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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Wed Dec 30 06:48:14 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. Relief for Ferguson as Chelsea miss chance
3. United and Chelsea stalemate benefits Villa
4. Wasteful Chelsea let United escape
5. Decision time for Schmeichel


Daily RED Trivia  Wed 30th December 1998:

30/12/1929: Tommy McNulty born in Salford. McNulty made his debut against Portsmouth
 in April 1950, and won a League Championship medal in 1952. The Full-back made
 59 appearances between 1950-53, before moving on to Liverpool in February 1954.

1978: In a remarkable Division 1 game at Old Trafford, 45,091 see United lose
 3-5 to West Bromwich Albion with goals from Brian Greenhoff, Sammy
 McIlroy and Gordon McQueen. Team was: Bailey, B.Greenhoff, Houston,
 McIlroy, McQueen, Buchan, J.Greenhoff (Sloan), Ritchie, McCreery, Thomas. 


Barry Daily Comment:

A decent draw and 3rd in the table. We must be pleased with Schmikes today.
great performance.

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Next games: 
ALL Result/Fixture Index:

     3/1  Middlesboro   (H) FA CUP 3rd rnd 16.00 UK
    10/1 West Ham       (H) Sky Sports? time 16.00 UK
    16/1 Leicester      (A)  15.00
    31/1 Charlton       (A) Sky Sports? time 15.00 UK

UNITED Stats v All teams:


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
29/11/98    Leeds                    Home     W  3-2     2    55,172
05/12/98    Aston Villa              Away     D  1-1     2    39,241
12/12/98    Tottenham Hotspur        Away     D  2-2     1    36,079
16/12/98    Chelsea                  Home     D  1-1     2    55,159
19/12/98    Middlebrough             Home     L  2-3     3    55,152
26/12/98    Notts Forest             Home     W  3-0     3    55,216 
29/12/98    Chelsea                  Away     D  0-0     3    34,741

Champions League:
Group D         P  W  D  L  F  A   Pts
Bayern Munich   6  3  2  1  9  6  11   
Man United      6  2  4  0 20 11  10
Barcelona       6  2  2  2 11  9   8    
Brondby         6  1  0  5  4 18   3   

Dec  9 Brøndby         0-2  Barcelona
Dec  9 Man Utd         1-1  Bayern Munich


 Manchester Utd    v   Inter Milan
 Real Madrid       v   Dynamo Kiev
 Juventus          v   Olympiakos
 Bayern Munich     v   Kaiserslautern

