Carrick: Everyone says Robbo was the best
Caretaker Manchester United manager Michael Carrick was in attendance at the world premiere of 'Robbo: The Bryan Robson Story' on Thursday night.
Carrick told club media the impact the film had on him, explaining his huge admiration for Bryan Robson, the longest-serving captain in United history, who won several FA Cups and league titles in his 13-year career at Old Trafford.
Football legends aplenty watched the film, with other former Reds heroes including Wayne Rooney, Sir Alex Ferguson, Darren Fletcher and Steve Bruce. Other leading figures like Paul Gascoigne and Graeme Souness were also there.
Robson played for United between 1981 and 1994, and has been an ambassador at the club for many years now, resuming his connection with United after a successful managerial career.
Carrick explained that he's still excited to talk to Robbo whenever he sees him, and that he has always been a player he "massively" admires.
“He’s such a presence, even when you meet him," Carrick admitted.
"Meeting him for the first time and being around him, even last night, speaking to him and him asking how the week’s gone, he’s an iconic figure in the world of football but especially around this place.
"He means so much to everyone; he’s given the club so much and I didn’t forget it by any stretch, but watching the film and seeing just how good he was: what a footballer, what a player and what a leader of men."
The film, looking back at Robson's whole career, is released on DVD on Monday 29 November.
What's notable about it is the way in which his team-mates, but even more so, his opponents, talk about his quality, as Carrick pointed out.
"Being here for a while and speaking to various players, everyone I’ve spoke to and ex-players he played with, everyone said he was the best, standout the best they’ve ever played with," Carrick revealed.
"You’re talking to some big players who’ve said that so Robbo is a special footballer but he’s a good man as well and he’s always been supportive since I’ve been here."