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Date: Sun Nov 29 05:56:10 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. United on guard
4. FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 28/11/98 ***
5. Blimey O'Leary 


Daily RED Trivia  Sun 29th November:

29/11/1949: Steve James born in Coseley, near Wolverhampton. James made his debut at
 Liverpool in October 1968, and the competent Centre-half accumulated 161 
 appearances between 1968-75, winning a Division 2 Championship medal in
 1975. He later played for York City.

1975: In Division 1 United beat Newcastle United 1-0 at Old Trafford with a Gerry
 Daly goal watched by 52,624. Team was: Stepney, Nicholl, Houston, Daly,
 Greenhoff, Buchan, Coppell, McIlroy, Pearson (McCreery), Macari, Hill.

1978: Uniteds Steve Coppell scores for England as they beat Czechoslovakia
 1-0 at Wembley.


Barry Daily Comment: 
 Today's Fixtures: FA Carling Premiership
         Liverpool vs Blackburn    4.00 pm
         Arsenal vs Middlesbrough  3.00 pm
         Man Utd vs Leeds          2.00 pm

Remaining 1998 games: 

ALL Result/Fixture Index:

TODAY!    Leeds         (H) PL 14.00 
Wed  2/12 Tottenham     (A) (LC 1/4 final) 19.45 sky sports
Sat  5/12 Aston Villa   (A) PL 15.00
Wed  9/12 Bayern Munich (H) CL 19.45
Sat 12/12 Tottenham     (A) PL 15.00
Wed 16/12 Chelsea       (H) PL sky sports time 20.00
Sat 19/12 Middlesbrough (H) PL 15.00
Sat 26/12 Nottm Forest  (H) PL 15.00
Tue 29/12 Chelsea       (A) PL sky sports time 19.45 UK

UNITED Stats v Leeds:


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal                  Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181
03/10/98    Southampton              Away     W  3-0     2    15,251
17/10/98    Wimbledon                Home     W  5-1     2    55,265
24/10/98    Derby County             Away     D  1-1     2    30,867
31/10/98    Everton                  Away     W  4-1     2    40,079
08/11/98    Newcastle United         Home     D  0-0     3    55,174
14/11/98    Blackburn Rovers         Home     W  3-2     2    55,198
21/11/98    Sheffield Wednesday      Away     L  1-3     2    39,475

Prem Table 21/11:
Pos Team                  P  W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A   GD  Pts
 1  Aston Villa          13  5  1  1  13   8   3  3  0   7   2   10   28
 2  Manchester United    13  5  2  0  18   6   2  2  2   9   8   13   25
 3  Arsenal              14  4  3  0  10   2   2  3  2   4   4    8   24
 4  Chelsea              12  4  2  0  10   3   2  3  1  11   9    9   23
 5  Leeds United         14  4  2  1  10   3   1  6  0  10   8    9   23
 6  Middlesbrough        14  3  4  0  12   5   2  3  2  11  11    7   22

Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   5  3  1  1  8  5  10   
Man United      5  2  3  0 19 10   9
Barcelona       5  1  2  2  9  9   5    
Brondby         5  1  0  4  4 16   3   

Sep 16 Brøndby         2-1 Bayern München
Sep 16 Man Utd         3-3 Barcelona
Sep 30 Barcelona       2-0 Brøndby
Sep 30 Bayern Munich   2-2 Man Utd
Oct 21 Brøndby         2-6 Man Utd
Oct 21 Bayern Munich   1-0 Barcelona 
Nov  4 Barcelona       1-2 Bayern Munich
Nov  4 Man Utd         5-0 Brøndby

Nov 25 Barcelona       3-3 Man Utd
Nov 25 Bayern Munich   2-0 Brøndby
    to play.....
Dec  9 Brøndby          v  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd          v  Bayern Munich



