Robson: Manchester United on right track under van Gaal

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has backed the Red Devils to push on this season and challenge for a Champions League spot under Louis van Gaal.

The former United fan favourite was speaking at a press conference at the Courts Megastore in Singapore, and reiterated his belief that the Red Devils would improve in the second half of the season.

"Louis van Gaal has made some very good signings for Manchester United and I think we've put ourselves in a situation where we look as if we're improving and we could actually finish in a Champions League position," he said.

"Not getting into Europe last season was a massive disappointment, so finishing third would be a great season for Manchester United and then hopefully the following season then we can start challenging Chelsea and Manchester City again.

"I think van Gaal is still trying to find out about the players and what system suits them and his hand is also being forced by the unbelievable amount of injuries United have had this season.

"But I do believe he's the right man for the job, I think he's big enough and he takes Manchester United in his stride.

"He's not fazed about Manchester United and the expectations because he's already managed the top clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich so he can handle the pressure."

Robson, who played for United from 1981 to 1994, also spoke about the team's troubles in defence this season, claiming that more time and a few extra signings would see them emerge stronger.

"English teams are not used to playing with three man defences while foreign coaches are, and Manchester United have always been used to a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3, so it takes a little bit of time for fans to appreciate what he's trying to do and how he's trying to educate the players," he said.

"As far as I'm concerned, as a coach you try to educate the players and that's what he's trying to do so they can create different systems and [opposition teams] don't get used to the way you play.

"I think a couple of good strong defenders [would be welcome], I don't think we're too far off when you look at the midfield players and strikers that we have.

"We've got plenty of goals in the team, but the main problem for Manchester United this season has been the amount of injuries that we've had so hopefully in the second part of the season it's not going to be as bad and we can improve."

Bryan Robson will be meeting fans and signing autographs at the Courts Megastore in Tampines on Saturday, 17 Jan 2015. Registration starts at 1pm, while the meet-and-greet will commence at 2pm.

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