Date: 30th March 2011 at 6:10pm
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Bryan Robson

A marvel both on and off the pitch

Bryan Robson, back in Manchester after his successful cancer removal operation has thanked United fans for all their support.

Robson who was diagnosed with throat cancer several weeks ago is expected to make a full recovery, as one would arguably expect from such a tough man.

The Manchester Evening News reports:

Robson said:

“I would like to thank all the fans for their well-wishes.

“I am feeling fine in myself.┬áThe operation to take the tumour out was successful.

“Now I have to go on a course for five weeks of treatment.

“All the specialists have been positive and said that I should make a 100% recovery. That is all I wanted to hear.”

Robson has no need to thank anyone as it’s the United fans who should be thanking him for over 12 years of fantastic service to the club. The nickname “Captain Marvel” doesn’t do him justice and many who saw both him and Roy Keane play, would argue that Robson was arguably the better player.

While I’ll leave that debate for another day, even though I was only young when Robson was in his prime I have fond memories of watching what seemed like the footballing equivalent of Rocky Balboa dominate the midfield at Old Trafford every game without fail.

I was chatting with a girl who’d recently finished a work placement on MUTV a few weeks ago, and she told me how the ‘nicest man you could ever wish to meet was Bryan Robson’, she was amazed at how such a legend could be so kind and humble.

Robson’s part of what makes United great and his thanks to the fans is the sort of example many modern players could do with learning from.

The whole of football was shocked to hear the news that Robson was suffering from cancer, yet no one can be truly shocked that it looks as though one of the toughest men ever to play the game is on course for a full recovery.

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