Utd
Nov 25 Bayern Munich   2-0 Brøndby
Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


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Subject: Manchester United 1 Bayern Munich 1 - result MANCHESTER, England, Dec 9 - Manchester United (England) and Bayern Munich (Germany) drew 1-1 in their European Champions' League group D match on Wednesday. Scorers: Manchester United - Roy Keane 43 Bayern Munich - Hasan Salihamidzic 56 Halftime: 1-0; Attendance: 54,334 Teams: Manchester United: 1-Peter Schmeichel; 30-Wesley Brown, 2-Gary Neville, 6-Jaap Stam, 3-Denis Irwin (5-Ronny Johnsen 46); 7-David Beckham, 18-Paul Scholes, 16-Roy Keane, 11-Ryan Giggs; 19-Dwight Yorke (8-Nicky Butt 64), 9-Andy Cole Bayern Munich: 1-Oliver Khan; 8-Thomas Strunz, 2-Markus Babbel, 10-Lothar Matthaeus (25-Thomas Linke 61), 4-Samuel Osei Kuffour, 3-Bixente Lizarazu; 21-Alexander Zickler (14-Mario Basler 82), 11-Stefan Effenberg, 16-Jens Jeremies; 9-Giovane Elber (19-Carsten Jancker 82), 20-Hasan Salihamidzic Referee: Dick Jol, Netherlands Bayern, Manchester United go through MANCHESTER, England, Dec 9 - Bayern Munich and Manchester United both secured places in the quarter-finals of the European Cup when they played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday. A 56th minute equalizer from Bayern's Bosnian international Hasan Salihamidzic cancelled out a spectacular 43rd minute United goal from Roy Keane in a tense encounter. Bayern go through as winners of the group D while United qualify as one of the best runners-up. Salihamidzic was first to react when Thomas Strunz's header from Stefan Effenburg's corner was allowed to bounce in the United box and he slid the ball past United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel. The goal cancelled out a superb 43rd minute opener from Keane who found the corner of the net from 20 metres with a low drilled shot.
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: Bayern, United enjoy 1-1 draw in Manchester By Jeremy Butler MANCHESTER, England, Dec 9 - Bayern Munich and Manchester United both secured places in the quarter-finals of the European Cup when they played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday. A 56th minute equalizer from Bayern's Bosnian international Hasan Salihamidzic cancelled out a spectacular 43rd minute United goal from Roy Keane in a tense encounter. Bayern go through as winners of the group D while United qualify as one of the best runners-up. Salihamidzic was first to react when Thomas Strunz's header from Stefan Effenburg's corner was allowed to bounce in the United box and he slid the ball past United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel. The goal cancelled out a superb 43rd minute opener from Keane who found the corner of the net from 20 metres with a low drilled shot. Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld believes his team could face United again in the final stages of the competition. "The result is okay, both teams deserved to be in the quarter-finals," said Hitzfeld who won the European Cup in 1997 with his former club Borussia Dortmund, beating United on the way in the semifinals. "Both teams have many strengths and perhaps we will meet again in the tournament. "It was easier for us to come here because we knew we had 10 points and a draw was enough to go through. That meant United had to play in a more attacking way." United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson admitted there were some tense moments on the bench but he knew his side were through with 10 minutes to go if the sides remained level. "I was sure of my facts because the chairman told me and he doesn't get these things wrong," Ferguson said. "It was a bit nerve wracking for a while but if we want the success we have to go through the agonies. "We had to wait a while to go in front but that was good for the team. Being patient and showing discipline are important things for us to learn. They did come back into the game but we are satisfied with our night's work."
