Captain Marvel | Man United’s Own Avenger Bryan Robson Reminisces On Premier League Titles, Sir Alex Ferguson & More

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  • Morson spoke with Manchester United legend Bryan Robson.

  • The former United and England captain discussed his glittering career, Sir Alex and his life after retiring.

Continuing with our ‘Overcoming Challenges in Business and Sport’ series, Bryan Robson shared his experiences from his legendary footballing career and his life after retiring.

The former Manchester United & England captain pinpointed adversity as the biggest test of character and potential in a working environment:

“I think it’s the same in business as well as sport that you’re always going to have setbacks in your careers. For me it’s about how you bounce back from the setbacks. It’s easy when you’re confident and everything’s going well for you. You’ve got to keep that going and keep working hard to make sure you’re successful”

Robson looked back at the difficult times he faced at the beginning of his career as an integral part of his development:

“I broke my leg three times when I was 19-21 and you have something in the back of your head saying ‘Are you going to come back?’ Fortunately I did, but I think it makes you even more determined to make something of your career”

A storied career saw Robson flourish at club and international level, winning numerous FA Cups but the crowning achievement was lifting what had eluded him for nearly the entirety of his playing days – The Premier League:

“It was a long wait for the title but after 26 years it was well worth the wait. What you want to do is have a successful career but you want to win things. That’s the reason why I went to Manchester United because I thought I had more of a chance of winning things”

The Manchester United ambassador saw out his career with Middlesbrough and seamlessly transitioned into the role of manager at the club. This turned out to be the avenue he followed with various clubs for the next 14 years and the former midfielder sees Sir Alex Ferguson as a big reason for his own managerial success:

“Sir Alex Ferguson was a real help for me because during my last few years at Old Trafford he allowed me to go into the coaches’ room and watch how they prepare training and what they were talking about in terms of scouting players around the world. That set me in good stead going to Middlesbrough as a manager”

Robson continued to heap praise on his former manager and mentor for the cross-over skills Ferguson taught his United sides, that stayed with the players long after they left the game:

“Great man management skills, discipline had to be a big part of your game. But then one of the things Alex was great at as well was delegation. I think for top business people that I know, delegation is a big role because you’ve got to have trust in your staff that they will do the job that you would do and you have to have that trust to let them get on”

Another United legend who has followed in the footsteps of Robson in successfully transitioning into management is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has impressed both fans and peers alike:

“Ole had experience of being a manager down at Cardiff and Molde. He came into United, got players playing in their favourite positions and gave them confidence, which isn’t easy. Ole’s done a great job whilst he’s been involved and hopefully he can do that until the end of the season”

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