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Date: Tue Jul 28 16:05:44 GMT+00:00 1998
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July 25  Birmingham City  (A)  result: L 3-4
     27  Valerengen (A) (Oslo) result: D 2-2
     31  Brondby (A) (Copenhagen)
Aug   4  Brann Bergen (A)
      9  Charity Shield at Wembley
     18  Eric Cantona XI (H) - Munich testimonial

  Valerengea 2 Manchester United 2

Roy Keane's long-awaited comeback lasted just 45 minutes last night and produced a familiar yellow card as Manchester United began their three-match tour of Scandinavia with a draw against the Norwegian part-timers, Valerengea, in Oslo.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder was playing his first game for 10 months after recovering from a knee ligament injury and he was substituted at half-time as a precaution.

Keane, who was due to play in last Saturday's 4-3 defeat at Birmingham but pulled out with a slight ankle knock, showed good movement while easing his way back into competitive action but was booked for a late challenge.

David Beckham played his first game since his infamous red card in England's World Cup dismissal by Argentina in France.

Like the rest of United's World Cup players, he sat out the club's first pre-season friendly at Birmingham - where United fans chanted his name repeatedly - but went close to scoring a winner for United last night.

His chipped shot, however, was just over the bar, and the Bislett Stadium was not able to provide the kind of dream return that may help to put the memories of St Etienne behind him.

Valerengea took a surprise lead after just seven minutes, but Beckham's Manchester United and England team- mate, Paul Scholes, soon equalised with a simple finish after good approach work by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ryan Giggs.

Solskjaer then burst through two minutes later and ignored appeals for offside to put United ahead.

But the Norwegian part-timers equalised at the start of the second half and although Teddy Sheringham had an effort disallowed for a foul, the game then petered out amid a flurry of substitutions.

Just announced on GMR:  As expected, the home game against Liverpool has
been brought forward to Thursday 24 Sept.  They didn't mention kick-off time.
On the hotline today:
Charity Shield (9th August) - tickets are now on sale by post to both
season ticket holders and members.  Seasons ticket holders' details as
previously posted.  Members should send voucher X from last season's book,
plus all the usual documentation as soon as poss.  Tickets are available in
most areas with prices from 37 pounds to 20 pounds.

Champions' League qualifier (12th August) - Members can now buy tickets for
this game, either in person at the ticket office (9.30am-5pm) or by post.
You should include voucher AA from this season's book and all the usual
documentation in an envelope marked "European", as soon as possible.

The hotline number is: 0161 872 0199
This Issue:
1. Valerenga Report (Mirror)
2. Villa reject United's first offer for Yorke 
3. Villa Holding Out On Yorke (D.Mail)
4. Jeppe: "I Didn't Want To Move" (Mirror)
5. Yorke (TeamTalk) 14 Million Swap Deal On !


