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Date: Fri Jun 26 15:46:45 GMT+00:00 1998
Subject: Man United poised to sign Argentina strike duo
PARIS, June 26 (AFP) - Manchester United are posied to swoop for the
Argentinian strike pair of Gabriel Batistuta and Ariel Ortega.
Manager Alex Ferguson is reportedly ready to pay up to 15 million
pounds for the strike duo who have already scored six goals between
them in the World Cup.
The 24-year-old Ortega, branded the 'new Maradona' has been valued at
seven million pounds by Spanish side Valancia, who say they have begun
talks with Ferguson.
"Manchester United have told us they want to sign him and we have no
problem with that. We are trying to negotiate a fee," said a club
Valencia have been upset with Ortega, claiming he is a bad influenece
in the team. They have signed Romanian star Adrian Ilie to replace the
The 29-year-old Batistiuta has made no secret that he wants to leave
Serie A side Fiorentina.
"Fiorentina are a great team, but the club certainly isn't," he said
recently. "In Argentina, everyone knows Manchester United but the only
ones who have heard of Fiorentina are people who follow me."
But Fiorentina president Vittorio Cecchi Gori and incoming coach
Giovanni Trapattoni both want the player to stay.
That prompted the player's agent Settimio Aloisio to say: "Gabriel
wants to leave and nobody, not even Trapattoni, will make him change
But Ferguson has to convince the Manchester board that at 29,
Batistuta, is fully worth the two million pounds a year salary he is
Ferguson wants both players after seeing their devastating performance
for Argentina during France 98.
If he manages to sign them it will spell the end of Teddy Sheringham
brief spell at the Premiership giants.
Sheringham has had a miserable World Cup and he angered Ferguson
shortly before the tournament began when he was caught night-clubbing
Both Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton were furious that the player had
brought Manchester United into disrepute.
1. Did you know ....... ???
3. LIST : Kluivert ?
4. Becks Is Back (Mirror)
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Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 14:34:32 +0800
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From: "Wan, Kong Hon"
Subject: Did you know ....... ???
Did you all know that Eric Cantona still miss the life of
Manchester United ???
Eric Cantona was in Malaysia last month to play in a Beach
Soccer Tournament for France. He did play well and score some goals and
there were a lot of Man Utd fans still cheering at him.
Then, he came over and visit our Manchester United Supporter
Club Malaysia Branch and and sign autograph and talked to the fans and
supporters and it feel like he is still belonging to the Manchester
United Football Club.
Every one in the supporters clubs are very happy to met one of
the MU legend and hope one day he will be back to play for MU again.
Long Live King Eric.
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MOTHERWELL, Scotland (Jun 25, 1998 - 15:39 EDT) - Former Scotland
international Brian McClair has joined Motherwell, the Scottish premier
division club where he began his senior career.
He was released by Manchester United last month after 11 seasons at Old
McClair, 34, had been expected to join the United coaching staff but said
he wanted to continue playing.
He said on Thursday he had signed a three-year deal with Motherwell.
Charlton fixture change ««
Premiership new boys Charlton have swapped fixtures with United in order
to avoid problems arising from the redevelopment of the Valley. The two
sides were due to meet at the Valley on September 9th, and again at Old
Trafford on January 30th. Those dates have now been reversed, so that
the Old Trafford game will now take place in September and the Valley
game in January. United have cheerfully accommodated the change and the
reversal has been sanctioned by the FA.
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Date: Fri, 26 Jun 1998 10:22:40 -0700
From: "Ireland, Graham" (by way of RED-DEVILS Mail List )
Subject: LIST : Kluivert ?
I have been informed today that Dutch Newspapers report Man Utd have
made a bid for Patrick Kluivert.
Sources have said that United have placed a bid of 35 Million Guilders
($18M) to AC Milan.
KLUIVERT CAN JOIN UNITED
AC MILAN last night told Patrick Kluivert he can join Manchester United
after the World Cup.
They have now valued him officially at £11.75million - the same price United
paid for his Dutch team-mate Jaap Stam.
