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Date: Fri Dec 18 09:53:31 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
3. McClair moves south to join Kidd
4. Beckham tormentor has no worries
5. A little perspective
6. George Best's View on Tinkerbell 


Daily RED Trivia  Fre 18th December 1998:

18/12/1921: Jack Crompton born in Manchester. United's first regular post-war Goalkeeper,
 he made his debut in August 1946 against Grimsby Town, playing in the 1948 FA Cup
 final and the League Title winning season in 1952. Amassed 211 appearances between               
1946-55. Later served United as Trainer in three spells.  

1974: United beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at Old Trafford in the League Cup 5th
 Round watched by 49,501. Sammy McIlroy, Stuart Pearson and Lou Macari got
 the goals. Team was: Stepney, Young, Houston, Greenhoff, Sidebottom, Buchan,
 Morgan, McIlroy, Pearson, Macari, Daly (McCalliog).


Barry Daily Comment:

Info from Our Salford Lass:
In their wisdom, the FA have decided to hold United's FA Youth Cup game
against Everton at the same time as the Middlesborough first team game on
For those of you not going to OT, the game is at Gigg Lane, Bury.  Kick-off 2pm

According to his programme notes in last night's United Review, Alex
Ferguson is in no rush to replace Kiddo.  After acknowledging the
contribution that Brian Kidd made to Manchester United (from his playing
days, right through to his departure) Alex says that he is not going to
make a decision quickly, he is going to give himself time.  He says that
Jim Ryan is doing a good job and he trusts him and that Tony Coton has
taken over as reserves coach.

Brian Kidd Press conference, pic, real audio

Remaining 1998 games: 

ALL Result/Fixture Index:

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 All teams:


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
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159

Champions League:
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   

Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


 Real Madrid       v   Dynamo Kiev
 Manchester Utd    v   Inter Milan
 Juventus          v   Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich     v   Kaiserslautern