 Ties to be played on March 3 and 17


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Subject: *** RESULTS AND ATTENDANCES ON 29/12/98 *** Chelsea 0-0 Manchester United 34,741 Leeds United 2-2 Wimbledon 39,816 *** LEAGUE TABLE AS AT 29/12/98 *** Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts --------------------------------------------------------- 1 Aston Villa 20 11 6 3 31 20 11 39 2 Chelsea 20 9 10 1 31 17 14 37 3 Manchester United 20 9 8 3 39 23 16 35 4 Arsenal 20 9 8 3 22 11 11 35 5 Leeds United 20 8 9 3 34 19 15 33 6 West Ham United 20 9 5 6 24 23 1 32 7 Liverpool 20 9 4 7 36 25 11 31 8 Middlesbrough 20 7 9 4 32 26 6 30 9 Wimbledon 20 8 6 6 27 32 -5 30 10 Derby County 20 6 10 4 20 18 2 28 11 Leicester City 20 7 7 6 23 21 2 28 12 Tottenham Hotspur 20 7 6 7 28 30 -2 27 13 Newcastle United 20 6 6 8 24 28 -4 24 14 Everton 20 5 8 7 13 21 -8 23 15 Sheffield Wednesday 20 6 4 10 21 22 -1 22 16 Blackburn Rovers 20 4 6 10 20 28 -8 18 17 Coventry City 20 4 5 11 16 29 -13 17 18 Charlton Athletic 20 3 7 10 23 31 -8 16 19 Southampton 20 3 5 12 16 38 -22 14 20 Nottingham Forest 20 2 7 11 18 36 -18 13 *** TEAM RESULTS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 29/12/98 *** 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 29/11/98 Leeds United Home W 3-2 2 55,172 05/12/98 Aston Villa Away D 1-1 2 39,241 12/12/98 Tottenham Hotspur Away D 2-2 1 36,079 16/12/98 Chelsea Home D 1-1 2 55,159 19/12/98 Middlesbrough Home L 2-3 3 55,152 26/12/98 Nottingham Forest Home W 3-0 3 55,216 29/12/98 Chelsea Away D 0-0 3 34,741 *** TEAM RESULTS SUMMARY - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 29/12/98 *** P Won Drawn Lost For Against Points ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Home 11 7 (64%) 3 (27%) 1 (9%) 27 (2.5) 12 (1.1) 24 (2.2) Away 9 2 (22%) 5 (56%) 2 (22%) 12 (1.3) 11 (1.2) 11 (1.2) Total 20 9 (45%) 8 (40%) 3 (15%) 39 (2.0) 23 (1.1) 35 (1.8) Averages per game in (brackets) League position: 3rd Form position: 15th (Index: 72%) Predicted position: 10th (The higher the form index, the higher the average league position of the recent opposition) Highest league position: 1st Lowest league position: 10th (Excluding the first 4 matches) *** TEAM STATISTICS - MANCHESTER UNITED - AS AT 29/12/98 *** AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE: 55,174 HIGHEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 17/10/98 - Wimbledon (55,265) LOWEST HOME ATTENDANCE: 15/08/98 - Leicester City (55,052) BEST WIN: 17/10/98 - Wimbledon (5-1) HEAVIEST DEFEAT: 20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3) BEST HOME WIN: 17/10/98 - Wimbledon (5-1) HEAVIEST HOME DEFEAT: 19/12/98 - Middlesbrough (2-3) BEST AWAY WIN: 03/10/98 - Southampton (3-0) 31/10/98 - Everton (4-1) HEAVIEST AWAY DEFEAT: 20/09/98 - Arsenal (0-3)
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Subject: Relief for Ferguson as Chelsea miss chance Wednesday, December 30, 1998 Chelsea paid the price last night for failing to take the chances their magnificent football created on a night of passion at Stamford Bridge. Manchester United came close to being overwhelmed in the first 45 minutes and striker Tore Andre Flo could have collected a hat-trick. As early as the first minute, Gianfranco Zola fired over the crossbar - but his miss set the pattern for Chelsea. Norway striker Flo, normally so clinical with his finishing, failed to adjust his feet in time after Peter Schmeichel had spilled a Zola shot at his feet and somehow contrived to put his effort the wrong side of the post. His manager, Gianluca Vialli, was up on his feet but turned away to hold his head in his hands as the opportunity went begging. United were so busy reinforcing at the back that they had to rely on sudden breaks from the back. In one instance, Andy Cole managed to round Chelsea goalkeeper Ed de Goey but saw his shot cleared by Michael Duberry. Manager Alex Ferguson must have been relieved when his team went off at half-time still in the game and after the interval United were more composed and managed to ration the flow of Chelsea chances. Chelsea had an escape when the combative Frank Leboeuf, who had earlier been booked, sent United's David Beckham crashing to the ground. But referee Mike Riley issued only the sternest of warnings when he might have reached for a red card. The Frenchman admitted afterwards: 'I think maybe I deserved a red card. I touched his foot and grabbed him with my hand. I apologise for that, but I am very pleased not to be sent off.'
