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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Fri Dec 11 06:46:05 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Give us a Break Pleads Ferguson
2. Champions League Qualifiers
3. Great United Songs


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Daily RED Trivia  Fri 11th December 1998:

11/121909: George Roughton born in Manchester. A pacy Full-back, Roughton made his
 United debut against Manchester City in September 1936, and in his second season
 helped United win promotion. His career was truncated by the war, and he made
 92 appearances between 1936-39. 

1982: United beat Notts County 4-0 at Old Trafford in a Division 1 game watched
 by 33,618. Mike Duxbury, Bryan Robson, Frank Stapleton and Norman Whiteside
 got the goals. Team was: Bailey, Duxbury, Albiston, Moses, Moran, McQueen,
 Robson (Grimes), Muhren, Stapleton, Whiteside, Coppell. 


Barry Daily Comment:

This is a BIG weekend in the life of www.red11.org!
Webmasters Bill and Barry are both attending Tottenham v Manchester United and
will therefore meet for the first time! We have known each other on the net for
2 or so years but never met before due to the long distances Toronto-Denmark.
The Daily News will be back on Monday...here's to a RED weekend in London!

Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio

Remaining 1998 games: 

ALL Result/Fixture Index:

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



"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: Give us a Break Pleads Ferguson Alex Ferguson has called for a mid-season break as he fears injuries could wreck Manchester United's chances of Champions' League glory. United booked their place in the quarter-finals after a draw against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford was enough to see them through as one of the two best runners-up. United have emerged unbeaten from Group D - the so-called group of death - after banging in a record 20 goals in their six games. Last season United romped through the group stage only for their assault on the big prize to be derailed by injuries. Ferguson is mindful of this and he said: "Come March a lot of things come into play and I hope I have the same squad to pick from. "I would be delighted to be in that position as it is important to have all your players." Some of United's Champions' League rivals will benefit from a mid-season break in their preparations for the quarter-finals and Ferguson feels that should be extended to the Premiership. "Some of the teams like Dynamo Kiev can go for a break now and get their injuries sorted out," he said. "They will go on a nice wee trip to the Canary Islands, while we are battling through the winter. "I think we should take a leaf out of Scotland's book and take a January break. "On pure ability I would be quite confident about our chances, but come March I hope that ability and freshness will still be there. "We've got seven games in December and that taxes you. You just hope that you come through without any injuries." Ferguson has been linked with a fresh move for Lens midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe, who was set to move to Old Trafford until he broke his leg before the World Cup, but when asked if he would be bringing in any new faces for the quarter-finals Ferguson replied: "It's difficult to say, but I think our squad is not too bad." Roy Keane had fired United ahead two minutes before the interval but a defensive lapse allowed Hasan Salihamidzic to equalise after 56 minutes. Bayern qualified as the Group winners and coach Ottmar Hitzfeld would like to meet United in May's final in Barcelona. "I think both teams deserve to be in the quarter-finals because of the way they have played in the Group," he said. "I'm pleased for Alex Ferguson, whom I have a good relationship with and perhaps we will meet in the final."
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: Champions League Qualifiers Champions League Knock-out Stage Qualifiers : P W D L F A Pts Grp Kaiserslautern 6 4 1 1 12 6 13 F1 Inter Milan 6 4 1 1 9 5 13 C1 Real Madrid 6 4 0 2 17 8 12 C2 Dynamo Kiev 6 3 2 1 11 7 11 E1 Bayern Munich 6 3 2 1 9 6 11 D1 Olympiakos 6 3 2 1 8 6 11 A1 Man United 6 2 4 0 20 11 10 D2 Juventus 6 1 5 0 7 5 8 B1 Looking at the above table of qualifiers, I'm not sure who I'd like us to get in the quarters. Looking at their form, possibly Juve, would be the best bet. But they, like us, didn't loose a game in the league stage so it might not be that easy. The other obvious option is Olympiakos. Guess we'll just have to wait and see who we pull out of the hat. Euro glory : it's still a long way to go, but let's hope for the best!
