Saturday, November 12, 2005

[Manchester_United_2004] Digest Number 917

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There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Guardian On Glazers & FCUM
From: "WTC: In Memoriam!!" <balat_ulo@yahoo.com>
2. Reds are here, Reds are there
From: "WTC: In Memoriam!!" <balat_ulo@yahoo.com>
3. Fascinating Article
From: "WTC: In Memoriam!!" <balat_ulo@yahoo.com>
4. More Obi Mikel
From: "WTC: In Memoriam!!" <balat_ulo@yahoo.com>
5. Just read this!!!
From: Preston Adams <preston_adams101@yahoo.co.uk>
6. the great bid wednesday 7-0clock bbc1
From: "wisdomking456" <wisdomking456@hotmail.co.uk>
7. Re: Just read this!!!
From: lisa bradley <usher_is_da_bomb_8701@yahoo.co.uk>

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Message: 1
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 01:54:32 -0000
From: "WTC: In Memoriam!!" <balat_ulo@yahoo.com>
Subject: Guardian On Glazers & FCUM

Britons have a curious attitude towards foreign participation in
their home-grown sports. South African-born Kevin Pietersen was
hailed as an English cricketing hero during the summer. Canadian-born
tennis player Greg Rusedski is a firm favourite at the All England
club. Sven-Goran Eriksson, on the other hand, has recently been
lambasted for his lack of passion at the helm of English football.

But for many devotees of the beautiful game, the purchase of
Manchester United by the American serial entrepreneur Malcolm Glazer
in May was the final straw. Fans issued death threats to the 76-year-
old businessman known as "the Leprechaun" for his ginger beard and
small stature. Even the new Archbishop of York, the Rt Rev John
Sentamu, was said to be "horrified" by the takeover.

Yet despite all the sound and fury, season-ticket sales have not
suffered significantly. Average attendance has enjoyed a slight rise,
while the rest of the Premiership has been suffering a stark decline.
Fans even queued for autographs when Glazer's sons attended their
first match at Old Trafford, although one complains: "It took me
longer to get out of the car park while they were smuggled on to a
private helicopter."

"We all felt that the focus would return to the team once the season
had got under way," says an Old Trafford spokesman. For the most
part, so it has proved, with loyal supporters resorting to a very
British sense of irony. "Rooney's scored a touchdown," they sang
after the potato-faced striker put United 2-0 up at Goodison Park.
The Mirror has had fun, too, with a regular column called Malcolm
Glazer Talks Soccer. "Yo, Sir Alec," it asked on August 29. "How many
dollars will it cost me to buy this pitcher Flintoff?"

Not everyone has been so forgiving. Now playing nine levels below the
Premiership in the North West Counties Second Division is FC United
of Manchester (FCUM), formed in June this year by disenchanted
Manchester United fans. "This is not just a reaction to Malcolm
Glazer," said one member of the steering committee. "It is about
taking a stand for the vast number of ordinary fans who have been
priced out of the game in recent years."

Season ticket holders at FCUM are certainly enjoying excellent value
for money on their £112 investment (compared with £684 for a season
ticket at Old Trafford). Their team is currently top of the league
and attracting crowds in excess of 2,000 in a division which averaged
only 71 a game last season.

"There is a brilliant atmosphere on the terraces," says club
secretary Luke Zentar. Favourite chants include "Stand up cos you've
got no seats"; "FC United, the only club in Manchester not in debt";
and "Marginson's fruit & veg army" (Karl Marginson, the team's
manager, gets up at 3am every day to deliver groceries).

Stars include Barrie George, who keeps goal for England's partially
sighted team, and Paul Mitten, grandson of the legendary Busby Babe
winger, Charlie Mitten. Rory Patterson - who was voted player of the
month in August - has gained the soubriquet "the man with no name"
after playing his opening matches with no number on his back.

"We're not an anti-United vehicle," insists Zentar, somewhat
incongruously. "Many of our fans still support both teams, and we
announce the results from Old Trafford over the Tannoy."