 Ties to be played on March 3 and 17


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

Subject: SPARKS FLY AS ZOLA EARNS A POINT MANCHESTER UNITED 1 CHELSEA 1 There were almost more bookings than chances, but a late flash of inspiration from Gianfranco Zola finally sparked Chelsea into life to strengthen their title ambitions. Manchester United seemed set for three points after Andy Cole's reaction shot in first half injury time, until the Italian popped up seven minutes from time. The result leaves United two points behind Aston Villa, when a win would have seen the Reds move back to the top of the Premiership. For the opening 80 minutes, the team sent out by Gianluca Vialli seemed to be poor impostors for the team which has produced some sparkling football so far this season. United were little better, though, and the match was largely a poor advert for a supposedly resurgent Premiership as the two teams tipped as the most-likely title contenders met head on. Seven players were shown the yellow card, tackles flew in from all angles, and the game was crying out for width and inspiration until the late flurry from the visitors, inspired by substitute Gustavo Poyet. But after Zola had struck seven minutes from time to equalise Andy Cole's 45th-minute effort, the Blues had chances to win the game and strengthen a record which has seen them lose just twice at Old Trafford in their past 23 League games there. Before kick-off, Old Trafford was feverish with excitement at the prospect of a Champions' Cup quarter-final against Inter Milan, with Ronaldo and Diego Simeone, the Argentinian who must still haunt David Beckham's worst nightmares, awaiting. But Europe must be put on hold for both sides until March as domestic concerns take centre stage. The absence of their defensive foundation stones, Marcel Desailly and Frank Leboeuf, was a massive blow for Chelsea, plunging Michael Duberry and Bernard Lambourde into action against Cole and Dwight Yorke. But what the first-half really missed amid all the wasted passes and lack of inspiration as two cautious line-ups cancelled each other out was a winger, someone to take on an opponent and produce a dangerous cross from the by-line. It was little surprise that only Jesper Blomqvist provided any real menace down the flanks, given that Nicky Butt, Dan Petrescu and Celestine Babayaro are hardly in the class of Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, both rested until the second half. Apart from Cole's goal, the rest of the opening 45 minutes was largely dismal, enlivened only by the constant whistling of referee Graham Barber. The first real save came a full 38 minutes into the game, when Peter Schmeichel parried an effort from the effervescent Gianfranco Zola. Shortly afterwards, Graeme Le Saux, who had been at the centre of most of the controversy, appearing to feign injury at least once and being tackled into the advertising hoardings in revenge, limped off to be replaced by Poyet. But finally, the painful deadlock was broken just seconds before the interval. Blomqvist teased the Chelsea defence down the right and sent in a weak cross which was cleared as far as Butt. His shot was blocked, but Cole immediately pounced on the loose ball to fire a shot in off the left-hand upright. Cole was straight back into the thick of the action after the break, setting up Yorke after a thoughtful through-ball from Paul Scholes, but the striker's weak shot was easily gathered by De Goey. The shuddering challenges continued to fly in, and Lambourde was extremely fortunate to escape his second yellow card of the game for what seemed a last-ditch foul on Yorke as the former Villa striker threatened to break free. Yorke was promptly replaced by Beckham with 29 minutes left, and he produced the best cross of the game within two minutes only to see Scholes head it straight into the ground and up again into De Goey's hands. Chelsea had their fair share of possession but were too often guilty of trying to break down United straight through the middle, when it has been in the air that the Reds have largely seemed vulnerable this season. When Poyet did manage to pick out Roberto Di Matteo in an inch of space in the penalty area, the Italian simply fell over his own feet as Schmeichel plucked the ball from beneath him. Chelsea were almost made to pay when Ferrer conceded possession to Cole, and the striker fed Blomqvist advancing into the area, but his shot went woefully wide, and he was immediately replaced by Giggs. Then Di Matteo had another chance to secure a point, rounding Schmeichel to reach the by-line after Poyet had bulldozed his way through, but Brown was there to hack clear his pull-back. The young defender was unable to stop Zola two minutes later, however, as the Italian turned sharply onto Poyet's flick and held off Brown's challenge before flicking the ball nonchalantly over the advancing Schmeichel. In a thrilling final few minutes, Chelsea finished the stronger, with Petrescu wasting one chance after Tor Andre Flo caused more chaos in the United area, and Babayaro clipping the post with a 20-yard effort. There was still time for Brown to flick a header narrowly wide but with honours even, the focus now turns to the rematch in just two weeks at Stamford Bridge. Both sides will not find it hard to improve but after fighting back to snatch a deserved draw, the Chelsea fans will not be worrying about that on the way back to London.