Kluivert has been told by his agent Sigi Lens that United have made an
offer. The deal isn't that advanced according to United who are adamant that
they have not made a firm bid. But their interest will be stepped up
following Milan's offer to sell the 21-year-old striker.
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Date: Fri, 26 Jun 1998 10:30:09 -0700
Subject: Becks Is Back (Mirror)
MARK LAWRENSON: BECKHAM BACK WITH SNARL AND SOME PURPOSE
I HAVE no doubt that England will get at least the point they need tonight -
but how they do it is another matter.
Glenn Hoddle is not one of those managers who easily takes other people's
points of view on board, but I believe that the sheer weight of public
opinion has finally brought him round.
>From what I and the rest of the nation can gather, Hoddle will pick Michael
Owen for tonight's game.
To do otherwise would be to bow to footballing logic of the most perverse
Teddy Sheringham has been a decent servant to his country, but this World
Cup looks just a kick too far for him.
I had been a supporter of Sheringham in the original debate, but it has to
be said that he is yards off the pace. Never has his lack of speed - a
deficiency he used to be able to hide with skill - been more apparent than
in the last two games.
The clever flicks and tricks are no longer enough. Sheringham does not look
like a man who can threaten a good defence at the highest level any more.
On completely the opposite end of the spectrum, Owen looks capable of
scoring against anybody right now.
His pace, directness and unnerving coolness are assets Hoddle cannot do
without. The England coach seems to enjoy controversy - Le Tissier for the
Italy game, Eileen Drewery's involvement, the omission of Gascoigne from the
squad and the public hanging of David Beckham.
But even he has to admit that taking a chance on Sheringham producing the
form of old would be as arrogant as it would be dangerous to England's
chances of survival. No, I think we all know that Owen will start.
In midfield, I see Hoddle going with Ince - if he's unfit, then Batty -
Scholes and Beckham.
Until Beckham's arrival against Romania, the English midfield looked
sluggish and devoid of imagination. What he gave them was that aggressive
drive he has come to develop in the absence of Roy Keane at Manchester
Beckham has now brought his new aggression into international football. You
could see it in his face on Monday night - he ran forward with a snarl and
Suddenly, the black hole where creativity had previously died - otherwise
known as England's midfield - was driving forward threateningly, with
Beckham at the heart of every move. It was no longer taking an eternity for
the ball to go from being at a harmless pair of defensive feet to a decent
It is for that reason alone that I believe he must play, although his superb
passing ability is also a useful addition to the armoury. In defence, we all
know Hoddle will play his wing-backs with three central defenders.
Wing-backs are meant to defend, and create crosses on either flank. The only
problem is that neither of England's really does his job properly. In fact,
the only two who do are Brazil's Cafu and Roberto Carlos.
We can expect to see Tony Adams, Sol Campbell and Gary Neville in the
centre, with Anderton and Le Saux wide. On the face of it, this team is not
that different to the one that beat Tunisia and lost to Romania, but there
are some key changes.
Putting in Michael Owen means that the options up front are now greatly
increased. For once, England can now hit the odd long ball over the top
because they have the pace to chase it.
I believe that if Hoddle can judge the movement of Colombia's back four well
enough, this tactic could destroy them.
Another way past this team is with Beckham driving into enemy territory from
midfield and the two front men pulling off to either side, creating havoc in
the opposition ranks.
The Germans are very effective at doing this, as they are at set-pieces. For
a nation that once murdered everybody else at corners, it is strange how we
don't score from them any more.
Looking at Colombia, there is no reason we cannot take them apart in the air
if we get the right supply into Shearer. But I think the heart of this
victory will be laid by David Beckham and Michael Owen - two of the most
direct players in the squad.
I hope Glenn gets it right tonight. The sooner we stop trying to create some
sort of football fantasy land with bizarre tactics and start playing to our
strengths, the longer England's World Cup flame will continue to burn.
Marcus Lionel van Geyzel.
"I can only please one person per day.
Today is not your day.
Tomorrow isn't looking very good either". -- Dogbert
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