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Robson: Manchester United needed a big defender like Bruno Martins Indi

Bryan Robson believes Dutch hard man Bruno Martins Indi would have been an ideal signing for Manchester United.

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Bruno Martins Indi signed for Porto after the World Cup. Credit: PA

The 22-year-old centre-back joined Porto from Feyenoord this week after enjoying a solid World Cup under new United boss Louis van Gaal.

"He really impressed me in Brazil, especially against Argentina when they were up against it," Robson said.

"He had a really good tournament. He had a big presence on the pitch and we need someone like that."

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Irwin: Man Utd can reach the Premier League summit under Van Gaal

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Louis van Gaal. Credit: PA

Denis Irwin believes new Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal will be a resounding hit at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal's first game in charge comes on Wednesday when United take on the Los Angeles Galaxy in the first game of their US tour.

"We would have liked him in earlier, but he did well with the Netherlands [at the World Cup]," Irwin said.

"Slowly but surely he will be able to put his own imprint on the way he wants Manchester United to play.

"The manager has won trophies all over the world. His experience will be good for us. Next season we have to aim for the summit."

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