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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 08:58:28 -0400 To: suggs@tiac.net From: "Red Devil Marcus" Subject: Valerenga Report (Mirror) IT'S GREAT TO BE BECK IN A FJORD OF DREAMS VALERENGA 2 MANCHESTER UTD 2 DAVID BECKHAM could not have picked a more hospitable place on earth to return to football after his World Cup hell. And it was business as usual for Roy Keane, who was making his return after a season out with ligament damage - he was booked! Angry fans back home might be ready to verbally attack Beckham with Manchester United's trip to West Ham in three weeks already earmarked as a trouble spot. But here in The Bislet Stadium, the land of the late midnight sun provided a haven for the superstar pilloried for his France 98 red-card shame. There was no hatred, no venom, no baiting. No foul-mouthed reprisals for Beckham's sending off against Argentina. Instead, the 22,000 packed house, full of admiring kids, mums and dads, came to hail him in a rickety athletics stadium where Becks was never going to do a runner. The bleached-haired star was besieged by autograph hunters and signed everything from scraps of paper to T-shirts. They mobbed him. Idolised him. Paid homage with a deafening cheer when his name was announced in the team line-up. "Welcome David Beckham," boomed the Norwegian guy on the crackling Tannoy as local newspapers proclaiming the same message were waved around the crowd in unison. And when he thought it could not get any better it did, with the pre-match announcement that Beckham had been voted Player of the Year by the Norwegian branch of the United supporters' club. It was love and devotion rarely seen on our own shores. But then as one Norwegian told me: "We love Beckham and his girlfriend's not bad either." So without any animosity, save for a couple of isolated catcalls, Beckham was allowed to get on with the job of playing his football in his famous red No.7 shirt. As well as Beckham, Keane was back in the thick of the action too, 10 months after ripping cruciate knee ligaments at Elland Road. The Irishman, his head cropped to his hard skull, looked as though he had never been away. And United had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returned to his usual striking role as speculation raged at home about a possible move to Aston Villa as part of the Dwight Yorke package. New 10.7m Dutch star Jaap Stam was also on show although not in the starting line-up. Beckham lapped up every minute as United began the job of overshadowing the part-timers of Valerenga, a side third from bottom of the Norwegian First Division with just three wins all season. But they are famed, fierce fighters in these parts and United were pillaged as early as the seventh minute. John Careu embarked on a free run down the outside of United's defence and in a flash he had dispatched the ball into the bottom corner beyond Peter Schmeichel. Five minutes later United were level when Solskjaer broke clear and slipped the ball across for Paul Scholes to tap in. United stormed ahead in the 15th minute when a through-ball from Phil Neville arrowed to Solskjaer's feet and he bobbled the ball past keeper Tore Krogstaad. Business as usual then for United - and Keane showed he has lost none of his combative spirit during his enforced lay-off when he was booked for a crunching 43rd minute tackle on Joachim Walltin. Keane and Scholes put their feet up for the second half with Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole getting a taste of the action. And Valerenga cashed in on the disruption with an equaliser two minutes after the break as Bjorn Viljugrein squeezed the ball past Schmeichel from an acute angle.
Your editor Barry seen at Tivoli, in training for Copenhagen this week!

