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 Tuesday, November 30
Manchester United roster
 
Reuters

 MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United players likely to be in the squad for Tuesday's World Club Cup final against Palmeiras of Brazil in Tokyo:

Forwards
Andy Cole, age 28: United's top scorer with 14 goals this season, his partnership with Dwight Yorke spearheaded United's successful triple challenge last season. Sometimes his first touch lets him down, but his final touch usually makes up for it, with the ball in the back of the opposing net.

Dwight Yorke, 28: United's top scorer last season with 29 goals has continued where he left off this season with nine, although he has not scored in his past six matches. Trinidad and Tobago international who joined United for a club record fee of 12.6 million pounds ($20 million) in August 1998. Formerly at Aston Villa.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 26: At any other club the "baby-faced assassin," as Alex Ferguson once famously called him, would be an automatic starting choice, but at United he is often restricted to the last half hour of a match. The tactic usually works, though, as it did famously last season when he came on and scored the winning goal in the European Cup final.

Teddy Sheringham, 33: Scored for United in both the F.A. Cup and European Cup finals last season, but has been out of the side for nearly two months with a calf injury before returning as a substitute against Fiorentina on Tuesday. Has recently been linked with a move to Sporting Lisbon. Intelligent player, whose speed of thought often makes up for a lack of pace.

Midfielders
David Beckham, 24: Pop-star wife and pop-star lifestyle has not affected his performance on the field, and he is still one of United's most consistent performers, although his goal tally is disappointing with just one this season. Among the contenders for this season's European Footballer of the Year award.

Roy Keane, 28: United's driving force and captain who has missed a large chunk of the season with first a hamstring and then a knee injury. Widely rumored to be leaving United for Italy at the end of his contract when the season finishes, and if he does go, United will miss him. Has helped United win five league titles and three F.A. Cups since joining from Nottingham Forest in 1993. Suspended for last season's European Cup final.

Jonathan Greening, 20: Exciting young winger who joined United from York City in 1998 and is now on the fringes of the first team with the occasional substitute's appearance. Was on the bench for the European Cup final. One for the future.

Quinton Fortune, 22: South African born left-sided midfielder who has been with Tottenham Hotspur, Real Mallorca and Atletico Madrid and was a surprise buy for United in September after failing to establish himself at Atletico.

Jordi Cruyff, 25: Dutch international who has had a fitful career since joining United from Barcelona after Euro '96. Spent time on loan at Celta Vigo last season, but now playing more regularly for United.

Paul Scholes, 25: England's two-goal hero when it beat Scotland 2-0 in the first leg of their Euro 2000 playoff earlier this month, and is one of the most talented players at the club. Keeps a low profile off the pitch. Can play either in central midfield or attack, often with devastating effect.

Ryan Giggs, 26: Made his United debut as long ago as 1991, and is still central to Alex Ferguson's plans. Scored an outstanding goal when United beat Arsenal to win an epic F.A. Cup semifinal battle 2-1 last season. Usually operates in the role of provider for the central attackers .

Nicky Butt, 24: Like Giggs, Scholes and the Neville brothers, came through United's youth system to establish himself at both club and international level. A hernia injury has sidelined him this season and he was on the bench against Fiorentina.

Defenders
Denis Irwin, 34: Now United's longest serving player after joining from Oldham in 1990. Reliable and dependable Ireland international who can play either right or left back. Recovered from an Achilles injury which kept him out earlier in the season.

Jaap Stam, 27: Cost a world-record transfer fee for a defender when he joined from PSV Eindhoven in May 1998 for 10.5 million pounds ($16 million). After an initial period of uncertainty is now regarded as one of the best defenders in England. Voted Dutch Player of the Year in 1998.

Henning Berg, 30: Norwegian international who was a member of Blackburn's championship winning team in 1995 and joined United for 5.0 million pounds ($8 million) in 1997.

Mickael Silvestre, 22: French Under-21 international who is in and out of the side because he is ineligible to play in the Champions League. A left-sided defender who looks set for a long future at United once he is able to play regularly.

Phil Neville, 22: Younger Neville brother who, like Gary, is an England international. Made his United debut against Manchester City in 1995 and has since established himself as an automatic choice.

Gary Neville, 24: Has missed most of the season with a recurring groin injury, but returned to the side last Tuesday in the 2-0 Champions League defeat at Fiorentina. England international and one of the pillars of United's successes in the past few years.

Goalkeepers
Mark Bosnich, 27: The Australian international skipper originally joined United 10 years ago and played three times before work permit problems forced him to leave and subsequently join Aston Villa. Re-joined United in the summer as the replacement for Peter Schmeichel. Has had a difficult settling-in period, but now appears to be established as United's new No. 1.

Raimond Van Der Gouw, 36: Long-time reserve to Schmeichel who looks set for a similar role under Bosnich.

Massimo Taibi, 29: Italian who joined United for 4.5 million pounds ($7.4 million) from Venezia in September when Bosnich was injured. Lost his place after an error-strewn performance in a 5-0 defeat at Chelsea on October 3 and has not played since.

 



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