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MUFC.SIMPLENET. COM:  DAILY NEWS
Date: Sun Jul 26 12:24:45 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

NEW SURVEY: Week of July 19
In your opinion, who should be the Captain of Manchester United in 1998-99?
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PRE SEASON - FIRST TEAM CALENDER
July 25  Birmingham City  (A)  result: L 3-4
     27  Valerengen (A) (Oslo)
     31  Brondby (A) (Copenhagen)
Aug   4  Brann Bergen (A)
      9  Charity Shield at Wembley
     18  Eric Cantona XI (H) - Munich testimonial

From: L Harvey    David's staying - MEN
According to an "exclusive" by Stuart Mathieson in the Manchester Evening
News tonight, David Beckham is about to sign a new deal which will keep him
at United until well into the 21st century.  He says that David will
definately not be leaving Old Trafford and will not be going to Spain or
anywhere else.
Linda

This Issue:
1. Birmingham Report (Times)
2. Birmingham City 4-3 United (Full-Time - TeamTalk)
3. Becks -- #1 In Norway (D.Mail)
4. Roy's Ready! (MEN)

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Jesper Blomqvist Signs!

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, 26 Jul 1998 10:45:59 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Birmingham Report (Times) Comments: To: Red Devil List , Darul Kisai , Darul To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU Beckham stays out in the cold THE Birmingham City public address requested a round of applause for the visiting fans. The response was predictable, if no less hearty for it - the boos rang round St Andrews. Well used to being unwelcome guests, the Manchester United support did not bother to respond. They had other things to sing about - in particular, David Beckham. "There's only one David Beckham" does not seem to ring true at the moment, because he has had more publicity in the past two weeks than Birmingham have warranted in their history, but the away following bristled with indignity. "Jealousy," one Mancunian said, "that's all it is. If Beckham played for any other club or went out with any other girl, none of this would have happened." But what has happened? In reality, nothing of substance, yet that is enough to create a furore around the club that claims to be the biggest in the world. United have long since moved away from the region where reality is required to match the actuality of a story. Even so, the past week has witnessed such a cavalcade of speculation and, at times, overdressed nonsense that it has confirmed Alex Ferguson as the inheritor of Busby Berkeley as much as Sir Matt Busby. Leading up to yesterday's match, we were warned of Beckham's confrontation with a West Midlands "hate mob". Luckily for Beckham, this was never going to happen because Ferguson had no intention of playing him. Sadly, nobody told Trevor Francis, and the Birmingham manager issued a plea for peace so portentous and unnecessary that Neville Chamberlain, a better-known leader from the West Midlands, would have blanched at its delivery. We were also advised that Roy Keane would return from injury in this friendly. Despite the obvious contradiction in that sentence, the presence of the Irishman had already been decided against when he picked up what Ferguson called "a wee knock" in training. Training gave the real picture in Manchester last week. World Cup players were rested, non-World Cup players were given extra work. That might explain Keane's knock but it also discounted the appearance of Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Jaap Stam. Consequently, as United fans gathered in Birmingham, the talk was of Andy Cole's last hurrah rather than the suspect mobility of a Dutch centre-back. Most want Cole to stay. "Why stand by him when he was bad and let him go when he comes into form?" was a common question. The clear answer is Dwight Yorke. Cole's popularity has been in inverse proportion to his achievements, and yesterday Ferguson would not commit himself on the striker's future or "answer any other daft questions". The Champions League transfer deadline is August 1 and the real news for United last week was the continuing Yorke saga and the rumoured arrival of Patrick Kluivert. And as Marc-Vivien Foe, the Lens and Cameroon midfielder, sat in a Manchester clinic contemplating a failed medical, supporters with a more long-term attitude were thinking beyond Beckham's fling with notoriety and looking to the shape of teams to come. The same supporter who bemoaned the probable departure of Cole admitted relish at the possible arrivals, as much for other teams' failure to sign them as for a potential effect on United's football: "Arsenal can't get any of these people. They won the Double but we are still the biggest team. Transfer speculation whets our appetite, it's like playing fantasy football. Kluivert and Yorke up front with Scholes behind them - fantastic." It remained fantasy yesterday. With so many heavy hitters missing from Ferguson's line-up, we were presented with Man-U-Lite. But even that concoction has fizz and flavour. The abilities of Ryan Giggs have faded in the public consciousness without ever deserting the player. Which is just as well because his colleagues in defence yesterday showed a generosity that went so far beyond friendly it bordered on the amorous. Fitting, then, that Peter Ndlovu, the Birmingham forward, should benefit twice in the first half, with striker Paul Furlong's goal combining to take the triumphalism out of Mancunian voices. That it crept back was due to the emergence of a partnership that surely will not flourish; not at Old Trafford anyway. Twice Cole (remember when he was a scorer rather than a provider?) set up Phil Mulryne, twice Mulryne scored. If Aston Villa manager John Gregory was watching, and if he ever does get round to that telephone conversation with Ferguson, he would be wise to insist on the inclusion of Mulryne in the Yorke deal. Ferguson was quick to say: "We don't analyse the first kicks of the season," but he will surely be considering a central defence that appeared unable to distinguish between its rear and its elbow. Such was the misunderstanding between John Curtis and Ronnie Wallwork that they seemed never to have met before, or perhaps they were going through a bitter separation. Ndlovu trotted through the rift again and once more Nick Cullen was retrieving the ball from his net. Stam will fill that gap, and the fact that many players were playing in the shadow of greater talents may explain their unhappiness. Yet these are also opportunities to shine. Mulryne took that opportunity, but Jordi Cruyff seldom managed to smile, let alone sparkle. His early departure from this match was a reminder that Ferguson's forays into the foreign market are not always successful. But Mulryne, 20 and nurtured at United since 1994, proved that Ferguson need only pluck another pearl from the Old Trafford oyster bed to find a better player than most teams can buy. So, Beckham met no hate mobs and Birmingham City won 4-3. Meanwhile, in the real world, United prepare for their championship challenge.
Jesper Blomqvist Signs!

