Bryan Robson has highlighted the importance of the FA Cup for Manchester United. The former captain at Old Trafford won the competition three times and believes victory for United this year would be ‘absolutely massive’ for The Reds.
A team that hasn’t won a trophy since spring 2017, Robson is of the opinion that bringing the FA Cup back to the red side of Manchester could increase confidence and belief within the squad.
“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,” Robson told the club website 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.“
Robson compares the situation to his FA Cup triumph with United under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1990. The final against Crystal Palace was taken to a replay after a 3-3 draw in the first match-up, Robson scored United’s first on that day. Fergie’s men won the replay with a 1-0 victory courtesy of a second half strike from Lee Martin.
It was the club’s first major trophy under the now legendary manager, and it was a spring board towards success for the side.
“As a group of players, when I look back to 1990 with Sir Alex, that first FA Cup and first major trophy win, that gave us all belief in each other because we had quite a lot of young lads in the squad at that time.” Robson explained. “You have to have belief to go on and keep winning things, and I think that is where this group of players are up to at this moment in time. They need to win something.”
United face Middlesbrough in the fourth round on Friday evening and despite being the club with the second-most FA Cups in history (12), The Reds have won just once in the last 17 years.
Current club midfielder Bruno Fernandes also thinks United have what it takes to win the domestic cup competition, despite doubts from the outside. He is also targeting a strong finish in Europe after topping Group F.
“I don’t care what people think or can say about us winning the Champions League or FA Cup. I think we have the chance to win them.” Bruno exclaimed.
Old Trafford will host United’s next FA Cup fixture, where The Reds will be hopeful to surpass Chris Wilder‘s side. Their Champions League knockout exploits will begin later this month, where United travel to Spain for their first-leg tie against Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16. The second-leg will be played mid-way through March.