WEEKLY "RED"SURVEY: Vote Here  Instant reply!

World Wide Mailing List Archive     Complete NEWS Archive

Html Match Today Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri


Text: Fixtures Today Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri HotNews

E-mail: barry@www.red11.org   Updated Daily 
Compiled by
Barry J. Leeming    Digest Prgram by  William McArthur  Canada
Theatre Of Dreams  Banner's  by Sam Hayward   Download the digest program here!
The Devil's Advocate "REDitorial" commentary by Alex Paylor  "RED sky at night UNITED delight!"

The Dennis Viollet Fund

www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Sat Sep 26 03:18:14 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Charlie, Charlie, what's the score? by "Our Salford Lass"
2. Carling report
3. Fergie in trouble/ New Keeper?
4. Stam class highlights Liverpool's frailties
5. Cole happy at Old Trafford  Bbc
6. United back on title track after Liverpool win  
7. Teamtalk Cole vows to fight for United place 


Daily RED Trivia  Sat 26th September:

1956: United trounce Anderlecht (Belgium) 10-0 at Maine Road in the European
Cup Preliminary Round 2nd leg watched by 40,000. Dennis Viollet 4, Tommy 
Taylor 3, Billy Whelan 2 and Johnny Berry scored for the Reds as they completed
a 12-0 aggregate win. Team was: Wood, Foulkes, Bryne, Colman, Jones, Edwards,
Berry, Whelan, Taylor, Viollet, Pegg.

1989: Jimmy Delaney died in Lanarkshire. Delaney made his United debut in August
1946 against Grimsby Town and the pacy winger won an FA Cup Winners medal
against Blackpool in 1948. He made 183 appearances between 1946-50, scoring
28 goals. 13 caps for Scotland. Delaney won League Championship medals with
Glasgow Celtic in 1936 and 1938, plus an Irish Cup medal with Derry City.


Next 4 games: 
Result/Fixture Index:

Wed 30/9  Bayern M    (A) CL
Sat  3/10 Southampton (A) PL
Sat 17/10 Wimbledon   (H) PL
Wed 21/10 Brondby     (A) CL

UNITED Stats v Southampton are here:
http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/vssouthampton.htm Url
http://www.red11.org/mufc/stats/vssouthampton.xls Excel File


