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Date: Mon Jul 27 13:15:25 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
1. Mulryne - a jewel in waiting?
2. Mulryne (PA)
3. Stam & Giggs (Teamtalk)
5. Ole Committed To United (Carling)
6. Wage Ceiling (TeamTalk)

Barry asked Linda:
 >"If the Man United fans had not heard much about Philip then they are
 >certainly going to hear all about him now," he said.
 >Linda could all this be true how good is he?

Linda's answer:
Believe me Barry, the lad is this good, and better.  I've always rated him,
but the way he played yesterday was on another plain.  I've sent my report
to the list but I think Sean is having some problems so I've reproduced it
for you below.

A Sunny Day in Birmingham.

It was so good to be watching United again.  I'd had a few misgivings about
going to Birmingham - it seemed a long way to go for a friendly in which we
would doubtless field a reserve side, and the son-and-heir had decided a
Saturday morning lie-in was more attractive.  But, standing in the warmth
of a summer's afternoon, waiting for the United team to appear on the
pitch, all I could think was that it's good to be back.  

It seemed that most other regular away travellors felt the same as I did,
because the United section was filled with familiar faces and there was a
good welcome for the lads as they appeared on the pitch, particularly for
Andy Cole who acknowledged the chants of "Oh Andy Cole" and "Coley Must
Stay".   Fergie walked over to sign autographs (looking tanned and relaxed)
to loud applause and a chorus of "Ferguson's Red and White Army".  Whilst
we waited for the game to start, most of the chat was about our actual and
potential signings, the possibility of the whole Cole/Yorke saga being a
smokescreen for the signing of the "one who's name shall not be mentioned
in polite company", the presence of Jordi Cruyff and attempts to identify
the latest batch of kids wearing United shirts.  Even those of us who had
been regular visitors to Gigg Lane last season were having trouble
identifying some of the younger members of the team - lads seem to change
so much at this age, they look like totally different people when you
haven't seen them for a couple of months!  We were also amused to see that
Phil Neville seems to be trying to act as a decoy for Becks - growing his
hair a couple of inches and dying it blonde on top!

Despite the result, I found it a very enjoyable game.  The first half in
particular was great fun which had everything you could want in a footy
game - plenty of goals, a young player taking his opportunity to shine and
an excellent atmosphere with lots of chanting and singing (unfortunately,
my throat is killing me this morning - I am obviously not match-fit yet and
will require at least 30 minutes a day chanting practice to prepare me for
the Charity Shield!).  Quite where all the Birmingham fans were, who were
all going to give our David a torrid reception, I don't know.  For most of
the game, the Birmingham fans sat quietly in their seats whilst we stood
and sang and enjoyed ourselves.  The only time they stirred was to boo when
we sang "There's only one David Beckham" and "David Beckham, King of all
Cockneys".    At the beginning of the game we chanted for the players -
lots of chants for Andy Cole, Roy Keane and Nicky Butt, as well as regular
chants for David Beckham.  We also sang for Eric (choruses of "Ooh Aah
Cantona" and "What a friend we have in Jesus") and all the customary songs
celebrating City's demise and their up-coming meetings with Macclesfield.
The most popular chant of the day (not unusually) was the old favourite "If
you all hate scousers".   The second half was not quite so active as we
succombed to the heat (and probably the half-time pints) but it picked up
towards the end as we went through the anti-scouser songbook.