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Sport: Football Red Devils march on Subject: Roy Keane opens the scoring Manchester United have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions' League after drawing 1-1 with Bayern Munich at Old Trafford. United go through as one of two best runners-up in the qualifying campaign after other European results went their way, while Bayern progressed as Group D winners. Bayern, looking a far more proficient side than in the first leg, seemed to outnumber United in the first quarter with Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, particularly, having trouble finding space in midfield. Alexander Zickler challenges Dennis Irwin But Andy Cole and David Beckham clearly looked on form and when Beckham picked up the ball, running into space and fired a 30-yard shot, Oliver Khan could only punch it away. Bayern hit back immediately, however, with Bixentwe Liseraxu hitting a low cross to Giovane Elber at the near post. Elber, diving low, beat Gary Neville, but the finish was not as good as the set-up and the ball flashed across the face of the goal. Dennis Irwin then clashed heads with Alexander Zickler, badly bruising his nose - which bled profusely - but both players recovered to rejoin the match. But United pushed forward, with Cole narrowly missing out on a superb opening goal. Irwin fed Ryan Giggs, who fed through instantly to Cole just inside the box. Cole turned, sending Khan the wrong way, but forced a curving shot just outside the Bayern near post. United then picked up the pace to force two more near chances with Roy Keane blasting a shot onto Markus Babbel who volleyed it away, before Ryan Giggs headed a Cole chip the wrong side of the Bayern post. It started a fine period of play with United dominating. Both Cole and Dwight Yorke began to make some darting runs into the Bayern box and Cole was unlucky to have a shot deflected in the 39th minute. Despite Bayern's defensive record - they have so far only conceded one goal in the Bundesliga - it seemed inevitable that a United goal would come. And minutes before the break it did. A long ball from Beckham found Giggs on the left-wing, who, beating Thomas Strunz, passed neatly to Keane who hammered a 20-yard shot low into the left corner of the Bayern net. Bayern push forward Bayern started with much more purpose in the second-half, forcing United back into their own half and after a flying 35-yard drive from Samuel Osei Kuffour which was pushed round the post by Peter Schmeichel, Bayern found the equaliser. It was a terrible piece of defence from United from a more than ordinary corner. And when Thomas Strunz headed into the box, the United defence looked asleep, allowing Hasan Salihamidzic to chip into the United net. Andy Cole was then unlucky not put United ahead - but only after both sides had made substitutions. Bayern brought on Thomas Linke for Matthaus, while Nicky Butt came on for Yorke. Cole then met a long ball from Beckham, but shaved it with his head just to the left of the far post. Bayern, undoubtedly, began to take more control of the second-half, but seemed content the draw would take them through. United, however, continued to press on with Paul Scholes jinking his way into the penalty area to create problems for the Germans. Kuffour was lucky not to concede a penalty in the closing minutes after pulling Cole back from a Giggs free-kick. But it was not to be and when the final whistle blew, both sides looked happy with the draw. Teams: Manchester United: Peter Schmeichel, Wesley Brown, Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Denis Irwin, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs; Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole Bayern Munich: Oliver Khan, Thomas Strunz, Markus Babbel, Lothar Matthaeus, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Bixente Lizarazu, Alexander Zickler, Stefan Effenberg, Jens Jeremies, Giovane Elber, Hasan Salihamidzic Referee: Dick Jol, Netherlands
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Subject: WITH THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SET TO BE EXTENDED NEXT SEASON, THIS IS THE REDS' BEST CHANCE TO WIN THE EUROPEAN CUP By Ian Cruise MANCHESTER UNITED booked their place in the quarter-finals of the European Cup last night with a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich. It wasn't the result that United had hoped for, but it was enough to see them through to the last eight of the competition for the third successive season. And now they need to show they have what it takes to win the most prestigious club competition of all because this could be their best chance for the next couple of years. In the past two seasons United have failed to live up to their billing as one of Europe's real greats as they have been beaten by Borussia Dortmund and Monaco, in the semi-finals and quarter-finals respectively. In the group matches this year they have proved that, on their day, they are a match for any side in the competition and Alex Ferguson will be desperate for his side to go all the way, particularly as their chances of success seem certain to be hampered next year, and possibly the year after that. From next season, the size of the Champions League will be increased still further and the two sides who meet in the final will be playing in their 17th game in the competition. And with no chance of the Premiership being reduced in size before next August, United's resources will be tested to the limit. The top leagues in countries like Italy and Germany contain only 18 teams, whereas the Premier League is 20, so that is four extra league games a season for starters. Add to those the League and FA Cups and it is easy to see why England's best sides get stretched when it comes to European competition. Eventually, it seems certain that the Premiership will be reduced in size to come into line with other leading countries, but that won't happen overnight. It is obviously too late to cut teams for the start of next season and there is sure to be strong opposition from the 'lesser' clubs when the idea is once again raised. But until the domestic league is pruned, the likes of United, Arsenal and Chelsea will be on a slightly uneven playing field when up against the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich - and that is why United must make the most of their chance this year. For now though, Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson can enjoy the prospect of a quarter-final in March and he was delighted to book his place in the last eight. He said: "I was always confident that a draw would be enough because I couldn't see Juventus losing at home. We had some nervy moments after half-time and Bayern are a very effective team, but I was satisfied with the result. It was a good performance from us and, although we weren't so much of a threat in the second half, the result takes us to the stage we want to be." And there was more good news for United on the domestic front when Premiership leaders Aston Villa were beaten 2-1 at Chelsea, thanks to a last-minute winner from Tore Andre Flo. That result leaves United a point behind in second place, but with one game in hand.
