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Date: Thu Jul 30 08:34:53 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)  Friday!
Aug   4  Brann Bergen (A)
      9  Charity Shield at Wembley
     18  Eric Cantona XI (H) - Munich testimonial


Manchester United are reportedly on the brink of signing Dutch star Patrick
Kluivert for 9million from AC Milan.

United manager Alex Ferguson has been desperate to capture a top-class
striker to spearhead his quest for European glory in the Champions' League.

Ferguson tracked the 22-year-old Holland international last season but then
switched his attention to Dwight Yorke only to have an 8m bid for the
Trinidad and Tobago international turned down by Aston Villa.

Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed his club had received and
accepted United's offer for Kluivert, who scored against Argentina and
Brazil in the World Cup following his red card against Belgium.

"We're happy with their bid," Galliani told the Daily Mail, adding that the
Italian club's sporting director Arledo Braida is on his way to London to
meet United officials.

United still have to agree personal terms with Kluivert and it his reputed
demands for a 500,000 signing-on fee that proved to be a stumbling block
for a move to Arsenal.

Barry comment:  looking more and more like Kluivert up front with Andy Cole!
This Issue:
1. Becks injury
2. Stam (Carling)
3. Ole Ole Ole Ole (D.Mail)
4. United Criticised Over New Stand (PA)
5. United To Be Booted From League? (Mirror)