"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: WIN THIS OR ELSE, WARNS FERGIE Nothing less than a win against Leeds at Old Trafford tomorrow will satisfy Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. http://www.football365.co.uk/homeground/manchester_united/news_92041.htm NEVILLE QUICK TO DEFEND STAR STAM Once again the critics are on the broad back of Manchester United's Jaap Stam. http://www.football365.co.uk/homeground/manchester_united/news_91964.htm UNITED MISS INJURED TRIO Manchester United's injured trio of Ryan Giggs, Teddy Sheringham and Ronny Johnsen will not be fit in time to face Leeds at Old Trafford on Sunday. http://www.football365.co.uk/homeground/manchester_united/news_91795.htm SCHMEICHEL'S STILL FERGIE'S No1 Peter Schmeichel is still Alex Ferguson's number one despite his recent blunders for Manchester United. http://www.football365.co.uk/homeground/manchester_united/news_92108.htm O'LEARY PLAYS DOWN LEEDS' PROSPECTS David O'Leary today declared psychological war on Alex Ferguson by rating his Leeds side as second class citizens in comparison to Manchester United. http://www.football365.co.uk/homeground/manchester_united/news_91966.htm
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: United on guard Saturday, November 28, 1998 Manchester United will be welcomed back to Old Trafford tomorrow with all the fervour that their rousing, exhilarating midweek performance in Spain can generate from the biggest crowd of the Premiership programme. But if ever there was a need to guard against a hangover from one of United's most memorable nights in Europe, then it is against the Yorkshiremen who keep the War of the Roses alive in one of football's most bitter rivalries. The passion that flows in a match between Manchester United and Leeds transcends the cross-city enmity that smoulders at Maine Road and the inter-city rivalry that fires both Liverpool and Everton when Mancunians clash with Scousers. Leeds enjoy nothing better than to celebrate victory over the Old Trafford outfit - and the records suggest Alex Ferguson's team may be at their most vulnerable. It has long been a problem for our European trophy contenders that the rich feast of a major midweek tie against the cream of the Continent is too often followed by stale and stodgy fare, and United have not escaped. In their six matches immediately following a Champions League fixture - including the qualifying skirmishes with the Poles of Lodz - Ferguson's team have managed to win only twice. The biggest blip came, ominously enough, after that other high-octane 3-3 draw against Barcelona in September. The 3-0 defeat that followed at against Arsenal at Highbury was United's heaviest of a competitive season in which their Charity Shield reverse by the same score against the same team had been shrugged aside. If the flaws should reappear, or any United player be tempted to bask in the glory of the latest Barcelona nailbiter, then, in Leeds, they are facing opponents who will not fail to take full advantage. The Leeds fans will make sure of that. Their simmering antagonism goes back to the 1960s when Don Revie's team emerged to challenge Matt Busby's United and Bill Shankly's Liverpool for the major honours, in the process collecting an anti-hero status that Leeds have never quite shaken off. When Leeds and Manchester United met in their two FA Cup semi-finals of 1965, it was spontaneous combustion with Billy Bremner, Norman Hunter and Jack Charlton on one side and Nobby Stiles, Pat Crerand and Denis Law on the other. Law famously left the pitch after one epic with his shirt in tatters. As the years rolled on, the hatred continued as United recovered from relegation and, under Ferguson, once again took the high ground. Eric Cantona's switch from Elland Road to Old Trafford - a perceived betrayal for one set of fans, proof that God wears a red shirt for another - meant that the 1990s have seen no end to hostilities. Officials from both clubs strive to keep the rivalry within decent limits, but the Leeds fans who barracked the minute's silence when Sir Matt Busby died in 1994 are still as likely as not to make tasteless reference to the Munich Disaster. While there will be no red carpet rolled out for the visitors, there will be a new pitch after emergency work to replace the £750,000 surface that was fast disintegrating. Ferguson will be anxious that Leeds don't now step in to put the skids under his title ambitions. With memories of the 3-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday still all too fresh and Aston Villa straining at the leash imposed by United, Ferguson said: 'We cannot afford to drop further behind the leaders.'
