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MANUNITED.NETLANE.COM : TODAYS NEWS
Date: Mon Apr 27 07:48:52 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

MANCHESTER UNITED (probable; 4-4-2): P Schmeichel - G Neville, G Pallister,
D May, D Irwin - D Beckham, N Butt, P Scholes, R Giggs - E Sheringham, A Cole.

 UK TELEVISION: Today: Live on Sky Sports 1, from 7pm.

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This Issue:
1. MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE SIGNED JAAP STAM
2. Preview Crystal Palace v Manchester United
3. Mission Impossible (Mirror)
4. Bergkamp Warns United (D.Mail)
5. Sheri Up For It (Telegraph)

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Monday Morning 27th April It is reported that we have agreed a fee of 10M for Jaap Stam. All that appears to remain now is for him to agree personal terms and have medical. ___________________________ MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE SIGHNED JAAP STAM It is a reported 10 million pounds and he will join the reds after the world cup. Maurice Wadkins announced the sighning today in a statement. Meanwhile Kanchelskis has been seen at Old Trafford and he want's to come back. Will Ferguson take him back? Apparently Ferguson is going to step down as manager and he will have another role,and Kidd will take over.Choccy will train the team. Tony ICQ : 3166307 URL: http://www.zen.co.uk/home/page/tony-j/ww1/index.htm
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April 27 1998 FOOTBALL Crystal Palace v Manchester United Today, 8.0 BY OLIVER HOLT MANCHESTER UNITED will try to stop the rot at Selhurst Park tonight, knowing that the fabric of their championship challenge appears to have been irrevocably undermined already. Things have reached such a pass that, if they lose tonight against opponents who are still fighting desperately against relegation, Arsenal will need only to beat Everton at home on Wednesday night to rip the championship from their grasp. Palace, of course, hold all sorts of unhappy memories for United, who have not beaten them at Selhurst Park for five years and who will always associate their ground with Eric Cantona's kung-fu attack on a home supporter that resulted in his prolonged suspension from the game and the loss of some of the fire that burned within him. To add to that inauspicious omen, Palace finally recorded their first home win of the season when they beat Derby County. Emboldened, they may now fancy their chances of doubling their tally. They certainly have nothing to lose. Rooted to the bottom of the FA Carling Premiership, six points adrift of Barnsley, anything other than a win tonight will effectively ensure that Attilio Lombardo and his embattled team bequeath a season of Nationwide League first division football to the incoming Terry Venables and whatever players he can entice back to Selhurst Park. United will not have given up hope of catching Arsenal just yet and a win for them would bring them to within a point of the league leaders and exert some more pressure on them. Even shorn of confidence though they are, Alex Ferguson and his team will want to prolong the agony. CRYSTAL PALACE (probable; 4-4-2): A Miller - J Smith, V Ismael, M Edworthy, D Gordon - N Shipperley, S Rodger, T Brolin, S Curcic - M Jansen, M Padovano. MANCHESTER UNITED (probable; 4-4-2): P Schmeichel - G Neville, G Pallister, D May, D Irwin - D Beckham, N Butt, P Scholes, R Giggs - E Sheringham, A Cole. Referee: P Jones. TELEVISION: Today: Live on Sky Sports 1, from 7pm. PREDICTION: United to win.
