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Gender Male
Nationality UK
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  English Midfielder
  Manchester United Captain
Desc The first non-winger to wear United’s No. 7 on his back after being signed by Ron Atkinson from West Brom in 1981 for a then record £1.5 million and went on to become the longest-serving captain in the club’s history. One of the ultimate box-to-box players, and perhaps the greatest of the lot, the man England manager Bobby Robson called his Captain Fantastic

It is almost laughable that a man so talented, one so driven, such a great and popular leader of men, should only win two title medals having played 461 games and scoring 99 goals, but too often, until Alex Ferguson replaced Atkinson, those around him were not able to consistently match his all-round ability

He showed in 1983 that he was the ultimate team player. He could have become the first in 30 years to score a hat-trick in an FA Cup final, but on the night of the 1983 replay against Brighton and with two goals to his name, he stepped aside to allow Arnold Muhren to complete a 4-0 victory from the spot

That was Robson, through and through


Org England National Team
Club as Coach Manchester United
Club as Player Manchester United
  West Brom

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] He’s probably the greatest club manager there has ever been. Aside from what he has achieved at Manchester United, just look at his record with Aberdeen. Celtic and Rangers dominated everything in Scotland but he took a young team, won a European trophy and then also won the league. For a club like Aberdeen, that is an incredible achievement. He then came down to United, built five different teams, brought the youth system back and has gone on to do an incredible job. To win as many trophies as he did is unheard of

2016 01 01 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] Ferguson is probably the greatest club manager ever. It is unbelievable to change around probably four different squads and have the success he has

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson likened star midfielder Bruno Fernandes to club great Paul Scholes] Since he came in he has looked a special player. He has a fantastic attitude. I have met him a few times, I have seen him at the training ground, he mixes really well with the lads, you can see why he was captain of Sporting [Lisbon] and what a talent he is. He is not like a Roy Keane, Paul Ince or a Nicky Butt-type of player, for me, he is more like a Paul Scholes; he is brilliant at getting into little pockets in between the defence and the midfield, he gets into these areas and gets himself space

But he has also got terrific vision where he sees a pass but he can also perform a pass like Paul Scholes could, and he can score a goal. Hopefully he proves me right and he goes on to be another Paul Scholes for Manchester United

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[The Red Devils legend thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a good decision by handing the England defender leadership duties earlier this season] I thought it was deserved. Harry had done really well in the World Cup with England. He did really well with Leicester City, so when you sign a player like him in a central position, a defender or a midfield player, I think that’s where the captaincy should come from.

You’ve got to be a demanding figure for your team-mates, an organiser, and I think Harry portrayed that as soon as he came into the club. He wasn’t overawed about playing for Manchester United which was another good thing. So I think Ole’s made the right decision by giving Harry the captaincy.

Since then, off the pitch, he’s had an influence on the boys as well, about how you should be a Manchester United player and doing the commercial stuff as well as looking after yourself off the pitch. I think he’s a top player, he’s got the right attitude to be a Manchester United captain and it’s a good decision by Ole.