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Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 21:22:51 -0400 To: suggs@tiac.net From: "Red Devil Marcus" (by way of Red Devils List ) Subject: Becks injury Thursday, July 30, 1998 An injury to David Beckham could thwart the plans of London football fans to give the Manchester United midfielder a rough ride at the start of the season. Beckham, who became loathed by non-United fans following his World Cup sending off, missed training for the second day in a row. The 23-year-old England international injured his ankle during Monday's game against Valerenga in Oslo. His look of dejection as he sat with his foot in ice indicated his likely absence from the game against Bronby in Copenhagen tomorrow and suggested that he could be struggling for the Charity Shield against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday week and United's first Premiership away game against West Ham on August 22, although it may be premature for West Ham fans to throw away their red cards.
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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 10:29:51 -0700 Subject: Stam (Carling) Man United 29 Jul 1998 STAM DEBUT WILL BE TASTE OF THINGS TO COME Jaap Stam is set to play his first game for Manchester United on Friday night with Alex Ferguson hoping the Dutchman's debut will signal the start of another era of success at Old Trafford. Ferguson sees his record signing as the cornerstone for United's future, and Stam's opening appearance could not be made in more apt surroundings - he will play against Peter Schmeichel's former club Brondby. Schmeichel's contributions have been immeasurable since Brondby sold him to United for a bargain 505,000 in 1991. United have never finished lower than second in the championship and have clinched four titles, two of them league and cup doubles, with the Danish goalkeeper in the side. But now Ferguson sees Stam as the man to inspire United's next generation. ``Jaap will be a tremendous acquisition, and I am very confident about him. ``We have seen him many times, and he has been outstanding. He will be a great influence to the players around him. He will get his chance on Friday, and I am looking forward to seeing him in the side,'' said Ferguson. The United boss has taken 19 recognised first-teamers to Scandinavia and said: ``They will all play. I may be spoilt for choice now but I just hope I have the same problems in March and April. ``That wasn't the case last year, and it cost us dearly. We have to guard against that. Hopefully by having a big, strong pool we can start winning things.''
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X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 15:45:27 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Ole Ole Ole Ole (D.Mail) Solskjaer's comfort Wednesday, July 29, 1998 A summit meeting between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his manager Alex Ferguson has left the Norway striker convinced his future lies with Manchester United. 'I have seen Alex Ferguson for talks and he has told me there are no problems,' said Solskjaer. 'I will definitely be staying at the club. 'He has told me that I have a big future at United.' Solskjaer had been unsettled by stories which linked him with Dwight Yorke's move from Aston Villa to United. He also missed many matches last season in the highly competitive world at Old Trafford. As excuses go it ranks about as believable as the sacked politician who claims he really wanted to spend more time with his family. Dwight Yorke sat impassively throughout last night's Aston Villa friendly over Wycome Wanderers after suffering a dead leg in training. It was the kind of implausible nonsense which fooled precisely no one and Yorke's absence to the bench will persuade Villa fans to believe that they may have already seen his last performance in the famous claret and blue. Ironically, Yorke's last competitive match was in the final game of the season whe his penalty strike clinched a one nil victory over double winners Arsenal and a European place for Villa. But the only mildly competitive thing Yorke did last night was fight through a scrum of photographers who had turned up at Wycombe's tiny Adams Pk ground in the expectation that he would be playing. Yorke came out after his team mates just before kickoff and despite receiving a rapturous welcome from Villa's 2,000strong travelling fans, he initially failed to acknowledge their presence. In truth though on the pitch he was hardly missed. As Yorke took his position on the Away team bench his former or current team mates, take your pick, proceeded to tear their Div Two opponents to ribbons. The Villa crowd, massed behind one goal, sang 'Stand Up If You Hate Man Utd' but with a distinct lack of conviction. If that chant was somewhat predictable their second offering may come as something of a surprise. 'There's Only One Stan Collymore' will not endear the Villa fans to the women's liberation movement following Collymore's well publicised fracas with ex girlfriend Ulrika Johnss on a Paris pub two months ago. David Unsworth, Villa's new 3m signing, received a huge cheer on making his first touch as a Villa player after three mins as he and team mates strolled around Adams Park at barely pedestrian pace. Collymore made his first real mark after 12mins with a bullish run through the middle of the Wycombe defence. He was bundled over and the resultant free kick was wasted. The Wycombe faithful responded to the Villa fans' hero worship with 'If You All Hate Stanley, Clap Your Hands'. Collymore hit a rasping shot after 25mins just wide before setting up Villa's opener for Julian Joachim two mins later. A minute before the half hour Collymore then hit an unstoppable right foot shot from the edge of the area past Martin Taylor. He ran towards the Wycombe fans to receive a predictable derisive welcome. Yorke continued to sit on his hands on the bench before walking up to the Villa fans just after half time to applaud his supporters. He wore a white shirt emblazoned with the Villa loggo but the 2nd city faithful who had travelled down the M40 were not to be fooled. They are convinced they have seen the last of the 26-year-old Tobagan who Graham Taylor gambled 100,000 on a decade ago. He is now worth a small matter of 16m which either says a lot for the former England manager's acumen or suggests the transfer market has gone crazy.
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Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 21:22:35 -0400 Subject: United Criticised Over New Stand (PA) UNITED CRITICISED FOR DISABLED PLACES By Eileen Murphy, Consumer Affairs Correspondent, PA News Manchester United were slammed by the Football Task Force today for building a 20 million stand without setting aside a single space for disabled fans. Other top teams singled out by a new report for failing to provide any wheelchair spaces in new stands include Arsenal, Liverpool and Southampton. Meanwhile Division One's Huddersfield Town and Division Two's Northampton Town FC are held up as models of good practice with some of the best provision for disabled supporters in all four English divisions. The report states: ``They have built new grounds that set the standard for the rest of the game to follow.'' The Task Force, chaired by David Mellor, conducted its investigation into the lot of disabled football fans at the 92 English league grounds as part of their remit to probe all issues affecting supporters before reporting back to Government. The report, launched today with Minister for Sport Tony Banks, identified a number of major problems within the provision of disabled access at football grounds. Under new legislation which comes into force in October 1999 disabled people will be legally entitled to fair treatment as customers and the report was intended to help clubs comply with their new legal responsibilities. Adam Brown, a member of the Task Force working party and spokesman for the Football Supporters Association, said: ``The biggest problem was inconsistency, both in terms of provision and ticketing, access to the ground and refreshments at half-time. ``There were situations where disabled fans, be they home or away, were made to all sit together and the needs of partially-sighted, deaf or supporters with learning difficulties were not being fully taken into account.'' He said Leeds United was one example of such ignorance where disabled away fans were forced to sit in front of the home stand in an intimidating atmosphere. The report recommended that while fans should be charged, their helpers who accompany them should get free admission and all clubs should designate an official to act as a contact for disabled supporters and provide designated stewards for them. Colin Barcley, chair of the National Association for Disabled Supporters, welcomed the report and said he hoped it would lead to new laws and regulations guaranteeing fairer access. PA Sporting Life
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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 21:23:36 -0400 To: suggs@tiac.net ) Subject: United To Be Booted From League? (Mirror) BIG 3 FACE BOOT FROM PREMIER The three biggest clubs in England - Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool - could be kicked out of the Premiership today. Furious soccer chiefs are ready to ditch the big three in a revenge move for their participation in secret talks to form a European Super League. The remaining 17 Premiership clubs at today's meeting of the club chairmen could reinstate the three relegated clubs, Crystal Palace, Bolton and Barnsley, and relegate the rebel clubs to Nationwide Division One. An injunction will also be served to prevent them signing any agreement to participate in a European Super League, provisionally destined to start in season 2000-1. The Premiership, which in itself was formed by a breakaway move, want an undertaking that no club can join a European Super League without Premiership permission and must abide by that decision. It seems inconceivable that the new Premiership season can start in two weeks without Arsene Wenger's champions Arsenal, deposed champions Manchester United and Liverpool, once the most powerful club in Europe. But the promise of up to 1 billion in TV revenue is the lure for them to join a Super League. The big three want to be part of a 16-team first division. A key incentive is that if they commit themselves to the concept now, they will be guaranteed a top European place for life. They fear that if they waver they will miss the boat. Instead of sharing in the current 700million, five-year Sky TV deal with the other Premiership clubs, they would own their own TV rights and bank a fortune .
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