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW SETS UP BECKHAM-SIMEONE REMATCH MANCHESTER UNITED and David Beckham face a tough Champions League quarter-final test against Inter Milan in March when the England midfielder comes face to face with arch World Cup enemy Diego Simeone. Beckham was sent-off for kicking Simeone in England's France 98 defeat by Argentina in St-Etienne. Inter will also be able to call upon Ronaldo, who is returning to fitness after several injuries. Meanwhile, Chelsea - the only other remaining British interest in European competitions this season - have been drawn against Norwegian side Valerenga in the last eight of the Cup Winners' Cup. United chairman Martin Edwards claims any one of United's five possible quarter-final opponents would have been difficult to beat and is already smacking his lips at the prospect of playing the Italian giants. ''It's a tough draw and it's a great draw in one sense because of Inter's reputation,'' he said. ''If you are going to win the European Cup you have to be prepared to play the best teams at some stage. Italian teams have proved in recent years that they are among the strongest in Europe, while Inter are a really good side who have arguably the world's best player in Ronaldo. Every team in the last eight is going to cause you problems. We might have thought: 'Let's have Kiev', who will have had a winter break, but they are a good side and then there's the problem with travelling such a big distance. Some people thought Olympiakos might have been a good draw, but the fans can be quite hostile out there. When you come through the group stages you realise it's going to be tough whoever you get and it really is an exciting prospect.'' United have drifted out to second favourites following Wednesday's draw, Juventus have been installed as the new 5-2 favourites while the men from Old Trafford, who were 3-1 favourites with bookmakers William Hill after the group stages, have gone out to 4-1 - level with Bayern Munich. Inter are fourth favourites at 5-1 while holders Real Madrid are 6-1, Dynamo Kiev 8-1, Kaiserslautern 20-1 and Olympiakos 40-1. Chelsea will be less keen for a repeat of their last trip to Norway when they faced Tromso in sub-zero temperatures on a snow-covered pitch. Valerenga, who play in the 25,000-capacity Ulleval National Stadium, are coached by former Norwegian national coach Egil Olsen and have had a remarkable turnaround in fortunes in recent years. They were relegated to the second division for the 1997/98 season but came back up at the first attempt and defeated Stromsgodset (who lost to Aston Villa in the UEFA Cup), 4-2 in the Norwegian Cup Final. The Londoners, at 2-1, are second favourites behind Italian giants Lazio (11-8) to win the competition while Valerenga are 33-1 outsiders. In the UEFA Cup, Parma, conquerors of Rangers in the last round, are favourites at 11-4 with Roma, who knocked out Leeds on their way to the last eight, second favourites at 4-1. Celta Vigo, who have beaten both Aston Villa and Liverpool on their way to the quarter-finals, join Marseille on 6-1. Champions League: Real Madrid (Spa) v Dynamo Kiev (Ukr), Manchester United v Inter Milan (Ita), Juventus (Ita) v Olympiakos (Gre), Bayern Munich (Ger) v Kaiserslautern (Ger). Ties to be played on March 3 and 17. Cup Winners' Cup: Chelsea v Valerenga (Nor), Lokomotiv Moscow (Rus) v Maccabi Haifa (Isr), Varteks (Cro) v Mallorca (Spa), Lazio (Ita) v Panionios (Gre). Ties to be played on March 4 and March 18. UEFA Cup: Marseille (Fra) v Celta Vigo (Spa), Bologna (Ita) v Lyon (Fra), Bordeaux (Fra) v Parma (Ita), Atletico Madrid (Spa) v Roma (Ita). Ties to be played on March 2 and March 16. ************************************************ 'BOO BOYS JUST JEALOUS' SAYS BECKHAM Manchester United star David Beckham believes fans boo him because ''they are jealous of me most of the time.'' The 23-year-old midfielder was made a scapegoat for England's defeat in France after being sent-off against Argentina and he was vilified on his return home, with rumours circulating that he would move abroad to escape the criticism. An effigy of him was even strung up by a noose outside a London pub but the expected hate campaign at grounds such as Upton Park never really materialised, although he is booed at away