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

"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Charlie, Charlie, what's the score? by "Our Salford Lass" Oooh, that feels better! It's now Friday tea-time and I'm still as high as a kite from last night. Games against the scousers always give that extra tingle to the spine, have the hairs on the back of the neck standing up just that little bit more to attention and as games against the scousers go, this one was pretty special. It had everything - electric atmosphere, committed players, some fine football and the right result. There's only one game more likely to bring that extra "frisson" to the streets of Manchester. Unfortunately, the blue half of Manchester is busying itself in the depths of the second division, so, for the time being, Derbies are a thing of the past. A game with the scousers is a very good replacement though, and as I travelled to the pub on the tram, the air was crackling with expectation. It was also heavily burdened with beer fumes as the United lads on the metro entertained the home-bound commuters with their anti-scouse songs. Spending time in the pub with Sean and then walking down to the ground with him later was a delight - he was so excited and overwhelmed with everything it served as a timely reminder that we should enjoy what we have whilst we still have it. Sir Matt Busby Way was as crowded as ever and the forecourt seemed to have rather more than its usual number of lads "just hanging about". Ever cautious on these occasions, I decided to head straight inside East Lower and got to my seat to find most of the scousers already in place on the mantelpiece and no sign of the son-and-heir. A few minutes later he appeared, having almost got tangled up with the last of the scousers being escorted from their coach - a lucky escape he felt! With only a few minutes to go, we nervously hopped from foot to foot trying to be positive. Unfortunately for me, my place of work has its fair share of scousers and we had been trying to out-do each other all day - in pessimism! We hoped that our nervousness wouldn't be reflected in another terrible perfomance on the pitch, as we saw on Sunday. Just before kick-off, a chorus of "You'll never walk alone" nudged the United fans into action and from then on we were part of something not experienced in OT experience very often these days, a brilliant atmosphere! The players came out of the tunnel to a roar like that for the Juventus game and the noise continued throughout the whole 90 minutes. We sang all the anti-scouser songs of course, and all the old favourites (United Calypso, Walking down the Warwick Rd, Forever and Ever etc). In response to the scousers singing "You've sold your soul to Murdoch" was another spine-tingling rendition of "We'll never die". But the best chanting of the night was reserved for "Big time Charlie" (thanks Fergie). At long last facing Roy Keane (funny how he has been injured so often just before United games!) he got the welcome he deserves. Booed virtually every time he touched the ball he was also entertained with "You used to play for a big club", "Roy Keane is the governor", "Paul Ince is a scouse bastard" and a series of "Charlie" chants which culminated (in the last few minutes of the game) with "Charlie, Charlie, what's the score". Watching the team walk onto the pitch, it was good to see that Fergie had gone back to a familiar line-up: Dwight Yorke up front with Ole, Scholes back in the team and Giggs back where he plays best, on the left wing. A surprise though, was Gary Neville in central defence (although we have seen him play in this position many times before). And it was a master stroke. With Stam commanding the back line like a Sherman tank, Gary was able to use his speed to cancel out Owen. In a performance that the MEN tonight compares to Steve Bruce at his best, Gary Neville led by example. And the rest of the team followed. Whereas at Arsenal, we only had one player who seemed to remember what shirt he was wearing, last night there were 11 players on that pitch who were prepared to fight to the death for Manchester United. It might not have been pretty (although there were one or two moves that were astonishingly beautiful) but it was a performance of guts and determination in which every United player played his part. And they made the scousers look like the big girls' blouses they are! (Apologies for insulting any big girls' blouses who are reading this!). The Liverpool players hacked, dived and cheated their way around the pitch. They even, on the odd occasion, had a stab at scoring a legitimate goal (and raised my blood pressure way above normal) but really they had no answers. We won the battle of the midfield and whatever got passed Roy Keane was swept away by Stam and Neville. St Michael barely touched the ball all evening. We needed a bit of luck to get on the scoresheet and we got it when their replacement for James turned out to be just as "dodgy". After giving away a corner, that nice little lad from the 'Pool (Jason "whining for England" McAteer) deliberately handled the ball right in front of us. Of course, Denis put it away with his usual aplomb (despite Yorke trying to prise the ball away from him before he took it!), and the whole of Old Trafford went ballistic whilst the scousers wailed and complained up in their corner. They came back into it after that and it was starting to look like we could end up with a game of 5-a-side with all the battles that were going on both on and off the ball. We couldn't seem to get the ball into the net and I was beginning to mutter about needing Cole's speed when he started to warm up 20 minutes or so from the end. To a massive round of applause, Andy arrived on the pitch, and from then on the result was never in doubt. His speed and agility cut through the (crap) Liverpool defence, over and over again and it wasn't long before the little ginger prince slammed the ball into the back of the net and East Stand was going