Bryan Robson needs no introduction. The Manchester United legend and former England captain has represented the national team 90 times, scoring 26 goals. He is an iconic player for Manchester United, where he became the longest serving captain in the club’s history, winning two Premier League 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 talked about, is his move to Manchester United from West Bromwich Albion in 1981 for a then-record British 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 part of Manchester United’s fan event #ILOVEUNITED, an interactive virtual event to be held on February 20 for the club’s Indian fans.
In an interview with EastMojo ahead of the event, Robson shed 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 seasons, but Bryan Robson is hopeful that the team can finish in the Top 4. He spoke of the change noticed in approach after the arrival of Ralf Rangnick, saying: “I think after the first few games it didn’t work the way the manager wanted it to work. The team has gone back to playing what the seems to be the best balance for this group of players. Hopefully the new manager can put authority on the squad and just improve us so we can finish in the top 4 this season.”
Robson had a long career at Manchester United, playing with several big names. While the great Sir Alex Ferguson described him as “the best captain I’ve ever had at United”, Robson has great respect for Sir Bobby Charlton. When asked who is the greatest player of all time to represent Manchester United, he said: “I think because of winning the World Cup, the way he is an ambassador for the club and the way he projected himself into the public eye. – I would say Sir Bobby Charlton. What a fantastic player and a very good person. For anyone who aspires to be a footballer and is looking for a role model, Sir Bobby Charlton would be that role model.”
Bryan Robson had won countless trophies for Manchester United, but we asked him about some of his favorite Manchester United memories.
“Two of my favorite memories are back in ’92-’93 when we won the Premiership for the first time in 26 years. Also in ’91 in Rotterdamm, when we defeated Barcelona in the European Cup final. Great evenings and great memories,” he said.
After a very successful career as a player, Bryan Robson embarked on a management career. As a manager, he was associated with clubs such as Middlesbrough, Bradford City, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United. He also made his entry into Asian football with his first international managerial stint as coach of Thailand’s national team.
Manchester United’s popular fan event #ILOVEUNITED is back for its seventh season and will put 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 then support it, enjoy it, keep supporting Manchester United, the more fans we get, the happier we will be as a football club!”
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