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Date: Wed Nov 11 01:07:53 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. United pitch for success 
2. Keano: Simply The Best (ET)


Daily RED Trivia  Wed 11th November:

11/11/1908: Neil Dewar born in Argyllshire. Dewar scored on his debut at Preston North End
in February 1933 and was a forward with a tendency for the mazy dribble, He cost 
£5000 from Glasgow Celtic and made 36 appearances  in 1933, scoring 14 goals 
before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday. He was capped 3 times by Scotland.

11/11/1972: United beat Liverpool 2-0 at Old Trafford in a Division 1 game watched by
53,944. Wyn Davies and Ted MacDougall scored the goals. Team was: Stepney,
O'Neil, Dunne (McIlroy), Morgan, Sadler, Buchan, Best, MacDougall, Charlton,
Davies, Storey-Moore.


Barry Daily Comment:  

Lets hope these Johnson and Blomqvist worries are unjustified.
The pitch problem could be worse though?

Next 4 games: 
Result/Fixture Index:

Today! Nottingham 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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Tuesday, November 10, 1998 Published at 18:01 GMT Subject: United pitch for success Old Trafford cut up badly during Sunday's clash against Newcastle Manchester United could face more problems from the Old Trafford pitch than from struggling Nottingham Forest in the fourth round of the Worthington Cup on Wednesday. United boss Alex Ferguson has held further talks with head groundsman Keith Kent and turf consultant John Souter in an attempt to solve the recent problems. Ferguson was far from pleased when the pitch, which was re-laid in the summer, cut up alarmingly during Sunday's goalless draw against Newcastle. One theory is that there has not been sufficient sunshine for the grass to grow and therefore the roots have not become properly embedded in a mesh just below the surface. If the pitch does not improve, United may be forced to re-turf large sections before the end of the season. Following his meeting with Kent and Souter, Ferguson said: "They are Perplexed, they couldn't believe it. "We think we know the reason, but until they have had a full investigation we won't be certain. It's fingers crossed that's for sure." Struggling Forest have failed to record a victory in their last nine Premiership games and only just scraped past Third Division Cambridge on penalties to book their meeting with United. But boss Dave Bassett believes victory over Ferguson's men could spark his side into life. Bassett said: "Confidence is not something that players can get by taking a tablet - it comes from playing well and winning games. I really believe that one good result could set us on our way again."
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Subject: Keano: Simply The Best (ET) New release takes Keane to top of the charts By Henry Winter IN THE over-hyped, over-heated world of modern football, where even the mascots are having dust-ups, it is difficult to know what to believe. But amid all the smoke and confusion, one fact burns brightly: Roy Keane is currently without equal among Premiership players. There are lies, damned lies and sponsors' statistics in football and Manchester United's Irish captain lies only a laughable seventh in Carling's chart of the nation's most influential central midfielders. Jamie Redknapp heads the list followed by Neil Lennon, David Batty, John Collins, Patrick Vieira, Garry Flitcroft and then - at last - Keane. Old Trafford should demand a recount. Vieira apart, none of these is in Keane's league as an all-action, all-round midfielder, a player capable of construction and destruction, a catalyst as well as a captain. Carrying greater weight is the statistic classifying Keane as the "player with the most successful passes". Others have passed the ball more (Lennon) but none as accurately. A more interesting fact would be to note the time and date Keane last misplaced a pass. At least the Carling judges have seen sense and voted Keane as Player of the Month for October. At 27, the Republic of Ireland captain is arguably a better player now than before the horrendous knee-ligament injury sustained during that highly unnecessary lunge at Alf-Inge Haaland last season. Keane always had the talent; it was just that on occasion his volatile temperament let him and United down. On this season's evidence to date, his infamous fuse has become longer. Maybe Keane has changed. Maybe, as he worked furiously to rebuild his knee and fitness, he thought about the prospect of life without football. Maybe his hair-trigger will reappear, but, as of now, as he wins the ball and uses it unfussily, cool-hand Keane deserves his award. It is the nature of the elite midfield beast that he is rarely a creature of complete Corinthian conduct. Graeme Souness, so often so sublime in possession, could mix it with the dirtiest. Paul Ince's wearisome indiscipline should not mask his undoubted footballing prowess. Keane, clearly, is trying to retain that competitive edge without the dark side. At last, he is behaving like a captain. The full nature of Keane's versatility has been seen this season. His movement alters according to the identity of his