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, 26 Jul 1998 00:39:13 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Birmingham City 4-3 United (Full-Time - TeamTalk) Birmingham City 4-3 United (Full-Time) The large crowd at St Andrews enjoyed a cracking game of football on Saturday with two hat-tricks and plenty of skilful play that has certainly whetted the appetite for the upcoming season.United may have lost but, without nine World Cup stars and with new signing Jesper Blomqvist injured, the Reds could hardly be descrobed as being at full strength. The particiaption of the likes of Giggs, Cola and Cruyff meant that United were a side to be taken seriously, however, it was the home team who just managed to edge the game. And it was a strong Birmingham City side,who had already beaten Spurs in midweek that started the brighter of the two teams on Saturday afternoon.The Blues grabbed a deserved goal even before ten minutes had been played.Dele Adebola formerly with Crewe launched a decent cross into the box from the left hand side and it was Peter Ndlovu the pacey Zimbabwean who was on hand to make the most of his opportunity.The winger still had plenty to do when he received the ball but he managed to turn away from David May and give himself a chance to grab the vital second that allowed him to thump his shot into the back of United's net.United worked hard to respond to the early goal and a great move that involved Ryan Giggs, Jordi Cruyff and Andy Cole almost produced a top quality equaliser.The early stage of the game were played at a fierce pace with United hitting the home team on the counter attack and eventually United grabbed a goal back.Philip Mulryne took his chance well, when put in by Andy Cole.The young Ulsterman forced his shot into the bottom corner of Birmingham's net to even up the score.However the Blues responded with another goal from Ndlovu after he had been found by Martin O'Connor.Ndlovu set himself and then unleashed a fierce drive into the back of United's net.United yet again had to play catch-up and did not have to wait too long before they were back in the game.United's second goal came from the same route as the first with Cole finding Mulryne in the box and the diminutive striker found a suitable finish.Just before the half had ended a plucky Blues side got their nose in front again, but, there was more than a suspicion of off-side as Paul Furlong nodded the ball into the back of the net from close-range. The goal feast continued after the break when Ndlovu grabbed his hat-trick with a header from a Jon McCarthy corner.Alex Ferguson will not have been happy with the marking for the goal, Ndlovu had a free header.However, Philip Mulryne was not to be out done by Ndlovu, and when he upended in the box he grabbed the ball and confidently placed it on the spot before hammering home the penalty for his third of the afternoon.
Jesper Blomqvist Signs!

