'The FA Cup is absolutely massive for the boys'
Manchester United icon Bryan Robson has underlined the importance of the Emirates FA Cup this season, stating the competition is “absolutely massive” for Ralf Rangnick’s Reds.
United made a good start to this season’s FA Cup campaign by recording a 1-0 win over highly-rated Premier League side Aston Villa in the third round and the Reds are now preparing for Friday’s fourth-round tie with Middlesbrough.
Why does Robbo think the FA Cup is so important?
United legend Bryan Robson joins The Debate to discuss Middlesbrough and Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie…
“The FA Cup is absolutely massive for the boys because, this group of players, what they have got to do is win something to get that confidence and belief in each other,” Bryan told us this week.
“They have got to win something. That is why I said last season, it was so important to win that Europa League final because we had kept getting to the semi-finals and then to the final, but we still didn't get over the line to win something.
“The appointment of Chris Wilder is a really good decision by Steve Gibson. It's funny because a couple of months ago, in fact, I went up to stay with Steve and go out for dinner with him.
“It was actually the weekend when he had allowed Neil Warnock to go and he brought in Wilder. He was chatting to me about what I thought and I said I thought he had made a great decision.
“But I am just seeing signs of us having a little bit more devilment in our play and, with the ability that our lads have got, as long as we field a strong side, and I don't any reason why we wouldn't, then we should go on to win the game.”
United v Middlesbrough kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Friday.