Robson's rallying cry to Reds fans
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson says fans should have no fears ahead of a tough fixture schedule in the weeks to come.
The ex-England and Reds captain, speaking at the launch of a new Museum exhibition to mark 40 years since his arrival at Old Trafford, argues that supporters need to have the faith that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men will actually thrive against some of the best teams in the country.
United are at Leicester City when the Premier League resumes this weekend, before the difficult run of Premier League games continues against Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City.
"You know, things are not going too bad," he told club media. "We’ve been beaten in one Premier League game. We haven’t been convincing in our performances but we’re getting results.
“Now I think everybody is sort of jumping on the bandwagon that this isn’t good enough because of some of the signings we’ve made and the fixture list which is coming up in October. For me, just because we’re playing the best teams doesn’t mean we’re not going to win. I think some of our fans have got it into their heads that we’re automatically going to get beaten when we play Liverpool and City.
“No, we’re not. We proved that last year, when we did really well against some of the top teams. So these players will raise their games when they’re playing the best teams. I’m sure of that. It’s so early on in the season and we’re two points off the top. So, at this stage, Ole has still got a bit of work to do to get cohesion within the team because we haven’t, apart from the Leeds game, just murdered any team on the pitch.
"But it’s not easy doing that when the signings are first starting and the interruptions with internationals and those sort of things. We’re out of the Carabao Cup and got beaten by Young Boys and so everybody is having a question mark but we’ve got to believe in the squad. Marcus Rashford is coming back and Edinson Cavani missed the first few games and has come back. I think the attacking options are brilliant at this moment in time."
Robson believes the rare midweek break in the final week of October, due to our lack of Carabao Cup involvement, could enable the coaching staff to maximise a bit of extra time on the training pitch in order to further prepare for the challenges that lie ahead at home and abroad.
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"Hopefully, we don’t pick up any more injuries," he added. "We’ve had enough injuries at the start of the season, especially losing Harry Maguire as well. What we need in October, when the next Carabo Cup round is coming in, is we just need to regroup.
“Hopefully, we’ll get away from the injury side, get a fully fit squad and then I am sure we are going to see the best of Manchester United."