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Subject: United and Chelsea stalemate benefits Villa By Clare Lovell LONDON, Dec 29 - Chelsea and Manchester United played out a 0-0 stalemate in the premier league on Tuesday, allowing Aston Villa to move into 1999 in top spot. In a scrappy match Chelsea, who would have overhauled Villa had they won, enjoyed the better of the first half, capitalising on Manchester United's passing errors in midfield and testing Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel. Norway's lanky Chelsea foward Tore Andre Flo went into the break deeply frustrated after putting the ball wide or high from clear scoring positions four times. Both managers, Chelsea's Italian boss Gianluca Vialli and United's Alex Ferguson, were pleased to have avoided defeat. "I'm a little disappointed after that first half but satisfied with the point," said Vialli. "Chelsea created a few good chances and we were lucky to survive the first half," said Ferguson, adding: "I think both teams are happy to have settled for a draw." Flo's sharpest chance went begging after a display of Italian wizardry from Gianfranco Zola, who rounded two defenders and fired from close range. Schmeichel parried at Flo's feet but the ball ricocheted just wide. Chelsea's World Cup winning captain Franck Leboeuf and fellow defender Michael Duberry kept Andy Cole and Paul Scholes in check but got a fright halfway through the first period when Andy Cole rounded Chelsea 'keeper Ed de Goey only to see his shot scrambled off the line. Ten minutes later a rather subdued David Beckham curled in a cross but Scholes's shot went straight to the keeper. Beckham perked up in the second half and benefited from Scholes's substitution by Teddy Sheringham, who made more space up front. United upped their tempo and tightened their somewhat porous defence with Roy Keane and Gary Neville distributing with greater flair and imagination. De Goey was forced to punch the ball out from Sheringham in the 61st minute and an imposing Duberry scrambled the ball off the line four minutes later. Zola, ever busy, had Chelsea's best chance of the second half but when he found himself face to face with Schmeichel he tried and failed to power the ball through the big Dane's legs. Schmeichel, who leaves English football at the end of the season, confounded critics who maintain he has lost his touch with an inspired display throughout a match Chelsea will feel they lost through squandered chances. They can count themselves lucky that they did not finish the game with 10 men after the referee -- showing seasonal goodwill -- failed to produce a second yellow card for Leboeuf for pushing Beckham after he had already gone in the book for a foul on Cole. The Frenchman himself was waiting for his marching orders. "I think maybe I deserved a red card but it was not intentional," he said after the match. United fans thought they might have snatched the three points in the dying seconds as a Ryan Giggs sally and shot went straight to the tall Dutch Chelsea keeper. De Goey fumbled it and only just managed to stop it bouncing over the line. The draw put United into third place above Arsenal on goal difference and the top four clubs move into the new year with four points separating them. In the evening's other premier league match, Wimbledon fought back twice to hold fifth-placed Leeds to a 2-2 draw.
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Subject: Wasteful Chelsea let United escape Wednesday, December 30, 1998 In the five painful years since Manchester United last lost at Stamford Bridge Chelsea have never had a better chance to end that run than last night when they peppered Peter Schmeichel's goal, dominated the match but failed to win the match. After Alex Ferguson's near full-strength side started with menace and confidence, they barely tested Chelsea's defensive abiltiy and it was not until Frank Leboeuf came within inches of being sent off, for clipping David Beckham's heels, that things almost turned towards the visitors. The final piece of wastefulness on a night when Chelsea could have won by four goals, came with 10 minutes left. Dan Petrescu sent Gianfranco Zola through one on one with Schmeichel but the Dane saved with a flailing heel. Only he and Jaap Stam kept a bright start from turning into a defeat which would have left them five points behind Chelsea. Any side with the built-in confidence which four titles in six seasons brings would be eager to face a Chelsea starting line-up missing Dennis Wise, Gustavo Poyet, Gianluca Vialli and Marcel Desailly, let alone Pierluigi Casiraghi. United came down to London with exactly the same sense of self-belief which made Chelsea so confident at Old Trafford this month when they earned a 1-1 draw. Early on, Ferguson's side held possession in the manner which has become Chelsea's trademark. They anticipated the loose ball more often and Vialli's team too regularly hoisted the ball high and long. Having seen enough of that, the Chelsea manager hoisted himself off the bench with better effect than any of the forward punts he had disapproved of, and strenuously ordered his side to keep the ball on the ground. The result was spectacular. Celestine Babayaro, the target of Vialli's orders, turned inside a Beckham challenge and slipped a neat pass to Zola. Chelsea's leading scorer shaped to shoot and then left Stam on his backside with a postage-stamp turn. The shot was good but Schmeichel earned a bit of luck with his instinctive parry. The goalkeeper could only watch as Flo missed his third opportunity of the match when he put the hair-trigger rebound just past a post. While United had been playing the more controlled game, Flo had beaten Ronny Johnsen to Zola's 12th-minute corner and then the gifted Norwegian profited from invention by Zola and Petrescu but hooked wide from five yards. Even those chances had not hidden the fact that Chelsea's game was not as flowing or patient as usual but Vialli's intervention