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Date: Tue Apr 28 06:22:57 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

CONGRATS ALL REDS!  A good and well deserved win yesterday
with United having 54% of the play and over 20 shots on goal.
We can only sit and wait to see if the Arse can win their two home games this week.
If they do not and are only 3-4 pts clear of REDS next Monday  life will be exciting!

Jaap Stam has finally signed and our Survey this week asks "Will Palli Leave when Stam arrives?"
You can vote here:   http://www.red11.org/miva/survey.mv
Last weeks Survey result: 
Should Teddy be sold?: 409Votes 48%Yes 51%No  .......  a split decision! 

Your editor Barry Leeming

This Issue:
1. United Sign $16.7million Stam, Sheri Wants To Stay (Reuters)
2. ET Report United turn the screw
3. Daily Mail Report Crystal Palace 0 v 3 Man United
4. Daily Mail Articles: Alex Ferguson admits.....
5. Stam's Tidal Wave (D.Mail)
6. Fergie on Stam
7. Munich Match Re-think


Paul Scholes scores after 5 mins 1-0!

Subject: LIST: Utd Sign $16.7million Stam, Sheri Wants To Stay (Reuters) Monday April 27 9:25 AM EDT United sign $16.7 million Stam to shore up defence (adds byline, Ferguson quotes, background) By Stephen Wood MANCHESTER, England, April 27 (Reuters) - Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has signed PSV Eindhoven's Jaap Stam in a bid to find a central defensive partnership capable of underpinning his bid for European success. The Dutch international is to join United for 10 million pounds ($16.7 million), a world record fee for a defender, and Ferguson was delighted to have clinched the deal after a month of negotiations. ``Jaap Stam is a world class defender. I don't think there's any doubt about that. It's what we need right now and I'm very pleased that, subject to the formalities, we've finally got him,'' said the manager. ``He's a terrific defender who is quick and who can pass the ball and I'm sure he'll do well for us.'' United have never adequately replaced Steve Bruce, their inspirational captain, who left two seasons ago after leading them to a league and Cup double. Phil and Gary Neville and Norwegians Ronny Johnsen and Henning Berg have all been used to partner or replace injury-plagued Gary Pallister without ever looking rock solid. Ferguson knows that to have any chance regaining the premier league title as well and achieving his cherished dream of winning the European Cup he must have defenders capable of stopping the likes of Ronaldo and Alessandro Del Piero. ``It's fair to say that we've had to change our centre backs quite a lot this season -- more often than we'd like -- but Stam will certainly be a great addition,'' Ferguson said. ``We have to be stronger to handle everything that's involved with domestic and European football and bringing in players like Stam will only help us. ``There could be more teams in the European Cup next year and that would mean something like 10 group games. That puts a tremendous pressure on your resources, so we need to be ready.'' Stam has agreed personal terms via his agent Ton van Dalen but the player is yet to agree to them officially. He will finalise the details when United bring him to Manchester ``in the next few days.'' The 25-year-old international said after winning the Dutch footballer of the year award last month that he had always wanted to play for the English champions. ``His dream has come true,'' PSV Eindhoven coach Dick Advocaat said on Monday. Stam had been contracted to play for the Eindhoven club until 2003 and PSV had put a $28 million dollar price tag on him before finally agreeing to a reduced fee on Sunday. Stam, who won the Dutch league Cup and Supercup with PSV, began his professional career at the comparatively late age of 19, playing for FC Zwolle, Cambuur Leewarden and Willem II Tilburg before moving to Eindhoven. His international debut came as a substitute against Germany in 1996 but he made his name in a friendly against Brazil where he was impressive in the air and in his marking of Ronaldo. He now has 11 caps. ``Stam's a real pro, he's very fast and he's a good header,'' Advocaat said. ``It's a very good thing for United. He's a real team player and one of the best defenders in the world.'' Several English clubs showed an interest in Stam after he said he wanted to play in the premier league. The previous most expensive defender was Spain's Roberto Rios who moved to Athletic Bilbao from Real Betis last year for $12.9 million. Monday April 27 8:58 AM EDT Sheringham determined to stay with United MANCHESTER, England, April 27 (Reuters) - England striker Teddy Sheringham is determined to stay with Manchester United. Media reports have linked Sheringham with a return to his native London or a move to first division Middlesbrough who could be promoted this season. ``The first thing I knew about these rumours was from reading them in the papers, just like everyone else,'' he said on Monday. ``It's news to me if I'm supposed to be going to another club - as far as I'm concerned, I want to stay at United next season. I'm very happy at Manchester United.'' Sheringham, 32, has had a largely disappointing first season at Old Trafford, since completing a 3.5 million pound ($5.8 million) transfer from Tottenham last June. He is still to score a premiership goal in 1998, although he scored in England's 3-0 defeat of Portugal last week. ($ - 0.600 British Pounds)
Paul Scholes scores after 5 mins 1-0!