grounds and also by some fans at England games. ''The reason fans abuse me is because they are jealous of me most of the time,'' Beckham said in the Official Manchester United magazine. "I'm sure some of these people out on the terraces once wanted to be a footballer or wanted to make it for their team. They see me doing well on the pitch, playing for United, playing for England, enjoying my life, playing football with a smile on my face. I suppose booing is their way of getting back at me. I think when people boo you it's a sign of respect really.'' ''The papers were saying 'Is he going to go?' but I wasn't going to leave United. The way the United fans were to me, and the way the manager was to me, made me even more determined to stay. To be honest I didn't think it would be as bad as it actually got. I flew straight out to New York which was my way of getting away from everything. But it was hard for my mum and dad. They had, like, 28 photographers camped outside the house.'' About the effigy Beckham added: ''I hadn't actually seen that until I watched 'The Trouble with Beckham' on TV recently. I think that was good for me really because I came out of that programme quite well. The next day people were saying 'Well what is the trouble with Beckham?' People are just trying to put me down but they've embarrassed themselves putting that on telly.'' Beckham received police protection when he returned to United's Cliff training ground after the World Cup but he was heartened by messages of support from fellow players and several phone calls from Ray Wilkins, who was sent off playing for England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. ''A lot of people have said the treatment I got after the World Cup was unfair, and I think it was, but I can't do anything about that. A lot of people really blew it out of proportion." Beckham was not as forthcoming with replies to the questions everyone wants answering. When asked about his reaction to Glenn Hoddle's comments about him being ''unfocused'' he said: ''I'd rather not go there.'' As to what made him lash out at Simeone he would only say: ''I think you could see that on telly. Everyone knows that.'' And when asked about Teddy Sheringham's comment that Simeone ''squealed like a pig'' Beckham diplomatically answered: ''It's in the heat of the moment that he's chosen to do that but I'm getting on with my football and getting on with my life.'' Beckham admits he is now very cautious about what he says or does. ''I'm wary of anyone. I think you've got to be,'' he concluded.
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: McClair moves south to join Kidd COLIN MOFFAT Brian McClair is to become Brian Kidd's new assistant manager at Blackburn Rovers. The former Celtic and Manchester United striker is to leave Motherwell after the two clubs thrashed out a suitable compensation package, which will see the Ewood Park side visit Fir Park for a friendly match at a later date. Motherwell chairman John Boyle said: " We are sad to lose someone of the calibre of Brian McClair, but we wish him all the best in what is undoubtedly a superb career opportunity. " - Dec 18 **************** McClair joins Kidd at Blackburn LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Brian McClair has joined English premier league club Blackburn Rovers as assistant to new manager Brian Kidd, the BBC reported on Thursday. McClair, 35, moved to Scottish premier league club Motherwell in the close season after 11 years at Manchester United where Kidd was assistant manager for much of the period. The former Scottish international striker had been expected to join the United coaching staff but opted to continue his playing career in Scotland, signing a three-year contract. Kidd took over at Blackburn earlier this month following the departure of Roy Hodgson.
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: Beckham tormentor has no worries Thursday, December 17, 1998 Inter Milan midfielder Diego Simeone expects no ill-treatment from the Old Trafford crowd when the Italian giants visit Manchester United on March 3 for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final . The Argentina international was accused of play-acting in the incident which resulted in David Beckham being sent off by referee Kim Milton Nielsen during England's World Cup second-round exit from France 98. But Simeone expects no backlash from the crowd. He said: 'I'm not worried at all. I don't think I'll be booed, though I know Old Trafford can be a difficult place to play.' Millions of English viewers watched in horror at Beckham's moment of folly last summer, when his ill-judged kick at Simeone's leg caused the Argentina midfielder to collapse in apparent agony. While Beckham's antics were undeniably stupid, Simeone's theatrics were roundly criticised. But Simeone said: 'I'm not going to say anything to Beckham when I see him because there is no reason for me to speak to him. That game is finished, that World Cup is over. There is no point in rehashing the past. You can be sure I'm not going to be thinking about Beckham or France 98 when I step on the field. I'll only be thinking about winning the game. 