Robson: Rooney must make difference against City
Published 22:55 07/01/12 By Derick Allsop
Manchester United’s fabled Captain Marvel is rallying the troops again and demanding they stand up and be counted against City today.
Bryan Robson, United’s inspirational leader for over a decade, insists main men Wayne Rooney and Nani can and must make amends for the shambles at Newcastle.
And he points to the example set by 38-year-old Ryan Giggs, whose brilliance still shines bright in the gloom. Robson, an alarmed spectator at United’s 3-0 drubbing on Wednesday, said: “Too many players didn’t perform against Newcastle. Rooney and Nani, big players for United, were poor on the night.
“United’s best player was Giggs, who showed the class and sharpness that he’s always had and that the team are going to need at City.
“It’s a massive cup-tie and there’s no doubt a tough one for United. City are a decent team with a strong squad. But we’ve seen United bounce back so many times before and they can do it again – they have to. Those big players know what’s required of them.
“The boss will not have to use his motivational skills to pick them up for this. They’ll be right up for it and determined to put one over on City.
“There are still question marks over City’s ability to handle the nerves and pressures. That could prove the decisive factor.” Robson (above) admits an aerial weakness has undermined United’s cause since Nemanja Vidic was ruled out for the season, while the absence of Darren Fletcher through illness has seriously reduced their midfield options.
Fergie maintains he will not panic, but Robson thinks he could go out and spend if the right player becomes available.
“If the injury situation doesn’t ease and a stand-out player is available who can strengthen his squad, he’ll do it,” said Robson. “But there won’t be any panic buys.”