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Subject: KEANE'S GOAL GOOD ENOUGH FOR UNITED GROUP D: MANCHESTER UNITED 1 BAYERN MUNICH 1 Manchester United emerged alive and kicking from the Champions League group of death as they booked their place in the quarter-finals. It wasn't the classic match so many fans had hoped for but Roy Keane's 43rd minute goal was enough to ensure that Alex Ferguson's side reached the last eight for the third successive season. United started as the brighter side and they carved out the first chance after just five minutes. A beautiful ball from David Beckham was turned into Andy Cole's path by Ryan Giggs, but the in-form striker saw his left-foot shot charged down. Still United could have taken advantage though, but when the ball rebounded to Dwight Yorke, he blazed his effort over from the edge of the box. It was clear that United had the pace and power up front to trouble Bayern, but it was pace and power of a slightly different kind which most concerned goalkeeper Oliver Kahn in the 14th, as he was taken by surprise by Beckham's 25-yard pile-driver. The German keeper just about got his fists to the ball to deflect it to safety. A minute later Yorke headed wide from Giggs' cross as the home side searched for the vital opening goal. However, although they had created the best opportunities of the first quarter of an hour, United were given a warning of Bayern's own attacking threat in the 16th minute when Bixente Lizarazu's cross was met by Brazilian striker Giovane Elber, but his diving header skimmed wide of the far post when perhaps he should have done better. As the game swung to and fro, Cole almost snatched the lead for Alex Ferguson's men when, after a swift turn on the edge of the box, he sent his shot just inches wide of Kahn's post, and at the other end Alexander Zinckler's header from Stefan Effenberg's cross appeared to flick off Keane's boot and over the bar when it may have been heading for the back of the net. It looked as though these two European super powers would end the first-half all square until Keane stepped in to give United a valuable lead in the 43rd minute. Giggs twisted and turned past Thomas Strunz and rolled the into the path of his captain who fired an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards. That was just the fillip United wanted on the stroke of half-time, and they wasted no time in trying to extend their advantage after the break and substitute Ronny Johnsen - who replaced the injured Denis Irwin at the interval - almost became an instant hero. Keane played Beckham's corner back across the face of goal and all Johnsen had to do was volley the ball home from six yards out. He completely missed his kick but even then had a chance to make amends as the ball fell, but this time he blasted it over the bar. Bayern showed that they were not prepared to let United have things all their own way in the 53rd minute when a period of sustained pressure finally left Samuel Kaffour with a clear sight of Peter Schmeichel's goal. The Germans had questioned the big Dane before the game but there was nothing wrong with his reactions as he flew to his right to turn the Ghanaian's fierce drive away for a corner. But two minutes later there was little or nothing Schmeichel could do to prevent an equaliser. Effenberg's corner was headed down into the danger area by Strunz, and Hasan Salihamidzic poked the ball over the line from close range. And within three minutes Bayern almost snatched the lead when Elber volleyed narrowly over after Zinckler's shot had deflected into his path. United were dealt a blow in the 63rd minute when Yorke limped off to be replaced by Nicky Butt, but four minutes later they were within inches of regaining the lead, and again it was Cole who was the unlucky man. He reacted first to Beckham's wicked cross but his glancing header flew just wide of Khan's right hand post. Schmeichel was forced to make another save from a speculative Effenberg drive but, as the news of other scorelines filtered down to the players and it became clear that a draw would be good enough for both clubs, everyone seemed happy for the game to finish level. As a result the closing stages lacked the passion of the earlier exchanges as both teams began to turn one eye to the quarter-finals. In the other Group D game, Barcelona beat Brondby 2-0 in Denmark with goals from Luis Figo and Rivaldo in a match that was relevant only in deciding who would finish bottom of the group. FINAL TABLE - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP D P W D L F A Pts Bayern Munich 6 3 2 1 9 6 11 Man United 6 2 4 0 20 11 10 Barcelona 6 2 2 2 11 9 8 Brondby 6 1 0 5 4 18 3
