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Date: Sun Jun 14 05:01:33 GMT+00:00 1998
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This Issue:
1. Foe To Join (D.Mail)
2. Times Article on Scholes

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X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 10:44:30 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Foe To Join (D.Mail) United switch goes ahead - Foe Saturday, June 13, 1998 Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe claims that he needs only to pass a medical to complete a 4million move to Manchester United. United director Maurice Watkins insisted earlier this week that the 23-year-old's switch from French champions Lens to Old Trafford was off after he broke his left leg last month. But Foe revealed that he had been told by United manager Alex Ferguson that the move would go ahead if he passes a medical in two weeks' time. 'Alex rang me to reassure me that whatever happens, nothing will change his mind on the subject,' Foe said. X-rays have shown that the Lens star's injury is healing well. He is due to have the plaster removed on June 23 and begin training three weeks after that. Marcus Lionel van Geyzel. "I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow isn't looking very good either". -- Dogbert

X-Sender: sfisher@pinc.com (Unverified) Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 20:20:13 -0700 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Steve Fisher Subject: Times Article on Scholes To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU Glenn Hoddle must identify his creative force and make him part of the spine of the team Scholes best man for the job of driving midfield on IT IS TIME for trust. Glenn Hoddle should choose the man he thinks is best-equipped to do the linking job in England's midfield and then give that player a run of matches to establish himself. No position in the team is more important. The World Cup challenge cannot succeed unless somebody emerges to take on the creative responsibilities that would have been handled by Paul Gascoigne if his abysmal lack of condition had not made his selection unjustifiable. I suspect Hoddle believes, as I do, that Paul Scholes is the one most likely to fill the role effectively. If that is the case, he should put the lad in and then stick by him, even if he is not brilliantly successful from the start. The chosen player should be given a chance to become part of what the coach calls the spine of his team. He must be allowed to integrate with those other key players, to develop a comfortable understanding with them, so that the influence he exerts can steadily grow as the tournament progresses. Hoddle obviously regards David Seaman, Tony Adams, Paul Ince, David Batty and Alan Shearer as core members of his team, men he wouldn't dream of replacing unless injury or suspension forced him to make changes. He has had enough time, and done enough experimenting, to be clear about his idea of the best link-man available. Further chopping and changing won't help now. He has to trust his judgment and trust the man he picks, and think in terms of asking him to do the job throughout the World Cup. I have no fears about Scholes's temperament or his ability to cope with that responsibility. There might be a little concern about the physical strain of having to pump up and down the field, from box to box, for 90 minutes. He has done miraculously well in shrugging off the problems of his asthmatic condition but sometimes when I felt the demands made on him in Manchester United games might be unreasonable I told him to sit in a holding position for a spell and let one of the other midfielders make the forward runs. Ince would certainly relish alternating with him in that way now and again. Ince's best qualities have always been defensive - he is as good a tackler as any midfielder you'll see - but nobody will ever reduce his confidence in his attacking range. Of course, he is not as young as he was and when he goes into advanced areas he will have to make sure he has the legs to get him back. It is hard to overstate how vital the contribution of someone like Scholes could be. Those other men Hoddle sees as the spine of the team are, with the exception of Shearer, the kind of players you depend on to frustrate the opposition. They can prevent you from losing but they cannot be expected to win matches for you. Shearer can, but he is a specialist finisher, not a creator for others. His great advantages show in the box or just on the edge of it. The power of his shooting is frightening and, as I've said before, his ratio of strikes on target is phenomenal. Given the right service, he is as damaging as any striker in the game. So there can be no complaint if he doesn't manufacture a lot on his own, other than through his strength when one-on-one with a defender. He shouldn't be expected to slice open defences with passes of vision. Players further back should be doing that. Teddy Sheringham is capable of producing those balls when he gets into the hole behind the striking positions. He needs people to do the running for him but he sees the game well and delivers the ball to hurtful places. He can also score, and is especially useful in the air, and all of that tells me that Hoddle will start with him rather than Michael Owen. We all marvel at how exceptional the Liverpool boy is, and his pace and goalscoring record suggest that he must have an impact on this World Cup, but England are so noticeably short of penetrative passers that the case for Sheringham is strong. Scotland, in