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Subject: Mission Impossible (Mirror) IT'S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE MANCHESTER United flew to the capital last night on a faint wing and a prayer that the championship doesn't land in London, too. The hard, cold facts of the Premiership table tell them they are embarking on a mission impossible, starting at Selhurst Park tonight. Arsenal will become the new kings of English football in the next 48 hours if United lose to Crystal Palace and the seemingly unstoppable Gunners beat Derby on Wednesday. But United manager Alex Ferguson says defiantly: "We won't give it up. Nobody in this club ever throws in the towel. "That's not the nature of the players at this club. "We can only hope now that a disaster happens at Arsenal. And we have to make sure we finish the season on the right note. "It needs total application and the main thing is that we do our job right. We must make sure we get second place at the very least. "Hopefully, though, there's still a collapse to come at Highbury." Evidence enough that the current champs are going to hand over their title belt with a bang, not a whimper. They have vowed to fight and scrap every inch of the way until they are counted out of points and games and Arsene Wenger raises his own arm in a championship salute. Quitting isn't the nature of the beast at Old Trafford. And any sign of surrender by United's young braves will bring a fearsome, blow-torch response from Ferguson. United's boss has already admitted that finishing as runners-up and trophy-less will bloody well hurt. Finishing second-best to Arsenal will cut deep inside a man proud to have collected four championships in five fantastic years. But Ferguson is also very much a realist after watching the mighty Gunners mount an awesome, late season run that was once his own side's speciality. While Arsenal have gone four points clear with a game in hand, United have basically been treading water until their titantic title run hits the iceberg hits. They have clawed just nine points from the last seven games, including successive home draws against Liverpool and Newcastle. Striker Teddy Sheringham says: "We have to keep plugging away. Things have gone a little bit flat for us and it's up to us to try and pick it up again. "It's still eleven players against eleven players. You never know." Sheringham, like his boss, is on one knee looking for a bit of divine inspiration from the heavens. So far, there's no sign of it. Wenger's wannabe wonders have looked invincible in the great title run-in. I watched transfixed as they wiped out Blackburn in cold blood. Wimbledon and Barnsley have been clobbered to death since. Now Derby look like being rams to the slaughter at Highbury on Wednesday as Arsenal close in for the final kill. At one stage I didn't believe they had the bottle for this battle with hardened title-fighters like United. But Wenger has forged a side of skill and steel. A frightening combination that has been grudgingly acknowledged even in the never-say-die north. Ferguson too readily admits that he thought Arsenal would hit the brick wall of too many games to play in too short a time. Having been in their log jam position himself, he knew the massive mental and physical problems they faced. "They must continue to win if they are going to make their advantage pay off," he says. "If they do, then good luck to them. They have shown great resilience and will have put in a storming end to the season." United will be boosted at Palace tonight by the return of keeper and skipper Peter Schmeichel, who limped out of the Newcastle game suffering hamstring pain. It looked as if his season was over. But Schmeichel played for Denmark against Norway last Wednesday and has come back for the grand finale. Ronny Johnsen will be missing. He's flown back to Oslo for a cartilage operation in a bid to save his World Cup hopes. There is a worry over Gary Neville, who still hasn't fully recovered from a virus picked up before the Newcastle match. Ferguson said last night: "We will have Gary checked in the morning to see if he can make the Palace game. But Peter's OK and he's going to play."
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X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 08:18:17 +0800 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Bergkamp Warns United (D.Mail) 'We can rule Europe,' Bergkamp warns United Monday, April 27, 1998 The disappointment that Manchester United and their hordes of supporters are currently experiencing as Arsenal prepare to make off with their Premiership crown may turn to disillusion within 12 months if Dennis Bergkamp is proved correct. The Dutch striker believes that his side's emergence as champions-in-waiting may have far greater significance than that of domestic dominance. It is Bergkamp's assertion that, although his colleagues go into next season's Champions League as debutants, they are already better equipped to handle life among Europe's elite than the team Alex Ferguson has so lovingly nurtured over the past decade. Manchester United may represent Cool Britannia but Arsene Wenger deals in the ecu, rather than sterling. Arsenal have been constructed with parts imported from all over Europe, which suggests to Bergkamp that while home-grown United have failed four times to carry the union flag to the summit, the London club will immediately feel at home on foreign fields. Even allowing for injuries, United's Champions League quarter-final defeat by Monaco ? a side later taken apart by finalists Juventus ? continues