Subject: Villa reject United's first offer for Yorke BY RICHARD HOBSON AFTER days of posturing on both sides, the widely expected transfer of Dwight Yorke from Aston Villa to Manchester United was finally set in motion yesterday. Maurice Watkins, the United director and solicitor, confirmed that initial talks had taken place between the clubs, only for John Gregory, the Villa manager, to dismiss United's offer last night as "completely inappropriate". As the Trinidad and Tobago striker took his place in Villa's pre-season photocall, postponed from last week, the probability that he will kick a ball in anger again for the 9 club receded. United want to complete the signing by Saturday, so that Yorke is eligible to play in the European Cup Champions' League preliminary round. Although Gregory reiterated that a decision to sell will be taken on football grounds alone, he has long been resigned to losing his leading striker. Yorke's contract expires at the end of next season, when he would be free to leave on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling. It remains for Gregory and Doug Ellis, the chairman, to make the best of the situation. Publicly, Gregory has placed a 16 million valuation on the player, but he will be satisfied with an exchange deal bringing Andy Cole and cash - around 8.5 million - to Villa Park. It is believed that Alex Ferguson, the United manager, would rather offer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Solskjaer, with six years of a contract to run, said yesterday that he wants to finish his career at Old Trafford. Gregory dismissed as "absolute rubbish" reports that such a deal involving the Norway striker had already been agreed. Article 2: Solskjaer said: "It is nonsense to say I am going to Aston Villa. I have been assured by Alex Ferguson that I will not be sold." Villa reject United's opening offer for Yorke By John Ley ASTON Villa yesterday rejected Manchester United's initial bid for Dwight Yorke as "completely inappropriate". Villa refused to reveal details of United's offer but rate the Trinidadian striker at around 15 million. Villa manager John Gregory said: "If Manchester United offer 25 million for Yorke I am at liberty to turn it down." Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored one and made one at the start of United's Scandinavian tour at the Bislett Stadium, Oslo last night and said there was no truth in stories that he would be a make-weight in any move for Yorke. Solskjaer said: "It is nonsense to say I am going to Aston Villa. I have been assured by Alex Ferguson that I will not be sold. I am on a six-year contract and hope to spend the rest of my career with United." David Beckham was given a rapturous welcome by the 19,700 Norwegian crowd who have recently voted him as Manchester United's player of the year. He played all but the last three minutes when appearing to nurse a slight back strain he was replaced by John Curtis. The game, against Valerengen, finished in a 2-2 draw. MUFC Hon. Executive CP Cheah Webmasters: Barry Leeming & Bill McArthur Graphics: Sam Hayward Stats: Paul Hinson Site Design Diana Low Webmaster Mail: barry@www.red11.org Url: http://www.red11.org World of Manchester United Football Club.
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: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 08:57:06 -0400 To: suggs@tiac.net From: "Red Devil Marcus" (by way of Red Devils List ) Subject: Villa Holding Out On Yorke (D.Mail) Villa holding out on Yorke Tuesday, July 28, 1998 Dwight Yorke insisted yesterday that he will not sign a new Villa Park contract, leaving the door open for a new big-money, player-plus-cash offer from Manchester United. Sportsmail has been told that Villa, who were in contact with United yesterday, have asked for 11million and Andy Cole in return for Yorke, but have so far been offered the England international and 5m. It is this huge gulf which is holding up the sale, although United boss Alex Ferguson is known to be desperate to clinch Yorke's signature before the Champions League transfer deadline this Saturday and is prepared to delve deep into the Old Trafford coffers to boost his dream of success in Europe. Some boardroom figures at Villa Park are in favour of selling Trinidad and Tobago international Yorke now rather than run the risk of losing him on a free transfer, as they did when Republic of Ireland defender Steve Staunton joined Liverpool earlier this month. Yorke, who has two years left on his current deal, said: 'Villa have offered me an excellent new contract. However, I have agreed nothing at this stage. I want to see what happens with Manchester United before making a decision. 'For the last few days everyone has asked me whether I am staying or going, and the answer is I have not got a clue. The matter is dealt with at boardroom level, so I really do not know what is happening.' United director Maurice Watkins said that the clubs had been in contact yesterday but refused to give details of any official bid, merely confirming: 'There have been initial discussions between the two clubs.' Yorke, who is valued at 16m, took part in Villa's official pre-season photocall yesterday, but the chances of him being in the club's claret and blue at the start of the season appear to be nil as long as Ferguson remains determined to get his man. Villa boss John Gregory has said he will decide Yorke's future but, as the striker is still refusing to sign a new deal, the ball is in Ferguson's court. Norway international Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was also linked with a move to Villa in exchange for Yorke, insisted yesterday he has no intention of leaving Old Trafford, despite losing his starting place in the United line-up last season after illness and injuries. Solskjaer said: 'Because of the season I had, people started linking me with other clubs, but I am looking forward to 1998-99 with Manchester United. Last season was a frustrating time because of injuries but it is part of the learning experience and I am looking to repeat the form of my first season at United.' The 25-year-old striker said: 'I have still got six years left on my contract and I think I will finish my career with Manchester United.' Villa's new 4.5m midfielder Alan Thompson and 3m defender David Unsworth will make their debuts in a pre-season friendly against Wycombe Wanderers tonight. Former Wanderers boss Gregory signed Thompson from Bolton in June and snapped up England international Unsworth from West Ham last week. Villa could also hand a first outing to Italian midfielder Fabio Ferarasa, who joined the club from Cesena on a free transfer.