from the bench immediately changed their style. The passing sequences went up from two and three to six and seven, and gaps in United's defence appeared as a consequence. Before that flood of opportunities however, Andy Cole had the chance to score precisely the type of goal which led to a flood here last January during the FA Cup third-round tie when United went 5-0 up and effectively ended Ruud Gullit's reign. Paul Scholes took possession 20 yards in from his left touchline and Frank Leboeuf went for the challenge but was far too late. Scholes released the ball with perfect timing and Cole was ready to pounce. The only thing which prevented Cole doing his job was the bewilderingly quick appearance of Ed de Goey's huge frame in his line of sight. Cole went wide of the goalkeeper but in doing so allowed Mike Duberry to man the decks, and the defender applied a size 10 boot to the ball, sending it hurtling up the pitch. The pace was furious but the tempers were not. Last season held so much miserly respect between these two sides that nastiness became the product and football the by-product. At least the first half passed last night with a handshake between Graeme Le Saux and Beckham when the midfielder caught his England colleague with a slightly late challenge. Zola and Beckham both failed to cause any damage from the only other notable free kicks of the first half. Chelsea's opportunity, in the 26th minute, came when Leboeuf strolled elegantly forward, Flo and Roberto Di Matteo tussled with Stam and Johnsen, and Jody Morris was finally brought down by Gary Neville. Zola hit the target but Schmeichel was easily equal to the curving free kick. Beckham's effort, a few minutes later, indicated how easily the play was surging from one goalmouth to the other but the flighted chip he played forward resulted in Scholes nodding the ball into De Goey's grasp. The moments which followed must have made Scholes fearful that he had wasted a crucial chance to set Chelsea back on their heels. Flo nearly - perhaps should have - scored twice. Zola was thwarted by a desperate lunging save which Schmeichel produced from his old repertoire rather than the newer, flawed one. Flo was having one of those nights which is reviewed in glowing terms if his team win but critical tut-tutting if they lose. Always able to pose difficulty for United's World Cup-calibre pairing of Stam and Johnsen at the back, Flo spent the lion's share of the match unable to apply the punishing touch. Just before the half-hour he was one on one with the goalkeeper but inched his chip wide. Then five minutes later, Le Saux floated a lovely pass into the box, Flo made delicate contact with his volley but the ball flew just over the bar. Finally, to end what had been a chance for Chelsea to seal the destination of three hugely important points, Roy Keane's mistake put Zola in on goal only for his normal sure-footedness to fail him and he was thwarted by Schmeichel's dive at the ball. Shorn of Dwight Yorke, Cole did his usual industrial shift and must have turned green with envy watching the bounty of chances in which Flo wallowed. The reward for Cole was to be reunited with Teddy Sheringham exactly on the hour, a resumption of the partnership which terrorised the Premiership this time last year. The tempo never once relented with each passing moment emphasising that the game would be won by the first team to score.
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Subject: Decision time for Schmeichel Wednesday, December 30, 1998 Peter Schmeichel will announce by the middle of February which club he will join next season and a move from Manchester United to southern Europe is odds-on, according to his agent. The 35-year-old goalkeeper wants to spend a minimum of two seasons in a warmer climate before returning to Brondby in his native Denmark but his plans seemed to be foundering because of a series of poor performances for United. The major Continental sides were apparently unconvinced about paying high wages for a player with injury problems and unimpressive form. However, his agent Ole Frederiksen said yesterday that Schmeichel was a hot property. Denying that an immediate return to Brondby at the end of this season was looming as Schmeichel's only option, Fred-eriksen said: 'The interest for Peter has been far larger even than we had dreamed it might be. Inquiries have come, in particular, from clubs in the southern part of Europe - Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. 'Now we are getting ready to look at the clubs which have declared an interest but that will not happen until early January. 'Peter has been treated extremely fairly by United from the point at which he made his decision to try a career change in a new and warmer country. Therefore, we will follow the rules and not start talking to potential new clubs until we are allowed to, which is this weekend.' Schmeichel must also consider the financial aspects of his move as he seems unlikely to be granted a testimonial by United. On the family side, the player pointed out: 'I have my 12-year-old son Kaspar to think about and it would be good for him to learn another language before we return home.'
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