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Giggs makes Fernandes and Pogba admission at Man United

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Ryan Giggs has admitted that Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are far more confident penalty takers than he was at Manchester United.

Giggs spent the entirety of his 24-year playing career at Old Trafford, scoring 168 goals for United – including five from the penalty spot during normal play.

But the Wales manager told beIN SPORTS that he never had the confidence to try and play mind games with the goalkeeper, instead focusing solely on his own technique.

He stated: “My technique with penalty taking was – you know you see players looking at the goalkeeper?

“Eden Hazard – I mean he’s amazing, he just goes up so slowly, and even Bruno Fernandes now with a little hop.

“I could never do that. My philosophy was: ‘I’m putting it low into the corner – even if the goalkeeper goes the right way, he’s not gonna save it if I execute it right’.

“That was my philosophy, so it doesn’t matter if he went the right way or not. If I do low, side-netting, he shouldn’t be able to save it.

“That was my philosophy, rather than looking at the goalkeeper, trying to play mind games and having the confidence which Hazard and Bruno Fernandes [have]. Pogba did for a while that slow run up. I could never do that.”

Giggs scored from the spot in a tense penalty shootout to help United win the Champions League against Chelsea in Moscow in 2008.

However, he was a long way down the list, and Giggs says it is because at the time there were some extremely talented spot-kick specialists at the club.

“Because I’d come on as sub, I think beforehand they’d already done the list of penalty takers, and we had some good penalty takers,” he added.

“We had [Carlos] Tevez, Cristiano – who missed, we had Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves – obviously with his German background at Bayern he was never going to miss.

“So we had some really good penalty takers before as well. Some penalty takers who would be penalty takers in open play.”

Giggs was asked whether at any point during his walk up to the spot whether he had doubts about where he might put the penalty, but says he had no second thoughts.

“No, and that was the preparation during the week with Carlos Quieroz the coach,” Giggs stated.

“We’d practiced, tried to create a realistic atmosphere, which of course is nearly impossible. But [we did] the walk up from the centre-circle, place it, take it seriously, blow the whistle.

“What I’d done that week was I’d took about 15 penalties and scored 14, and the one that I’d missed hit the post. But every one was the same side.

“So I had the technique already in my head where I was gonna put it, it was just about me holding my nerve.”

Source: Manchester Evening News

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