As the furore over Glazer subsides a couple of stops down the
Metrolink, the better-known Manchester United is, understandably,
more worried about its recent on-pitch troubles. "We bear them no ill-
will at all," says a spokesman.

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Message: 2
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 01:59:39 -0000
From: "WTC: In Memoriam!!" <balat_ulo@yahoo.com>
Subject: Reds are here, Reds are there

'English soccer's most famous club, Manchester United, has taken
centre stage in this year's hottest theatre production in Iran.

Extra seating had to be set up on the stage itself to accommodate the
crowds who flocked to see Iranian writer-director Mohammad
Rahmanian's F.A.N.S, which depicts a dysfunctional, soccer-mad family
living in 1960s Manchester.

Now embarking on an international tour including Sweden and Canada,
the play centres on the life of the Shelton family -- Frankie, Agnes,
Nancy and Sonny -- whose first initials make up the play's title and
its central theme.

"I had wanted to write about prejudice-induced violence for a long
time until I hit on football (as the vehicle) and where on earth
could be a better location for a football play than England?"
Rahmanian told Reuters during a break in rehearsals.

"The research for this work took two years. I went to different Web
sites, interviewed fans of several teams and all that made this play
one of the toughest ones I'd ever written," said Rahmanian, who has
never been to Manchester and has only briefly visited Britain.

Despite the play's foreign setting, it struck a chord in the soccer-
mad Islamic Republic.

"I don't think it makes any difference where the story is happening
when it's about football," said Taraneh Alidousti, who plays the part
of Agnes.

The play's central character Frankie is played by Parviz Parastoui,
one of Iran's foremost theatre actors and the lead in the 2004 smash-
hit comedy film The Lizard, about a convict who dons a cleric's robes
to escape the law.

Frankie, head of the household after his parents died in a train
crash on the way to a Manchester United match, rules the home with a
cruel dominance, testing his wife Nancy, and younger brother and
sister Sonny and Agnes on obscure soccer trivia.

But Frankie's grip begins to weaken with the arrival of a taxi driver
who supports fierce soccer rivals Manchester City and whose charms
prove irresistible to Nancy.

Rahmanian, who assembled the script through improvised dialogues
during rehearsals, incorporated the real-life drama of the
disappearance of the World Cup trophy before the 1966 finals in
England to engineer the story's climax.

Frankie finds the trophy and refuses to hand it over. His wife
objects and he breaks her arm in a fight prompting her to leave home
with her beloved taxi driver.

Sonny hands the cup back to the authorities, but the pressure of
defying his elder brother causes him to fall ill and die. Frankie is
finally left on his own.

The main set is a cross section of the Sheltons' home. The walls are
covered with old posters of United players and a clock frozen at the
exact time on February 6, 1958 when a plane carrying the team back
from a European game crashed at Munich airport, killing eight players.

While the dialogue is fast-paced and often laced with humour, the
overall mood is dark and oppressive.

"A hollow and distressed life is the only thing circulating in the
minds of the audience at the end of the play," the Tehran Times wrote
in a review.

Rahmanian hopes audiences learn from Frankie's story. "Prejudice
leads to bullying and dictatorial attitudes inside and outside of the
family framework ... I believe all of us, regardless of our
differences, have a little Frankie inside us and we should confront
him one day," he said.'

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Message: 3
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 02:12:42 -0000
From: "WTC: In Memoriam!!" <balat_ulo@yahoo.com>
Subject: Fascinating Article

'When Manchester United's Academy boys glide from their dressing
rooms at the club's magnificent skill factory hidden deep in the
Trafford countryside, they run past 10-foot high photographs of David
Beckham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards, Ryan Giggs and George
Best. "We want them to be inspired," said Rene Meulensteen, United's
skills development coach.

They are inspired. In the ensuing sessions of drills and small-sided
games, the technique, ambition and vision of United's youngsters
borders on the breath-taking. "If this generation carries on
maturing," confided Meulensteen on Monday night, "they will
steamroller everyone at Under-18 level. They'll have skills coming
out of their ears."