So what of the players on the pitch?  It was a team of two halves!  Up
front, Andy Cole was superb, and the pairing of Nicky Butt and Phil Mulryne
in midfield worked really well.   Nicky was commanding, particularly in the
first half, and it was a great pleasure to see Phil do so well.  I've
always known this lad had talent, but yesterday he showed just how much he
talent he does have, with two superbly taken goals and a penalty to give
him his well-deserved hat-trick.   The number of times he weaved his way
into the box, he could have had 5 or 6.  At the back it was a different
story, with what looked like a makeshift defence having an absolute
nightmare.  In the first half, Culkin looked nervy and edgy (not helped by
a defence who kept passing back crazy balls to him) but he gained
confidence as the game went on and it was only he who stopped Birmingham
scoring at least another two.  Even Superstar and Phil Neville were very
poor, much to my disappointment.  Hopefully, however, the poor display by
some of our regulars was just one of those things.  The poor display by
Jordi Cruyff seems to be a permanent state.  The crowd were very patient -
and early attempts to start anti-Cruyff chants were ignored or shouted
down, but even the most patient have a limit.  Apart from getting to one
header that led to a goal, his display was inept to say the least.  Twice,
he had only the keeper to beat inside the box and chickened out, countless
time he received the ball at the end of a good United move, only to either
give it away or to run round in circles until surrounded by Birmingham
players and over and over again, he was nudged off the ball by the gentlest
of pushes that even I could have withstood.  Eventually, at the beginning
of the second half, he bumped gently into a Birmingham player and clutched
his eye as if he had been pole-axed (the Birmingham player was lying on the
ground "injured" - who was he trying to kid?).  Fergie, along with the
crowd, finally lost patience and he came off to the loudest round of
applause of the game, to be replaced by Ryan Ford who, whilst not setting
the world on fire, at least was an improvement.  The last 15 minutes or so
was a familiar and reassuring picture.  A United team full of talented
young players who had come through the youth system at OT - the production
line is obviously still working well.  Twiss came on for Irwin, Notman for
Cole and Wilson (who looks about 10 years old) for Mulryne.  

So it was an excellent day out that has whetted my appetite for the "real"
thing in a couple of weeks time.  My man-of-the-match?   Andy Cole and
Nicky Butt are obvious contenders, but Phil Mulryne has to take the award
for a very exciting performance which got him a well-earned standing
ovation as he left the pitch.

The teams:

United:  Culkin, Curtis, Neville, Wallwork, May, Irwin (captain) (Twiss
54), Mulryne (Wilson 90), Butt, Cole (Notman 90), Cruyff (Ford 64), Giggs.

Birmingham:  Bennett, Bass, Charlton, Marsden (Grainger 89), Ablett,
Johnston, McCarthy, O'Connor, Furlong, Adebola (Forster 70), Ndlovu
(Robinson 89).


Linda Harvey


Copyright  Linda Harvey 1997-1998, All Rights Reserved 


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Your editor Barry seen at Tivoli, in training for Copenhagen this week!

X-Sender: vikramk@ozemail.com.au (Unverified) X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Light Version 1.5.4 (32) Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 18:43:28 +1000 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Vikram Karekatte Subject: Mulryne - a jewel in waiting? To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU G'Day All! Watched the goals from the Birmingham game on Sky News and was most impressed with Phil Mulryne's clinical finishing. All three shots (including the penalty) dispatched with aplomb into the corner of the net, low and wide of the 'keeper. If memory serves me right, young Mulryne scored on his Northern Ireland debut - with a header. Would appreciate it if someone who watched the game live could provide some details about his display in the game. What type of player is he? What position does he play - attacking midfield? Noted with interest that Fergie said he needs to build his upper body strength before he becomes a first-team regular - much the same was said about Wes Brown at the end of last season. Whilst on Brown, I guess the reason he didn't play at St Andrews was because he was being rested after being away with the England U18 squad. Cheers Vikram Sydney, Australia vikramk@ozemail.com.au
Your editor Barry seen at Tivoli, in training for Copenhagen this week!