to foster doubts about their ability to make the transition to the highest levels of European football. Arsenal's exchange students, of course, retreated in disarray after their defeat against PAOK Salonika. But since those early days of the season, when they were still boning up on the language of English football, Wenger's team of many colours have taken on the warm, red glow of champions. That unification now tells Bergkamp, scorer of yet another exquisite goal in the crucial victory over Barnsley, that what they are about to do in the Premiership can also be achieved in the Champions League. He said: 'I think we have an advantage over Manchester United in that we have a lot of players from Europe instead of a team who have gained experience only by playing in European competition. That gives us a great width of knowledge to take with us. We already have people from the French League or the Dutch League. There is an an inbred knowledge of European football already there.' Arsenal have 11 players brought in from overseas while Wenger himself is French and already has vast experience with Monaco. Compared with Italy, for example, Premiership clubs work almost double the hours because of the number of games they play. But Bergkamp said: 'Of course there is strain if you are going for as many competitions as we must in England. But I believe we have a strength in depth and I think we would be able to handle it physically. 'Of course, it will probably be necessary to make choices in terms of what you try to win but if you go into the Champions League you have to believe within yourself that winning is possible.' Against Barnsley, now looking doomed to a return to Division One after such a valiant season, Arsenal were in total command. Naturally, having won their previous eight games and with the championship in sight, there was bounce and buoyancy. There was never any question that they would lose their focus at Oakwell after Bergkamp curled home the first goal. The only surprise was that it took so long to add a second, though Marc Overmars still finished the game off with aplomb. There was no hint of fatigue, and the fact that Wenger has rotated so many of his players gives credence to Bergkamp's claim that,even with the Champions League to contend with, Arsenal will remain an awesome force next season. David Platt, himself a Eurocrat after four years in Italy, preferred to add a note of caution as Arsenal prepare for the visits of Derby County on Wednesday and then Everton next Sunday. Victories in both will confirm the club as Premiership champions but even from the confines of deepest Yorkshire, the former England captain could see that Europe might not be as easy to conquer as Bergkamp seems to think. 'None of the players has been in the Champions League yet,' he said. 'And you only need look at the final coming up to see how far we have to go. Real Madrid and Juventus is what I call a real European Cup final between two phenomenal sides. It may not be scintillating to watch but there will be so much going on in that game, so much for us to learn. 'What's more, we haven't even won our own championship yet. If United can beat Palace, we will then have two very difficult games in the next week against one team going for Europe and another fighting for survival. People say it is all but over but it is not yet.' It is all but over, however, for Barnsley. They must now travel to Leicester then tackle Manchester United at Oakwell on the last day of the season. As skipper Neil Redfearn said: 'We won't give up. We won't give in. We will fight to the last and we have to believe there is still life left.' Typical of Redfearn, typical of Barnsley, but as they filed away on Saturday evening, the crowd who have loved every minute of life in the Premiership appeared to have stopped believing in miracles. Marcus Lionel van Geyzel. 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X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 08:20:57 +0800 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Sheri Up For It (Telegraph) England goal lifts Sheringham TEDDY Sheringham says the goal he scored for England against Portugal last Wednesday has renewed his confidence as he tries to help Manchester United keep their dwindling championship hopes alive against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park tonight. "That game does give me confidence going into the Palace game," said Sheringham. "Things have gone a little bit flat for us but we still feel that we've got half a chance. If we were in Arsenal's position we would not be thinking that it was all over. "I've not been in this situation before, but I have watched over the years how teams can look so good, only to falter, and we can only hope that happens again this year." Utility man Ronny Johnsen misses the game and United's other two remaining fixtures because he is due to have a cartilage operation in Norway today. Goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel hopes to recover from his nagging hamstring injury in time to play. Victory for United will confirm Palace's relegation to the First Division. England B striker Matt Jansen, 20, who joined Palace from Carlisle when a host of clubs, including United, were clamouring for his signature a couple of months ago, is struggling to recover from an ankle injury. He has no regrets about his move: "There was the prospect of immediate first-team football at Palace, which would have been very unlikely at United, and I knew I could progress my career more quickly here."
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