Sited adjacent to United's senior complex at Carrington, the Academy
heaved with 10-year-olds dropping shoulders, rolling the foot over
the top of the ball a la Zidane, and executing the type of step-over
that Cristiano Ronaldo inflicted on Benfica the following evening.

At the end, as sweat and smiles lit up the young faces, Meulensteen
gathered the boys together in a circle. "You all have the ability,"
he told them. "But do you have the confidence to play in front of
10,000 people, 20,000, 30,000? Use all your time training. Don't
waste it. Learn. Train hard, work hard. Take responsibility."

The kids ran off, replacing lost fluids with isotonic drinks,
laughing among each other about tricks they had tried out. They all
changed, some pulling on the shirts of their home-town clubs like
Preston and Burnley, and walked into the coaches' room to shake hands
with Meulensteen and his chatty staff.

"Any kid who comes here will leave a better human being, and a better
player," said the Academy director, Les Kershaw. "We try to teach
them right and wrong things. When they come in, they come and shake
hands. 'Hello, how are you.' It's proper. When Sir Alex Ferguson came
once, one of the little lads said: 'Hiya, boss. How are you?' Two
lads misheard him and said: 'Hiya, Bob. How are you?' Bob!"

Laughter is a constant sound at the Academy. Yet there is a serious
issue that United want brought into the open, much as it may
antagonise other clubs. United want to revolutionise coaching of the
Under-9 to Under-11 age-group, focusing more on developing skills in
four-v-four games than contesting blood-and-thunder eight-v-eight
club skirmishes.

Sitting next to the famous 1970 photograph of Bobby Moore embracing
Pele, Meulensteen called for a fusion of English zeal and Brazilian
flair. "In Brazil, if a boy goes on the beach with a nice swimming
bottom on but he hasn't got any skill, everyone says 'you just sit
down'," Meulensteen said. "Here the football culture is more 'get
stuck in'. We are trying to marry the two cultures together. Wayne
Rooney has that character of wanting to win, and the skill to beat
players.

"Why did Eric Cantona, Pele and Romario make the difference? Why does
Ronaldinho? Under pressure, they have the ability to create a better
situation. You can be as physically strong as you want, as tactically
well-organised as you want, but you can never beat players like
Maradona, Cruyff, Best or Zidane. They can unlock defences.

"In the last 15 years, the emphasis has been on physical and tactical
development, not conceding goals and getting something from a set-
play. That's not entertainment. We have been relying on God-gifted
players - Cruyff, Best, Maradona - and once every five years somebody
else pops up. Somebody [Rooney] popped up at Everton a couple of
years ago. We want a development programme that gives us four or five
Rooneys." With United's Academy complex costing a third of the £27
million Ferguson spent on Rooney, it makes sense to groom your own.

"We want players who can do the unpredictable like Rooney,"
Meulensteen continued. "I see too many one-dimensional players at the
top level. We inspire kids to take players on. In the attacking
third, it's all guns blazing. Sir Alex has been totally supportive.
He came and watched what the little kids can do and said: 'Carry on.'
The manager has experience of what it means when local lads come
good."

Pictures of the class of 92, of Beckham, Giggs, Butt, Scholes and the
Nevilles, line the walls of Carrington. Kershaw worked with them and
is passionate about giving tyros time to blossom. "How many clubs
would have taken Scholesy on at 16?" mused Kershaw a few nights
earlier, while watching the Under-9s strut their stuff over on the
club's small-sided pitches at Littleton Road in Salford.

"At 16, we could play Scholesy for only 20 minutes a game. He
couldn't run. He was a little one. Had asthma. No strength. No power.
No athleticism. No endurance. 'You've got a bleeding dwarf,' I
remember somebody said to Brian Kidd [the then youth-teamcoach]. 'You
will eat your words,' said Kiddo. If Scholesy had been at a lesser
club, they would have got rid of him and he would probably not be in
the game now. We stuck with Scholesy, a wonderful technician. How
many caps did he get? Sixty-six?!"

