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REJECTED NOW HATTERS CAST-OFF IS GUNNING FOR UNITED

THE man Manchester United most fear in their pursuit of European Champions League glory is a Luton Town reject.Bayern Munich hit-man Carsten Jancker, who scored against United in an earlier round, was turfed out of Kenilworth Road as a surly 17-year-old after one reserve game.David Pleat was Hatters boss at the time and, on his coaches advice, he sent Jancker packing after a run-out against Arsenal reserves."They said he hadn t looked bothered and had come off with an injury," Pleat explained this week.But the Hatters loss has proved to be the Bundesliga giants gain.In his first season after a summer move from Rapid Vienna, the tall striker has helped fire Bayern to next month s Nou Camp final.About the one that got away, current Luton Town boss Lennie Lawrence said: "There s a few been here but I m not guilty for that one. In fairness to Pleaty you just can t tell. It s impossible. "It s like Vidar Riseth. I didn t even recognise him on television in the World Cup."Vidar was here for three months after I arrived and was sub a couple of times but he wanted to go home."He was always in the treatment room and walked off during one reserve game."The players didn t like him, and he didn t like them. He was the wrong peg in the wrong hole. There was no chance of it working.You can t possibly predict what can happen with some of these players."Another ex-Champions League star Simon Davies, who scored for Manchester United in the competition, has not quite hit the same heights as Jancker since leaving the Hatters after an unspectacular stay.Davies new club Maccl-esfield visit Luton on Saturday fighting for their Division 2 life but he won t figure and is likely to be released in May.PICTURED: David Pleat who let the Bayern ace go.

 
 
 

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