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MANUNITED.NETLANE.COM : TODAYS NEWS Date: Sun Mar 22 13:52:35 GMT+00:00 1998 Mail: email@example.com Title run-in Manchester United Mar 28: Wimbledon (H) April 6: Blackburn (A) April 10: Liverpool (H) April 18: Newcastle (H) April 27: Crystal Palace (A) May 4: Leeds (H) May 10: Barnsley (A) Tomorrows RED Birthday list 23 March: 42 Larry Turner firstname.lastname@example.org Perth Nick "Flint" ICQ 1199536 34 Shay Sweeney email@example.com Ireland,Donegal Yearly visitor to OT since 90 This Issue: 1. Good Scholes news 2. England's Gain (Telegraph) 3. Hallowed Be Our Name
4. Title Run-in: Sunday Times Title Prediction ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ X-Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.5 (32) Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 12:46:17 +0000 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: J Callaghan Subject: Good scholes news Comments: To: RED-DEVILS@PIPELINE.COM To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU England Joy For Scholes Scan shows knee op may not be needed By Stuart Mathieson PAUL Scholes has been given a massive injury boost following a second scan on his problem knee. Results of a new scan after Manchester United's Champions League exit has revealed that the midfielder's knee trouble has shown signs of improvement since the last one was conducted five weeks ago. The Manchester United midfielder has been plagued by a persistent knee complaint since Christmas. After the 23-year-old was forced out of United's Champions League quarter final against Monaco on Wednesday at half time because of the knee pain, manager Alex Ferguson admitted that the trouble now posed United a problem. The Reds' boss was faced with the dilemma of putting the England player through surgery soon or waiting until the end of the season. After withdrawing him from England's friendly in Berne next week against Switzerland United decided to rest the problem for another ten days before making a decision. Ferguson's final verdict will also hinge on the availability of all his other crocked senior players. The fact Scholes' latest scan has shown improvement means there are no plans to operate yet and, therefore, suggests that any operation will be left now until early May. The op is believed to be a ``wash out'' op rather than serious surgery and would give Scholes the time to recover and rubberstamp his place in Glenn Hoddle's World Cup 22 for the final in France in June. X-rays on Gary and Philip Neville after the Monaco match in midweek have also brought good news for the Reds. Both the United full backs have had to pull out of the Switzerland World Cup warm up next Wednesday but neither player has suffered breaks or fractures with their respective problems. With Andy Cole also KO'd for England after suffering a knock in the Champions League match, United's initial seven man representation for Switzerland has been reduced to three with only David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Teddy Sheringham reporting for duty. Sheringham misses the Premiership match against Wimbledon next Saturday at Old Trafford because of a one-match suspension. A Manchester United is for life, not just for christmas. --------------------------------------------------------- JacKiT@indigo.ie --------------------------------------------------------- If tomorrow was today, it would be yesterday. 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, 22 Mar 1998 09:02:14 +0800 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: England's Gain (Telegraph) Comments: To: Red Devil List , Darul Kisai , Darul To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU England gain from United's latest loss By Colin Malam GLENN HODDLE would not be human if he did not allow himself a small sigh of relief at Manchester United's unexpected removal from the European Cup. Publicly, the England coach is full of regret over United's quarter-final defeat by Monaco. Privately, however, he must be thanking God a heavy burden has been lifted from the shoulders of practically a third of his probable World Cup 22. It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of the United contingent to England's chances of prospering in France this summer. At the very least, the Neville brothers, Gary and Phil, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole constitute easily the largest group of players from one club in the current England squad. So their well-being is critical to the outcome of the whole enterprise. At the moment, they are of very little use to Hoddle. Suffering from injuries sustained or aggravated in last Wednesday's second leg against Monaco, the Nevilles, Scholes and Cole have withdrawn from the squad to play a World Cup warm-up against Switzerland in Berne this Wednesday. Not only that but the three survivors, Beckham, Sheringham and Butt, are bruised in mind and body. However, the England coach can expect a steady improvement in the physical and psychological condition of most of the Stretford Seven now that they do not have to combine winning the European Cup with defending their domestic title in unexpectedly tense circumstances. Had