Bryan Robson needs no introduction. The Manchester United legend and former England captain represented the national team on 90 occasions and scored 26 goals. He is an iconic player for Manchester United, where he became the longest-serving captain in the club’s history and won two Premier League winners’ medals, three FA Cups, one Football League Cup, two FA Charity Shields and a European Cup Winners’ Cup.
One of the biggest highlights of his playing career, which is still spoken about, is his move to Manchester United from West Bromwich Albion in 1981 for a then British record transfer fee of £1.5 million. The record was not broken for six years, when Liverpool paid £1.9 million for Newcastle striker Peter Beardsley in the summer of 1987.
Bryan Robson is a part of Manchester United’s fan event #ILOVEUNITED, an interactive virtual event scheduled to be held on 20th February for the club’s Indian fans.
In an interview with EastMojo ahead of the event, Robson threw light on various aspects of his former club and one of the most popular football clubs in India, Manchester United.
The Red Devils are not having the best of seasons, but Bryan Robson is hopeful that the team can finish in the Top 4. He spoke of the change noticed in the approach after the joining of Ralf Rangnick and said, “I think after the first few games it didn’t work the way the manager wanted it to work. The team have sort of gone back to playing what seems to be the best balance for this group of players. Hopefully the new manager can stamp authority on the squad and just improve us so we can finish in the top 4 this season.”
Robson had a long career with Manchester United and played with several big names. While the great Sir Alex Ferguson described him as “the best captain I have ever had at United”, Robson has high regard for Sir Bobby Charlton. On being asked who the greatest of all-time player is to have represented Manchester United, he said, “I think because of winning the World Cup, the way he is an ambassador of the club and the way he projected himself in the public eye – I’d say Sir Bobby Charlton. What a fantastic player, and a really good person. For anyone that wants to be a footballer and is looking for a role model, Sir Bobby Charlton would be that role model.”
Bryan Robson had won myriads of trophies representing Manchester United but we asked him about some of his most favourite memories representing Manchester United.
“Two of my favourite memories is back in ‘92-‘93 when we won the Premiership first time in 26 years. Also in ‘91 in Rotterdamm, when we beat Barcelona in the European Cup final. Great evenings and great memories,” he said.
Post a very successful playing career, Bryan Robson forayed into a managerial career. As a manager, he was associated with clubs like Middlesbrough, Bradford City, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United. He also made an entry into Asian football with his first International managerial stint as the coach of the Thailand national team.
Manchester United’s popular fan event #ILOVEUNITED has returned for its seventh season, and will be putting the choice of future event destinations in the hands of the fans. In his message to Indian fans, Bryan Robson said, “If you love football, just support it, enjoy it, keep supporting Manchester United, the more fans we get the happier we are going to be as a football club!”
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