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MUFC.SIMPLENET. COM:  DAILY NEWS
Date: Tue Aug 18 02:28:37 GMT+00:00 1998
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Daily RED Trivia  18th August:

1962: Denis Law made his United debut, scoring against West Bromwich Albion. 
      Joining United for 110,000 from Torino, Law scored in the 1963 FA
      Cup Final and won League Championship medals in 1965 and 1967. Was
      voted European Footballer of  the Year in 1964, and scored 30 in 55
      outings for Scotland, playing in the 1974 World Cup Finals. For United
      he scored 236 goals in 399 games between 1962-1973. He also played for
      Huddersfield Town, plus two spells with Manchester City.
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PRE SEASON - FIRST TEAM RESULTS
July 25  Birmingham City  (A)     result: L 3-4
     27  Valerengen (A) (Oslo)    result: D 2-2
     31  Brondby (A) (Copenhagen) result: W 6-0
Aug   4  Brann Bergen (A)         result: W 4-0
      9  Arsenal (N)              result: L 0-3
     12  H Widzew Lodz CL         result: W 2-0

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Tue 18/8 H Eric Cantona XI (H) - Munich testimonial
Sat 22/8 A West Ham PL

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--------------------------------------------------------------- UNITED GRANT ERIC HIS FINAL FAREWELL By Ian Parkes, PA Sport Eric Cantona has been granted one last wish by Manchester United and will skipper the Red Devils in tuesday's Testimonial match for the Munich air disaster. The game will finally bring the curtain down on Cantona's illustrious career during which he helped United win the Premiership title four times during five seasons with the club. The French star flies back to Manchester today for the first time since his shock retirement last summer and will lead United against a side made up of his friends from football for a game which marks the 40th anniversary of the crash. Cantona, who turned his back on football to become an actor, last played for United at Coventry 17 months ago in the David Busst Testimonial. His last appearance at Old Trafford was in the closing game of the 1997 championship-winning campaign a week earlier when United played West Ham on the day they were handed the Premiership trophy. But as well as pulling on a red shirt for the final time, Cantona will also address the 55,000 crowd as he has insisted on bidding a personal au revoir to the fans who adored him. He was originally due to play 45 minutes for both United and the opposing 'Cantona XI' when the game was originally scheduled for February to coincide with the date of the disaster. But following its postponement due to Alex Ferguson's side being involved in an FA Cup fifth round replay against Barnsley, Cantona then asked United if he could make one last 90-minute appearance as captain. PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, a member of the organising committee, said: "Eric wanted to leave the number seven shirt in his side to Bryan Robson and asked if he could play for United. "The club is happy for him to do so and Bryan is delighted to lead the opposition." Robson's side includes French striker Jean-Pierre Papin, as well as former Old Trafford players Lee Sharpe, Paul Ince, Mark Hughes and Andrei Kanchelskis. England's David Batty, Wales' Gary Speed and Scotland's Gary McAllister, all colleagues of Cantona during his days with Leeds, are also involved along with an injection of foreign talent. France captain Laurent Blanc, who missed out on the World Cup final success over Brazil this summer following his sending-off in the semi-final against Croatia, plays for the Cantona XI, while other stars include goalkeeper Pascal Olmeta and former United trialist defender William Prunier. Simply Red star Mick Hucknall - a United fanatic - will provide the half-time entertainment, with the expected 500,000 proceeds from the event going to the United players who survived the tragedy and to the immediate dependants of those who died. PA Sporting Life ---------------------------------------------------------------
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--------------------------------------------------------------- Cantona to speak to Old Trafford fans before Munich match By Jeremy Butler MANCHESTER, England, Aug 17 - Eric Cantona has asked for a microphone to speak to a 55,000 Old Trafford full house before playing in a testimonial match for the victims of the Munich air disaster on Tuesday. Manchester United spokesman Ken Ramsden said on Monday: "Eric has asked to use the microphone so he can say a few words. I am not sure what he want he intends to say." The French striker stunned Old Trafford just over a year ago when he announced his retirement, denying United fans the chance to say goodbye to the man who they feel was the catalyst to their recent run of success. In the striker's time at United, they won four English league titles in five seasons, including two League and Cup doubles, before he mysteriously gave up playing, giving little detail except saying he planned to launch an acting career. On Tuesday he will return to play the full match as a Cantona X1 play a full-strength United team in a game organised to raise funds for the United players that survived the 1958 crash and relatives of those who perished. England coach Glenn Hoddle has agreed to release several of his players, currently at Bisham Abbey in southern England for a squad get-together. The Cantona XI includes former United players Bryan Robson, Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis and Mark Hughes, Cantona's former Leeds teammates David Batty, Gary McAllister and Gary Speed and former French international Jean-Pierre Papin. The game was originally set to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Munich tragedy in February, but a Cup replay forced its postponement. Organisers have had to wait until now to reschedule the game because Cantona was tied up in Mexico making a film. ---------------------------------------------------------------
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--------------------------------------------------------------- Stam out for Polish trip Record signing Jaap Stam is facing a fortnight on the sidelines after limping out of Saturday's Premiership opener with Leicester at half-time. Alex Ferguson later revealed the Dutchman had pulled a thigh muscle in the 15th minute and soldiered on until the break when he was replaced by Henning Berg. The Norwegian is now expected to rekindle his defensive partnership with Ronny Johnsen for the trip to West Ham next Saturday where Stam's extra height at the back will be missed against returning striker John Hartson. Stam is also set to miss United's long-haul trip to Poland three days later as they seek to defend their 2-0 first leg lead against LKS Lodz. Wes Brown or Chris Casper could be called up to the squad for one or both of the matches, although there is plenty of strength in reserve with David May fully fit. Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be back from suspension this Saturday and ready to kick-off his season in earnest. ---------------------------------------------------------------
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--------------------------------------------------------------- 'Let me go by Thursday' - Yorke Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke has said he wants to move to Manchester United by Thursday so he can qualify for Champions League football. The Aston Villa striker's proposed move to Old Trafford fell through when United boss Alex Ferguson failed to come up with a bid to match Villa's 12m valuation. The on-off saga had seemd to be over, but now the 26-year-old Trinidadian has told Villa boss John Gregory that he wants to go by Thursday. "I want to go to Manchester United," he told The Sun newspaper. "The Champions' League deadline is on Thursday and I want to be there by then. "I have always said the Champions' League is the type of stage I want. I spent all summer watching the World Cup, knowing I will never get there with Trinidad and Tobago. "That is why I need to play at the highest club level I can. "There is no point moving just to play in the Premiership. I can stay here and do that. "This is why the deal has to be done by Thursday." Yorke has said if the transfer does not go ahead he will see out the two years out on his contract at Villa Park. "Opportunities like this only come along once in a lifetime and I had asked John Gregory and the Villa board for their understanding. "Regardless of what happens now, I won't sign a new contract and I won't leave before my current contract expires in 2000. "I don't want Villa fans to see me as disloyal. I would ask every supporter to think what they would do if they were offered another job which they would really like to do." ---------------------------------------------------------------
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