Football: Keane's boost for rampant United

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ROY KEANE played the full 90 minutes as Manchester United cruised to a 9-0 victory at Omagh Town last night.

The United captain showed no after effects following his recovery from an ankle injury, while the England defender Gary Neville, who has been troubled by a groin problem, played an hour of the game.

Teddy Sheringham scored four times in the friendly at St Julian's Road, staged in aid of the victims of last year's Omagh bombing. The England striker opened the scoring after just 20 seconds. Andy Cole and Michael Clegg scored twice each, while the ninth was an own goal by the Irish League side's Mark Nixon.

Alan Stubbs played his first match since his summer operation for testicular cancer as Celtic eased to a 2-0 victory over Bray Wanderers at Dublin's Tolka Park last night. Goals in each half from Tommy Johnson and Harald Brattbakk were enough to give an understrength Celtic side a comfortable friendly win.

In other friendlies Kevin Campbell scored twice as Everton gained an entertaining 4-3 win over the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. Don Hutchison and Francis Jeffers were also on target. Their Merseyside rivals Liverpool were less successful, losing 2-1 at Manchester City. Shaun Goater headed a fine winner for the home team, who were watched by over 20,000 - Maine Road's biggest crowd for a friendly in two decades.

Football's world governing body, Fifa, has revealed that the Andrei Kanchelskis transfer from Manchester United to Everton in 1995 may be investigated - but only if a complaint is made by the Football Association or a licensed agent.

A Russian agent, Grigory Essaoulenko, has admitted that he breached Fifa rules while completing the deal - but Fifa is holding back on a full- scale inquiry into the deal despite details of alleged "bungs" offered to Sir Alex Ferguson and threats to the club's chief executive, Martin Edwards.

A Fifa spokesman, Keith Cooper, said last night: "If somebody proves it to us or brings a formal complaint, we will look into it."

Chelsea's Norwegian forward Tore Andre Flo has had talks about his future with the club's manager, Gianluca Vialli. Leeds United are thought to be keen on Flo as a possible replacement for the unsettled Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Crystal Palace are accusing Derby County of poaching their promising Welsh Under-21 player Michael Fowler, and are demanding pounds 1m in compensation. The 17-year-old Palace youth-team captain, who can play in defence or midfield, has left Selhurst Park for Pride Park at the end of his traineeship. The dispute is likely to be settled by a transfer tribunal.

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