Bryan Robson claims three transfers from Manchester United after Solskjaer’s departure

Bryan Robson believes Manchester United should have been challenging for the Premier League title this season following their summer transfer activities and what went wrong under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘beyond me’.

Robson, 64, is the longest serving captain in the club’s history, staying with the club for 13 years after coming over from West Brom in 1981.

He was voted United’s best ever player in a poll for a book celebrating the club’s 19 league titles after playing more than 450 times.

He then moved to Middlesbrough where he became player manager in a role that jump-started his coaching career.

The former England international went on to run a number of English clubs, including his academy club West Brom.

He also moved into international management, taking charge of both Thailand and the Thailand under-23s simultaneously between 2009 and 2011.

Robson still plays a role at Old Trafford, who was appointed global ambassador for the club in 2011.

Speaking to BBC 5 Live about Solskjaer’s sacking, Robson said: “If you look back on last season, where we reached the European Cup final, we finished second in the league. .

“What went wrong this season is beyond even me because I think it’s the same group of players, but then we added [Jadon] sancho, [Cristiano] ronaldo, [Raphael] early.

“So you thought the next step is to move forward and challenge” [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Liverpool for the title.”

Far from vying for the title, United are in eighth place, after a dismal form that saw just one win in seven Premier League games.

A 4-1 defeat to Watford marked the end of Solskjaer’s reign, with Michael Carrick taking over as agent as the hierarchy searches for a long-term replacement.

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