United got to the final of the European Cup while facing a strong challenge from Arsenal in the Premiership, Hoddle's World Cup preparations undoubtedly would have suffered. It is difficult to imagine, for instance, that United manager Alex Ferguson would have made too many of his players available for the friendly against Portugal on April 22, which comes a week after the second leg of the European Cup semi-final. Nor, in all probability, would they have been in the best shape for the May 23 friendly against Saudi Arabia, three days after the final of Europe's premier club tournament, and then an international tournament in Morocco. United were already beginning to wilt under the combined weight of a heavy programme and a growing injury list. That much was clear from their results since the turn of the year and before they succumbed to Monaco. Just six wins in 15 league and cup games is not the sort of record you would expect from England's finest club side were they still in the form and condition that had made them well-nigh irresistible before Christmas. So the dashing, for another year, of United's cherished European Cup hopes could well be the making of England. Although it promises to be a tough fight to keep Arsenal at bay over the last leg of the season, there should be enough time between games now for United's many England players to recapture the zest which has so patently been missing from their football of late. Since even the younger players have been feeling the pace, it is no disgrace for Sheringham, at nearly 32, to be admitting he is jaded. "I've had a chat with Teddy about that and we've rested him today," said Hoddle on Friday. "He'll be rested again tomorrow, so he'll have had a few days of complete rest after the Monaco game and will train, hopefully, on Sunday, when his knocks and bruises should have settled down. "One of the things with United is the size of the match every time they play. When they are in town, other teams raise their game and it's a full house. Every game for United is a massive one, because everyone wants to topple them. They've had injury problems, too, so Alex Ferguson couldn't rotate the squad as he'd have liked and he's had to play players more and more. "It's been a testing season for the United boys, I agree with Alex on that, and that's why we've worked together closely on the availability of players. This time, for instance, I wanted David Beckham with us even though he's got a knock on the calf. Alex was fine about it and said he was fit enough to jo in us. I appreciate that." One United player who might put a strain on the harmonious relationship between Hoddle and Ferguson is Scholes. The England coach must have been a little alarmed to hear the United manager say he was thinking of delaying an operation on the midfielder's troublesome knee until the end of the season so that he could play the inventive redhead sparingly in the club's seven remaining Premiership matches. If Hoddle harboured any misgivings about such a high-risk policy, he was keeping them to himself. In fact, he intimated that he and Ferguson were working hand-in-glove on this one, too. "He is a concern, because he's had this knee problem for some time," the England coach said of Scholes. "He's had a scan and we'll have to wait and see what the medical people discover." There is an obvious contradiction in Hoddle's attitude to United in that he contends they went out of the European Cup only because they suffered injuries to key players and were forced to play others who were not fully fit. Yet he insists the ending of their latest quest for the Holy Grail cannot be interpreted in any way as a bonus for him and England. "Bayern Munich and Germany were strong together," he said. "So were Ajax and Holland. So it would have been nice for England to have stamped their authority on club and international football in the same way. But United were unlucky. They were hit by injuries at the wrong time." What Hoddle does concede is that English teams generally seem to suffer more injuries than their foreign opponents. He laments the fact that, nearly every time the England players assemble for a match, most of the talk is about withdrawals and doubtful starters, and he suggests the reason could be the intensity of our domestic football. "I think it is possibly to do with the way we play," says the England coach. "The next game is always coming round the corner pretty quickly. We play more Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Wednesday games than any other country in the world. Spain and Italy play a similar number of matches, but it's stretched over a longer period. "Our game's changing, there's no doubt about that. It's evolving and becoming more skilful, but I still say it's possibly the most difficult for staying injury-free. The tempo is such that you certainly need higher energy levels to play in England than you do abroad. The build-up is a lot slower in other countries." So, like United, Hoddle must make do and mend. He has an advantage here in that he can choose from a much wider range of players than Ferguson, whose seemingly formidable squad turned out to be not quite strong enough at the highest level of