Neville knew Saha would miss spot kick


22nd, November 2006

SahaGary Neville is a great captain isn’t he? Fearlessly leading his Manchester United side and generally being someone who would die for the club. That said, it would seem he was a bit dim last night after he let Louis Saha-ha-ha take a penalty against Celtic after he’d said he would miss to an opponent. Or so the story goes. (Watch the highlights of the match by clicking here)

Celtic captain Neil Lennon said that Neville had told him that Louis
Saha would miss the late penalty in their Champions League clash.
Saha’s spot-kick was saved when Celtic were a goal up and an equaliser would have sent United through to the knock-out stages.
Neville apparently said that Saha would miss, but being the clever captain that he is, he forgot to ask someone else to take the penalty and watched the feeble shot stopped by Artur Boruc.

Lennon said that "Gary Neville actually came across to me and said about Saha, ‘his head
has gone, he’s going to miss this," said Lennon. Boruc’s penalty stop meant Celtic went through leaving
United needing a result against defeat to claim a place in the last 16. The keeper remained modest about his moment of brilliance, saying: "Penalties are a lottery. I just had more luck than the guy who was trying to score. I remembered the penalty when he scored against me. It was in the same corner. I thought he might try and so the same again. I was not sure it should have been a penalty in this game either. I have made some better saves in my life, but that is one of the most important."

Aside from all this though, does anyone else think that, as captain, it might have been wise for Gary Neville to stamp his authority on the game, walk up to Saha and tell him that he might be better off letting someone else accept responsibilty? Instead of standing there scratching his balls talking to the opposing team’s captain, he may have done well to remember his duties. After all, it’s not like Man United don’t have other players to step up is it?[Mof Gimmers]

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