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Date: Wed Apr 22  GMT+00:00 1998
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This Issue:
1. Ronny injury
2. PSV ready to accept United bid
3. Berg / Red king-pins braced for Stam 
4. Lets us get 97-98 into perspective


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X-Sender: jackit@indigo.ie X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.5 (32) Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 22:29:08 +0100 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: J Callaghan Subject: Ronny injury Manchester United to make final decision on Johnsen operation Copyright 1998 Nando.net Copyright 1998 Agence France-Presse LONDON (Apr 21, 1998 - 14:43 EDT) - Manch ester United is flying Norway star Ronny Johnsen back from Copenhagen in a bid to clear up a knee problem that could threaten his World Cup final dreams. The Old Trafford club is reacting to shock news from the Norwegians that they have discovered the defender has a damaged cartilage. United may now lose the player for the rest of the season and Norway fears that unless prompt action is taken it could hit its World Cup plans. The Norwegians, who play Denmark in a warm-up international Wednesday, want Johnsen to have an immediate operation and even suggested that it could be done in Norway. But United spokesman Ken Ramsden said: "He will be coming back to England sooner rather than later and we will have our medical people look at him. "Any decision on an operation will be taken in the best interests of the club and, of course, the player. Clearly we are mindful of the importance to Ronny as far as the World Cup is concerned." Johnsen is expected back in England on Wednesday with United not wanting him to stay to watch the match. "Whatever the situation, Ronny will have whatever is needed to be done here," said Ramsden. Norwegian Football Association medical experts are suggesting that United failed to diagnose the injury after Johnsen was carried off during the Good Friday clash with Liverpool. He suffered a badly damaged ankle that day in a tackle that resulted in Liverpool's Michael Owen being sent off, but the Norwegians claim he picked up a knee problem earlier in the same match which was overlooked. Norway's team doctor Trygve Kase said: "Ronny was in so much pain from the ankle it completely overshadowed the knee." Now the Norwegians want Johnsen to have a cartilage operation soon to give the player time to recover so that he will be available for the World Cup finals, which start in seven weeks' time. Kase said: "If the operation is carried out within a couple of weeks he should have recovered in time for the World Cup." 
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X-MS-TNEF-Correlator: X-Mailer: Microsoft Exchange Server Internet Mail Connector Version 4.0.993.5 Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 11:57:12 +0200 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Robert Gaunt Subject: PSV ready to accept United bid To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU PSV ready to accept United bid Tuesday, April 21, 1998 Japp Stam will be Manchester United bound this week in a 9million move - a record-breaking start to an Old Trafford concerted spending spree. PSV Eindhoven are believed to be ready to accept United's world record bid for the defender after 25-year-old Stam waived a clause in his contract which allowed him to receive 15 per cent of any transfer fee from PSV. A compromise of half that figure has swung the deal into motion with ambitious United boss Alex Ferguson ready to claim his man and initiate the first of a number of big changes he is prepared to make this summer. Stam will provide the backbone of his defence for next season's renewed assault on honours after a resolute Ferguson decided to freshen up a squad which he believes has, at times, fallen behind the exacting United standards. With the Stam deal virtually clinched, Ferguson will continue to wield the cheque book for high-profile targets. Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero has dropped a broad hint that if he moves, Old Trafford would be one of his favoured destinations.
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X-Sender: jackit@indigo.ie (Unverified) X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.5 (32) Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 18:10:36 +0100 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: J Callaghan Subject: Berg / Red king-pins braced for Stam METTLE POLISH Red king-pins braced for Stam By Stuart Mathieson David May JAAP Stam's impending world record move to Manchester United has thrown down the gauntlet to the Reds' defence. David May is ready to square up to the challenge of the Dutchman's arrival from PSV Eindhoven when his transfer saga is sorted out. However, fellow Old Trafford defender Henning Berg - at 5m, United's most expensive defender - believes the purchase of Stam could signal the end of his brief Reds' career. ``It is something you have to put up with at Manchester United,'' says May. ``If Jaap Stam arrives it is down to the players already here to make it hard for the boss. It is up to the individual to make sure you impress the manager.'' ``It can only be good for the club. Even with four senior central defenders it has been proved this year that we've struggled in defence when hit by a few injuries. ``Football's a squad game now and you have to accept it. There are probably two or three players at United who'll play the majority of the games but everyone else will get their fair share. The alternative is to go somewhere else. I've been at Blackburn but compared to United they are nothing. Who wants to be second best.'' Henning Berg made the same route across Lancashire from Blackburn to Old Trafford last August in a record equalling British record fee of 5m. Berg, who is on international duty with Norway, has started 29 matches for the Reds since his move but has begun the last three Premiership matches and the 29-year-old fears Stam's arrival will force him down the pecking order. ``If Jaap Stam comes, that will make another centre-half and I don't believe United will keep five centre-backs next season,'' he says. ``If he comes, that will mean somebody will be going and when you're ranked fourth, then anything can happen. I wish to stay with United, but I realise that I can be sold and I'm afraid that may happen. ``I want to be with United, but I have to play more next season than I have this season. If the situation doesn't change, maybe I will have to leave, as I don't like sitting on the bench. The stupid thing in all of this is that I feel in top form.'' A Manchester United is for life, not just for christmas. --------------------------------------------------------- JacKiT@indigo.ie --------------------------------------------------------- If tomorrow was today, it would be yesterday.
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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 12:22:55 -0700 To: suggs@tiac.net From: P.L.Hinson@ais.salford.ac.uk Subject: Lets us get 97-98 into perspective First of all, I feel the disappointment as acutely as all Reds as we see our title drift South to Highbury. Possibly mistakes in squad handling, size and quality have contributed to this, I have my own ideas of one or two players who have not produced the goods this season, and judging by AF's comments, he has his too, and changes are afoot for the next campaign. There is a hysteria about us getting us players like Del Piero from some quarters, I doubt that we will see him in a Red Shirt. His valuation is way out of our league. Finance will be made for others, and failure this season may shake a few people up a little. Let's face it - we have been spoilt this decade and nobody should forget that. Not winning the title this time is not the end of the world. The image of our youngsters being good enough to win the European Cup was a nice one, but history has shown that we need the class to go with them. AF will root out the lads who have lost the hunger and found the complacency, and we will move on. He knows where we are lacking, and he is as determined as ever to win more honours. Those who have doubted him recently should hang their heads in shame. Some of our fans need to wake up too. Those who have prevailed through the grimmer years of the 70's and 80's (and before that too) know what I mean. The new intake of Reds (post-1990) have grown fat on trophies, but it hasn't always been like this. There is NO DIVINE RIGHT to glory. Respect is due to people like the Hargreaves, Barry in Denmark, Linda in Salford, who fly the flag for the cause through good times and bad. If Arsenal do take the League, admit they were the best over the course of the season. Recriminations now are pointless. Let us see if the Gooners can maintain their amazing current form from August onwards. Hopefully then we may have a promising Irish guy champing at the bit, and eager to make up for lost time.... Paul Hinson
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