ballistic once again. In their corner, the Liverpool fans went very quiet and started to leave. Unfortunately, GMP had decided not to let them out so they all had to glumly come back to their seats and sit down again, much to the delight of the laughing Mancs. "Manchester, Manchester, Manchester". They did have a bit of excitement towards the end (and my blood pressure shot up again) when they managed to get the ball in the net, but they were soon howling again as the "goal" was adjudged to be off-side! More laughter from the United fans. The end of the game saw the sort of celebrations you only get when you've given the scousers or the bitters a good thrashing. We sang our way out of the stadium ("You'll never get a job") and onto the football specials back into Manchester. Charlie endeared himself to us still further by kissing his badge to the Liverpool fans (not that many of them saw him - they had their heads in their hands at this stage!). He was sent home in no doubt what the OT crowd thought of him - he will probably say he only got booed all night because we love him really! My man of the match? Impossible to separate Gary Neville and Jaap Stam. They were both awesome and played so well as a partnership that I will treat them like Siamese twins and nominate them both! Is this the start of a new Dolly and Daisy? Maybe not for all occasions, but faced with St Michael Owen and his ilk, it was a perfect combination. I'd also like to nominate Cole for a supporting award. After not getting a game in what seems like weeks, he came on for the last quarter of the game and made the difference that sewed up the game. As for me, I enjoyed the game more than I've enjoyed a game in months. It was just what I needed after weeks of stress and depression around the Murdoch affair. Long may it continue. Copyright 1998 by "Our Salford Lass". All rights reserved. Not to be reproduced without permission of the author ******************************************************
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Carling report Man United (1) 2 Liverpool (0) 0 FT Irwin 19 (pen) Scholes 79 Manchester United made Liverpool pay the penalty for some poor defending when Denis Irwin fired them ahead at Old Trafford in a hot-tempered FA Carling Premiership clash. Jason McAteer handled the ball for a spotkick after Brad Friedel had made a hash of David Beckham's corner and Irwin scored from the penalty in the 19th minute. It was the Irishman's first goal of the season and the least United deserved after they bossed the opening 45 minutes in a vastly improved performance from their limp display at Arsenal. United boss Alex Ferguson demonstrated he has learned the lesson of last season's 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford by moving Gary Neville across to centre-half to counter the pace of Michael Owen. Owen proved a real handful for United last April and scorched through their defence to score Liverpool's equaliser before he was sent off. Henning Berg was left out as Phil Neville came in, while up front Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returned as Ryan Giggs moved back to the left wing and Jesper Blomqvist dropped down to the substitutes bench. Paul Scholes for Nicky Butt was the only United change from the side swamped by Arsenal on Sunday. For Liverpool ``big-time Charlie'' Paul Ince returned after his knee strain to captain the side, while Karlheinz Riedle shrugged off his groin injury to replace Robbie Fowler in attack. The Reds, who have won once at Old Trafford in 16 years, replaced Vegard Heggem and Steve Staunton with McAteer and Stig-Inge Bjornebye respectively. Referee Steve Lodge made six bookings in an ill-tempered first half, which reflected the fierce rivalry between these sides. As expected Ince was booed by the home fans each time he touched the ball. Giggs shone early on for United and he sent over a couple of dangerous balls into the Liverpool box. Friedel nearly let United in when he sliced Phil Babb's pass back up into the air, but the Republic of Ireland centre-half cleared the danger. Ince escaped a booking for a hefty challenge on Scholes, but in the 11th minute Jamie Carragher was not so lucky when he was shown the yellow card for chopping down the England midfielder. United increased the pressure on the visitors' goal and Friedel needed to be alert to cut out Keane's pullback at the far post. Patrik Berger mustered Liverpool's first effort on goal when he beat Keane and unleashed a shot which deflected off Michael Owen. United soon resumed their grip on the game and Friedel almost let a shot from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer squirm under his body and into the goal. After Beckham swung over the resultant corner, the hapless Friedel fisted the ball up into the air and as it dropped in the six-yard box it came off McAteer's arm for a penalty. Irwin stepped up to slot the spotkick into the right-hand corner of the goal to open the scoring. Liverpool responded and Peter Schmeichel touched Jamie Redknapp's freekick away for a corner after Berger had been fouled 25 yards out from goal. Jamie Carragher felt he should have had a penalty because he had been held down going for a header, but Lodge gave nothing. The match was in danger of boiling over and Giggs and Ince were booked in quick succession. Phil Neville became the fourth player booked in the 33rd minute for a reckless challenge on Steve McManaman. Berger was then booked for protesting too strongly to Lodge after he was not given a freekick for a crunching tackle by Jaap Stam. Schmeichel preserved United's lead when he made a fine save from Owen just before half-time. Photographs Ross Kinnaird/ALLSPORT Man United: Schmeichel, G. Neville, Irwin, Stam, Beckham, Giggs, P. Neville, Keane, Scholes (Butt, 88), Yorke, Solskjaer (Cole, 69). Subs not used: Blomqvist, Van Der Gouw, Berg. Booked: Giggs, P. Neville, Stam, Scholes. Liverpool: Friedel, McAteer, Babb, McManaman, Owen, Redknapp, Riedle (Fowler, 75), Berger, Ince, Bjornebye, Carragher. Subs not used: James, Heggem, Matteo, Leonhardsen. Booked: Carragher, Ince, Berger, Redknapp. Attendance: 55,181. Referee: S Lodge (Barnsley).
