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The BBC's Mike Ingham on the team
"All have had fleeting first team appearances"
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
"You give them the opportunity then you look at their character and temperament"
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Paul Newman in Rio
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Tuesday, 11 January, 2000, 14:50 GMT
Man Utd: Take us seriously

Solskjaer: United could pip Necaxa for play-off place


Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the club are still interested in the World Club Championship.

Although they cannot win the tournament, the European Champions could play predecessors Real Madrid for third place on Friday.

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They might still qualify for the play-off match if they can beat South Melbourne, and home side Vasco da Gama defeat Necaxa of Mexico. But the Mexicans' superior goal difference means that goals are at a premium in the Maracana.

A five-goal winning margin against South Melbourne, would mean qualification for United provided Vasco win the second match.



I'm here to play football and when I play football I want to win
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
But any win less than that margin would leave United relying on Vasco to open up a winning margin for them on Necaxa.

The suggestion in Brazil is that the English club are not too confident - or indeed too worried - about such an eventuality. BBC football commentator Alan Green believes that plans to return home on Wednesday have already been made.

Meanwhile Sir Alex Ferguson has made nine changes to his team for the game, bringing in four youngsters and other fringe players.

Yet Solksjaer has warned the Australian side that he will not be going through the motions on Tuesday.

The Norwegian, who will partner Andy Cole in attack, dismissed any notion that the Treble winners will ease up in the Maracana.


Play-off chance
United must beat South Melbourne, and Vasco beat Nacaxa
Margins of victory must be enough to turn around four-goal deficit
"I'm here to play football and when I play football I want to win," he said.

"Whenever we play we want to win, so of course when we go out there tonight we will want to win."

Solskjaer wants to tackle the team from the Spanish capital, who will be missing a number of key players through suspension and injury.

"If we win it could give us a big game against Real Madrid, and that's something we would like."

Quinton Fortune: Dejected despite 13 minute career highlight
Another man who comes in, South African Quinton Fortune, has rejected criticism of the tournament.

The midfielder says tasting the atmosphere at the famous Maracana as a substitute on Saturday was the highlight of his short career.

"It's a dream for me because my favourite player is Pele," said Fortune.

"I've read all his books and watched videos of him, and to play in the same stadium where he played so many times is the best thing that's ever happened to me in football.

"Those 13 minutes are something I will remember for the rest of my life. I don't care what people say about this tournament; it's the best thing I have ever experienced."

Team:

Van der Gouw, P Neville, Berg, Wallwork, Higginbotham, Greening, Cruyff, Wilson, Fortune, Cole, Solskjaer
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See also:
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No regrets for Ferguson
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Goal difference the key in Brazil
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10 Jan 00 |  Manchester United
Man Utd go for youth
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