Robson: United’s midfield is reliable

Bryan Robson believes Manchester United have a reliable midfield and do not necessarily need to sign a central midfielder this summer.

SN asked fans what position should Moyes focus on most, yesterday on Facebook. All voters selected midfielder, so that gives another clear indication that players, even legends like Robson, don’t speak for the fans.

There remains a cloud over the future of Darren Fletcher with the Scot battling ulcerative colitis. A third surgery last week meant the 29-year-old will now begin rehabilitation.

Every summer the club is linked with numerous central midfielders and it does seem to be an area David Moyes intends on strengthening. However Robson believes the likes of Anderson, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley are all capable of starting in midfield.

“I know with the Manchester United fans, they are used to having a really dominant central midfield player, Like Keaney, Incey, myself and then Scholesy,” he said.

“But I think what the fans have got to look at is: Is the balance of the squad pretty good anyway without having that type of player in? You’ve got to say ‘yes’ as we won the title by 11 points.

“Now, of course you always want to improve but you’ve got to look at the balance of Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Ando [Anderson] and the rest.

“They are still very, very good players but you’ve got to look at the balance and is that right, rather than go out and try to get an individual who you must rely on all the time.”

“So my message to Manchester United fans is don’t be too influenced by this talk that we need this midfield player because I think the boys can cope.”

Cannot say I agree with Robson. When you look at our current squad, we’re strong at the back and up front. United are one or two midfield signings away from being a real solid unite. Yes, we won the league by 11 points but it’s not going to be as easy as that next season.


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  1. Robson you are a United legend through and through but to say we don’t need to sign a midfielder is the biggest load of rubbish I have heard in long time. We need 2 World Class Midfielders and have done so for the past 6 years. You mention Carrick, Anderson and Cleverley and let me tell you none of these three players would get a game in none of the other big teams in Europe and that is a FACT.

  2. in other words robbo means “united wont be buying any midfielders this season AGAIN as moyes will continue fergie and the glazers blueprint of pretending players like cleverly and wellbeck are any good simply because they came through the youth ranks” if RVP gets injured united will be very ordinary……city and chelsea will be much stronger and our midfield isnt good enough

  3. I would agree on the balance part….if the team is striking a perfect balance with the present players there’s no real need for a World class midfielder but then what would happen if ando,cleverly get injured…ando is certainly more prone to injuries and we have been seeing it time and again….we certainly need some fresh legs in the midfield and I think one good signing would ought to be mote than enough.

  4. Shame about Fletch, Anderson’s time should be up, Cleverley is a squad man at best and Carrick though decent isn’t world class. Will we challenge in ECL with no additions? I very much doubt it

  5. All of the above………utd will struggle big time if they dont buy well this season….midfield is so poor its not funny….we could be a big joke next season……and from what im hearing from moyes/robson etc etc it all seems so pro glazer, saving money to pay off their debts…all these sponsorships/lucrative deals are all just part of the multi-national organisation that is the glazers……put yere money where yere mouths are (if u have any) and stop getting kids and idiot adult believers hopes up with talks of bale, ronaldo etc signings….bullshitters!!!!

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