Gary Neville reveals Sir Alex Ferguson’s special plan for stopping Arsenal and Thierry Henry

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Apr 2020 10:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Ferguson didn’t want Vieira refereeing the games (Picture: Getty)‘He’d say things like, “I don’t want [Patrick] Vieira refereeing this game today. I don’t want [Tony] Adams refereeing this game, I don’t want [Martin] Keown refereeing this game today”. Little things like that in the dressing room. ‘He would never say, “I want you to intimidate the referee”. People think that happened, that would never happen. But he would say things like, “Don’t let these little things happen. They’re differences in matches.”‘Henry was singled out for special treatment, with Ferguson realising the French World Cup winner couldn’t be stoped by just one defender.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Against Arsenal, certainly for two or three years, Darren [Fletcher] would come into the team, my brother would go into midfield, I would be at right-back with John O’Shea at left-back… we really would go with a far more solid unit and make sure,’ Neville added. ‘He [Sir Alex] used to say, “You can’t mark Henry with one person. First one goes in and then the second one comes in and then the third one”. ‘We used to have three or four players around them on that left-hand side, it would be me, Wes Brown, Darren Fletcher, Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] or Becks [David Beckham] or whoever it was and the first person used to sprint and tackle, the second one had to get behind him and close and eventually you’d stop them. Advertisement Henry was singled out for special treatment (Picture: Getty)‘We had a very good record against them in that period when we started to adapt more. We couldn’t take them on punch for punch. Sir Alex’s view was, “Find a way”. He always used to say, “Find a way to win. It doesn’t matter how, just find a way.” ‘We’d have centre-halves up front for the last 10 minutes, four strikers, playing nobody at the back, goalkeepers going for corners… there was an element of madness to us in the last 10 minutes at times. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But he always took risks to win matches. Sometimes those risks were attacking risks, sometimes they were defensive where we actually forgot a lot of our footballing principles. He would definitely look at those types of things before matches, especially big matches.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementcenter_img Gary Neville reveals Sir Alex Ferguson’s special plan for stopping Arsenal and Thierry Henry Comment Sir Alex Ferguson had special plans for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson would deploy special tactics to ‘stop Arsenal playing’, while targeting the likes of Thierry Henry. Manchester United’s rivalry with Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal dominated the Premier League for several years at the start of this century, with the two teams going toe-to-toe to win the title. Ferguson was known to be a master of mind games and Neville admitted he looked for every possible advantage by riling up his players ahead of big matches. And he would send his team out with special messages ahead of clashes with the Gunners, to ensure they approached the game in the right mindset.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘There was probably two or three years against Arsenal, where we had a really good record against them, where purely the main tactic of the game was to stop them playing,’ Neville told Sky Sports. ‘He always had this feeling, Sir Alex, he felt like they couldn’t be tackled. He said, “Henry, [Robert] Pires… I see no other players tackling them. I see no other players getting around them. They’re all too busy thinking about trying to swap shirts with them”. ‘He used to say things like that. He said, “Forget about that nonsense!” and stuff like that before matches that would psychologically get into our heads about how we deal with these. last_img read more

Sirius Petroleum agrees Ororo financing with BP

first_imgInvestment company Sirius Petroleum has entered into a $10 million revolving pre-payment facility and commercial offtake agreement for the sales of crude oil produced from Nigeria’s Ororo offshore field with BP.Sirius entered discussions with BP regarding an offtake and pre-payment facility to support the financing of the company’s proposed drilling program on the Ororo field in mid-June.The investment company said on Monday that the deal has now been signed with BP Oil International, a subsidiary of oil major BP.The agreement enables Sirius to draw down up to $10 million, in pre-payment finance following the beginning of production from the Ororo field. The company said that the interest rate on any pre-payment amount drawn down would be charged at Libor +9 percent per annum and will be repaid from crude oil sales.Sirius added in Monday’s statement that it could request that BP provides pre-payment finance for either or both of the first two cargoes of crude oil, each for up to $10 million, scheduled to be lifted in 500,000 barrel parcels or more.The pre-payment facility will be conditional upon the Ororo field achieving certain daily production levels, which are lower than the flow rates previously achieved by Chevron on Ororo 1, which have been underpinned by the recent competent persons report.Bobo Kuti, CEO of Sirius, said: “The revolving prepayment facility and offtake agreement with BP supports the multi-well campaign on the Ororo field. It underpins our strategy to develop Ororo along with our world class oil field service partners COSL, Schlumberger, and Add Energy. In addition, the relationship with BP will enhance our development programs in Nigeria going forward.”The Ororo field, discovered in 1986, is located within OML 95 in shallow waters offshore Ondo State. The field lies in water depths ranging between 23ft and 27 ft.Guarantee Petroleum has a 55% participating equity interest in the Ororo field with Owena Oil & Gas as its partner holding the remaining 45% interest. Sirius Petroleum acts as the technical and financing partner in the development of the field.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard, Raptors slip past defensive-minded Chicago