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From: Jon Leigh Subject: Short report of Bayern game and pre-match Fellow list members may recall Adrian Hodgkiss and his mate John saying they were coming over for the game as part of Adrian's Stag Do. As luck would have it, we bumped into Adrian and John in the 'Circus Tavern' at about 3pm. After a few beers we adjourned to another bar a short distance away in China Town opposite the Woo Sang. Anybody who knows this area will understand that we all had an excellent time and departed for the match nicely relaxed and looking forward to the game. Further details can only be supplied by Adrian on his return to California - for me to elaborate further would be unfair. One of our group was depending on a contact of mine to provide a ticket - at above face value. Unfortunately, when we got to the Trafford pub at 6:45 the bastard had already sold it for double what he was going to give it to my mate for. Won't be speaking to him again. The ensuing delay while we found a replacement meant that we were unable to make it to the Throstles Nest for another quick 2 or 3 before the game. Sorry ladies and gents, hope you had a good time. The highlight of the evening for me, which hasn't appeared in any account so far, was the long banner unfurled by the Bayern fans as the teams came out onto the pitch. With a red background it carried just two words, in white capitals: "STOP MURDOCH". I was diagonally opposite and those 2 words were clear for all to see and it cheered me (and some of those around me) no end. The banner was held up for about 2 minutes and then disappeared. I don't know if the fun-loving SPS confiscated it or they took it down before that happened. Top fans, unlike a few others who will be mentioned later. Enough accounts of teh game itself have already appeared, but for the opening few minutes the noise and atmosphere were electric (like all games used to be in the 70's but sadly now only 3 or 4 a season). Poor Ryan seemed to be demonstrating that the Dani Behr stories are true - he was a yard off the pace and gave the ball away continually and cheaply. But we have to also remember that he has been out for 7 weeks and it will take time for him to adjust - I do sincerely hope that is the real reason for his current form. Up front,man-of-the-match Andy Cole had an absolute dream of a game: he worked his arse off and, more importantly, if a ball was played in his vicinity he showed excellent touch and kept possession. But still not good enough to play for yer Inger-land (which you know where you can stick) eh, Glenda? At the back, Stam had another magnificent game and nothing got past him all night - apart from that soft and rather fortuitous goal Bayern rarely looked like scoring. As other scores came through, it was obvious that a draw would certainly see us easily through to the Quarters - our only and un-surpassable objective. This filtered through on to the pitch and a couple of minutes from the end Gary Nev and Schmikes played a little bit of keep-ball to waste some time. This infuriated some of the spoilt bastards around me, who started to boo the players who had scored a record number of Champions League goals (providing top grade entertainment all along the way) for having the temerity to play safe for the last 5 minutes of a 540 minute campaign (so far) and ensure that all that hard work didn't go to waste. That's your 90's football supporter for you. Never mind standing up, if I was Martin Edwards I would have all those people ejected and ensure they never darkened the doors of Old Traffrord again. For me, a sad end to the evening, which was immediately forgotten when the lady who had infuriated us during the game with her 23 renditions of "THIS IS A STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT..." (did she not know there was a football match going on?) actually said something useful and informed us that we had qualified for the last 8. Job done. Home to bed for some much- (and still-) needed sleep. Jon Leigh.