In the 21st century, when street football has largely disappeared,
Kershaw asked Meulensteen to come to Carrington and hone the
techniques of the heirs to the Scholes generation. The Dutchman put
on a coaching demonstration for Ferguson and was appointed
immediately. "Rene has spells working with Van Nistelrooy, Chris
Eagles and Giuseppi Rossi, who all pick at his brains, but his role
is development of young boys," Kershaw said. "He is the best coach in
the world for kids."

Raised in the land of Total Football, Meulensteen's obsession with
encouraging skills dovetailed perfectly with the creed of Ferguson,
Kershaw and enlightened Academy stalwarts like Brian McClair and Tony
Whelan. "Seven to 10 is the golden age of learning, so we work on
their technique at a young age," Whelan said.

"Rene came in," Kershaw continued, "and said it was not helpful to
put Under-9 kids into Premier League eight-a-side football games
against other clubs with mums and dads on touchlines shouting 'get
stuck in'. When we played some teams it was like World War Three.
When we played Man City last year, we had to frogmarch a City parent
from the training ground. He was effing and blinding, telling the
referee he's an effing cheat. When we play City now, I tell the
groundsman to shift the rope away from the pitch so the parents are
20-30 yards back."

United know kids will always be competitive, so they work on their
technique first and are prepared to "isolate" themselves from those
clubs sticking to Premier League rules. "In eight v eight, the three
biggest kids dominate," Kershaw said. "So we decided we would go on a
four-a-side programme of development that initially revolved
virtually solely around technique."

United commissioned a report from Manchester Metropolitan University
which praised the "number of dribbling skills - step-over, drag-back,
Cruyff Turn, feint and others - demonstrated" by the Academy's Under-
9 players while involved in four-v-four games on pitches measuring 25
metres by 25 metres.

Armed with this backing from respected sports scientists, United went
to the Premier League Academy directors' meeting and argued for a
change in the rules, replacing eight-v-eights for the youngest kids
with four-v-fours. As one coach present described it, other clubs
reacted to Kershaw's request as if he had "thrown a hand-grenade at
them".

Kershaw himself said: "The supposed experts at other clubs
went: 'Bloody ManU, if they don't fancy it, they can pull out of the
games programme.' They didn't listen to the argument that what we
were doing was good for kids' development."

Whelan sighed: "On Sunday morning, some clubs will travel three hours
to Newcastle for one hour's football of eight v eights for their
Under-9s. Some of the players stand around a lot of the time. We
refuse to go. It is far better to stay and train at home." As Kershaw
stressed: "Once a nine-year-old has learned a trick, it's like
learning his tables, it stays with him for life."

Evidence that something special was occurring at United could be
found at Littleton Road with the merry bands of Under-9s and Under-
10s, on Carrington's indoor pitch with Meulensteen and the Under-11s
and outside under floodlights with the Under-12s. United have become
the Eton College of football.

Practice makes perfect. "Experts reckon it takes 10,000 hours of
training to make a top athlete," remarked coach Eamon Mulvey. So
United ensure training is fun. "At the start we often put on a five-
minute DVD with tricks from Best, Maradona and Ronaldo. We'll
say, 'Who wants to be Ronaldo? Hands up.' Then they go off and try
the tricks in a game."

All those skills are cultivated and paraded in the four-v-four
contests. "We feel like a voice in the wilderness," observed
Whelan. "We'd love it if someone else did a four-v-four pilot. We
need more allies. We do have some. Derby, Leicester and Liverpool are
good collaborators."

Others aren't. "When we play Huddersfield or Stoke, they are so up
for it because they are playing against United," Meulensteen
said. "They work twice as hard. It's a battle. That cannot develop
players. One manager of another Academy said to me: 'I want to see
eight v eight and a nice cup of tea afterwards.'