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Fergie in trouble/ New Keeper? UEFA PROBE FERGUSON REF BLAST By David Anderson, PA Sport Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson will find out next month if he will be punished by UEFA for his blistering attack on the referee following the Champions' League game against Barcelona. Ferguson tore into Italian official Stefano Braschi after he awarded the Spanish champions two penalties and sent off Nicky Butt in the 3-3 draw at Old Trafford last week. Ferguson's comments will be considered by UEFA's disciplinary committee who could fine him or ban him from the touchline. A UEFA spokeswoman said: "The matter will be decided at the disciplinary committee meeting on October 8, which will probably be in Geneva. "The committee will consider reports from the referee, the UEFA delegate and the UEFA observer and then decide if it is necessary to take any action against Mr Ferguson." PA Sporting Life UNITED IN RACE FOR ARGENTINA KEEPER By Harrry Harris of the Daily Mirror Manchester United want Argentinian Carlos Roa, the keeper who left England and David Batty broken-hearted at France 98. Sources in Spain yesterday claimed United have already made a 6.5million offer to his club Real Mallorca. Arsenal are also believed to be interested, while Roa (above) revealed: "I've had an important offer from a top English Premiership club which is being dealt with by my agent. "It is something we want sorted out as quickly as possible so I can concentrate on my job." Agent Alejandro Camano confirmed there has been a "substantial offer" for the keeper who saved Batty's spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out as England went out of the World Cup. Camano added: "We are working hard to sort out the situation." He has been in England to set up the deal since Mallorca played a European Cup tie at Hearts last week. United have been searching for a keeper all season because many at Old Trafford believe this could be 34-year-old Peter Schmeichel's farewell campaign. His deputy Raimond Van Der Gouw is 35 and United are looking Villa's Mark Bosnich was originally believed to be top of their wanted list. Roa, signed 10 months ago from Argentine club Lamus for 650,000, is anxious to cash in on his World Cup success, even though his contract does not expire until 2001. He is Mallorca's highest-paid player on 8,000 a week but knows he could treble that by moving. Mallorca's players threatened a strike before their European tie at Hearts last week over the club's summer pay freeze. But the board of Spain's fastest improving side insist that, until they sell players, there is no cash to spare. Directors are trying to move players out on loan, in an effort to ease the wage bill. They would like Roa to stay but the lure of a big deal could easily sway them. PA Sporting Life
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Stam class highlights Liverpool's frailties Saturday, September 26, 1998 Jaap Stam's revitalised performance against Liverpool only confirmed what Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier already knew. Unless Liverpool's joint managers find a defender who can consistently win the ball in the air their ambition of reaching next season's Champions League may never get off the ground. The Dutchman, who was also wanted by Liverpool before making his world record 10.75million move to Manchester United, has hardly been flying since arriving in the Premiership. But thanks to a crash course in the basics of defending in this country by the brilliant Gary Neville, Stam finally began to look like he knew what he was doing, even against Michael Owen and Karlheinz Reidle, then Robbie Fowler. Liverpool also learned their lesson and are now planning their own Dutch raid. A high-powered Anfield contingent are due to fly out today to watch 4m-rated AZ Alkmaar central defender Peter Wijker in action against Bobby Robson's PSV Eindhoven. Ironically, Wijker was earmarked as Stam's replacement at Eindhoven after his United move but Robson stopped the deal when he returned in the summer. Liverpool have already watched videos of the player who is on the verge of a call-up to his national side and was the cornerstone of the Alkmaar team that gained promotion to the Dutch First Division. Liverpool are also in discussion with Borussia Monchengladbach over Swedish defender Patrick Andersson, who has improved since an unsuccessful spell at Blackburn. Their defensive frailties were certainly highlighted in the 2-0 defeat at United. Goalkeeper Brad Friedel flapping at crosses and Jamie Carragher and Phil Babb attempting to be combative in aerial challenges when one is not a natural centre back and the other is more of a left back. Both can play when the ball is on the deck but neither could ever win their wings. Such is the continuing indecision within the Liverpool rearguard, so obvious is the lack of leadership, that Friedel, like David James before him, is beginning to look like a nervous wreck. His disposition was in marked contrast to Stam at Old Trafford on Thursday night. His confidence appeared to return as he played alongside Neville. Former Old Trafford and Arsenal striker Frank Stapleton, who knows a thing or two about beating defenders in the air, believes Neville's influence could finally make Stam justifylook worth his huge transfer fee. 'For the first time he was playing alongside an Englishman, used to the English way of defending,' said Stapleton. 'Henning Berg and Ronny Johnsen are both accomplished players but they are both quiet, Norwegian and used to defending in a different way. 'Gary Neville was talking to Stam constantly, forcing him to think, forcing him to concentrate and be ready for the next ball. The longer the game went on, the more convincing Stam looked.' While Neville's influence will surely bring the best out of Stam the hunt goes on at Anfield. It cannot be allowed to continue for much longer