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Subject: Manchester United 1 Bayern Munich 1 By David Anderson, PA Sport Manchester United tonight emerged alive and kicking from the Champions' League Group of Death. United's fourth draw in a largely disappointing match was enough to secure their place in next spring's quarter-finals after other results around Europe went their way. United maintained their knack of qualifying through the back door as they went through as one of the two best runners-up while Bayern Munich progressed as Group D winners. The man United had to thank for their safe passage into the last eight was skipper Roy Keane, who in so many ways is the very heartbeat of the club. Keane missed most of last season's ultimately unsuccessful European campaign when he damaged his cruciate knee ligaments. His absence was a huge blow to United as they failed in their pursuit of their Champions' League dream. But now he has returned and is playing as well as ever after another imperious performance in the United engine room. United manager Alex Ferguson was confident his side would win if they played as well as they did in their 2-2 draw in Munich at the end of September. For the first time in many a European game Ferguson had the luxury of choosing from his full galaxy of glittering stars. But he made only one change from the side which drew at Aston Villa on Saturday and as expected Ryan Giggs replaced Jesper Blomqvist on the left wing. On the Bayern bench for the Bundesliga side's first visit to Old Trafford was coach and United bogeyman Ottmar Hitzfeld. United remember him all too well as the man who led Borussia Dortmund to victory over them two seasons ago in the Champions' League semi-finals. Ferguson's forecast that Hitzfeld's side would sit back turned out to be wrong as the Germans threw men forward. Bixente Lizarazu released Hasan Salihamidzic down the left channel, but his teasing cross was headed clear by Wes Brown, before former United target Markus Babbel fired over from 25 yards out. Back came United and Oliver Kahn punched clear a drive from David Beckham. United were just inches away from opening the scoring with the best move of the match so far on 25 minutes. Keane played the ball into Giggs, who deftly laid it off for Andy Cole to turn and shoot just past the post. Keane came to United's aid when he deflected Alexander Zickler's header from Stefan Effenberg's freekick over the bar for a corner. Kahn produced the first decent save of the match when he got across well to hold Cole's deflected shot. Then Thomas Strunz went close for Bayern when he directed Effenberg's freekick narrowly wide. Two minutes before half-time came the goal the United fans had longed for. Giggs beat Strunz on the left and picked out Keane advancing to the edge of the area and the Republic of Ireland midfielder drove home past Kahn. Ronny Johnsen squandered a glorious chance to double United's lead within two minutes of replacing the injured Denis Irwin at half-time. Keane laid Beckham's deep corner back into his path, but he completely missed the ball from close-range and then fired over from his second attempt Jaap Stam was looking reassuringly solid at the back and he produced a fine tackle to halt Giovane Elber in his tracks. Elber had claimed before the match that Peter Schmeichel was United's weak link following his recent gaffes, but the big Dane proved him wrong with a flying save to keep out Samuel Osei Kuffour's drive from just outside the area. But in the 56th minute Bayern equalised as the United defence was caught napping. They failed to react to Strunz's free header from Effenberg's corner and Salihamidzic tucked the ball home from close range. The game was coming nicely to the boil and Elber knocked the ball over the bar before a Paul Scholes shot was deflected away off Kuffour's legs. Scholes then produced a glorious run in the 66th minute when he went past three Bayern players before he shot wide of Kahn's far post. Cole thought he had restored United's lead when he directed Beckham's cross just the wrong side of the post. Scholes continued to look lively and he fired over again after creating an opening for himself. The game, though, lost much of its early impetus as it became clear to both teams that a draw would see them both through. And so it turned out when the final whistle blew. Teams Man Utd: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Irwin (Johnsen 46), Stam, Beckham, Cole, Giggs, Keane, Scholes, Yorke (Butt 63), Brown. Subs Not Used: Van Der Gouw, Sheringham, P. Neville, Blomqvist, Berg. Goals: Keane 43. Bayern Munich: Khan, Babbel, Lizarazu, Kuffour, Strunz, Elber (Jancker 81), Matthaus (Linke 61), Effenberg, Jeremies, Salihamidzic, Zickler (Basler 81). Subs Not Used: Scheuer, Helmer, Tarnat, Lakis. Booked: Lizarazu. Goals: Salihamidzic 56. Att: 54,434 Ref: D Jol (Holland). © PA Sporting Life