European club football. Even so, it is time English football woke up to the truth that its very nature is still handicapping it in international competition. © Copyright Telegraph Group Limited 1998. Marcus Lionel van Geyzel. Reply to: email@example.com My ICQ number is: 1579383 Member of the Manchester United International Mailing List: firstname.lastname@example.org Member of the Red Devil Mailing List: email@example.com X-Authentication-Warning: silky.cs.indiana.edu: ccheah owned process doing -bs Date: Sat, 21 Mar 1998 11:27:38 -0500 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: CP Cheah Subject: Hallowed Be Our Name To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU Reds, First let me apologise for not "keeping up with the duties" of running this list the past week or so. To be honest, we've been a bit busy, and the results of the last two matches didn't help things much. Anyway, we're over it now, and as we used to say back in the 80s, there's always next season :) Right, having said that, here's Richard Kurt's latest masterpiece. It's also up on our webpage: www.cs.indiana.edu/hyplan/ccheah/MUFC/rk.html Chin up - we're still the Champions! CP Cheah Hallowed Be Our Name The recent religious rumpus over United's Good Friday fixture was, in one respect, hugely entertaining: I never tire of seeing Ken Ramsden humiliated in public, as he swung desperately from one untenable position to another until final surrender to the forces of Rome. But the episode struck deeper chords too, for it got me thinking about the nature of the Club and of our supporters' position in the world. Now I'm a militant atheist and generally fairly hostile to all forms of organized religion. One of the greatest experiences of my life was to shag a Spanish 15 year-old on the steps of her local church - sacriligitastic, mate. But I was nevertheless appalled at United's original decision to play at 3pm on Good Friday, the time attributed to Christ's death, because it seemed that United were shitting on their own history, tradition and beliefs. Money, convenience and TV all mattered more and Ken Ramsden's spin-doctoring over the following two weeks just made the perceived insensitivity worse. It reminded me It reminded me of the abandonment of our Euro-kit's black memorial socks in the very season of the 40th anniversary: it spoke of a Club who no longer cared about its heritage, only about its Mammon-worshipping future. It was the offense to those who feel the Club's tradition in their blood that bothered me. As I'll opine, the blasphemy was against the United religion, as well as the Catholic religion. The episode did at least demonstrate the continuing power of the Catholic establishment, prompting some observers to wonder whether IMUSA should be targetting bishops in their campaigns rather than MPs. Thirty years ago, when the Main Stand was thick with clerical cloth and the faint whiff of incense, the Roman domination was taken for granted. If the Church of England was the Tory Party at prayer, then Man United was the Catholic Church at play. Much of United's early support was, of course, built upon Catholic Celtic immigrants - indeed, Newton Heath almost became Manchester Celtic in 1902. But over the past couple of decades, that influence was supposed to have disappeared. And where once the confidants of the Club hierarchy included a mass of leading Fathers and Mother Superiors, now the cronies are all bread-head businessmen and wide boys. So it was kind of comforting for traditionalists to realise that the old ways haven't quite disappeared yet. It's perverse but even an anti-cleric like me felt pleased that the God Squad could still pull a few strings and outflank the hard-faced capitalists who now shape our club's nature. What the modern plc exec. wants is this: a brand-name that doesn't actually represent anything per se, a non-ideological body that anybody across the world, no matter their age or location or class, can adhere to and worship. Its only value will be success; everything else should be jettisonned lest it narrow the brand's appeal. United would be football's New Labour, a meaningless construct that nonetheless always wins and can thus draw the support of all those hordes who like to be on a winning bandwagon. ('Foreign' Reds across the globe know the difference between those amongst them who understand what 'Manchester United' really represents and those Johnny-Come-Latelys who don't.) Never will plc-man want to remind anybody of what United were for 80 years of its existence - a predominantly working class, male, Catholic and local organization whose business was football, not the 'leisure industry'. No corporate entrepreneur can build a #500 million concern on such a limited credo. And whilst no-one could object to opening up the appeal - and anyway, it's not as if female, bourgeois, out-of-town Protestants were barred from Old Trafford anyway - surely the utter destruction of the nature of United to be replaced by a characterless Everyman conglomeration should be a matter of concern? Ramsden argued that because we have so many fans of every faith, we couldn't start postponing every other game because it clashed with some religious