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Cole happy at Old Trafford Bbc Andy Cole - eager to link up with Dwight Yorke Striker Andy Cole wants to stay with Manchester United, despite Aston Villa's open interest in signing him. The 26-year-old has been left out of the starting line-up and made his first appearance for two weeks as a substitute in Thursday's 2-0 home win over Liverpool. He helped set up United's second goal and has no desire to leave the north-west. "My family is settled in Wilmslow now. My little boy is three and at nursery school and I like it round here," said Cole. He hopes to persuade United manager Alex Ferguson that he should be the first-choice strike partner for 12m Dwight Yorke. "I have just got to get on with it. I know I can score goals. I got 25 last season and I'm delighted with that. "I don't pick the team, but I'm sure I will get my chance and when I do I'll score goals," he added.
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: United back on title track after Liverpool win By Jeremy Butler MANCHESTER, England, Sept 25 - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes his side are back on track in the hunt for the English premier league title after seeing them bounce back from a heavy defeat at Arsenal to beat Liverpool 2-0 on Thursday. Denis Irwin scored a controversial 17th-minute penalty and Paul Scholes added a superb second 11 minutes from time to ensure Liverpool left Old Trafford empty handed. The result was the perfect riposte following the 3-0 defeat last Sunday by champions Arsenal and it meant Ferguson maintained his fine record against Liverpool. Liverpool have won only once at United since Ferguson became manager in November 1986 and the Scot said he felt Thursday's win was a timely boost for his team. "I expected that response from my players because they knew they had to do something about the Arsenal defeat," he said. "It was a good win because we have beaten Liverpool who are one of our rivals for the title. They are a good side who do well away from home because they have players all over the pitch who want the ball." United's victory lifted them to third place with 11 points -- one position above Liverpool on goal difference. Despite defeat Liverpool's joint manager Gerard Houllier said he believed his team could be proud of their performance. "We deserved more than we got," said the Frenchman. "The team responded well to a silly goal and we deserved an equaliser." United striker Andy Cole came off the bench to set-up Scholes goal after claiming he wanted to stay at Old Trafford despite the interest of league leaders Aston Villa. "My family is settled in Wilmslow and I like it around here," said the former Newcastle striker. "All I want to do now is play. I don't pick the team but I'm sure I will get the chance and when I do will score goals."
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Subject: Teamtalk Cole vows to fight for United place Cole vows to fight for United place United striker Andy Cole has finally vowed to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place, quashing speculation of a move to Aston Villa once and for all. Villa boss John Gregory had revealed his interest in signing the former Newcastle, Bristol City and Arsenal striker amid rumours of a 10 million bid. But Cole said: "I don't pick the team but I'm sure I will get my chance and when I do I'll get goals. "I have always believed in my ability to score goals and I have never lost it. I got 25 goals last season and I am delighted with that. My family is settled in the area, my little boy is at nursery and I like it round here." Earlier this week, United fans were worried to hear of a reported reserve team bust-up between the striker and Alex Ferguson. However, the relationship appears to heve been patched up between the pair after Cole was restored to the substitutes bench for Thursday's 2-0 win over Liverpool - last season's top scorer setting up the clinching goal. Cole's absence from the squad at Arsenal last Sunday was widely interpreted to be a punishment for his poor attitude after being substituted in the Pontin's League win over Birmingham last week. United in for Argentine keeper ? United have been linked to Argentinian World Cup keeper Carlos Roa by sources in Spain, although it is unlikely he will become either the understudy or successor to Peter Schmeichel. Roa, the scourge of England in the penalty shoot out at France 98, would cost around 6.5m from Real Mallorca - ten times the price of Schmeichel who was signed seven years ago. Despite the rather fanciful link, it would be ridiculous to suggest there is any chance of a deal for several reasons. Roa is an established international who would hardly welcome playing second fiddle to the Great Dane for at least another two seasons and lose his national team place. The 29-year-old has no experience of the Premiership or life in England and looks outrageously overpriced when you consider Mark Bosnich and Espen Baardsen will be free agents in the summer. It can be dismissed as pure agent-generated paper talk, the player is obviously desperate to get a move to this country and wants to attract a club by claiming United or Arsenal are interested. TEAMtalk's advice: Try Sheffield Wednesday. Roa said: "I've had an important offer from a top English Premiership club which is being dealt with by my agent." Neville enjoys brief central return Neville: Outstanding display
"Are you Against the BSkyB takeover? Please Read! Click on image!"

Pic Link today is http://www.red11.org/mufc/imusa.htm

To receive this Daily News by email each day
Mail us using subject line "DAILY NEWS SUBSCRIBE"
e-mail: barry@www.red11.org

Calypso available here: mp3

"RED HOT" News-wire NOW!

Manchester United FC: Theatre Of Dreams Website Index: Results  News  WhosWho  Archive  Pics  Statistics Reserves  Team  Trophy's  History  Munich  Webring