Ryan Giggs’ first words as Manchester United boss, as legend impresses

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During his first press conference as Manchester United manager, Ryan Giggs looked and sounded the part.

At ease asking questions from the media, Giggs stated his intent to bring the good times back to Old Trafford. He wants his players to play with a smile on their face, enjoy their soccer and bring the feel good factor back to the club by giving the fans something to cheer about.

Ahead of his first game in charge against Norwich City on Saturday (Watch live on NBC, 12:30 p.m. ET and online via Live Extra) Giggs had plenty to say as he called his appointment as interim boss ‘the proudest moment of his life.’

The way Giggs took questions and interjected some humor and banter to proceedings gave off an aura of confidence and it looks as though he’s definitely set for a career in management when he ends his playing days.

Here is a recap of everything Giggs had to say in his first press conference as Man United manager.

Proudest moment…

“I have got to say it is the proudest moment of my life,” Giggs told MUTV. “I have supported Manchester United all my life, I have been a part of the club since I was 13. I am proud, I am happy, a little nervous and, just like playing, can’t wait for the game on Saturday.”

On his first week in charge… 

“I have enjoyed the week. I am proud more than anything, probably the proudest moment of my career. One I am going to enjoy and bring back some smiles on the faces of the fans and look forward to the game. Just like as a player. I can’t wait for Saturday to come. I know the stadium will be bouncing. I am just concentrating on the four games remaining, that is my main focus. 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 make training as enjoyable as they can.”

On his future as a player…

“I have just given myself a five year contract. I am using my power while I can! I have not done much this week but yes I will still be involved as a player.”

Thanking David Moyes…

“I would like to go on record to thank David Moyes for giving my first chance in coaching. It is something I will always remember. He gave me the opportunity for my first coaching role.”

On his first game in charge and his future…

“My mindset is on Norwich first this weekend and then the remaining three games. After that, who knows what happens? The reaction in training has been good, so let us try to have a good end to a frustrating and disappointing season. My message is that I trust the players, I know what they are capable of and I want them to go out and show it on Saturday.”

STREAM LIVE: West Brom-Palace, Liverpool-Leicester in PL Asia Trophy

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It’s a incredibly early kickoff for the third place game of the Premier League Asia Trophy tournament, at least here in the States, where West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace duke it out at 6 a.m. ET. in Hong Kong.

West Brom lost to Leicester City in its semifinal when youngster Sam Field missed the side’s seventh attempt in penalty kicks. Jay Rodriguez scored the Baggies goal in regulation of a 1-1 draw.

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Palace fell 2-0 to Liverpool in its semifinal.

The final will be staged at 8:30 a.m. ET, when Liverpool will hope to build on a win paced by Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke goals.

2-year doping ban upheld for Finland, CSKA Moscow player

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld a two-year ban for CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko for a positive test for cocaine.

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CAS says the ban imposed by UEFA was “appropriate” and dismissed the Finland international’s appeal.

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The ban will expire on Oct. 5, 2018, when Eremenko will be 31.

Eremenko tested positive after playing in a Champions League game for CSKA Moscow against Bayer Leverkusen last September. The 2-2 result was not affected despite Eremenko scoring CSKA’s second goal.

Born in Moscow, Eremenko grew up in Finland and has represented its national team 73 times.

Webb says De Jong would have been sent off with video review

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NEW YORK (AP) Howard Webb says he would have given Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong a red card in the 2010 World Cup final if a video assistant referee had been in place.

The retired English referee showed De Jong a yellow card in the 28th minute for his karate kick into the chest of Spain’s Xabi Alonso. Hired in March to oversee video technology for professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, Webb held a media seminar Friday ahead of its Aug. 5 launch in Major League Soccer.

Webb says: “Yes, it was a clear red card. It was a clear and obvious error on my part not to send the player off, and VAR would have been able to recommend a review to me, and I would have been able to make the right call.”

Now 46, Webb was a Premier League referee from 2003-14. He worked the Champions League and World Cup finals in 2010, became director of referees at the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, and started in March as manager of video assistant referee operations for the Professional Referee Organization.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City 0-1 Atlanta United (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Friday night’s effort at Orlando City Stadium wasn’t the prettiest for either side but Atlanta United will gladly take three points from the fixture as the Central Florida venue proved to be a fortress once more. The Lions were far superior in their attacking threats throughout the match, testing USMNT and Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan on multiple occasions. However, it was Hector Villalba that proved to be the difference when he blasted a long-distance effort to beat Joe Bendik in the 86th minute. Atlanta extends its unbeaten streak to four matches with Friday’s decision, keeping Tata Martino’s side in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando City moves into fifth.

Three moments that mattered

36′ — Guzan stands tall, denies Rivas — Carlos Rivas thought he scorched this one (and he did…), but Brad Guzan acted like it was nothing as he held his ground to make the stop.

39′ — Spector gets ripped off by Guzan — The U.S. goalkeeper is at it again… What a save!

86′ — Villalba unleashes stunner to propel Atlanta — Sometimes it just takes one good hit as a striker.

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Man of the match: Brad Guzan

Goalscorers: Hector Villalba (86′)