their heroic effort against Brazil, showed that if you are organised and determined you can worry the most fancied opponents. If Seaman plays to form, Adams applies his talent for leadership and organisation and Batty and Ince secure the midfield, England will undoubtedly be hard to beat. But who is going to win games for them? Shearer cannot do it on his own and they don't have wing-backs as electric as, say, Roberto Carlos. Somehow they must find the penetration Scotland lacked. That brings us back to the link-man and back, in my mind, to Scholes. He could be presented with the challenge and the opportunity of a lifetime. In spite of his youth, he would be well prepared. All the way through our Manchester United system, from schoolboy level, he was outstanding. When I say that, I'm not just thinking of his gifts as a footballer - the excellent control that keeps the ball close to his body all the time, his alertness to every movement around him, the vision and technical quality of his passing - but also of his attitude. He is a competitor, a winner, a lad whose heart will never let his skills down. The fact that he is small never makes him shy away from danger and his bravery has helped him to exploit the natural goalscoring touch he has with either his head or his feet. Like Hoddle, I have always tried to have a core of reliables running through my teams and I decided quite early that Scholes would qualify. But for England to get the best out of him, Hoddle will have to let him settle into the job in central midfield. There has been some surprise over the series of totally different teams the coach fielded in the warm-up matches. It is a fact that most of the countries that do well in the World Cup have a fair degree of consistency in their selections immediately before and certainly during the tournament. Hoddle's experiments indicated that he did not have an ideal line-up in his head and was giving the fringe contenders every chance to force themselves in. I have heard the suspicion that with Gascoigne he was giving the player enough opportunities to prove conclusively that he wasn't fit to come to France. But I don't believe there was anything as devious involved. In that kind of situation, the theory about giving somebody enough rope to hang himself can come unstuck if he scores a hat-trick and hangs you. Maybe there wasn't much risk of that, given Gascoigne's physical state, but I am convinced Hoddle simply delayed the exclusion until the evidence left him with no option. Several other questions have outlasted the Gascoigne issue, including the one created by trying Darren Anderton as a wing-back, which hinted that Hoddle was wondering about using David Beckham in central midfield. The result is that England have come into the finals with much more speculation surrounding their formation than you usually find with the nations that dominate World Cups. For the serious business now beginning, they will definitely want a settled team. A sense of familiarity among the players, of being able to depend on one another, counts for a lot, whether they are operating at club or international level. During my first couple of days on the training ground with Manchester United nearly a dozen years ago I decided I wanted two centre-backs who could play together every week. Paul McGrath, apart from his personal problems, was plagued by injuries. I got Gary Pallister and Steve Bruce and over the next five years they provided the foundation of our success. They were, if you like, the base of the spine. Pallister and Bruce were two men functioning as one unit. They could read each other down to the last detail. If one had a bad spell, the other pulled out a bit extra to compensate. It is difficult to achieve that sort of understanding in national teams, unless you have club partnerships, but you try to go as close as you can. Certainly when it comes to that key linking role in midfield you want to give the player the best possible chance to develop an understanding with everybody around him. I think Scholes should be the man and I think Hoddle should make him a fixture for the duration of England's World Cup. Surely it is out of the question that events in Marseilles tomorrow will put their involvement at risk. The tournament draw has done them a huge favour by giving them Tunisia as their first opponents. An emphatic win is well within their capabilities and it would put psychological pressure on Romania and Colombia when they meet later in the day. For Hoddle's squad of World Cup novices, a defeat could have a catastrophic effect on morale and leave them facing the nightmare of a premature return home. But I don't think we should waste time worrying about that. Our anxieties should be concentrated on Scotland, who are anchored at the bottom of their group and look odds-against to reach the second round for the first time in their history. Perhaps I'm a Glasgow optimist but I still have faith that they can survive. They deserve no less after representing us so magnificently in Paris on Wednesday. There may have been an omen in the way I escaped from a deadly predicament on the day of the match. Three hours before kick-off there was still no sign of 14 tickets I had promised to relatives and friends from Glasgow, Aberdeen and America. As I began to imagine how it would feel to be strung up outside the Stade de France, the cavalry arrived at the last gasp. Colin Hendry has the same hair-colour as Custer, but he might get a different result. * Alex Ferguson was talking to Hugh McIlvanney

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