festival. That would have been a fair point, if you accept that the Club should no longer have any particular definition to its essential nature. But United has not yet been fully rebranded. We're not quite at Year Zero yet, at least judging by the reaction of many older traditional fans to the 3 pm kick-off proposal. After I became a young Red in 1975, from a mixed Catholic/Protestant family, I soon realised I wasn't joining a characterless catch-all organization but a Club largely built by certain kinds of people within a particular tradition. My neighbours were working-class, second generation Irish immigrant Catholics and told me they were delighted I'd joined 'their Club'. I in turn felt it right to respect the traditions and ways built up over the decades - to be aware of the rights and sensibilities of the 'host community' if you like. (So I knew the song that Prod classmates sang about the Pope's wedding tackle would clearly be inappropriate at OT.) It's no big deal, of course, this Catholic/Protestant stuff: Manchester isn't Glasgow and the issue has only become pertinent two or three times in my 20 years as a Red. Most Reds under 30 don't give a toss about this anyway. But in principle, I do not believe it is right that newcomers should be able to come into a pre-existing community and demand that it sacrifices everything it has built up over a century. It's like the invasion of the middle-class families into a working-class audience over the 90s: how dare they come in and start shouting the odds over fans' behaviour etc. when the hosts' families have maintained that Club through generations past? It would be different had United been a bigoted, unwelcoming community: then the hosts would've deserved to be culturally assaulted in such a way, just as the white trash Leeds scum deserved their kickings from the police and club in the 1980s. But United have always welcomed everybody: it's just that it always used to ask that its core traditions be respected. So Ramsden was wrong to put Good Friday down as just another religious day amongst many. If United's spririt still has a 'religious nature', it is surely still one coloured by Catholicism more than any other faith. For the decades of sustenance local churches and their communicants gave United, especially in financially troubled pre-Busby times, surely some special dispensation for one day only was justifiable reward? Or, to personify the issue, what do you think Sir Matt's opinion would've been? Exactly. And we'd surely all take his advice over Ken Ramsden's every time. We have to cling onto our traditions because they matter: history makes United what it is. There's so little left now: even that enduring faith in carefree attacking football being as important as success is under threat these days. Hugh McIlvanney, Fergie's biographer and number one press mouthpiece, wrote last week that we should all stop moaning about performances like United's in Monaco. He cited our defeat in Lisbon in '64 as a classic example of how United used to let themselves get over-excited away from home when following the Busby creed and that Govan-grim 0-0's are much better. Well, thank fuck George Best didn't think that way in Lisbon two years later. Or the lads of '65 going to Dortmund for a tricky one and roasting them 6-1. Or the blessed Babes themselves, getting three tie-winning away goals when losing to Bilbao in '57. Sure, you might fuck up in Gothenberg or Barca; but sometimes you succeed gloriously too. And it's glory, not mere victory, that you'll remember when you're old and grey. (To be frank, half the victories this season will be forgotten by June, actually.) Knowing and celebrating our history is massively important, and respecting the way immigrants, Catholics and outsider rebels aggregated at United to shape our history and nature must surely be part of that. So of course you don't have to be a good Catholic to be a good Red - but going out of your way to be offensive to an important tradition within United's support is rather unecumenical, to say the least. Ironically, given that the numerical number of practising RCs at OT is at an all-time low, never have United's multicultural, multinational supporters more resembled persecuted Catholics from the bad old pre-Emancipation days than they do now. Look at us, spread across the world, gathering at our secret meeting rooms in every conurbation, treated as the enemy within by the locals, tending our faith as best we can in between pilgrimages to our Vatican, Old Trafford. Talking to a Red from East Yorkshire in Monaco the other day, and thinking about this Catholic issue, I couldn't help noticing the similarities. He was telling me about the grief he gets from Leeds-supporting locals for following an alien team, as if he were a 17th century Papist lambasted by Protestants for his treacherous devotion to a 'foreign despot'. Nothing gets ABUs going like their locals who choose to follow the one true faith from afar; the intensity of the hatred parallels that of Reformation England. A Stuart Era Protestant courtier once wrote about the incomprehensibility of native Englishmen following the foreign Roman church; he could understand it