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Subject: BRUCE SET FOR OLD TRAFFORD RETURN Latest Transfer Cash Snub Could Be Final Straw, Plus: Newcastle Share Price On The Slide, Gunners Back Wenger And The Rest Of The Day's News STEVE BRUCE is said to be considering his future as Sheffield United's player/manager after being told he won't be given any of the £500,000 from the sale of striker Dean Saunders to Benfica to spend on new players. Carlo Colombotti, the chairman of United's plc, has widened the rift between boardroom and changing room by refusing Bruce any cash from the shock transfer. Colombotti insists he wants the manager to stay and will fight any move from Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson to recruit his 37-year-old former captain as his No. 2, but Bruce is not prepared to work on a shoestring budget for much longer. "I would have hoped that I would be getting some of the Saunders money to bring in a replacement," he said. "That was the very least I expected after having the player sold from under me less than two hours before Saturday's game at Bristol City. Now I'm not getting any of his transfer fee. I don't want to keep selling my best players. My main problem now is finding replacements for those who have left. In the current climate, it won't be easy." Saunders' exit follows the £400,000 sale of Gareth Taylor to Manchester City less than a fortnight ago. ------------ Latest! Blades block United's Bruce moves «« Sheffield United have affirmed that they will turn down any approaches from Manchester United to make their manager Steve Bruce the new number two at Old Trafford. Bruce, the former long-time United defender, has been linked with the vacant position as assistant to United manager Alex Ferguson, since Brian Kidd left to become the new boss at Blackburn Rovers. Sheffield United Chief Executive Philip Wood insisted:"We want to make it clear Steve has our full support as manager and we do not want him to go anywhere. Any approach will be fiercely resisted."
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Subject: BSKYB/MANCHESTER UNITED MERGER INQUIRY 1. The MMC Group conducting this inquiry is of the view that arrangements are in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a merger situation qualifying for investigation. I am writing to give you an indication of the issues which the Group are likely to raise with you at the forthcoming hearing. 2. The Group believes that it would be beneficial to the inquiry to make public its thinking on what issues it has to address, to inform third parties interested in making submissions and to enable them to tell us if they think that important points have been missed. It has therefore decided to publish this letter. The markets 3. The Group will wish to ask you about the existing markets and the effects of possible developments including: a. The nature, extent and definition of the market(s) within which BSkyB operates, including both the wholesale and retail supply of TV channels and pay-per-view services. b. The nature, extent and definition of the market(s) within which Manchester United operates. c. The links between these markets, including the sale of broadcasting rights. d. Whether BSkyB and/or Manchester United currently have any market power and, if so its nature, extent and consequences. e. Any other relevant competition issues affecting the existing markets. f. The effects of the following on the market: the alternative scenarios of a continuation of collective selling of broadcasting rights on the one hand and the introduction of individual selling on the other; the current and future development of digital broadcasting; the current and future development of pay-per-view services; the ownership of football clubs by other broadcasters and links between broadcasters; and possible changes to the regulation or organisation of football in England and Europe. Public interest issues 4. The Group will wish to explore the reasons for the proposed merger and to ask you about its benefits. 5. It will wish to put questions to you on the effect of the merger on competition and in particular on the following points: a. In the context of collective selling of TV rights, whether the merger would give BSkyB an advantage over other broadcasters bidding for the rights by, giving BSkyB influence over the decision of the Premier League on the sale of the rights; giving BSkyB access to information not available to others; discouraging others from bidding or increasing the costs of their doing so; and encouraging BSkyB to bid more aggressively. b. Whether a threat by Manchester United to leave the Premier League, if for example BSkyB failed to win the League’s TV rights, would be a credible one. Whether a threat by the Premier League to expel Manchester United, if for example it refused to abide by a League decision on the collective sale of TV rights, would be a credible one. c. Whether a threat by the Premier League to expel Manchester United, if for example it refused to abide by a League decision on the collective sale of TV rights, would be a credible one. d. What the impact of the merger would be on any plans by the Premier League to set up its own TV channel. e. In the event of TV rights being sold individually by Premier League clubs, whether the merger would give BSkyB an advantage over rival broadcasters by, for example, enabling it to prevent any competitor from buying rights to Manchester United games and using its monopoly over these games to persuade other premier league clubs to sell it their TV rights. f. What effect the proposed merger would have on the wholesale and retail supply of TV channels. Whether it would, in general, enhance BSkyB’s position in the live broadcasting of sports and, in particular, increase the incentive and ability of BSkyB to: block or limit the supply of live football matches to rival broadcasters; block or limit the