Robson gives 'big game' backing to United

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Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes the club's 'big game' experience will help them overcome Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final.

The Thailand boss, who is recovering following an operation to fight throat cancer, also believes his old club can put up a fight for two out of three trophies this term, although the treble could be a step too far for the Red Deviles.

Described as 'Captain Marvel' by former England manager Sir Bobby Robson, the 54-year-old became an icon at Old Trafford during his time at the club, and whilst Robson recognises the rise of City he believes Sir Alex Ferguson's side will be strong enough to beat their 'noisy neighbours'.

"United have a great chance in the FA Cup. City will be a difficult game and it will be another one which is close, but United have the experience of winning big games like this," Robson told the Daily Mirror.

"United have the edge over City at this moment in time and I hope that continues. I do feel that if they win then they are odds-on favourites to win the final."

The FA Cup is only one of the trophies on the radar at Old Trafford though, with the Barclays Premier League and Champions League still very much in the club's sights.

Ferguson has suggested it will be hard to claim all three and replicate 1999 though, sentiments which Robson echoes when reflecting on the task at hand.


"I would have thought if you ask anybody at Manchester United, if they could win two out of three, they would take that at this moment in time," the former West Brom boss continued.

"Their league position is very strong and they have an advantage over Arsenal and Chelsea."

"The Champions League is always a little bit different because you need a little bit of good fortune. They're always very close games and it will be tough against Chelsea."

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