midfield partner. United have learned from that coruscating counter-attack in Turin when Juventus poured through an untended central midfield; now they always ensure one central midfielder sits in. When Nicky Butt, a midfielder in the holding, ball-winning mould, plays alongside Keane, the Irishman can charge upfield. But the increasing inclusion of Paul Scholes, a more attack-minded spirit than Butt, has inevitably meant Keane holding the fort. With a new central-defensive partnership in Gary Neville and Jaap Stam, United need Keane's shielding presence. Gary Lineker has argued cogently that Keane should be used in central defence. Although Keane remains a vital force in midfield, a first base for United moves, Lineker's suggestion contains one very obvious truth: Keane would make an outstanding centre-half. Tall, commanding, good in the tackle and quick on his feet, he also distributes the ball well. When United reshuffled against Newcastle on Sunday, Keane dropped in alongside Stam and immediately fitted out Shearer in a made-to-measure strait-jacket. Two balls played into Shearer were intercepted by Keane with a towering header and a thumping tackle. Almost a third of the way through the season, Keane is making an impressive case for Player of the Year. But more testing times lie ahead. In the period during which Keane earned his award, United faced decent but hardly trail-blazing opposition. Forthcoming fixtures against Barcelona (away), Leeds United (home), Aston Villa (away) and Bayern Munich (home) will provide a truer analysis of his stature. He looks ready for the challenge.
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Subject: BLOMQVIST FACES NEW NIGHTMARE By STEVE MILLAR JESPER BLOMQVIST checked in with the medics yesterday amid fears he faces another injury nightmare. Tendonitis trouble in the arch of his foot has come back to haunt his career. The Swede was out of football for three months because of the problem before his move to Manchester United and only began his Premiership career in September after making a full recovery. But Blomqvist, a £4.5million signing from Parma, was taken off against Newcastle on Sunday after feeling pain throughout the second half and now he is a worried man, as is United boss Alex Ferguson. It will be a massive blow if Blomqvist suffers another long-term injury after such high-powered performances in the absence of crocked Ryan Giggs. The Welsh winger looks to be out for the vital Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp in two weeks, so now the race is on to get Blomqvist back to provide the left-side balance which is crucial to United. Ferguson will hope that rest this week will be the cure for Blomqvist as he reflects on his invaluable contribution to a 10-game unbeaten United run. He said: "Blomqvist has been outstanding. He has got better and better." Giggs is recovering from a hairline fracture of his famous left foot.
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BREAKING NEWS - Tuesday 10 November 1998 Subject: JOHNSEN CALMS FEARS OVER INJURY Manchester United's Ronny Johnsen insists his ankle injury is not as serious as first feared. Johnsen's comeback after two months out with ankle ligament trouble lasted just 25 minutes when he limped off near the end of Sunday's goalless draw against Newcastle at Old Trafford. Initially it was thought the Norwegian international had suffered a recurrence of the injury and faced another lengthy spell on the sidelines, but Johnsen claims he has not damaged his ligaments and that he just took a kick on his ankle and feels he could be back in action before the end of the month. "I got a kick on it and it has swollen up," he said. "It's on the same spot where I had problems with the ligaments, but it's just a kick and not a twist this time. "Hopefully by the end of the week I will be back in training or at least doing some running." Johnsen admitted it was sickening to be back on the treatment table so soon after recovering from the first injury. He said: "To go on in the second half and then to come off again 25 minutes later is not what I would have wanted. I've been a little bit unlucky, but hopefully I can come back again." Manager Alex Ferguson said: "It's a bad blow for the player and the club." ****************** Johnsen out until the New Year? (Sporting-Life) JOHNSEN FACES INJURY LAY-OFF "Manchester United defender Ronny Johnsen could be out until the New Year following a recurrence of the ankle injury which has plagued him all season." "Johnson received the bad news this morning after being injured during Sunday's draw with Newcastle." "The Norwegian international has suffered a total repeat of the injury which ruled him out of the last 10 games." "He was hurt in the win over Coventry in September and made his comeback during Sunday's goalless draw." "But Johnsen lasted just 25 minutes after being brought on as a substitute and X-rays have revealed ligament damage. He can now expect another two month lay off." As a red I just hope that G.Neville and Stam will escape any seroius injuries because they've been playing so well together in our central defence. Let's all hope the best for Ronny.
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