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Date: Wed Apr 29 05:23:46 GMT+00:00 1998
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Tuesday, April 28, 1998

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson effectively conceded the Premiership
title to Arsenal last night despite a 3-0 win at Selhurst Park that
condemned Crystal Palace to relegation.

Ferguson said: 'The way Arsenal have been performing, you have to say a
collapse is unlikely to happen. All we can do is keep winning our games and
put a bit of pressure on them.'

United now trail Arsenal by only one point but the Gunners can sew up the
title by beating Derby and Everton this week.

This Issue:
1. Mirror Report (Palace)
2. Stam Wants To Stay For Life (Mirror)
3. Giggs Interview
4. Stam's The Man (D.Mail)
5. Stam's The Best" & Pobs Payment (PA)


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Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 18:33:04 +0200 (CEST) X-Sender: wpa01977@mail.web4you.dk X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Version 1.4.3 To: barrylee@post3.tele.dk From: barrylee@post3.tele.dk (Barry Leeming) Subject: Mirror Report (Palace) FERGIE'S MEN CLING ON TO TITLE HOPES C.Palace 0 Man Utd 3 UNITED kept the title race alive last night but squandered the chances to bag a hatful of goals. If Alex Ferguson's team had not beaten the club condemned to their third exit via the trap door in six seasons, then Arsenal would have been handed the championship without much of a fight. But with such feeble opponents - Palace have only managed one home win and that at the 16th attempt - it would have been a surprise even by United's declining standards to have let this opportunity slip. And within 21 minutes United were two goals ahead and closing the gap on Arsenal for a change. First it was a slick move between Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole and a perfect finish by Paul Scholes. It was a Palace throw-in that went horribly wrong and when Sheringham gained possession his slick pass was moved on swiftly by Cole for Scholes to shoot past keeper Kevin Miller. It was his 10th goal of the season and United's 66th in the Premiership. With an average of 1.68 goals per game and with Palace having conceded 60 goals at an average of 1.76, it didn't need an expert to work out what was coming next - another goal. It duly arrived with a feeble defensive clearance that Nicky Butt gobbled up. His 20-yarder seemed to go through the keeper. In between, Cole was stopped on the edge of the area by the keeper and a glorious run and pass by David Beckham was wasted when Ryan Giggs' shot was blocked. But United had to wait until the 84th minute for their third goal, when Cole tapped in Scholes' header across the goalmouth for his 24th strike of the season. Palace needed the unlikeliest of victories to carry on with only their mathematical chance of survival. But, apart from a couple of off-target shots from centre forward Neil Shipperley, only player-manager Attilio Lombardo posed much of a threat. The Italian hasn't lost his silky skills, even though he's lost his hair, and he certainly gave the United defence a hair-raising start after just 45 seconds. Lombardo clipped the ball over Scholes, centre half David May slipped and the Italian ended his 60-yard run with a shot that Peter Schmeichel saved diving to his left. The Danish keeper was back after injury in a close to full- strength United team apart from, of course, long-term casualty Roy Keane and the injured Ronny Johnsen, while Gary Neville was sick. In fact the whole club has been feeling a bit sick lately. Despite being unbeaten in their last four games, two successive draws virtually handed the championship to Arsenal. Although it was only a question of how many goals United would finish up last night, Arsenal still only need two more wins. And the title is there to be taken at Highbury, with home games against Derby tomorrow night and Everton on Sunday. Beckham unleashed a curler tipped over by the keeper and Giggs shot wide when through down the middle. Then a long-ranger from Scholes was covered by Miller as United produced a succession of chances. It was appropriate, if not a touch pathetic, that Palace's demise should be confirmed at Selhurst Park, where last week's 3-1 win over Derby was their only home win of the season. For United's fans it was an opportunity to dust off the cobwebs from their Eric Cantona theme song - a chance to insult the Palace supporters in remembering that infamous kung-fu incident on this ground. Many might feel that Cantona's defection is one of the main reasons for United surrendering the championship. Although Sheringham arrived from Spurs he has not made anywhere near as much impact as the French genius. Cole missed with a header plumb in front of goal from a Butt cross, even though United stepped down a gear in an embarrassingly easy encounter. Even so, it was an amazingly long wait for a third goal and even Palace managed a few chances of their own. But Ferguson won't approve of the succession of squandered chances. With a three-pronged attack, of Cole, Giggs and Sheringham United's intentions were clear. All that was missing was some deadly accuracy in front of goal. At least Palace went down with a spirited second half display, a penalty appeal and a few near misses. Schmeichel spilled Dean Gordon's 25 yard free-kick straight to the feet of Shipperley, who lofted the ball over the bar from five yards. Selhurst Park has never been much of a happy hunting ground for United and their far from convincing second-half performance threatened to let Palace stage some sort of remarkable comeback. But when Shipperley squandered such a gift it just wasn't likely to be Palace's night despite all of Lombardo's promptings. United were just as lackadaisical in front of goal. Sheringham had only the keeper to beat but this time Miller pulled off a save. A few seconds later another 20-yarder from Butt was aimed straight at the keeper's midriff. This Premiership encounter mustered almost 40 shots on goal between the two teams and really there should have been a higher quality of finishing. Lombardo was forced back into central midfield from his right-wing position to try to stem the tide, but even he at times stood and watched alongside Tomas Brolin and Sasa Curcic as United piled forward in numbers. Maybe it was all too easy for the visitors, but they relaxed the pace as Palace tried to make a fight of it. Curcic was left shaking his head in disbelief as his appeals for a penalty, claiming that he had been tripped by Butt. Then Shipperley incredibly lifted his shot over the bar from all of four yards out, after Schmeichel had spilled Dean Gordon's free-kick.