from the residents of Rome's region, but what possessed the Londoner or Norfolk man to look so far afield? Sounds familiar?! We're a persecuted, despised minority everywhere but Manchester's Holy See, yet as a brotherhood united we're the biggest force in the world. Such a diverse denomination can and should show a little respect to each other - because no-one outside our faith is ever going to give us any, are they? copyright Richard Kurt 1998; first printed in Red Issue, March 1998 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, 22 Mar 1998 20:02:42 +0800 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Title run-in: Sunday Times Title Prediction Comments: To: Red Devil List , Darul Kisai , Darul To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU March 22 1998 FOOTBALL Manchester United out of Europe, Arsenal chasing a double, who will win the title? Joe Lovejoy, football correspondent, assesses the form. The race is on IT HAS not been a good week for football's money men, the plc milking machine that is their umbilical temporarily running dry. Pause here to dab away crocodile tears. The impropriety of two slack-jawed Newcastle United directors wiped £10m from their shares, while Manchester United's stock market valuation fell by £1.8m with their European Cup demise. Newcastle's chairman, Freddie Shepherd, and his deputy, Douglas Hall, set new standards for bringing the game into disrepute by mocking the fans who have funded their louche lifestyles, and the Mancunian board do not deserve to be bracketed in such dubious company. It is a fact, however, that the directors of a plc are responsible to shareholders, not supporters, and that Manchester United's are motivated by finance first, with football coming a poor second. There was an embarrassing reminder of those priorities last weekend when, after Arsenal had won 1-0 to rejoin the hunt for the championship, the interview room at Old Trafford was commandeered after the match for a sponsorship announcement. The impression was unavoidable. The fans wanted to know what had gone wrong, and how it could be put right in time for Monaco's visit; the club were more interested in the continued largesse of a Japanese electronics company. This feeling that profits are now the be-all and end-all was reinforced after United's elimination from Europe when, with team and supporters in urgent need of a tonic, the chairman, Martin Edwards, poured cold water on the notion of a venture into the transfer market before Thursday's deadline. That the manager, Alex Ferguson, would like a new player or two to bolster a squad down both in the mouth and in numbers is beyond question, but Edwards indicated that it was not about to happen. It was ever thus, it seems. At various stages over the past 12 months Ferguson has moved for Gabriel Batistuta, Marcus Babbel, Brian Laudrup, Marcelo Salas and Jaap Stam, only for negotiations to fall through for financial reasons. It would not happen in Spain or Italy where, like the Mounties, they always get their man. Below strength or not, had Batistuta or Salas been there to score the sort of goal with which David Trezeguet put them out, United would still be in the European Cup and Arsenal would still be chasing second place in the League. Instead, denied the investment in quality of which they are so manifestly capable, the world's richest club are left with the by no means straightforward task of reasserting their domestic supremacy. It is virtually impossible to overstate the psychological significance of last Wednesday's result. The players thought that this was their year, that they were about to lay the ghosts of 1968, and going out of Europe at the quarter-final stage - a round earlier than last season - sapped morale to a far greater extent than the Arsenal defeat. Ferguson will need all the mind games he can muster to repair their self-belief. He began the damage limitation exercise by stressing one indubitable fact: the United team squeezed out by Monaco on the away goals rule was not the one that took the group stage by storm, with handsome victories over Juventus and Feyenoord. Peter Schmeichel, Gary Pallister and Ryan Giggs were all hors de combat, which meant that when the long-term casualty, Roy Keane, was included, Ferguson was without his four most important players. Add the loss of England's Gary Neville and Paul Scholes during the match and United were below half strength. Monaco sent on Thierry Henry, the French international striker, and Portugal's Francisco Da Costa; United introduced Michael Clegg, mystifying one Parisian anglophile, who inquired if Compo and Foggy might be next. It is a reasonable, although by no means safe-as-houses, assumption that United would have fared better had everyone been fit. Monaco are a good team and grudging praise would be inappropriate, as well as unbecoming, but Giggs, in particular, might have made all the difference. His pace, ability to slalom past defenders and sheer unsettling unpredictability will always be sorely missed. As Jean Tigana, Monaco's coach, put it: "He is the detonator - the man who can make Manchester explode." Ferguson expects Pallister (sciatica) and Giggs (hamstring) to be back