Smalling looks up to birthday boy

first_img Press Association Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has labelled birthday boy Ryan Giggs the role model all his team-mates look up to. It cannot be easy, especially with Michael Carrick on the sidelines and neither Marouane Fellaini nor Tom Cleverley able to match Giggs’ influence in central midfield. Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypia doubtless wishes Moyes had elected to save Giggs’ legs in readiness for Sunday’s trip to Tottenham given he was responsible for an overall United performance the Finn accepted was far too good for his own side. “We really punished them,” said Smalling. “Bayern Munich were the only team to take points off them at their ground in the league this season, which speaks for itself. “But we put them to the sword. “Once we got two goals ahead you could see their heads drop. “They knew they were going to be well beaten because we were not going to let that lead slip.” Only once in their entire history have United won an away game in Europe by a greater margin. That 6-0 win in 1957 was at the expense of Irish part-timers Shamrock Rovers, not the team presently second in the Bundesliga/ Remarkably, Leverkusen could still join United in the knockout stages providing Shakhtar Donetsk do not leave Old Trafford with a victory that would deprive Moyes’ side of top spot in Group A when the sides meet in a fortnight. Not even Sir Alex Ferguson won a European away fixture by five goals. The best he could manage was a 6-2 success against Brondby in Copenhagen during the group stage of the 1999 Treble winning campaign. It could, therefore, turn out to be a significant evening for Moyes, who has still not convinced everyone he is the right man to replace Ferguson. Smalling can look back on the evening with satisfaction too. Criticised by Moyes for conceding the injury-time free-kick from which Cardiff got their shock equaliser on Sunday, the former Fulham man was a far more confident presence at right-back. He even chipped in with a goal, finishing off from close range at the far post, from a cross provided by Rooney. “We have been threatening to do that all season,” he said. “There have been a few times when we have gone ahead in games and not got the second that would allow us to kick on to make ourselves a bit more comfortable. “I am quite pleased to get on the scoresheet too. “I have been getting closer and closer over the last few games, although my goal was probably the easiest chance I will ever have. “We are starting to look a real threat from set pieces, which is important because the manager wants us to chip in. “We have a few players who can be dangerous in those areas and with the delivery Rooney and Giggs were putting in, we were due.” Giggs did not score on Wednesday night. Nor, indeed, could he claim more than one direct assist given Wayne Rooney was responsible for the final pass for the first four United goals. His experience still shone through as he controlled the game at the pace he wished, always seeming to make the right pass. “Ryan is a role model for us all,” said Smalling. “He is a cool head in the middle. “Despite his age, even in the 90th minute he was still taking on three or four players. “It is terrific to see such a legend playing amongst us. “His pass for Nani’s goal at the end just sums him up. He has that incredible vision. He is terrific and an example to everyone.” The biggest issue Moyes has with Giggs right now is when to pick him and when to give him the rest so obviously required. Giggs celebrates his 40th birthday on Friday with United manager David Moyes believing the Welshman is still improving. Certainly his performance in Wednesday night’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of Bayer Leverkusen suggests Giggs still has plenty to offer and, should he so wish, he worthy of yet another contract extension at the end of the season. last_img read more

Formula One postpones three more races, including Monaco Grand Prix

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPARIS (AP) — Formula One postpones three more races, including Monaco Grand Prix.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Formula One postpones three more races, including Monaco Grand Prix Associated Press center_img March 19, 2020last_img

Our Lady’s resume Harty cup training.

first_imgTraining is due to resume today after the players were given a few days off following last weekend’s semi-final victory over Nenagh CBS.Our Lady’s will have to get the better of St Colman’s Fermoy on the 18th of the month to claim the trophy for the first time since 1978.Coach Noel Fogarty is expecting a tough encounter…last_img

18 more coronavirus cases identified in north-central Iowa

first_imgFranklin Mitchell4 Kossuth131 Hancock332 RecoveredNew Recovered Butler303 Wright1168 Area Total24517 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Winnebago Worth61 Mitchell91 DES MOINES — 18 more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in our immediate listening area.According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, in the 24-hour period ending at 11 o’clock this morning, four new cases were confirmed in Cerro Gordo County; three each in Butler and Floyd; two each in Franklin, Hancock, and Wright; and single cases in Mitchell and Worth.That brings the area’s total since the start of the pandemic to 534 — 294 in Wright; 53 in Cerro Gordo; 52 in Franklin; 33 in Hancock; 30 in Butler; 24 in Floyd; 20 in Kossuth; 13 in Winnebago; nine in Mitchell and six in Worth.17 more people from the area have recovered — eight in Wright; four in Franklin; two in Butler; and single cases in Cerro Gordo, Hancock and Kossuth — for a total of 245.Statewide over the same 24-hour period, seven more people have died for a total of 677; 357 more cases have been confirmed for a total of 24,737; 327 more people have recovered for a total of 15,453. Worth Cerro Gordo271 Cerro Gordo534 Cerro Gordo1 Area Total53418 Floyd243 Winnebago11 Hancock Butler162 Wright2942 Mitchell Kossuth Kossuth20 Hancock201 Butler2 Franklin184 Franklin522 Winnebago13 Floyd1 Floyd17 Worth3 Deaths Wright Area Total4last_img read more