"Being technical director of the FA is almost an impossible job
because there are so many narrow-minded people out there. There's a
negative coaching culture in England. It's crash, bang, wallop
coaching. We are different. If someone makes a mistake, nobody has a
go at them."

Kershaw agreed, adding: "Our poorest Under-16s are light-years in
front of anything they have at Bury, Rochdale and all those clubs. We
are producing very, very skilful young boys, who do the tricks and
compete. By the time they are 12, they are ready to enter 11-a-side.

"The Premier League have a set of rules which now need a major
revision. But I am stopping going to Academy managers' meetings. They
just spout hot-air. We have little Tin-Gods trying to do big jobs.
Some clubs are in disarray with their Academies. The Premier League
should be saying: 'You out.' But they won't.

"Barnsley's Academy was magnificent when it was built, but
unfortunately they have hit the buffers, they don't meet the rules so
they should be chucked out. We are continuing to invest. Other clubs
aren't. Chelsea were the worst, but in fairness they will be the tops
now.

"The FA set up a system with Academies to develop kids to win England
the World Cup. I don't care if England don't get in the top 32 in the
world. My job is to get a player in United's first team. But he
doesn't need to be English. Rossi [the Italian teenager] has a
wonderful chance. He's like Jimmy Greaves: left-kicker, tucks the
ball away. But not English."

With Kieran Richardson and Phil Bardsley maturing, the English
production line still rolls at United and will accelerate in the
future. "Some other clubs don't see English nine-year-olds as cost
effective," Kershaw concluded. "Some clubs would rather take a rag-
arsed Irish lad at 16, who is a hardened competitor because the
Dublin and District Schools League is tough but he doesn't have great
technique." And great technique is a quality cherished at the club
that produced Charlton, Beckham and company.'

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Message: 4
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 02:16:20 -0000
From: "WTC: In Memoriam!!" <balat_ulo@yahoo.com>
Subject: More Obi Mikel

'Nigerian soccer talent John Obi Mikel finally spoke about his
relationship with Oslo football club Lyn, and his disputed signing
with top English Premier League club Manchester United.

Aftenposten met Mikel and his fellow Nigerians at Lyn, Chinedu Ogbuke
and Ezekiel Bala, at their hotel suite on Thursday, and Mikel took
his first chance to speak his mind openly. Much of the interview
proved unprintable, as he vented his opinions about the Oslo club.

"In the hours before training life is good. It's good after training,
too. But everything in between is boring. The worst is going to the
training pitch every day and seeing faces I don't want to see," Mikel
told Aftenposten.

The Nigerian players have been sharing the $1000-a-day hotel suite
for over three weeks since international football body FIFA demanded
Mikel return to Oslo. Agent John Shittu, who wields the most
influence over Mikel and has claimed that Mikel was coerced into
signing for Manchester United, lives in another room on the same
floor.

"Many Norwegians see people like us and think we're starving. We're
not going hungry. Look where we live. Lyn isn't paying, we are. I can
live without Lyn's money, I don't need it," Mikel said, but admits
that he and his compatriots are still getting Lyn paychecks.

Mikel would not say who was paying for the room and refused to
comment if it was Premier League champions Chelsea, who have also
been linked to the Nigerian talent.

Ogbuke and Bala returned to Oslo when FIFA forced Mikel back, in a
show of solidarity.

"I wanted to cry when we had to (come back). But we had no choice.
FIFA said Mikel had to go. We traveled with him to support our
friend. We want to take care that he isn't harassed," Ogbuke said.

Mikel said he was fed up with playing for a club he doesn't like and
tired of answering questions about Manchester United when he clearly
wants to go to Chelsea.

In the meantime Mikel is counting down the days until the end of the
season, and his attitude appears to be affecting his play. Ogbuke has
played for Lyn instead, and performed so impressively he is likely to
start again in the Oslo derby against Vålerenga on Sunday.

Ogbuke said that he has played well because he wants to keep his
reputation untarnished.