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: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 08:57:55 -0400 To: suggs@tiac.net Subject: Jeppe: "I Didn't Want To Move" (Mirror) JESPER: I DIDN'T WANT TO MOVE Swedish winger Jesper Blomqvist, who last week joined Manchester United for 4.5million, revealed yesterday that he did not want to leave Parma. He claimed that the Italian side had pressurised him into moving to Old Trafford against his will. "I didn't want to go to Manchester, because I liked it at Parma. But Parma's coach decided he couldn't fit me into his new system," Blomqvist said. However, having now arrived at Old Trafford, Blomqvist is looking forward to a new challenge. "I'm lucky there are several Scandinavian players at United who will help me to adapt," said Blomqvist. "I owe much to my new Norwegian friend, Ronny Johnsen, as I get on very well with him." Blomqvist may launch his Old Trafford career in Europe competition after missing their pre-season Scandinavian tour with a slight heel injury. He also looks like missing the Charity Shield clash with Arsenal on August 9. Provided the Swede responds to treatment, he should be ready for the first leg of United's Champions' League qualifier on August 12. They look likely to face Polish side LKS Lodz, giving the Swede the chance to make amends in the eyes of United supporters. Blomqvist was partly responsible for United's exit from the competition in 1994, when he scored one goal and made another as the Swedes won 3-1 in Gothenburg to qualify for the quarter-finals. United's troubled midfielder David Beckham was yesterday backed to overcome his World Cup sending-off nightmare. Former England manager Graham Taylor, no stranger to terrace abuse himself, insists that Beckham will recognise any problems with rival fans as part and parcel of the game. Watford boss Taylor's message to Beckham is that he must believe in himself. "People always try to abuse players' weaknesses, but the important thing is to maintain your self-confidence," he said. "But the whole thing is based on the strange assumption that England were sure of beating Argentina before Beckham got sent off. You have to remember that they had equalised just before half time. It was never a forgone conclusion."
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: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 08:58:46 -0400 To: suggs@tiac.net From: "Red Devil Marcus" (by way of Red Devils List ) Subject: Yorke (TeamTalk) 14 Million Swap Deal On ! It looks increasingly likely that Dwight Yorke will complete his move from Aston Villa this week in a 14 million swap deal. The 26-year old Trinidad and Tobago star will be valued at 9m, according to the latest speculation, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, valued at 5m, will reportedly move in the opposite direction. Solskjaer still maintains that he is staying at Old Trafford for the rest of his career ; reports indicate that Alex Ferguson also plans to keep the Norwegian striker at the club, despite reports to the contrary ! ] The United boss said yesterday : "I expect and believe that Solskjaer will have a better season than last . . . . . We need a fit Solskjaer to fight off Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea." So it looks as though it's not Andy Cole who's leaving, and it looks equally certain that Patrick Kluivert is not on his way to Old Trafford. The question is, who is leaving Old Trafford ? Should formalities be completed, Yorke will be second only to Alan Shearer's British transfer record when he moved from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle United for 15m. Reports claim that Yorke and Ferguson met in a Midlands hotel on Saturday, from where the two thrashed out a pay deal resulting in an alleged five-year contract worth 7m. Yorke will reportedly be paid a weekly wage of 25,000 and will also bank an estimated signing on fee of 750,000. The move, if factual, will end weeks of rumours and speculation as Ferguson and his Villa counterpart John Gregory have become embroiled in a ruthless cat-and-mouse game regarding the future of Yorke. Gregory appeared to concede defeat when quoted as saying: "Something will happen very shortly over the Dwight Yorke situation. We will know by the end of the week whether Dwight is leaving. "I would prefer the whole business to go away, but I am swimming against the tide." Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, has stated that he "expects to bring in one new player, and possibly two, before next Saturday's European transfer deadline." At yesterday's press conference, Ferguson stated that he would be buying one or two new players, but he wouldn't say who he was chasing. When asked whether it would involve signing Kluivert or Yorke, the manager replied "no comment."
Your editor Barry seen at Tivoli, in training for Copenhagen this week!

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