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: LEARY ENJOYING ELLAND ROAD LIFE Manchester United will be on a high following their electric performance against Barcelona on Wednesday. But the visit of Leeds United on Sunday will be an equally charged affair, with old rivalries running deep. David O'Leary, in charge since George Graham jumped ship and headed back to London, has done a great job at Elland Road so far. Unbeaten in their last six matches, they've claimed all three points in their last three games. The form of their star man, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who's scored six goals in thirteen league games so far this season, has been the main reason for their resurgence. At the back, Lucas Radebe has helped Leeds to six clean sheets in fourteen league matches. Despite this good form, O'Leary is not satisfied, and confirmed last week that he had made a £4.5 million bid for Nottingham Forest's unsettled striker Pierre van Hooijdonk. Leeds old-boy David Batty has also been linked with a move back to Elland Road. Ambition is rife at Leeds. They've shot up to fifth in the table, and show no signs of letting up. They travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to face a United side not short on confidence themselves. The 3-3 draw in Spain may not have been the ideal result, but the attacking play the Reds displayed will go a long way in bouncing back from the 3-1 loss at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend. It was against Leeds last season that Roy Keane damaged his cruciate ligaments, an injury that kept him out for ten months. Now he's back and firing on all cylinders, and will want to put the memory behind him. Leeds were beaten 3-0 at Old Trafford last season, in a meaningless fixture after the league had already been lost to Arsenal. The match did see the debut of young defender Wes Brown, who came on for the last half hour. Matches between the two Uniteds are always tight encounters, with one goal claiming all the points in three out of the last five games. United will probably named an unchanged side from that which knocked Barca out of Europe. Andy Cole, who's scored just one goal against Leeds in six attempts in a United shirt, will want to continue the run that has seen him score in seven of his last ten games. For Leeds, Molenaar and Bowyer and both suspended, while Radebe is a major injury doubt. Probable teams: Manchester United: Schmeichel; Irwin, Stam, G Neville, Brown; Blomqvist, Beckham, Keane, Scholes; Yorke, Cole. Leeds United: Martyn; Hiden, Woodgate, Harte, Halle; Hopkin, McPhail, Wijnhard, Haaland; Hasselbaink, Kewell.
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: *** FULL LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 28/11/98 *** Pos Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1 Aston Villa 14 5 1 1 13 8 3 4 0 9 4 10 29 2 West Ham United 15 4 3 1 12 9 3 2 2 8 7 4 26 3 Manchester United 13 5 2 0 18 6 2 2 2 9 8 13 25 4 Chelsea 13 4 3 0 11 4 2 3 1 11 9 9 24 5 Arsenal 14 4 3 0 10 2 2 3 2 4 4 8 24 6 Leeds United 14 4 2 1 10 3 1 6 0 10 8 9 23 7 Middlesbrough 14 3 4 0 12 5 2 3 2 11 11 7 22 8 Derby County 15 2 3 2 6 6 3 3 2 9 8 1 21 9 Wimbledon 15 3 3 1 11 8 2 2 4 8 17 -6 20 10 Liverpool 14 2 3 2 13 10 3 1 3 11 9 5 19 11 Newcastle United 15 4 2 2 13 10 1 2 4 6 9 0 19 12 Tottenham Hotspur 15 3 2 2 11 12 2 2 4 8 11 -4 19 13 Leicester City 15 3 2 2 9 8 1 4 3 7 10 -2 18 14 Everton 15 1 4 2 2 5 3 2 3 8 10 -5 18 15 Charlton Athletic 15 2 3 2 13 8 1 4 3 9 15 -1 16 16 Sheffield Wednesday 15 3 2 2 7 3 1 2 5 7 12 -1 16 17 Coventry City 15 3 2 3 9 10 1 1 5 4 11 -8 15 18 Nottingham Forest 15 1 4 3 6 9 1 1 5 6 15 -12 11 19 Southampton 15 1 2 5 9 17 1 2 4 3 14 -19 10 20 Blackburn Rovers 14 2 1 4 9 10 0 2 5 5 12 -8 9
"Peter Schmeichel's last season at OT" Click on image for more!"