"We like Norway. But there is something in Norway we don't like,"
Ogbuke said, and points out the window to Ullevål Stadium, where Lyn
director Morgan Andersen has his office.'

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Message: 5
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 12:07:54 +0000 (GMT)
From: Preston Adams <preston_adams101@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Just read this!!!

Man, what a cheeky bugger
By NEIL CUSTIS
and NICK PARKER
MAN United’s dressing room was BUGGED during the crunch clash with Chelsea.
A transmitter smuggled into their Old Trafford changing area recorded top-secret conversations between boss Sir Alex Ferguson and his stars.
The taped exchanges were offered to The Sun by a middle man, but last night we handed them to United.
United chiefs launched a probe last night to track down the sneaky culprit who bugged their dressing room.
We obtained tapes secretly recorded during their 1-0 win over Premiership champions Chelsea — and our man Nick Parker handed them over to Old Trafford director of communications Phil Townsend.
He said: “We are grateful to The Sun for bringing this breach of security and privacy to our attention. We have launched our own investigation and if necessary will involve the police.”

The cheeky bugger was part of a gang that eluded scores of police, stewards and security staff to smuggle a radio transmitter into the Red Devils’ dressing room before last Sunday’s crunch clash.
He tuned into the bug’s frequency from a position nearby and eavesdropped on two hours of conversation, which he recorded on two cassettes.
The Traffordgate tapes kick off with inspirational boss Sir Alex Ferguson sending his troops out on the pitch — urging them to enjoy themselves.

At half-time, with United already leading through a Darren Fletcher header, the 63-year-old manager can clearly be heard encouraging his players in his unmistakable Scots brogue.
He urges them to move the ball more fluently and gives millionaire stars including Wayne Rooney and Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy tips on improving their play.
He also stresses the need for tighter marking on Chelsea playmaker Claude Makelele — warning his passing is a danger.

And he instructs his stars to keep switching the play, stop giving away free kicks and keep the ball AWAY from the Londoners’ England international captain John Terry in the air.
The players then head out for the second half, with Fergie’s words of encouragement ringing in their ears.
Forty-five minutes later, they return whooping with delight after clinching the victory which ended the Blues’ 40-game unbeaten run.
United stars are heard on the tape congratulating each other and urging one another to maintain their winning form.

Defender Rio Ferdinand comments that the win will have silenced the team’s critics.
He also praises midfield ace Paul Scholes and is heard questioning a team-mate about his plans for the evening.
Other stars are heard congratulating Fletcher on his winning goal.
Striker Wayne Rooney — a former Everton hero — asks if anybody knows the score from the Merseyside club’s game.

Hilarious exchanges then ensue as the players watch Sir Alex SWEARING in a Sky Sports interview when asked if he had ever faced such pressure to win.
The recording captures a huge cheer and laughter as the manager spits out the word b*******.
Players then mimic their boss, repeating the swearword amid further laughter.
But the mood changes when Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is heard giving his post-match interview on the dressing room TV.

As the Portuguese appears, shouts of abuse ring out.
Jeers greet his suggestion that his team’s defeat was down to bad luck and his claim that United employed defensive tactics.
Mourinho is heard declaring: “We have shown why Chelsea are champions.” But a United player reminds him that his team lost.
Fergie, who has been in Dubai this week launching a Man United soccer school, was beside himself with fury last night as The Sun revealed the sensational bug plot.

Our investigators were offered the tapes by a middle man — along with further recordings.
He said the gang had already set in motion plans to bug Mourinho and the Chelsea team during their next Premiership match.
They demanded tens of thousands of pounds for the two tapes and MORE if recorded conversations contained “juicy” information.
The scandal will send shock waves through every Premiership and Football League club.
Officials will be forced to draft in surveillance specialists to carry out high-tech sweeps of all sensitive areas of soccer stadia.


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Message: 6
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 13:10:14 -0000
From: "wisdomking456" <wisdomking456@hotmail.co.uk>
Subject: the great bid wednesday 7-0clock bbc1

the man utd players are on it

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Message: 7
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 14:34:35 +0000 (GMT)
From: lisa bradley <usher_is_da_bomb_8701@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Just read this!!!