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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 10:36:43 -0700 To: suggs@tiac.net From: "Red Devil Marcus" (by way of Red Devils Mailing List ) Subject: Stam Wants To Stay For Life (Mirror) STAM GETS A LIFELINE BY STEVE MILLAR JAAP Stam last night told Manchester United: "I want to stay for life". The £10.5million Dutch star flies to Old Trafford next month to officially sign as the world's most expensive defender. But Stam is so committed to his new club that he will happily agree to a mega eight-year deal. That will take him to 33 and possible earnings of £12million, with a contract until 2006. But Stam is adamant that he's not quitting PSV Eindhoven to go to Old Trafford for the big bucks. He says: "I am joining United for the spirit of the sport and the club itself. It's not a case of going for the money. I want to stay there, too. I am now 25 and it would be nice to play for eight years at United until I am 33. "I am not sure how long they will want to sign me for until we meet for talks. But they will not be paying so much money for a player and then put him on a contract for two years. "I would love eight years. I have waited a long time for this after I said five or six months ago that I would leave PSV. "Now I am joining my favourite team and I'm looking forward to going to England very much." United, I'm told, had been thinking of at least a seven-year contract for the hottest defender in Dutch football. But now with Stam's admission they could readily add another 12 months.
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X-Sender: jackit@indigo.ie X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.5 (32) Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 18:03:58 +0100 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: J Callaghan Subject: Giggs Interview “WE COULD HAVE WON THE CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE WITH KEANE” The Ryan Giggs Interview What’s the mood at United right now, Ryan? We're obviously disappointed with a few of the results in the last few games, drawing against Liverpool and Newcastle when we should be winning our home games. With Arsenal playing so well, we had to keep the pressure on them so we're a disappointed with the way things have gone of late." Could Arsenal still slip up? "Yeah, you never know what might happen in football. We've seen teams slipping up in the last few games and Arsenal still have a heavy programme, so anything’s possible. You have to believe that you can still do it, although Arsenal are obviously in the driving seat now. There’s no getting away from that.” Have you been impressed with the momentum that Arsenal have built up in the last few weeks? "Of course. Arsenal had a really dodgy period around Christmas, but from then on they've played really well. All the results have gone their way and they're flying at the moment. We've got to be hopeful that they slip up, but unfortunately it's not in our hands any more. We have to put pressure on them by winning our games. That's all we can do." How do you feel about your own form this season? "I’ve been happy with it all season, but it’s got to be one of the main disappointments of my career that I missed out on Europe. I pulled my hamstring just before we were about to go back into Europe and for the vital title run-in as well. It’s fine now, but I was fully fit for the game against Blackburn. That game was my first in seven weeks and I felt a little bit of a reaction because of that, but I decided to play against Liverpool and I felt it again then. It was more of a precaution to come off rather than have it going again completely.” Of the 18 games you’ve missed, United have won just six. Is that significant? "When you're not in the side it's not so bad when the team are doing well, but when they're losing you obviously feel like you could do a little bit better. It's the most frustrating thing for a footballer. You're taking away his trade. All he wants to do is play football. Being injured is part and parcel of football, but it's still frustrating." The club have suffered with injuries all round. Do you think having players like Roy Keane out was the decisive factor in not winning the Champions' League? “I do, yeah. In the qualifying stages we had the best record. The football we were playing at that point was so good we felt we could beat anyone. Then we had the break and we had a few injuries, which was unfortunate. Maybe if we'd had a full squad with the experience of last year going to the semi-finals, then we could have won it. We were playing so well that we didn't really want the four or five month break. We wanted to be playing the quarter-finals then. We beat Juventus at home and then Feyenoord away and we were playing our best football then. I don't know if it's the best football of any United team I've played in - it's difficult to compare teams - but the team that we won the first double with, I don't think we lost a game with our first choice team. That was a great team, but early this season we played brilliant football, scored a lot of goals and didn’t concede many." Do you think you maybe concentrated too much on the Champions' League? "No. We obviously wanted to do well in the Champions' League, because it includes the best teams in Europe. We've more or less dominated domestic football in the last four or five years and we wanted to prove ourselves in Europe. But you always want to win your own league, you always want to be the best team in the country. We really were going for both. Every game we play we want to win.” Are you aware that fans of other teams around the country would love it if United won nothing this season? "Yeah, we know that. United are the team everyone wants to beat. I think that's because we're the best team. That's the challenge you've got to accept. Every team wants to beat you, all the fans want to see you get beaten. That's part and parcel of playing for Manchester United, isn’t it?" A Manchester United is for life, not just for christmas. --------------------------------------------------------- JacKiT@indigo.ie --------------------------------------------------------- If tomorrow was today, it would be yesterday.
