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05/04/2018 15:00, Report by Adam Marshall. Video by Matt Tasker

Bryan Robson has paid tribute to his friend and colleague Ray Wilkins, following the sad news of the 61-year-old’s death on Wednesday.

Ex-Manchester United skipper Robson played alongside Wilkins for club and country in central midfield and the pair were close pals since meeting for England youth-team trials at the age of 17.

“If everybody was like him, the world would be a better place,” said United ambassador Robson on MUTV. “The thing about Ray is he was such a great guy and such a gentleman.”

During the interview, there is also the tale of how Ray helped convince Bryan to sign for the Reds and, of course, the recalling of the playmaker’s beautiful goal in the 1983 FA Cup final with Brighton & Hove Albion.

“After the game, I had a bit of banter with Ray,” said Robson. “I can still picture it. He turned in on his left foot – a bit of a weaker foot but he could pass with both feet. When he bent it into the top corner, I said to him after the game, that is the quickest I’ve ever seen you run!”

The reaction to the terrible news has said everything about the esteem in which Wilkins is held within football.

“I’ve even seen messages from Italy,” added Robson. “And how much they respected him as he played over at AC Milan. Ray will be remembered as a great player and a fantastic person. I’d like to pass on my condolences to Jackie and his family.”



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