Harry Maguire and Bryan Robson select their Dream United Teams



A long list of defenders was presented, again featuring those who have captained the Reds in a competitive match. The list was made up of Maguire, Martin Buchan, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Gary Neville, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Jaap Stam, Wes Brown, John O’Shea, Phil Neville, Gabriel Heinze and Axel Tuanzebe. Again, Robbo had first choice…
“I did have two defenders in mind, in case Harry chose one, but for me Jaap Stam was a beast of a man. He could do everything. Really strong, quick, strong in the air. He could read the game and he also had great ability where he could pass out and everything. We played in a charity game last season for Sir Alex and the Foundation and I was watching Jaap Stam and thinking he could still play now if he really wanted to. He was that good. When I was watching him in my ambassadorial role, when he was playing for United, I just thought he was a terrific centre-half.”

Harry’s choice…
“I must say Jaap Stam was going to be in my team. Like Robbo said, he could still play now. I’ve watched him in some of the charity games and he’s still powering past people all the time now. He must keep himself in great shape. I’m going to go with Rio Ferdinand, someone I’ve modelled my game on throughout my career. When I was a young boy he was the England centre-half, he was one of the best centre-halves in the Premier League. He’s been a great player for Manchester United, won numerous things and I just think the way he started bringing the ball out of defence and building up attacks, he brought that into the English game and he was definitely a big influence on the way defenders now do bring the ball out.”


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