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I Want to Bring Back Some Positivity- Man United Interim Boss Giggs

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Manchester United’s interim coach, Ryan Giggs, says he is “proud” of getting the opportunity to manage the club he has known all his life.

The Welshman faced the media in his first press conference as interim boss, following the departure of David Moyes earlier this week.

“I would like to go on record to thank David Moyes for giving me my first chance in coaching,” Giggs, 40, said in his news conference. “It is something I will always remember.

“Secondly, I would like to say how proud I am of managing the club I have supported all my life. It is a proud moment for me and one I will enjoy.

“Just like as a player. I can’t wait for Saturday to come. I know the stadium will be bouncing.”

United begin life post-Moyes’ era with Norwich City’s visit to Old Trafford. Giggs, who was a player coach under the ousted Scot, 50, will be flanked by three of his teammates from the ‘Class of 92’, as Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes join him and Phil Neville in the dugout for the remaining four matches of the disappointing season.

'Class of 92': Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville at Carrington. Image Credit: Twitter @ManUtd

‘Class of 92’: Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville at Carrington. Image Credit: Twitter @ManUtd

A season of heartaches and frustration it has been for the players, fans and management of the Premier League champions, who currently sits in seventh position in the league table and are at risk of missing out on any of the European competitions next season. The troughs outnumbers the peaks and Moyes’ ten-month stint obviously failed to do much but create apathy between fans and the team- even a rumoured dressing room rift.

United’s revival indeed will now distance itself from the former Everton boss. Many have tried gazing into the stars to see what the future holds. It starts with Saturday’s late afternoon game against relegation threatened Norwich, according to the new man at the helm.

“I am just concentrating on the four games remaining, that is my main focus,” continued Giggs. “After that I have not really thought about it. I have come into the job and my immediate aim is to win Saturday. Best way to do that is to make training as enjoyable as they can.

“It has been a frustrating season for everyone. You win together, you lose together. These four matches I want to bring some positivity back, bring smiles to the faces. I want to see goals and tackles, I want to get the crowd up and want to see the passion.”

The enormity of the task at United is something Giggs has grown with and has never known anything different, but the fact he has not earned his coaching badges comes in-between. He is deeply respected among the playing staff, which has always seen him as a leader. In return, Giggs, who has 13 league winner’s medal in his cabinet and has made over 600 appearances for the 20-time champions, have strengthened his position with the players by sticking up for them- even through the difficulties.

Asked about how the ‘Red Devils’ will play under him, he added: “I want the players to express themselves and enjoy themselves. It will be by my philosophy and Manchester United’s philosophy because I have been here all of my career.

“I want the players to play with passion, speed, tempo, be brave and play with imagination. Also, work hard and most of all enjoy it. If I know I am enjoying a game I can express myself more. That is what I will be doing with the team tomorrow.”

Giggs has made 11 league appearances as a player-coach and does not see his new role stopping him from improving on that.

“I have not done much this week but yes I will be involved as a player,” he said when asked whether he will still be available as a player for the remaining games.

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Talented Nigerian Players of the NFL

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The NFL is quickly becoming one of the most popular leagues for Nigerian athletes. Over the last few years, we have seen some immensely talented players from Nigeria, or with Nigerian ancestry, come into the league and take over. While all positions in the sport of American football have benefited, notably there has been a focus on defensive positions from these athletes, with linebackers and defensive ends rising to prominence. Here are some of the most talented Nigerian athletes in the NFL that you need to know.

Jeremiah Attaochu

Jeremiah Attaochu is a 6’3”( 1.91m) outside linebacker who is currently playing for the Denver Broncos. He was a member of the 2014 draft, selected in the 2nd round as pick #50 overall. Attaochu played briefly for several teams like the 49ers and the Jets as he gradually tried to find the perfect fit. Recently, Attaochu has been re-signed by the Broncos on a one-year $1.5 million contract. Clearly, the Broncos liked what he brought to their defensive line.