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 14:28:58 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Becks -- #1 In Norway (D.Mail) Norway to put out red carpet for Beckham Saturday, July 25, 1998 David Beckham can rest easy for a while longer before discovering how supporters will react to him back on English soil after his World Cup humiliation. He is, however, guaranteed a heart-warming reception when he flies out to Norway tomorrow. The Manchester United player, heavily criticised for being sent off after kicking out at Argentina's Diego Simeone during France 98, will play no part in today's friendly with Birmingham City at St Andrew's. But if manager Alex Ferguson decides to field him on Monday night in the first part of United's Scandinavian tour, the much-maligned England player can be certain of the warmest of welcomes from a 20,000 sell-out crowd at Oslo's Bislet Stadium where his club play Valerenga. One Norwegian, Liverpool fan Svein Tjeldnes, has even appealed via the Internet for local fans to prove their support for Beckham, who is even more popular in the country than United's Norwegian striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Tjeldnes's message reads: 'When David Beckham arrives, everyone should forget inter-club rivalry and get behind him. It is time that true football fans showed David Beckham that they still love him. He has suffered enough. I am a Liverpool supporter, but I will forget that.' Midfielder Roy Keane, who has been out of action with a knee injury since September, has also been ruled out. But this time it is because of a slight ankle injury and he is expected to be fit for the new season. Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe's proposed 3.4million transfer to United collapsed yesterday after a medical showed he would still need another six weeks to recover from his broken leg. Ferguson was not prepared to risk registering the player for Champions League action. Southampton may yet step in - and manager Dave Jones has been watching developments Aston Villa boss John Gregory will steer clear of Ferguson in Birmingham today because he is scared of losing star striker Dwight Yorke to United. Gregory said: 'The bottom line is, I don't particularly want to have a conversation with Alex because I'm frightened of what he might say.'
Jesper Blomqvist Signs!

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, 26 Jul 1998 00:46:58 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Roy's Ready! (MEN) ROY'S READY Keane's Monday comeback date EXCLUSIVE by Stuart Mathieson ROY Keane's 10-month injury torture is almost over. And he is ready to face one of the most important games of his career. Manchester United's midfielder has suffered a minor setback and his comeback, originally pencilled in for today's friendly at Birmingham City, has been delayed. A slight ankle injury has meant Keane will have to wait another 48 hours for his return, and he is now expected to start against Valerengea in the Bislet Stadium in Oslo on Monday evening. The Irishman hopes his appearance in United's opener on their three-match mini- Scandinavian tour will put an end to the nightmare cruciate knee ligament injury, which wrecked his season last September. ``It may only be a friendly but it is much more important than that for me,'' says the 26-year-old Irishman. ``I have been involved in many vital matches in my career, like going for titles and playing in the World Cup. But, in its own different way, this has to be one of the most important for me.'' Keane's agony began at Leeds United just 10 Premiership games into his tenancy as United's new captain last term. A footballer's most feared injury was diagnosed, and, after a November operation, Keane began the long road back. Now he can't wait to get his first competitive 90 minutes under his belt. ``I won't be nervous. I am looking forward to it. It has been such a long time,'' he says. ``I am going to enjoy myself but I won't be running around like a madman. I don't want to do anything silly and pick up any little injuries. I want to get myself back to match fitness and ready for the Charity Shield on August 9, and then the first leg of our Champions League qualifier a few days later. I want a good 90 minutes injury free. ``The specialist says there is no point in holding back any more, so I am at the same stage as all the other lads in that I am available for selection. ``I will be a little behind them match fitness wise but I hope to catch up. And the only way I can do that is by playing.'' Keane was discharged by the specialists last May, but his hopes of a match before the summer were knocked back by the surgeons. ``I thought maybe I could squeeze in one game before the break,'' he adds. ``However, the specialist said there wasn't any point risking everything and that it was best for me to wait until pre-season. ``That was another two or three months away, which I didn't really need, but there wasn't anything I could do about it. Maybe in the long run it was better. ``Frustrated is an understatement but I just had to be a bit more patient. If it adds another two or three years to my career that's better than coming back too early and then breaking down. ``It was nice to come back for pre-season and start again from scratch. The last two or three weeks have gone really well. The light at the end of the tunnel is now here.''
Jesper Blomqvist Signs!

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