'In my opinion, Inter-Manchester United is the best game of the quarter-finals. There are no easy matches left in the draw, nor should there be. If you want to win the competition and be the best club in Europe, you've got to prove you're better than everybody else. Therefore, it makes no difference whether you play Manchester United or Juventus or whoever. You still have to win.' Yet Simeone's coach at Inter, Romanian Mircea Lucescu, made no attempt to disguise his relief at playing United rather than Italian rivals Juventus. Lucescu said: 'Most teams at this point are equally tough, except perhaps Olympiakos. But the most important thing to me is that we have managed to avoid facing Juve and therefore I am very happy with the draw. 'Italian clubs have shown over the years that they know how to play against and overcome English opposition. Besides, we have a lot of things to our advantage. We play the first leg away, which is a big boost because it offers us an opportunity to prepare for the return match at home, and we have three months to be ready for the game. By then, we should be a much stronger and confident unit.' It is not often that Ronaldo has to take a back seat on the footballing stage, or as a news item, but the first meeting of Beckham and Simeone since France 98 will inevitably be the focal point of interest from the tie. Simeone was only booked in their first encounter but managed to convince the Danish referee, if any doubt lingered, that Beckham should receive a red card. The United player has tried to show greater maturity following the incident, but Inter will be only too happy to find out how strong Beckham's self-discipline has really become. Simeone is one of a galaxy of brilliant stars in the Inter firmament but his primary position, as an attacking left-sided midfielder, is likely to bring him in direct opposition to Beckham when the teams meet at Old Trafford and the San Siro two weeks later. Inter have been playing fitfully in Serie A despite pushing Real Madrid into second place in their Champions League group. Gigi Simoni was sacked as coach earlier this month and Taribo West hurled his jersey at new coach Lucescu while being substituted. The incidents highlighted a relative malaise at Inter, the birthplace of catanaccio football under Helenio Herrera and Italy's leading club when they twice won the European Cup. But they are without an Italian championship for 10 years. However, they are the holders of the UEFA Cup, Simoni's side having beaten Lazio 3-0 in Paris last May after losing the final of the same competition on penalties to FC Schalke, of Germany, a year earlier. Inter have enjoyed the patronage of the some of the world's greatest players over the years and today's 24-carat cast list, which includes Youri Djorkaeff, Ronaldo, Nicola Ventola, Roberto Baggio, Javier Zanetti and Ivan Zamorano, goes alongside names from the past like Lothar Matthaus, Jurgen Klinsmann and Andy Brehme and, from more distant history, Giacinto Facchetti, Sandro Mazzola and Walter Zenga. But United manager Alex Ferguson will already have a massive dossier of information on Inter, who have been coached by sacked Blackburn manager Roy Hodgson and anchored in midfield by Old Trafford's former Guv'nor, Paul Ince. Indeed, it is not impossible that Ince will have returned to Inter by the time the quarter-final is played, although he would be ineligible for their Champions League having played for Liverpool in the UEFA Cup. But if Lucescu can harness the incredible amount of raw talent he has at his disposal, then Inter will not only become bookies' favourites to go through to the last four but to win the tournament. In Ferguson's favour is the fact that his League matches around the two ties are far from the most demanding of the season while Inter must face Juventus immediately before the first leg and the Milan derby prior to the second. ******************* Simeone's olive branch «« Diego Simeone - the man responsible for David Beckham's sending off in that infamous World Cup clash in St Etienne - has offered the England star the opportunity to meet up and to put the events of that night into a more sensible context than many have so far done. The Champions' League clash with Inter Milan, which looks set to pitch the two men head to head for the first time since the World Cup, has inevitably been hyped up as a revenge mission, but Simeone is keen to play down the confrontation. The Argentinian has offered to meet Beckham "any time, anywhere" to declare a truce.
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

