Sir Alex Ferguson names his best ever Manchester United captain

Sir Alex Ferguson worked with the very best during his time in charge (Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Sir Alex Ferguson insists Bryan Robson was ‘easily’ the best captain he had during his Manchester United tenure.

The Scot worked with some of the very best in world football during his 26 years at the Old Trafford helm that included some memorable captains.

The likes of Steve Bruce, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Nemanja Vidic all lifted league titles wearing the captain’s armband under his leadership.

But Robson, who captained the club for a record 12 years between 1982 and 1994, was the standout leader for Ferguson.

‘Well, he was easily the best captain I had. I think over the period he was at United, he was the best player,’ Ferguson told United’s website.

‘The players loved him. ‘They responded to him and he was the longest-serving captain in my time anyway.

‘It’s difficult for a captain because sometimes he has to tell the truth to players, you know? The encouragement he’s got to give them sometimes can be quite volatile and he was like that, but the players did love him.

Bryan Robson is considered one of United’s greatest ever players (Picture: Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty Images)

‘They appreciated the time he took on them and another thing, he’s the only captain I knew who could make a decision on the pitch. He didn’t need to look over to me.

‘He would do that and that’s unusual. In fact it’s very unusual because he had the balls to do that.’

Meanwhile, current Red Devils captain Harry Maguire has come in for criticism of late following a run of below par performances.

It’s led to some pundits questioning whether the England defender should keep the armband but Liverpool legend John Barnes insists he deserves to.

‘Harry Maguire is absolutely the right man to be Manchester United captain. He’s playing in a back four that aren’t being protected,’ he said.

‘If Liverpool’s front three didn’t work as hard off the ball, the back four would also struggle.

‘It’s not about any individual defender because Harry Maguire is a good defender, as are Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw. But the problem is, they’re just being left to defend when the rest of the team doesn’t apart from Fred and Scott McTominay who also need more hard done work in front of them.

‘So, I don’t criticise Maguire at all because he’s a good defender for Manchester United and England but the way the team is playing, he’s being left to defend on his own which he can’t do so I don’t blame him at all.’

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