Manchester United


While speaking to the BBC club legend Bryan Robson says that under new manager Louis van Gaal the Red Devils will immediately mount a challenge for the Premiership title.

United finished a disappointing seventh last season under one term manager David Moyes, yet Robson feels that van Gaal who steered Holland to a third place finish in this summer’s World Cup can have them challenging for the title.

“You could see Holland were very well organised and there was discipline. Hopefully, he can bring that to Manchester. I think he will,” he added.

The 62-year-old van Gaal has one title with Ajax Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar and takes over at United as they head to the United States for their summer tour where they will take on the LA Galaxy, Roma, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, before returning to the U.K. ahead of the domestic season start on August 16th.

“His CV is great,” said Robson, who spent 13 years at Manchester United. “He’s got great experience with top clubs and top players.”

Robson also thinks that the players would like to make amends for last season’s poor finish and a lack of European football next term which is almost unheard of at Old Trafford adding:

“A lot of the players let themselves down and didn’t perform the way they had under Sir Alex,” Robson told BBC Sport.

“They will be up for the challenge and will be excited by the new coach.”

Talking about a lack of Champions League football Robson said: “The players get a bit more rest and you don’t get as many injuries that can also be a real advantage.”

67-year-old Robson is also excited about some of the new players United have already signed in Luke Shaw and midfielder Ander Herrera but feels they still need more cover at the back following the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

“We need cover at the back,” he said. “It would also be nice if we could find another central midfielder who could have a big influence.”