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 22:29:26 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Mulryne (PA) MULRYNE CAN PHIL BECKHAM'S BOOTS! By David Anderson, PA Sport Manchester United are already grooming a possible replacement for David Beckham, should life in the goldfish bowl become too much for the troubled star. The England midfielder is embarking upon the most testing few months of his career as he runs the gauntlet in his return to the game following his sending off at the World Cup. Beckham, like the rest of United's World Cup players, sat out the club's first pre-season friendly at Birmingham and he is expected to make his reappearance in Oslo tomorrow night against Valerengea. United fans chanted his name repeatedly at St Andrews, but his understudy, Philip Mulryne, more than filled his boots by scoring a hat-trick in the 4-3 defeat. The 20-year-old, who scored on his Northern Ireland debut in February 1997, is one of the latest talents to emerge off the production line at Old Trafford and he played his first League game against Barnsley at the end of last season. Birmingham winger Jon McCarthy has watched Mulryne blossom at first-hand with the Irish and he had feared such a devastating display. "I told my team-mates that he had loads of ability and then he goes out and gets three goals," he said. "When I've trained with him for Northern Ireland, even though he has not played a lot of games, he's been impressive. "Man United keep spending money on players, but they have got to look at him and see what he's doing. "He's got to figure more on the bench and work his way through, just like Beckham did. He has not done himself any harm at all with that performance - he was brilliant. "It's frightening to think what he could do and I know I'm building him up here, but I would be surprised if he doesn't live up to it." Ferguson claimed that he had decided not to play Beckham at Birmingham two months ago because he needed to rest after France 98. His decision saved Beckham from an afternoon of taunts and instead he will be eased back into action in the more welcoming surroundings of Scandinavia during United's three-game tour. Roy Keane will also make his comeback in the first tour match against Valerengea after 10 months out with damaged cruciate ligaments. The Republic of Ireland midfielder would have played at St Andrews, but for an ankle injury. Ironically Mulryne will be one of the players to make way for Beckham and Keane, but McCarthy feels his international colleague's time will come. "If the Man United fans had not heard much about Philip then they are certainly going to hear all about him now," he said. PA Sporting Life
Your editor Barry seen at Tivoli, in training for Copenhagen this week!

X-Sender: helgi@pophost2.business.auc.dk X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.2 (32) Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 11:53:21 +0200 Subject: Stam & Giggs (Teamtalk) Stam on compassionate leave Jaap Stam will link up with Manchester United for the first time when they are on their close season tour of Norway. The Dutch defender will become a father in the next few days and has been given special dispensation to remain with his wife Ellis in Holland. All the United players involved in the World Cup were given a 12-day break to recuperate and Stam is no different even though the tournament finished later for him because of Holland's progress towards the third and fourth placed play-off. "All the World Cup players have returned except Jaap. They've all had a 12-day break and that's what Jaap will be having," confirmed manager Alex Ferguson. "His last game was on July 11 so the 12 days takes him up to the middle of next week when his wife is expecting. Obviously he'll want to stay on a little bit longer after that and he'll be joining us out in Norway on tour." Ferguson is uncertain when his new recruit will make his debut. "We'll see on his condition when he arrives but because of the World Cup his fitness is no problem." The United boss is also confident the world's most expensive defender will succeed at Old Trafford despite being criticised for his performances in France. "Jaap Stam will be a major player. He made a couple of mistakes in seven matches in the World Cup and was crucified for it. But that doesn't concern us." Giggs gets in mood for honours Ryan Giggs has sounded the battle cry as United look to make amends for last season's failure to lift any silverware. The Old Trafford nearly men are raring to go after being ousted from the top spot in English football by double winners Arsenal. Giggs is convinced United will recover this time round. "It hurt everyone at the club to lose the title in the way that we did but it is up to us to bounce back and prove ourselves again. "Since we all came back for pre-season training you can sense there is a keenness among the squad to do well and make up last season. "I think we learned things last season and we know we have to make up the ground we lost but it shouldn't be difficult," said the Welsh winger whose absence through injury at a crucial time proved costly. "I'm 100 per cent and will be aiming to get through the season without any problems on the injury front. The training is tough at the moment but it's designed to get us into shape for the challenge ahead."
Your editor Barry seen at Tivoli, in training for Copenhagen this week!