supply of highlights or recorded games to rival broadcasters; and price its sports channels in ways which reduce the ability of other broadcasters to compete at the wholesale or retail level or both. g. Whether a merged BSkyB/Manchester United would have a disproportionate influence over the rules and decisions of the Premier League (and other football associations) and, if so, what effect this might have on these rules and decisions, for example, the rules on club ownership and decisions about the number of matches to be broadcast live. h. Whether the merger, if it went ahead, would induce other broadcasters to acquire football clubs and what effect this would have on competition. i. Whether the merger would increase barriers to entry or barriers to growth in any part of the market. j. Whether the merger would enable BSkyB to block or limit access to Manchester United matches, staff and players by media (for example newspapers) not owned by or allied with companies related to BSkyB. k. Whether the merger would have any effect on the operation of Manchester United TV. 6. The Group will also wish to seek your views on the possible effects of the proposed merger on the interests of consumers. In particular: a. Whether the merger would lead to an increase in Manchester United’s gate prices, or the prices of any of BSkyB’s TV channels or both. b. Whether the merger would lead to changes in the prices of or selling practices for Manchester United’s merchandise. c. Whether the merger would lead to or hasten the introduction of pay-per-view services and whether this would increase the cost of watching top quality football matches on television. d. Whether the merger would reduce the access of consumers to televised football by: removing Premier League highlights and/or Manchester United European competition games from free-to-air television; and inducing mergers between other broadcasters and football clubs, resulting in a need to purchase several pay TV channels in order to view a range of Premier League matches. e. Whether the merger would lead to a rescheduling of matches in the interests of broadcasters, with the live matches being timed to suit TV audiences, possibly abroad, or advertisers to the detriment of those wishing to attend matches. f. Whether, in the interests of group profitability or cash flow, the merger would lead to reduced expenditure on players and/or investment by Manchester United, to the detriment of its sporting performance. g. Conversely, whether the resources of the merged group would enable it to invest more heavily than any other football club, enabling Manchester United to win consistently, to the detriment of an exciting sporting competition. h. Whether there would be a conflict of interest between Manchester United’s wish to win as many matches as possible and BskyB’s wish to maintain an exciting sporting competition with uncertainty about winners. i. Whether the merger would, by inducing similar mergers between broadcasters and football clubs, exacerbate the gap between wealthy clubs and the rest, decreasing the ability of the latter to mount an effective challenge and thus reducing the excitement of football for many supporters. j. Whether other aspects of football, for example the organisation of leagues both nationally and internationally, the selection of players and the location of grounds, would tend to be dominated by broadcasting interests rather than the interests of supporters and whether this would be against the public interest. 7. It has been suggested that certain other aspects of football could be affected by the merger and the Group may wish to ask you about these. These issues include: a. Whether a club owned by a broadcaster could undermine the authority of football’s governing bodies and league organisers by refusing to accept their rulings when they were not in the interests of the club or its owner. b. Whether the merger and its consequentials would lead to English football being run by people with no real interest in the game itself. c. Whether Manchester United supporters would lose such influence as they have over the club. d. Whether News International has the ability materially to influence BSkyB and whether this raises public interest issues additional to those identified in this letter. 8. The Group has, of course, not yet reached any conclusions about whether the merger might be expected to operate against the public interest. But if it were to do so it would need to make recommendations to the Secretary of State on how to remedy the adverse effects identified. It may therefore wish to ask you about hypothetical remedies.
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Subject: ITALIAN TRIP AWAITING UNITED Manchester United are on a collision course with Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus and the odds favour them meeting in the quarter finals of the Champions League. United go into the hat with five other clubs in next Wednesday's draw, Olympiakos of Greece, Dynamo Kiev from the Ukraine and Germany's Kaiserslautern plus the two Italians. They are kept apart from last year's winners Real Madrid, who also qualified by finishing runners up in their group and Bayern Munich winners of United's section. But no matter who they are paired with, United will be at home in the first leg on Wednesday, March 3. © PA Sporting Life
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