I know i couldnt believe it when i seen in on front of the paper this morning, i am accusing anyone but i think he has to be sumone in chelsea or supports chelsea or even sumone who works for utd and feeding chelsea info, or it cud even be a utd fan.......its just strange that it happened on the biggest game of the season

Preston Adams <preston_adams101@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:Man, what a cheeky bugger
By NEIL CUSTIS
and NICK PARKER
MAN United’s dressing room was BUGGED during the crunch clash with Chelsea.
A transmitter smuggled into their Old Trafford changing area recorded top-secret conversations between boss Sir Alex Ferguson and his stars.
The taped exchanges were offered to The Sun by a middle man, but last night we handed them to United.
United chiefs launched a probe last night to track down the sneaky culprit who bugged their dressing room.
We obtained tapes secretly recorded during their 1-0 win over Premiership champions Chelsea — and our man Nick Parker handed them over to Old Trafford director of communications Phil Townsend.
He said: “We are grateful to The Sun for bringing this breach of security and privacy to our attention. We have launched our own investigation and if necessary will involve the police.”

The cheeky bugger was part of a gang that eluded scores of police, stewards and security staff to smuggle a radio transmitter into the Red Devils’ dressing room before last Sunday’s crunch clash.
He tuned into the bug’s frequency from a position nearby and eavesdropped on two hours of conversation, which he recorded on two cassettes.
The Traffordgate tapes kick off with inspirational boss Sir Alex Ferguson sending his troops out on the pitch — urging them to enjoy themselves.

At half-time, with United already leading through a Darren Fletcher header, the 63-year-old manager can clearly be heard encouraging his players in his unmistakable Scots brogue.
He urges them to move the ball more fluently and gives millionaire stars including Wayne Rooney and Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy tips on improving their play.
He also stresses the need for tighter marking on Chelsea playmaker Claude Makelele — warning his passing is a danger.

And he instructs his stars to keep switching the play, stop giving away free kicks and keep the ball AWAY from the Londoners’ England international captain John Terry in the air.
The players then head out for the second half, with Fergie’s words of encouragement ringing in their ears.
Forty-five minutes later, they return whooping with delight after clinching the victory which ended the Blues’ 40-game unbeaten run.
United stars are heard on the tape congratulating each other and urging one another to maintain their winning form.

Defender Rio Ferdinand comments that the win will have silenced the team’s critics.
He also praises midfield ace Paul Scholes and is heard questioning a team-mate about his plans for the evening.
Other stars are heard congratulating Fletcher on his winning goal.
Striker Wayne Rooney — a former Everton hero — asks if anybody knows the score from the Merseyside club’s game.

Hilarious exchanges then ensue as the players watch Sir Alex SWEARING in a Sky Sports interview when asked if he had ever faced such pressure to win.
The recording captures a huge cheer and laughter as the manager spits out the word b*******.
Players then mimic their boss, repeating the swearword amid further laughter.
But the mood changes when Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is heard giving his post-match interview on the dressing room TV.

As the Portuguese appears, shouts of abuse ring out.
Jeers greet his suggestion that his team’s defeat was down to bad luck and his claim that United employed defensive tactics.
Mourinho is heard declaring: “We have shown why Chelsea are champions.” But a United player reminds him that his team lost.
Fergie, who has been in Dubai this week launching a Man United soccer school, was beside himself with fury last night as The Sun revealed the sensational bug plot.

Our investigators were offered the tapes by a middle man — along with further recordings.
He said the gang had already set in motion plans to bug Mourinho and the Chelsea team during their next Premiership match.
They demanded tens of thousands of pounds for the two tapes and MORE if recorded conversations contained “juicy” information.
The scandal will send shock waves through every Premiership and Football League club.
Officials will be forced to draft in surveillance specialists to carry out high-tech sweeps of all sensitive areas of soccer stadia.

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