Subject: Blimey O'Leary By Paul Wilson Saturday November 28, 1998 "There wil be no quick fixes," David O'Leary says. "I can promise you that." The new Leeds manager has promised this so many times in a short space of time since taking over at Elland Road you begin to wonder what exactly is broken. The quick fix line surely belongs to George Graham at Tottenham, although there has been little need to air it since just hiring Gaddafi appears to amount to one. The club he left behind seems in no obvious need of repair either, unless you interpret cruising along in a European placing, picking up 3-1 wins at Anfield and introducing exciting new youngsters as signs of distress. O'Leary himself, despite youth, inexperience and the initial preference of his club for Leicester's Martin O'Neill, has grabbed his managerial chance like Everton receiving an offer for Duncan Ferguson, so why the need for caution? "Because it won't always be like this," he said. "I know management is tough. I'm looking quite good at the moment because the kids I have put in have done a great job for me, but they can't continue to do that indefinitely and it would be unfair to ask them. "I need to make one or two signings to help them out, to provide stability for when the younger players drop back a bit. That was what Alex Ferguson did at Manchester United. He had some great kids, and he gave them their chance, but he didn't expect them to do it on their own. There were always vastly experienced players in the side too, your Cantonas, Bruces and Schmeichels, and that is the calibre of player I am looking for." To say O'Leary is impressed by what Ferguson has achieved at Old Trafford would be a serious understatement. Mild hero worship would be nearer the mark, and when he makes his first managerial visit to United this afternoon he will probably have to make a conscious effort to concentrate on his own team and resist the temptation to watch the opposition dug-out. "What is so admirable about Manchester United is that it has all been done in the last 10 years," he said. "I look at them now and they are a much bigger, and yes, better club than Leeds. They go to the Nou Camp and give as good as they get against Barcelona. Fantastic. Anyone would applaud that. I know there have been some big-money buys along the way, which always helps, but for me the two most crucial aspects of the success story were Alex Ferguson's determination to get the youth set-up right, and the club's patience in sticking with their manager when results initially went against them." The lesson to be learned, O'Leary believes, is that not just managers but clubs ought to think long term. The quick fix is not a sustainable option. Leeds are probably not unreceptive to this pitch, having allowed Howard Wilkinson to set up a youth scheme which is now paying dividends and done their utmost to try and hang on to their last manager, so they will be pleased to know - especially if the present run of form continues - that O'Leary does not intend going anywhere. "I tend to stick around," he said. "You only have to look at my number of appearances for Arsenal. I'm the sort that likes to see a job finished, which is what I'm doing here in the first place. It was suggested at first that I would follow George and become his assistant at Tottenham, but I did not intend to do that unless Leeds sacked me, and even then it would not have been automatic. My position here looked pretty tenuous around the time Martin O'Neill's coaching assistants were inspecting property in the Leeds area, but I still had a year left on my contract, and - as I had no quarrel with Leeds - I was planning to honour it. Of course if the club had decided they didn't want me that would have been a different matter, but I wanted to be seen to be doing the right thing. I've never been involved in any acrimonious departures." It was O'Leary's good fortune that similar scruples on the part of O'Neill led to the non-negotiations dragging on to an absurd degree, but once he spotted his chance the caretaker pushed his own candidacy with the soft-spoken insistence for which he is famous. "I always wanted to try management," he explained. "I received a few offers on retiring, and the only reason I didn't make a move sooner was because I knew George was waiting for a job and would have me as his assistant. I reckoned I was unlikely to get a better grounding anywhere else." In the interim O'Leary tried a spot of punditry alongside Alan Hansen, but although he came across predictably well, he insists he was only filling in before a return to the real thing. "The BBC invited me on to Match of the Day, I wasn't looking for television work," he said. "They were lovely to work with, and I must admit I enjoyed doing it, but I never saw my future in that direction. All you need to do on television is talk a good game, and with respect, that's not the hardest thing in the world. It's easy to sit there and point out what's wrong with a team, it is much more difficult and challenging to be the bloke who has to put it right." O'Leary now has that responsibility, out of Graham's shadow at last, although to hear his mellifluous tones drifting through the morning mist at Leeds's rural training retreat near Wetherby is to be struck by how little he resembles his predecessor. Indeed, when he promotes raw youngsters and insists he wants to see more attacking, entertaining football, he could even be gently winding Graham up. Grinning, he makes no attempt to deny this. "I am different from George, but mostly I'm just stubborn,' he said. "That's the way I want us to play. It's what seems right for me and the club." Something else that seems right to O'Leary is following Aston Villa's lead and buying British. He has not yet moved in the transfer market, but when he does it is likely to be for a home-based player willing to commit himself to Leeds for three years or more. You guessed, no quick fixes. "I have nothing against continental players, but I think a few managers shopping abroad have been mugged," he said. "The transfer market is ridiculous at the moment, but for some of the money that Premiership clubs have been spending you would expect them to be beating foreign clubs to hot young prospects, not merely accepting older players that the Italians are trying to offload anyway. "That's where Arsene Wenger scores, he is the only one playing the Europeans at their own game, but it's no good me dreaming on about emulating him because I don't have the money. "I can make a signing or two, and I know what I need, but I won't be rushed. It's much more important to get the right man."
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