Subject: ET Report United turn the screw To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU Palace resigned to fate in lower ranks as United turn the screw By Henry Winter Crystal Palace (0) 0 Man Utd (2) 3 THE Premiership picture was clarified at the bottom but mildly muddied at the top last night. Crystal Palace's home defeat, a recurring nightmare for them, saw them slide into the Nationwide League while United moved within a point of Arsenal, the championship leaders and overwhelming favourites. Goals from Paul Scholes, excellent throughout, Nicky Butt and Andy Cole gave United a deserved, routine victory on their first away meeting with Palace since Eric Cantona's leap into infamy. For all their hard work and, at times, delightfully flowing football, United are unlikely to catch Arsenal, who can secure their first title since 1991 if they beat Derby County tomorrow and Everton on Sunday. Palace leave the Premiership with memories of some neat football, primarily away from home, but their inability to defend, or retain possession in midfield, cost them their place among the elite. United needed only six minutes to expose Palace's defensive vulnerability at Selhurst Park. The visitors' control, and particularly the timing of their runs from midfield, proved devastatingly effective. Scarcely had a rare full house settled into their seats than United were ahead. Teddy Sheringham and Cole combined on the edge of the area, knowing that support would be arriving. Scholes appeared at speed, racing past Palace's defenders to strike a low, hard shot underneath Kevin Miller. Palace's defenders were so exposed because their midfield failed to provide any real protection, allowing United players to dash forward from the deep. Tomas Brolin, in particular, resembled a pedestrian attempting to cross the South Circular road with some heavy shopping. The game flashed past him again as another United midfielder, this time Butt, rushed through to score in the 21st minute. Cole, beautifully found by Ryan Giggs, clipped the ball across the box where Marc Edworthy's attempted clearance fell to Butt. One touch took the England midfielder through and the second sent the ball disappearing past Miller. Trailing by two goals in a game they had to win, Palace sought to find an unlikely escape route. Neil Shipperley worked enthusiastically upfront, occasionally bettering David May and Gary Pallister, but the support for him was not consistent enough. Attilio Lombardo attempted to inspire his team but his ambition was too often smothered by Scholes, again outstanding, and Butt in central midfield. Just before the half concluded, Palace's best two players, Shipperley and Lombardo, engineered an opening down the inside-right channel. Lombardo advanced threateningly but shot over. United, as they often do, dominated the minutes immediately after the interval. Cole went close, then Butt shot over, following a fine left-wing break by Giggs and Sheringham. Palace, to their credit, began to show signs of life. Edworthy, a good captain wasted in an unfamiliar stopper role, started waving team-mates forward. Michele Padovano dribbled from midfield but aimed his shot straight at Peter Schmeichel. Marcus Bent, otherwise engaged worrying about Giggs, delivered a superb pass which the eager Shipperley fractionally failed to reach. Moments later, the pair combined to more obvious effect, the move's developing promise lost when Shipperley's shot was blocked. But still Palace came on, desperate to cling to their Premiership status. Shipperley should have scored, when Schmeichel failed to hold Bent's drive, but he fired wildly over from yards out, a terrible act of profligacy that seemed to encapsulate much of Palace's season. United added a third five minutes from time. Scholes twice had efforts repelled, although Miller had no chance with Cole's follow-up, a straightforward tap-in. And so Palace bowed out of the Premiership, their home form handicapping them to the end. The club face a busy summer, sorting out their managerial and playing staff, not to mention the boardroom.
Paul Scholes scores after 5 mins 1-0!