From: Dave Menashe Subject: A little perspective Reds, Okay. So we have not been setting things alight of late and have only won one of the past few hundred games. Yes we are not playing well consistently but it ain't that bad. We are in the last 8 in Europe, 2nd in the PL and only 2 points behind the leaders. We have no serious long term injuries. And we are out of the Mickey Mouse Cup. Compare that to October-December last year and the year before. This season, we haven't a) lost 5-0 and then 6-3 away and then 2-1 at home to Chelsea within a 14 day period; b) Lost our unbeaten European home record; c) Lost our unbeaten status in the CL in Turin; d) Lost 3-2 at Arsenal. Although we haven't won many games of late, the fact remains that we have only lost 9 games out of the 52 played so far in 1998 and one was in the League Cup. This season, we have only lost 4 of 29. Not bad on the face of it. The problem is that we have become so accustomed to success and winning performances that anything less is treated as defeat. Heaven help us - under Sexton, Big Ron or even the early Fergie years, if we had lost only 4 of 29 games, we would have been in heaven. This team will win silverware this season and I don't mean just the Pontins league. Once the heavy fixtures of the New Year kick in, we will have extra resources that the other teams lack. No championship or European Cup has ever been won in December and as long as we are in with a fight, I'll be happy. In the old days, once we were knocked out of the FA Cup, our season died. At least we know we'll be in with a shout and that's enough. Someone is in for a serious beating soon. I hope we save it for Forest and don't beat up on Robbo on Saturday. He has assembled a good team so that is unlikely but either Forest or Charlton will feel the full fury of the reds and with a 4 or 5-0 win behind us, all will seem rosy again. Dave Manchester United - The Legend: http://manunited.net
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: George Best's View on Tinkerbell FERGIE NOT MAKING "BEST" MOVES By David Anderson, PA Sport Alex Ferguson's game of musical chairs with his Manchester United squad is hitting the wrong note for George Best. David Beckham and Ryan Giggs found themselves sitting on the bench when the music stopped for last night's clash with title rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford. Ferguson insists he is rotating his vast and talented squad to give his star players a breather, but Best disagrees with his thinking. Best, who was at Old Trafford last night, does not see the need for such caution and he claims he would field his best 11 players every time. "I would always pick my best 11 players for every game," said the United legend. "It seems, though, that this is the way managers are thinking these days. "I must say I don't agree. You would have thought United would go for the jugular against Chelsea, particularly when they were playing at home, because they are one of the sides up there challenging them for the title. "You would want to go out and stuff them - for want of a better word. "I would always go with my best lads, particularly in a game like this, and yet Fergie has left two class international players on the bench in Beckham and Giggs." Best rubbishes suggestions that the demands of the modern game have become so great that players need to be rested. He claims players were under as many pressures in his day. "I don't go along with all that talk and when I played we played 70 odd games a season," he said. "We played 42 league games, we played internationals, we had two cup competitions and we still won the European Cup. "The pitches were also a wee bit heavier to say the least. "All this stuff about players playing too many games for me is a load of rubbish. "People talk about the game being more physical and faster now, but I don't agree with that." Best believes it is better to have a settled side rather than to chop and change each week. "It can make it more difficult and sometimes it's better just to have 15 or 16 players like we used to have in the old days," he said. "If you play with different people each week it's harder to get used to their individual styles of play. "But Fergie is the boss. He picks the team and the rest of us have got to go along with it." United missed the chance to knock Aston Villa off the top of the Premiership by drawing 1-1 with Chelsea and Best feels the champions will come from this trio of teams. "I said at the start of the season that I felt Arsenal would be the team to beat," he said. "I've changed my mind because they don't have anything up front. "People keep thinking Aston Villa will fade away, but I don't think they will, while Leeds are coming through as dark horses. "For me, though, it's between Chelsea, Aston Villa and United." And no prizes for guessing which team Best is tipping for the title. "I never back against the Reds," he said.
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: YORKE RELISHING RONALDO CLASH Dwight Yorke can't wait to play against his hero Ronaldo in the Champions League. Yorke will line up against the Brazilian superstar in March after Manchester United were paired with Inter Milan in the draw for the last eight. The Trinidad and Tobago striker seldom has the opportunity of testing his skills against the world's best on the international stage and that makes the draw even more attractive for him. ''I don't get the chance to play against people like Ronaldo at international level but they don't come any bigger than this game do they?'' he said. ''Ronaldo is one of the players I admire most at the moment. He has got a bit of everything. He can score goals, he can dribble round people, he is very quick and his all-round game is pretty good. He is definitely on the shortlist of quality players around.'' Yorke was quick to add that United do not suffer from any inferiority complex when they look at the Inter side. ''That is what the Champions League is all about and if you are going to win the thing then you have got to beat everybody,'' he said. ''Inter have got Ronaldo and we all know he is the world's number one footballer but we have got a lot of quality here as well and I'm sure we can match anybody.'' United face Inter in the first leg at Old Trafford on March 3 before the return match in the San Siro on March 17. REFEREE Graham Barber has fallen foul of United boss Alex Ferguson for the second time this season after Wednesday night's 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford. Fergie was furious with Barber for not sending off Chelsea defender Bernard Lambourde after he appeared to pull down Yorke as the United striker raced through on goal. The Frenchman, already on a yellow card, escaped unpunished. Ferguson said: "It was a poor decision and nobody could argue with that. It's the same referee who sent Nicky Butt off at Highbury in September even when he wasn't the last man. If the referees were consistent from game to game, you could understand why they did certain things as they maybe had an edict from their bosses. But when they change from game to game, that's the frustrating thing for managers."
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