Fergie-Keane rift can't be repaired
"it’s a shame because they both had fantastic careers at (Manchester) United and worked really well together."
- Robson on the fallout between Alex Ferguson (above) and Roy Keane (below)
They achieved great success at Manchester United and enjoyed a great working relationship at Old Trafford.
Things turned sour between Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane when the former Red Devils manager criticised his former captain in a book published last year.
Keane, well known for his no-nonsense temperament and outspoken ways, blasted his former boss in response.
Now, there is not likely to be any reconciliation between the two, at least according to former United captain Bryan Robson.
Speaking to The New Paper on the sidelines of a press conference at the Courts Megastore yesterday, Robson, now an ambassador for United, doesn't think Ferguson and Keane will ever repair their relationship.
"I don't know how things got so sour between the two," said the former England midfielder, who played under Ferguson at United and was the club's much-heralded "Captain Marvel" during the 1980s and early 90s.
"But I'm sure there won't be any kiss-and-make-up between them. Not those two.
"It's a shame because they both had fantastic careers at United and worked really well together."
On the current United team, 1993 and 1994 Premier League winner Robson said he was confident United would return to their championship-winning ways under Dutchman Louis van Gaal.
But not this season.
The 58-year-old, who is United's longest-serving captain in the club's history - he wore the armband from 1982 to 1994 - reiterated his previous claim that United are not good enough to win the Premiership this season.
"I hope I don't make any Red Devils fans angry, but I'm just being honest when I say that United's title chances for this season are as good as gone," he said.
"Chelsea and Manchester City have a settled squad with good managers, and they've always been the favourites to win the title this season.
"But we're looking like we're improving and we could actually finish in a Champions League position. If we could finish third, that would already be a massive season for Manchester United."
But, come next season, Robson feels that challenging for the title once again will be imperative for the club.
To do that, top-quality signings are the way forward, and Robson believes that is something that van Gaal has got spot-on.
"What I'm pleased about is the fact that van Gaal's made some very good signings in the last transfer window.
"When you look at the signings he made, they definitely improved the team, and that's why we're in fourth at the moment.
"I hope United sign two strong defenders in the summer to strengthen the squad and prepare for a title charge next season. The main problem's been our defence. We have more than enough goals in the team.
"But, then again, I can only see us really improving the team in the off-season.
"It's always difficult to get a real top-class talent in the January window, because players usually move only in the summer."
Unsurprisingly, Robson still gave his stamp of approval to van Gaal, unfazed by the team's inconsistent and unspectacular performances.
"I think he's still trying to find out what system suits his players best. Injuries haven't helped, of course, but I still do believe that he's the right man for the job," he said.
"He's managed at the top and he can continue to manage the pressure like he's always done, no problem.
"If he's got to go out and spend big again, then so be it. He's the right man for us."