Don't blame Ferguson for United's problems, says Robson

Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:32am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has labeled it a "pathetic excuse" to blame ex-boss Alex Ferguson's presence at matches for the club's current struggles.

After ceding the managerial reins to David Moyes in the close season, Ferguson has taken up a role as a club director and is frequently pictured in the stands watching United.

The sight of Ferguson peering down from the directors' box has divided opinion with some fans comparing Moyes's situation with the one that faced Wilf McGuinness when he replaced Matt Busby in 1969.

"To see Sir Alex at matches shows that he's got great support for the club," Robson, who spent 13 years at United, told Sky Sports.

"For anybody trying to make an excuse and say 'Sir Alex is in the stand watching me play. I'm going to wilt' - well why didn't you wilt when he was manager?

"It's just weak excuses that the media and some ex-players and managers have come out with. It's a pathetic excuse.

"If Sir Alex wasn't going to games and wasn't giving David Moyes support, it would show he doesn't care, is selfish and is getting on with his own life. Instead, it shows he does want to see the club do well."

United have had a torrid start to the season and are seventh in the Premier League. They exited the FA Cup at the start of January and suffered a painful League Cup semi-final penalty shootout defeat to Sunderland on Wednesday.

Ferguson's presence at games has drawn unwanted comparisons with McGuinness's ill-fated spell in charge of the club.   Continued...

Bryan Robson, head coach Thailand's national team, watches their friendly match against Leicester City in Bangkok October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj