Man Utd’s Legacy Endures: Coventry Boss Robins Affirms Global Status Despite Troubles

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Mark Robins, the Coventry boss and former Manchester United player, has defended his former club amidst criticism, asserting that they are still the world’s biggest club.

Ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final, Robins emphasized his belief in United’s stature.

Robins, who kickstarted his playing career with United and famously scored the FA Cup third-round winner against Nottingham Forest in 1990, a goal often credited with saving Alex Ferguson’s job, remains supportive of the club’s legacy.

Currently, United’s manager Erik ten Hag is facing scrutiny as the team struggles in his second season in charge. With their chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season dwindling, Ten Hag is under pressure to turn things around.

Manchester United, who last clinched the Premier League title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in 2013, have struggled in recent league outings, going winless in four games since reaching the semi-finals with a victory over Liverpool.

A defeat to second-tier Coventry in the FA Cup would significantly dent Erik ten Hag’s aspirations of convincing United’s new co-owner, Jim Ratcliffe, to retain him for the next season.

However, according to Robins, who departed United in 1992 to join Norwich City, the challenges facing his former club have been exaggerated.

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“People, pundits, are talking in a derisory way about Manchester United and what they’re doing, how they’re performing,” Robins told reporters on Friday.

“For people who are talking about Manchester United are this or that, or they concede lots of shots: you’re talking about a team that is full of talented players, top international players.

“We know they are clearly favourites to win this game, by a million miles, simple as that.

“They can hurt anybody on their day. The game against Liverpool their goals were outstanding. So you’ve got a lot of things to consider, especially as a Championship club going up against the biggest club in the world.”

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Coventry, who secured their only FA Cup victory in 1987, advanced to the semi-finals with a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Wolves, courtesy of stoppage-time goals from Ellis Simms and Haji Wright.

Robins’ team, currently positioned eighth in the second tier, suffered defeat to Luton in last season’s Championship play-off final. Robins believes that the experience gained from that Wembley appearance will serve his players well as they aim to cause a major upset.

“We’ve already given the fans a special occasion getting there. Being in the national stadium with Manchester United, it doesn’t get much bigger than that,” he said.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity for everyone and there’s a lot of excitement around the city. There is a global reach there for Coventry City, the world will be tuning in and it’s a great occasion for all of our players.”

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