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Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 19:19:06 +0200 (CEST) X-Sender: wpa01977@mail.web4you.dk X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Version 1.4.3 To: barrylee@post3.tele.dk From: barrylee@post3.tele.dk (Barry Leeming) Subject: Stam's The Man (D.Mail) X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by eris.web-plus.dk id TAA09209 Stam will be United's main man Tuesday, April 28, 1998 Alex Ferguson has been told that Manchester United have grabbed the 'complete player' now they have agreed a £10million fee for Jaap Stam. As the United boss hailed the imminent arrival of the 25 year-old PSV Eindhoven defender as 'the world class defender that we need,' the Dutch giants were underlining Stam's qualities. Club spokesman Pedro Salazar-Hewitt said: 'Jaap Stam is one of the most complete players in the world. 'He's good in the air, he's good with the ball at his feet and he can impose his big personality on the whole game. He has wonderful ideas as a player, and Manchester United will have a lot of good days with him and a lot of pleasure.' Stam is expected to fly to Manchester next week to agree personal terms which are reported to be around £20,000 a week. He said: 'I'm glad the clubs have agreed the fee. I am looking forward very much to going to England and I don't think personal terms will be a problem.' Ferguson was delighted that the deal had finally been agreed after weeks of negotiations. And he admitted: 'I tried to sign Stam last summer. We tried very hard to get him but PSV wouldn't sell. Everyone recognises Jaap Stam as a world class defender and that's what we need. He is a terrific defender who is quick and can pass the ball. 'We need top defenders like him for the very top level. We have to get stronger to handle everything that's involved in domestic and European football. The Premiership is a hard league and if you are in the Champions League as well, it is very tough. 'There is talk about four groups of six next season in the Champions League. That would mean ten group matches as opposed to six now. That puts tremendous pressure on your squad and as we hope to be in it, we have to be ready ourselves for it and to strengthen. We have other ideas we are looking at as well.'
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Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 19:19:19 +0200 (CEST) X-Sender: wpa01977@mail.web4you.dk X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Version 1.4.3 To: barrylee@post3.tele.dk From: barrylee@post3.tele.dk (Barry Leeming) Subject: "Stam's The Best" & Pobs Payment (PA) X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by eris.web-plus.dk id TAA09220 MUHREN: STAM CAN LICK THEM ALL By Ian Rodgers, PA Sport Former Manchester United midfielder Arnold Muhren today claimed that his former club had spent wisely on PSV Eindhoven defender Jaap Stam. And the former Holland international added that the £10million world-record defender could have helped Alex Ferguson secure the Premier League title if the Old Trafford boss had moved before transfer deadline day. Muhren said: "It would have given the Manchester United side an enormous boost if they had bought them one or two months ago. But it is easy talking afterwards. "I'm not saying he is a bargain but he is worth every penny. Players cost £15million to £20million these days and United have bought a very good player. "He is one of the best defenders in Europe. He is like a typical English defender - fast, good in the air and strong technically. He possesses a very good long ball and is an ideal professional." Muhren is now coaching at Volendam in the Dutch League and as recently as yesterday saw just how great an influence Stam has on his team PSV Eindhoven. "Yesterday PSV were playing Feyenoord and were 3-0 up at half-time. Stam went off in the second-half and Feyenoord scored three goals to draw. "That shows that he is one of the most important players in the PSV side. "They have bought him for £10million which tells its own story." Ferguson was not the only European manager who wanted to snap up Stam. And 46-year-old Muhren who spent three years at Old Trafford in the 1980s believes that the fact the Dutch international only wants to play for United will be another huge confidence boost to the club. Muhren said: "There were others interested in him but he said he wasn't interested in anybody else. He just wants to play for United and that's a good thing. "He will be playing in the World Cup and if so many clubs are interested he must be a good player." © PA Sporting Life FIFA SET TO PENALISE BENFICA By David Anderson, PA Sport Benfica could be punished by FIFA today over the non-payment of Karel Poborsky's transfer fee to Manchester United. FIFA's players' status committee, which deals with transfer disputes between clubs, was meeting today to decide whether or not to penalise the Portuguese side. United have still not received one penny of the reported £3million sum they agreed with Benfica for the Czech Republic international at the end of December. This is despite an assurance from the Portuguese FA two weeks ago that Benfica were ready to begin payments. A FIFA spokesman said: "The Portuguese FA had informed us that Benfica were taking steps to make payment but that has not happened. "The case was one of the items due to be discussed by the players' status committee today. "The committee has the power to impose sanctions if they so wish and their decision will be made known via the respective national associations." Benfica, who are managed by Graeme Souness, have run into difficulties raising the money after plans to float on the Portuguese Stock Market were blocked. © PA Sporting Life
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