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 20:30:52 +0000 From: Kerry Davies Reply-To: kerry.davies@virgin.net Subject: Great United Songs Having had a few enquiries about this wonderful product, I thought I'd better explain exactly what it is. Great United Songs is a 36 page publication containing over 80 songs going back over 40 years. Just a small sample of some of the classics included inside are: Flowers Of Manchester Stretford Ender The Second Was Scored By Wee Georgie Best There Is A Plaque At Man United (amazing) One Day On The Dark Streets Of Belfast Forever And Ever (All 7 verses) And a whole host of others, short and long, old and new. There are also articles by Richard Kurt, Pete Boyle, Howard (and me!), and although I could be seen to be biased, it is a fantastic publication. Now more than ever it is essential that these songs are not lost forever, and are kept within the folklore of United. It is these songs and these memories that make Manchester United what they are (but are in grave danger of losing) and they should be kept going. Feedback from people so far has been overwhelmingly positive, and I really do think that this is a worthwhile purchase. The publication sells for one uk pound, although I am not sure what the score is with regard to postage worldwide, but would imagine it would make sense to order in some kind of bulk. Perhaps anyone involved in their national supporters branch could ask around and see what sort of numbers are involved. Anyway, have a think anyone who wants one, and mail me privately and I will see what I can do for you... Cheers Kerry, still ferevently praying for a trip to Greece...
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: EVERTON FULL-BACK TO BE SIGNED IN TIME FOR THE QUARTER-FINALS By Ian Cruise MANCHESTER UNITED are poised to add Everton's England Under-21 left-back Michael Ball to their Champions League campaign. Old Trafford boss Alex Ferguson, whose side qualified from the group stage of Europe's premier tournament on Wednesday night, sees the 19-year-old as the ideal replacement for 33-year-old Denis Irwin. Football365 understands that a £6.5m fee has already been discussed and a deal is expected to be finalised well before the Champions League transfer deadline on January 31, making the defender eligible to play in the quarter-finals. The move would anger disgruntled Everton fans still furious over the sale of terrace hero Duncan Ferguson, particularly as the Ball transfer is believed to have been sanctioned by former chairman Peter Johnson at the same time as he agreed to let the big Scotsman move to Newcastle. Ball, a true-blue Evertonian, only recently signed a new five-year contract at Goodison Park and is said to have turned down approaches from Arsenal, Newcastle and Rangers. However, it is thought that the well-documented financial pressure on the club - plus the undoubted lure of Old Trafford and top-class European football - will see the deal go through. For United, the swoop signals not only Ferguson's determination to continue his side's domination into the new Millennium, but also the end of Irwin's hugely successful spell at Old Trafford. The news will come as a bigger shock, however, to Phil Neville, who must have thought he was next in line for the left-back slot and may now find himself the subject of a renewed bid from Middlesbrough, who tried to sign him in the summer.
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLANS CONFIRMED The Champions League was yesterday formally increased to 32 teams at a meeting of European football's governing body UEFA. It was also confirmed that the UEFA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup will be merged into one tournament from next season. Both switches had been expected as UEFA revamped its plans following threats by leading clubs to break away and form a rebel competition if changes were not made. UEFA confirmed the Champions League will now be contested by 32 teams instead of 24 and that matches will be played on Wednesday and Thursday nights. The defending European champions and the champions and runners-up in Europe's top leagues - Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands and England - will all be assured of places in the new Champions League, along with the champions of Portugal, Greece and the Czech Republic. The third and fourth placed teams in the Italian, German and Spanish leagues and the third-placed teams in the French, Dutch and English championships will all enter the new tournament at the third qualifying round, along with the runners-up in the Portuguese, Greek and Czech leagues, and the champions of Norway, Austria, Russia, Croatia, Turkey and Denmark. Champions of other European countries, along with certain runners-up, will contest the first two qualifying rounds. The new-look UEFA Cup will be contested on Tuesday nights. The 1999-2000 schedule, as released by UEFA, is: European Champions League First qualifying round: July 14 and 21 Second qualifying round: July 28 and Aug 4 Third qualifying round: Aug 11 and Aug 25 First round (Eight groups of four teams): To be contested on Wednesdays and Thursdays: September 15 and 16, 22 and 23, 29 and 30, October 20 and 21, 27 and 28 October, November 3 and 4 Second round (Four groups of four): November 24 and 25, December 8 and 9, March 1 and 2, 8 and 9, 15 and 16, 22 and 23. Quarter-finals: April 5 and 6, April 19 and 20 Semi-finals: May 3 and May 10 Final: May 24 _____________ UEFA Cup Qualifying round: Aug 10 and Aug 24 First round: September 14 and 28 Second round: October 19 and November 2 Third round: November 23 and December 7 Fourth round: February 29 and March 7 Quarter-finals: March 14 and 21 Semi-finals: April 4 and 18 Final: May 17
