Robson: Man United MUST sign world-class defender this summer

first_img Defender Mats Hummels celebrates Germany’s World Cup win Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes new manager Louis van Gaal MUST sign a world-class centre-back this summer to have any chance of claiming the Premier League crown in his debut season at Old Trafford.United were uncharacteristically sketchy at the back under axed boss David Moyes last term, where a miserable campaign saw the club miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years.And their summer departures haven’t helped in that department, with former captains Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand both leaving at the end of their contracts, while an exit is also expected for experienced full-back Patrice Evra.The arrival of Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has seen a host of global stars linked with an Old Trafford switch, including World Cup winner Mats Hummels – reportedly their number one target – Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen and Dutch pair Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan de Vrij.And Robson, who won two Premier Leagues and three FA Cups during his time at United, thinks his former side could struggle if they don’t manage to land a suitable replacement for their departed heroes.“When you lose three class defenders like that you need to bring in a really top-drawer centre-half to the club,” he told Press Association Sport.“That would really give us a chance of winning the title.“You look back over the years and United have had Brucey [Steve Bruce] and Pally [Gary Pallister] as a pairing, and we’ve had Nemanja and Rio more recently.“Then we had Jaap Stam. He was a really dominant and aggressive player and we need one of those to come in to the club.” 1last_img read more

US Open: Rohan Bopanna’s Twin Losses in Men’s and Mixed Doubles Ends Indian Challenge

first_imgNew York: India’s campaign at the US Open came to an end after Rohan Bopanna suffered twin defeats in both the men’s and mixed doubles events here.On Sunday night, the top-ranked Indian men’s doubles player and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov suffered a 3-6, 4-6 loss to the 15th seeds Neal Skupski and Jamie Murray of Great Britain in a second round match that lasted one hour 15 minutes. In the mixed doubles event, Bopanna and Abigail Spears of the United States went down fighting 5-7, 6-7(4) against French-American pair of Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo also in the second round.With Bopanna’s ouster, India’s challenge ended in the US Open as Leander Paes and Divij Sharan had made first round exits in the men’s doubles event.In the singles event, Sumit Nagal and Prajnesh Gunneswaran also suffered first round defeats at the hands of Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev respectively. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. abigail spearsDenis Shapovalovrohan bopannatennis First Published: September 2, 2019, 3:59 PM ISTlast_img read more