Since Peyton Manning left the Broncos, the squad has been testing new offensive schemes, but their defense remains very strong. All-star player Von Miller has recently been placed on the injury list, so Attaochu will be called on to perform his best. With his aggressive tackling and limitless gas tank, Attaochu certainly helps bring the Broncos favorable American football odds. The team’s main division rivals are the Kansas City Chiefs who have one of the strongest offenses in the league. Heading into the 2020 season, defense is a priority for the Broncos.

Jeff Okudah

Okudah was born in Texas, USA in 1999 to Nigerian parents, making him one of the youngest players on this list. In the most recent NFL draft, Okudah was one of the most in-demand athletes and was selected #3 overall by the Detroit Lions. In the buildup to his NFL debut he quickly became known as the best cornerback in the entire country, and has proven to be yet another exceptional Nigerian athlete to gr3aduate from Texas universities.

This is excellent news for the Lions, who certainly need all the help they can get on defense. Okudah made his NFL debut this past Sunday, playing against the Green Bay Packers and MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. All things considered, Okudah played well and showed that he can perform at the professional level.

Emmanuel Ogbah

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Ogbah has come a long way on his journey to becoming the standout outside linebacker that he is. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2016 as the #32 overall pick. After two years with the squad, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he really came into his own as a linebacker.

Ogbah played a big role in the Chief’s 12-4 record while he was active during the 2019 season. His standout performance was during week 3 versus the Baltimore Ravens, when Ogbah sacked quarterback Lamar Jackson 1.5 times. Unfortunately, a pectoral injury ended his exceptional season at game 10, but his efforts ultimately helped the Chiefs get to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Afterwards, Ogbah signed a two-year $15 million dollar contract with the Miami Dolphins, where he currently helps round out their defense.

Noah Igbinoghene

This young athlete is an exceptionally talented cornerback. He was recently drafted in the first round as #30 overall by the Miami Dolphins. Though he was born in the US, he is of Nigerian descent and lived in the country for part of his life in his earlier years.

Notably, both of his parents were talented athletes in their own right. Igbinoghene’s father not only competed in the Men’s Triple Jump in the 1996 Olympics, but also won a bronze medal at the 1990 Commonwealth games. His mother was a track and field star, and was part of the relay team that won a bronze medal for Nigeria at the 1992 Olympics.

NFL analysts gave the Dolphin’s an A+ for the Igbinoghene pick, saying that he was the right player for their team and helped the Dolphins patch up a weakness on defense. He played well against the Buffalo Bills this past weekend, ultimately blocking many passes that came his way.

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Barcelona Sell Luis Suarez To Atletico Madrid

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Barcelona have sold striker Luis Suarez to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

The transfer was confirmed on Wednesday evening, with Suarez reportedly crying as he left Barcelona’s training grounds for the last time the same day.

“FC Barcelona would like to publicly express their gratitude to Luis Suarez for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future,” the statement said.

The club said a “farewell event” would take place for Suarez on Thursday before a press conference.

Suarez leaves Barcelona after six successful years. He scored 198 goals – making him Barcelona’s third top scorer, and won 13 titles.

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Messi and Ronaldo miss out on UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominations

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No Messi or Ronaldo in UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominations for first time in 10 years as De Bruyne & Lewandowski battle it out.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is also in the running for the award, with a new winner set to be announced at the start of October.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been left off the final shortlist for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award for first time in 10 years, with Kevin De Bruyne and Robert Lewandowski set to battle it out for the individual prize.

Ronaldo, who currently plies his trade in Italy with Juventus, has picked up the accolade on three occasions and also has a total of nine nominations to his name, while Barcelona superstar Messi has won it two times and made the final shortlist in six of the last 10 seasons.

Both men have stood out as the best players of their generation for well over a decade, but as they continue to advance into their thirties, an inevitable changing of the guard is beginning to take shape.

News Credit: Goal.com

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