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: CAN UNITED WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE? They Haven't Lost A European Game This Season, But They've Shipped 11 Goals Already. Football365 Writers Argue The Case For And Against Alex Ferguson's Side Lifting The Trophy... 'Yes, They Can Do It' Says Ian Cruise OF COURSE United can win the Champions League. Why not? Because they're fragile at the back? Yeah, maybe they are sometimes susceptible to swift counter-attacks and you could certainly argue a case about their concentration levels in the games at Bayern Munich and Barcelona, but have you seen them going forward? United weren't at their best against Bayern at Old Trafford on Wednesday, but they still had several good chances to have wrapped the game up before Salihamidzic equalised. Either Andy Cole or Dwight Yorke could have given them the lead in only the fifth minute, twice Cole was desperately unlucky to send efforts inches past the post and Ronny Johnsen should have scored with at least one of his clear-cut openings immediately after half-time. Surely if the Norwegian had been on the pitch more than a few seconds he would have done. Some people are claiming that they aren't good enough to conquer Europe because the only team they beat in Group D was Brondby. Yes, but Brondby beat Bayern, so what does that say about them? It's no good talking about form, current or otherwise, because all that will have changed by the time the quarter-finals start in March. The bottom line, in my mind anyway, is that United have scored 20 goals in six European games - a new Champions League record - and emerged unbeaten from the so-called 'Group of Death'. It sounds obvious, but goals win matches and United are bloody good at scoring goals. After all, if they had met Bayern in the knock-out stages of the competition, then a 2-2 draw in Germany and a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford would have been enough to take them through on the away goals rule. And that's why being able to score plenty of goals is arguably more important in Europe than being able to keep clean sheets. If you look at the teams left in the competition, United should fear no-one. They're all good sides, but none of them are great. Nor are United. But when the European Cup is handed over at the end of May, I see no reason why it should not be Roy Keane who collects it. 'No, They Can't' Says Howard Johnson MORE'S the pity that United can't claim Europe's greatest prize but, until they can perform not only excitingly, but with ruthless efficiency, then Alex Ferguson's side will always self-destruct when it really matters. Yes, United have scored 20 goals in Europe this season, but the real story is told in the goals against column. Six conceded in two games against Barcelona - even without Kluivert. Three against Bayern Munich. Even two against Brondby. That's 11 goals in their six games. Look at the goals conceded by the rest of the qualifiers - Real Madrid have let in eight (the most goals conceded by any one of the seven remaining sides). Dynamo Kiev have shipped seven. Bayern, Kaiserslautern and Olympiakos have let in just six. Juventus and Inter, meanwhile, have conceded a paltry five. The evidence is clear that, when the giants of European football meet head-to-head, where mistakes are at an absolute premium, the key to winning trophies is, above all, not to concede. In the Premiership, where defences are considerably more naive than in Europe, United's swashbuckling approach generally carries the day. And it makes for exciting, scintillating football. But put United up against Inter, against Juventus, against German champions Kaiserslautern, and they are simply not going to walk three goals in. United simply won't be able to pick themselves up after conceding early, dust themselves down and get straight up the other end to bang in an equaliser. That's so naive as only to be worthy of Sunday League footballers. Big European games are won by the slightest of margins. Just look at the record books - it's the team that makes the fewest errors that carries the day. United are too slipshod at the back to be taken seriously as potential winners. They lack concentration. They lack total discipline. For all their flair and exuberance, Alex Ferguson's side lack the crucial ingredient when trying to prove themselves Europe's best. They lack a mean streak.
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