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Leonard scored 12 points in the decisive fourth, going 8 for 8 at the free throw line.“It was an uphill fist fight the whole way,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “We found a way to get to the basket eventually.”Lauri Markkanen had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who didn’t score for the first 3:19 of the fourth.“I thought we battled,” Boylen said. “For about 36-38 minutes we controlled the game, we controlled the tempo. I’m really proud of our guys.”Chicago’s Zach LaVine fouled out with 13 points. It was a poor shooting night for LaVine, who went 3 for 17, including 0 for 3 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat Chicago 95-89 on Sunday night, their seventh straight victory over the Bulls.Danny Green and Fred VanVleet each scored 10 points as Toronto bounced back from its largest defeat of the season, a 29-point loss at Orlando on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“They definitely mucked up the game and made it ugly and dirty and slow,” VanVleet said of the Bulls, who have lifted their defensive intensity under new coach Jim Boylen. “Give them credit for that, but you’ve got to be able to win in different ways.”After setting season-lows in made baskets (28) and field goal percentage (.295) at Orlando, the Raptors got off to a rough start against the Bulls. They scored 14 points in the first quarter, matching their fewest in any frame this season. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) celebrates with forward Pascal Siakam (43) after defeating the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Ontario, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO  — A game against the defensive-minded Chicago Bulls wasn’t the ideal situation for the Toronto Raptors to get their struggling offense back on track.In the end, Toronto did just enough to eke out a win.ADVERTISEMENT Raptors: Host Utah on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I’m still coming off this ankle (injury) so I don’t have the same lift but I’ve got to make them regardless,” LaVine said. “Just one of those days. I wish I could go back and make them.”Kris Dunn scored 14 points, and Justin Holiday and Chandler Hutchison each had 11 as the Bulls fell to 5-8 under Boylen.Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (sore lower back) sat for the seventh time in eight games. Toronto is 5-3 without the four-time All-Star.Ahead 68-65 to start the fourth, the Raptors got back-to-back 3-pointers from Delon Wright and Siakam and held a 74-65 lead at 10:10.Carter ended Chicago’s drought with a hook shot at 8:41. The Bulls missed 12 of their first 15 shots in the final quarter.Markkanen’s 3 at 1:21 brought Chicago within 85-82, but Leonard answered with a pair of free throws. After a missed shot by Dunn, Siakam was fouled and made a pair, giving Toronto an 89-82 advantage with 25 seconds to go.Toronto outscored the Bulls 13-2 in fast-break points and scored 21 points off 18 Chicago turnovers, a combination Boylen called “gut-wrenching.”“We gave them 45 points off things I think we’ve got to control better,” he said.TIP-INSBulls: Chicago matched a season-low for opponent’s points in the first half. … F Bobby Portis missed his fifth straight game because of a sprained right ankle. Schoolteacher sings the praises of Muay Thai for its many benefits After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Raptors: Coach Nick Nurse said Lowry is recovering and should be able to return soon. Lowry also missed time with a bruised hip during this stretch of absences. … VanVleet snapped a streak of 16 consecutive missed shots with a fast break layup in the third. VanVleet missed his final eight attempts in Friday’s loss to the Magic. … Toronto has won three straight at home.BATTLE OF THE BOARDSToronto finished with 17 offensive rebounds to Chicago’s 10, and held a 10-5 advantage in that category in the second half.“Offensive rebounding hurt us,” Hutchison said. “That’s one thing we keep harping on is we can’t beat ourselves in situations like that.”MONTH BY MONTHToronto went 8-7 in December and has not had a losing record in a month since going 8-9 in January 2017.DOUBLE FIGURESVanVleet has scored 10 or more points in eight straight games, one shy of his career high.UP NEXTBulls: Host Orlando on Wednesday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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