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Date: Tue Jun 16 04:26:01 GMT+00:00 1998
LIST: 1998/99 Season Fixtures!! (Carling)
Man United 15 Jun 1998
MAN UTD'S FIXTURES 1998-1999
15 Leicester (H)
22 West Ham (A)
8 Charlton (A)
12 Coventry (H)
19 Arsenal (A)
23 Chelsea (H)
26 Liverpool (H)
3 Southampton (A)
17 Wimbledon (H)
24 Derby (A)
31 Everton (A)
7 Newcastle (H)
14 Blackburn (H)
21 Sheff Wed (A)
28 Leeds (H)
5 Aston Villa (A)
12 Tottenham (A)
19 Middlesbrough (H)
26 Nottm Forest (H)
28 Chelsea (A)
9 West Ham (H)
16 Leicester (A)
30 Charlton (H)
6 Nottm Forest (A)
13 Arsenal (H)
20 Coventry (A)
27 Southampton (H)
6 Liverpool (A)
13 Newcastle (A)
20 Everton (H)
3 Wimbledon (A)
5 Derby (H)
10 Blackburn (A)
17 Sheff Wed (H)
24 Leeds (A)
1 Aston Villa (H)
8 Middlesbrough (A)
16 Tottenham (H)
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1. Agence France-Presse on Scholes (contains score)
2. United Odds On Favourites (Carling) (fwd)
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Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 19:54:35 -0400
From: Paul Rodes (by way of Red Devils List )
Subject: Agence France-Presse on Scholes (contains score)
Scholes shines as England avoid trouble on the pitch
by Niall Edworthy
MARSEILLE, France, June 15 (AFP) - Paul Scholes justified his selection as
England's new playmaker as Glenn Hoddle's side kicked
off their World Cup campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over Tunisia at
the Stade Velodrome on Monday.
The 23-year-old midfielder has taken over England's attacking midfield
role after Paul Gascoigne was controversially dropped by
Hoddle from his final squad.
Gascoigne's omission, in the wake of newspaper allegations about his
drinking habits and general life-style, led many to wonder
whether England had a player capable of producing his creative edge.
But Manchester United star Scholes laid those fears to rest with a
sparkling performance that stood out from an otherwise
ordinary England performance.
Scholes, whose early football career was threatened by bad asthma, scored
England's second -- a superb curling shot from 20
yards -- after captain Alan Shearer grabbed the only real chance to come
his way to give England a first half lead.
Hoddle said Scholes had fully justfied his place in the starting line-up,
enthusing: "I was tremendously pleased for him. I thought he
had a super game. He has great confidence in his own ability.
"He doesn't stop running and the timing of his runs from deep is a real
Hoddle, who was upset that Gascoigne had not got himself in shape in time
for France '98, added that Scholes's maturity and
professionalism were qualities that he admires in players.
"He is a modest, quiet lad who doesn't really like all the razzmattazz and
the attention that his talent attracts," said Hoddle.
"He prefers to let his boots do the talking and as a coach that's great
Scholes, who was a constant threat during the first half, admitted his
goal was the best moment so far of his brief playing career.
"I had two chances in the first half and I was very disappointed not to
have scored but in the end it was brilliant to get one," he
"It was a great pass from Incey (Paul Ince) and I was going to play it
back to him but I miscontroled it so I just turned and hit it."
Scholes said he was not surprised to have been included in the team but
said he was happy to be compared to Gascoigne,
England's most creative player for the last 10 years.
"Glenn told me on Saturday and I was a bit nervous and had a few
butterflies in the stomach as I came out, but once it starts you
just get on with it.
"I just play the way I know and if people want to compare me to Paul
Gascoigne then I am very flattered.
"This has been the highlight of my career so far to score a goal in the
World Cup. The atmosphere with the fans was fantastic
there were a lot more here than I thought there would be."
England's official ticket allocation for the match was 8,000 but there
were at least 20,000 spread around the magnificent Stade
Velodrome, making a mockery of the organisers' plans to avoid black market
But there was no trouble during the match although there were the
occasional and ominous chants of 'No Surrender to the IRA',
indicating the presence of the hooligan element amid England's following.
Violence, though, was erupting elsewhere in the city as England's
ticketless fans clashed with local youths and the riot police.
But Hoddle said his team would not be distracted by events outside the
"I don't know the facts but the support inside the stadium was absolutley
magnificent," he added.
The England coach added that he was relieved to have come through a
potentially tricky first match.
"This was a tricky game for us," he said. "Once we drew Tunisia in the
group I thought the worst time to face them would be in
the first game in this heat. This was their World Cup final.
"The way this World Cup is panning out, teams like Tunisia, the so-called
smaller sides or the non-favourites, are causing the
so-called bigger teams some problems."
England captain Shearer took his only genuine chance of the game for his
19th international goal -- a powerful header from
Graeme Le Saux's free-kick on the right.
"Well, that will take the pressure off me for a day or two," he joked.
"Scoring goals is my job. Other people create them, I put
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Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 15:34:22 -0700
Subject: United Odds On Favourites (Carling) (fwd)
Man United 15 Jun 1998
UNITED FAVOURITES TO REGAIN TITLE
Manchester United have been made favourites by bookmakers William Hill to
regain the Premiership title in 1998-99 after losing their crown to Arsenal
Alex Ferguson's side are 7-4, with Arsene Wenger's Double winners 9-4.
United are also 12-1 for the Premiership and FA Cup double, while the
Gunners are 16-1 to retain both trophies.
European Cup Winners' Cup holders Chelsea are third favourites for the
Premiership at 6-1, then Hills bet 7-1 Liverpool, 16-1 Blackburn, 20-1 Leeds
and Newcastle and 33-1 Aston Villa. Division One play-off winners Charlton
are rank outsiders at 250-1.
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