Subject: Daily Mail Report Crystal Palace 0 v 3 Man United It was, in the end, a painless execution - ruthless and efficient as Manchester United condemned Crystal Palace to relegation while clinging still to the coat tails of Arsenal in the Premiership championship race. Ahead after only six minutes and two up in 22, United greedily took advantage of a Palace side for whom the art of defending has long since deserted them. No matter what formation Palace play, be it 4-4-2 or 3-5-2, they are, it seems always wide open and so they leak goals at an alarming rate. It is the reason why their brief stay in the Premiership, the place in the sun they have enjoyed for just a season, has now been enveloped by the dark shadows of disaster and down they go to the Nationwide First Division. What more could they expect after never coming to terms with the art of defensive football, the organisation needed to survive at the highest level and their own frailties at the back with 35 goals conceded at home, the worst record in the league. United had their foot on Palace's neck almost from the kick off. They showed no signs of conceding the title to Arsene Wenger's Gunners. Instead Alex Ferguson chose his strongest side and they played with a bristling intent. Ferguson must have lost count of the times he has been told his title dream is over and that his team will finish without a trophy this season. He strode out behind his team, a man who had business on his mind. Within six minutes United had delivered. First there was the annoyance of a Palace attack to deal with, as early as the 40th second and made more dangerous by the fact David May slipped and let in Attilio Lombardo. But the chance fell to the Italian's wrong foot and his shot was safely smothered low down by Peter Schmeichel. If Palace drew encouragement from that, it was short lived. United went on to raise the level of their game to one the Eagles could not live with. Such was United's domination that they might have had five goals by half time. It wasn't that United had to be blindingly brilliant; they just fed off a side who carelessly gave the ball away, were caught in possession and made it easy for United to counter attack. With so much pace and aggression in midfield, United imposed themselves on the game after their first goal. They took an iron grip and kept it on. It all began when Jamie Smith gave the ball away down the right side, Teddy Sheringham fed Andy Cole who slipped it to Paul Scholes, giving him a simple opportunity to drive the ball home. It immediately silenced a Selhurst Park crowd who had already begun the banal chants of 'We hate Man United' and it exposed Palace for what they were - a side desperately ill-equipped to handle classy quick attackers. Earlier, Nicky Butt had run on unchallenged as Palace retreated before him, only to shoot wide. And so the pattern was set with Palace in desperate retreat. So comprehensive was United's dominance that it appeared they might score whenever they attacked. When Smith gave the ball away again it was Sheringham who fired in a shot that was blocked. Then goalkeeper Kevin Miller denied Cole as the striker burst through the middle. It was embarrassingly one-sided and Palace were so poor it seemed only a matter of time before they would give away another goal. Their attack only troubled United in fits and starts. Lombardo had a chance but, again, it fell to his wrong foot and he was quickly closed down. With Ryan Giggs so destructive down the left, Palace were always under pressure there and Butt shot over from six yards. Palace just could not clear the ball that bounced alarmingly in their box. So it was no surprise when United got their second. Again it came from a defensive error, this time Marc Edworthy giving the ball away and Butt was there to drive powerfully beyond the resistance of the stranded Miller. And still United came in waves of white shirts, varying the point of pressure from left flank to through the middle. After half an hour David Beckham swerved in a shot that was blocked, then Butt fed Giggs who shot wide. Cole put in Sheringham who couldn't hit the target and then Edworthy got in the way of a Beckham shot. Sheringham sent a header wide and Giggs missed as United continued to create the kind of chances that could have seen Palace heavily embarrassed by half time. The Eagles' only retaliation came when Lombardo shot wide when put in by Neil Shipperley. Such was Palace's defending that United were always encouraged to get at them. It is a sad commentary how this south London side has fallen away after winning promotion last season. There is even conjecture still about the future of their new manager, for chairman Ron Noades still does not believe that Terry Venables will join the club. He has been quoted as saying: 'I believe Venables is the best coach in the country, but in my view, Palace could not afford the sort of salary he would require. 'I don't believe we have a benefactor with unlimited funds available. To take on Venables would be a chance as in my knowledge of the club's finances we could not afford him.' It adds further fuel to the argument that behind the scenes at this club the takeover by Mark Goldberg is far from settled. Meanwhile Palace continue to bleed to death on the pitch. There appears to be no money, no tactical knowledge and certainly not the players to stem the flow of blood. Whatever they will do for the remainder of the season it seems the team and the club are in need of a major overhaul. And at the start of the second half, although they began by pushing the ball around attractively there was a lack of conviction about their play and United dealt easily with all they could throw at them. Even after the embarrassment of the first half, Palace had still not learned their lesson. They continued not to mark, and three minutes after the restart Andy Cole was left completely on his own when receiving a cross from Sheringham which should have brought the third goal. Instead it saw him guilty of one of the most glaring misses of the season. No sooner had Palace survived that let off than United should have got a third goal. This time a Beckham corner was helped on by Giggs and a Cole header was cleared off the line by Smith with Miller beaten. Then United produced another little cameo of flowing football again involving Giggs and the clever Sheringham but this time Butt swerved his shot wide. Palace's best chance came in the 69th minute. Gordon hammered in a free kick that Schmeichel could not hold. The ball bounced off his chest to Shipperley who was only six yards out but contrived to scoop the ball over the goal. United were unfortunate not to score again in the 73rd minute. This time Sheringham receiving the ball just inside the box looked certain to get number three but his right footed drive was well saved by Miller who leaned to his right to make an inspired save. Miller had no chance, however in the 84th minute when Cole tapped in from point-blank range. Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Miller; Smith, Edworthy, Ismael, Gordon; Bent, Brolin (Fullarton, 68min), Lombardo (Hreidarsson, 87), Curcic; Padovano (Dyer, 75), Shipperley. Booked:€smael, Fullarton. Manchester United (4-4-2): Schmeichel; P Neville, May, Pallister, Irwin (Clegg, 79); Beckham, Butt, Scholes, Giggs; Sheringham, Cole. Referee: Peter Jones.
Paul Scholes scores after 5 mins 1-0!