X-Sender: slaws@aceonline.com.au X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.5 (32) Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 09:32:20 +0800 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Simon Laws Subject: (Mirror) OLE! UNITED GET DWIGHT OLE! UNITED GET DWIGHT Dwight Yorke will move from Aston Villa to Manchester United this week in a 14million deal. The 26-year-old striker will be valued at 9million, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, valued at 5million in secret talks, going the way. So although United manager Alex Ferguson refused to release top scorer Andy Cole as part of the package, Villa will still get almost the 16million they wanted. Yorke's price tag places him second on the all-time British transfer ladder, behind only Alan Shearer when he moved from Blackburn to Newcastle 15million. Ferguson twice failed to land Shearer. But now he can pair Yorke with Cole, or perhaps transfer-target Patrick Kluivert, in an attack force shaped to shoot United towards regaining the Premiership. Yorke met Ferguson in a Midlands hotel on Saturday, hours before United played a friendly against Birmingham. He thrashed out a pay deal with Ferguson and will sign a five-year contract worth 7million on Thursday. Yorke, snapped up from Caribbean side Sight Hill for just 120,000 in 1989, and Villa's leading scorer for the past three seasons, will be paid a basic weekly wage of 25,0000. He will bank a signing-on fee estimated at 750,000. With his name up in lights at Britain's most glamorous club, Yorke can look forward to raking in another 1million-plus a year from sponsorships and other commercial activities. Ferguson confirmed: "I expect to bring in one new player, and possibly two, before next Saturday's European transfer deadline." Fergie has been engaged in a ruthless game of cat-and-mouse with Villa's John Gregory over Yorke's future. It left Villa in a no-win situation, despite offering Yorke 30,000 a week to stay in the Midlands for a further five years. While admitting he was flattered by United's interest, Yorke has continued to claim: "I'm sorry, I can't make any public comment about what might or might not be happening." But, privately, Yorke and his adviser Tony Stevens, who also acts for Shearer, United's David Beckham and Michael Owen, gave Villa little encouragement that he would sign a new contract. He could walk away on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling at the end of the remaining two seasons on his current agreement Gregory admitted last night: "Something will happen very shortly over the Dwight Yorke situation. "We will know by the end of this week whether Dwight is leaving. I would prefer the whole business to go away, but I am swimming against the tide. "Dwight is a quality player, so anyone coming in would have to be quality as well." Solskjaer, who fired 17 Premiership goals in 25 starts in his debut season at United, appears to fit the bill for Gregory.
Your editor Barry seen at Tivoli, in training for Copenhagen this week!

X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 08:48:42 -0400 To: suggs@tiac.net From: "Red Devil Marcus" (by way of Red Devils List ) Subject: Ole Committed To United (Carling) Man United 27 Jul 1998 SOLSKJAER COMMITTED TO OLD TRAFFORD Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to re-establish himself as a Manchester United regular after an injury-plagued season last term and has insisted he expects to stay at Old Trafford for the rest of his career. The Norwegian forward, who still has six years of his United contract to run, is valued at around 5million and was a target earlier this summer for the then Everton manager Howard Kendall. He had an outstanding first year with United, scoring 17 goals in 25 FA Carling Premiership matches, but last season suffered a series of injuries. Even so, he told PA Sport he has no intention of leaving Old Trafford, adding: ``I think it was because of the season I had that people have started linking me with other clubs - but I am looking forward to 1998-1999 with Manchester United. ``Last season was a frustrating time because of the injuries, but it's part of the learning experience and I am looking to repeat my form of the first season with United. ``I've still got six years left of my contract and I think I will finish my career with Manchester United.''
Your editor Barry seen at Tivoli, in training for Copenhagen this week!

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 22:21:58 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Wage Ceiling (TeamTalk) Fergie Wins Wage Battle Manchester United missed out on Brazilian superstar Ronaldo 18 months ago, after the club's directors refused to fork out the barrel load of cash the player demanded in wages. Alex Ferguson has now won his 18 month battle with the club to remove the wage limits at Old Trafford, and there is now no salary barrier at Old Trafford, allowing Fergie a better chance of capturing the top players from around the world. Fergie has long believed that the club's refusal to pay high wages has cost Utd the Champions League. In late 1996, Ferguson had discreet talks with Ronaldo and his then club Barcelona, and a 20m bid was lined up, after a get-out clause in the player's contract was discovered. However, the deal fell through after the star's excessive wage demands - he wanted a 10 year, 40m deal worth 80,000 a week in wages. Just months later, Ronaldo moved to Inter Milan, where he is paid 100,000 a week! Fergie is now in a position to pay top wages for genuine superstars, as he attempts to lure players of the highest calibre to Old Trafford - we should see over the next few weeks just how successful this will be.
Your editor Barry seen at Tivoli, in training for Copenhagen this week!

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