when the scrap for the title resumes on Saturday, and gives Schmeichel (hamstring) an even-money chance. Of greater concern for club and country is the knee condition which is preventing Paul Scholes from giving of his considerable best. The young man needs an operation and, not up to the rigours of the central maelstrom, was marginalised on the right flank last Wednesday. There is talk of him delaying surgery until the end of the season but such a course of action would be counter-productive, leaving United reliant on a player well below par, and at the same time jeopardising Scholes' availability for the World Cup. Never put off to tomorrow what can be done today, as old mother Lovejoy used to say. Gary Neville (damaged ribs) and his brother, Phil (foot) are also among the walking wounded, but that will worry England, who leave for Switzerland tomorrow, more than United, who are covered in their respective positions. Always keen to accentuate the positive, it is the return of Schmeichel, Pallister and Giggs that is uppermost in Ferguson's mind. "With those three back, we'll have a bit more shape and experience about the team," he said. "We've been patching things up without them, which is not a good situation to be in." Conventional wisdom, with which Ferguson is not about to disagree, has it that United, with a six-point advantage in the bank, are in a better position than Arsenal, whose three games in hand need to be won to be of real value. It is also true that the champions, free from European distractions and with their injured players back, should be a different proposition from the anaemic Reds who were outfought by Vieira, Petit and company last week. The challengers' sleeves-rolled-up spirit was mightily impressive then, as it was again when their 10 men removed West Ham from the FA Cup in midweek but, as a consequence of that result, the boot is suddenly on the other foot. Now it is Arsenal who are campaigning on two fronts, pursuing the League and Cup Double, while United can focus their attention on the defence of their title. They have only seven matches left, four of them at home, while Arsenal will play 12 if they get to Wembley - more in the event of replays. The extra workload will not be a problem if they maintain their present form, and consequent high morale. The contrast in the recent fortunes of the two contenders is stark indeed. Over the last three months, both have played 14 matches, but there the similarity ends. United have won four and lost five, Arsenal have won eight and lost just the one, to Chelsea in the Coca Cola Cup. That said, form is an ephemeral thing - as United will testify. It is easier to lose than it is to find and Arsène Wenger is mindful of the fact that his team mislaid it when Dennis Bergkamp was suspended in November. Deprived of their clever catalyst, Arsenal suffered two of their four defeats, to Derby County (3-0) and Sheffield Wednesday (2-0). If anything is to undermine their title challenge it will be that woeful disciplinary record. Bergkamp is to serve another three-match ban for his deserved dismissal against West Ham and is due to miss the fixtures against Bolton Wanderers (March 31), the FA Cup semi-final and Newcastle United (April 11). It could get worse - much worse. After accumulating seven bookings, the Dutchman is just one away from another automatic suspension, for two matches, in which event he would miss five of Arsenal's last 10 games. Bergkamp is not alone on the disciplinary tightrope. Patrick Vieira, Arsenal's most influential midfielder, and Ray Parlour, whose major contribution has just been recognised with his elevation to the full England squad, are both in yellow peril, one booking away from suspension. Against all this must be weighed the sound of distant cavalry, just over the hill, if Ian Wright will pardon the expression. Wright and David Seaman will both be fit for Sheffield Wednesday's visit next Saturday, when Steve Bould, too, may be available for selection. It is a hard one to call. Current form points to Arsenal, who are sprightlier, playing with more desire and conviction. Somehow (probably because winners feel no pain) they seem to have avoided the battle fatigue which has had such a debilitating effect on United in general, and Scholes and Teddy Sheringham in particular. But the loss of Bergkamp is sure to be detrimental, the return of Giggs could be inspirational, and my money is on United - in an accumulator with Arsenal and Juventus for the FA and European Cups, and Freddie Shepherd for the Greyhound Derby. Title run-in Manchester United Mar 28: Wimbledon (H) April 6: Blackburn (A) April 10: Liverpool (H) April 18: Newcastle (H) April 27: Crystal Palace (A) May 4: Leeds (H) May 10: Barnsley (A) Arsenal Mar 28: Sheff Wed (H) Mar 31: Bolton (A) April 11: Newcastle (H) April 13: Blackburn (A) April 18: Wimbledon (H) April 25: Barnsley (A) April 29: Derby (H) May 3: Everton (H) May 6: Liverpool (A) May 10: Aston Villa (A) Copyright 1998 The Times Newspapers Limited. To inquire about rights to reproduce material from The Sunday Times, please visit the Syndication website. Marcus Lionel van Geyzel. 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