Subject: Daily Mail Articles: Alex Ferguson admits..... Tuesday, April 28, 1998 Alex Ferguson admits only a total Arsenal collapse can gave Man Utd a chance of winning the title. The Reds boss was speaking after his team's 3-0 win at Crystal Palace where United did all they could to keep the pressure on the Gunners as well as confirming Palace's return to Division One. But Arsenal still have two games and one point in hand on United, and Ferguson insisted: 'We just have to hope there is a complete collapse from Arsenal. But we won our game tonight and should set our stall out to make sure we win our remaining matches and keep a bit of pressure on them and do our best.' Ferguson believes Arsenal have earned their position at the top with their unstoppable string of spring victories. 'The way they have performed, you have to say they should win it in the next two matches. 'A team that has won so many games in a row, you have to hold your hands up and say that is excellent - it is championship form.' Ferguson was nonetheless pleased with United's victory at Selhurst Park and the three goals - from Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Andy Cole - that blocked Palace's Premiership survival route. 'We should maybe have punished them a bit more. But at the end of the day we have won 3-0 away from home, and you cannot be too unhappy about that,' he said. Soccer-Manchester United keep title hopes alive LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) - Manchester United maintained their slim hopes of retaining the English premier league title on Monday with a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace, who were relegated. United moved one point behind leaders Arsenal, with just two games to play. Arsenal still have four matches left and are favourites to take the championship. Goals from Paul Scholes in the sixth minute, Nicky Butt in the 22nd and Andy Cole in the 84th ensured United's victory over a Palace side who played as though they were already down. Palace still have three games to play but cannot climb out of the bottom three relegation zone. United could have had a hatful of goals in the first half as the Palace defence was torn apart, but the London club recovered somewhat in the second half. United's Danish goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, who has missed several games with an injured hamstring, again suffered and was not able to take any goal kicks.
Paul Scholes scores after 5 mins 1-0!

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