Ryan Giggs is arguably the greatest left-winger in the history of the Premiership.
Not in the Arthur Scargill mould, I hasten to add, but more as a rampaging, mercurial footballer that has tormented defences unmercifully for 14 years.
One of the most decorated footballers of all time also happens to be the consummate professional, a perfect gentleman and possessed a thirst for learning.
However, Bryan Robson did manage to find one flaw in his character - he paid no attention to the West Bromwich Albion manager regarding his international future.
Today, Albion face the unenviable task of trying to contain a rampant Manchester United side in which Giggs has become an increasingly peripheral figure.
The 32-year-old has only started five Premiership games this season but, with Cristiano Ronaldo suspended, he is likely to give Albion's back-line a searching examination this afternoon.
Robson was still in Manchester United's engine room when Giggs first arrived on the scene as a prodigious talent in the early-1990's and he joined the Welshman's fan club immediately.
"Three young players really stood out when I was at Manchester United," he recalled.
"You could tell Mark Hughes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs were all going to be really good players at the age of 15 and Giggs is still one of my favourite players.
"He is a fantastic professional, has a great character and is a nice lad with no airs and graces.
"He took on board what the manager and older players said to him. Well, nearly all of the time, because he wouldn't listen to me about international football!"
Robson was captain of the England side at the time and Giggs qualified to play for both England and Wales. He was courted by both nations yet, despite Robson's best efforts, he plumped to follow his father and play for Wales.
"I tried to persuade him and said to him that he would be far better going on the international stage with England," admitted Robson.
"He decided to follow his dad and play for Wales and it is a shame that he hasn't played in any major finals.
"England have been complaining about the left-wing position since John Barnes and Chris Waddle stopped playing and Ryan would have filled the gap."
However, while Robson enjoyed reminiscing about Giggs, he was far more concerned about formulating a plan to procure at least a point at Old Trafford today.
Albion were outclassed a month ago as they fell to a 3-1 defeat in the Carling Cup, but can draw solace from a 1-1 draw there last season that, ultimately, kept them in the Premiership.
Aston Villa manager David O'Leary was castigated for starting with just one striker against Manchester United last week as Villa lost 2-0, but Robson thought that was unfair and hasn't ruled out adopting a similar formation.
"You never know what can happen and if you are disciplined and organised, you can get a result anywhere," said Robson.
"Eight times out of ten, they will beat us, but this just might be the one time we can beat them and you have to go there in a positive frame of mind. If you try to open up too much against Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, invariably you will lose, as they have got better players than you.
"People think that setting up with one striker can be negative, but that isn't always the case. David Moyes [Everton manager] adopted a 4-5-1 formation at Old Traf-ford and managed to get a
point whilst [Blackburn boss] Mark Hughes changed to a 4-4-2 and won 2-1. I don't think it is down to tactics, it is down to how you play and if you get the breaks. We will have to play better than at Portsmouth last week.
"The result was a major disappointment to all the boys, as we were comfortable and we need to start picking up points away from home. It was our least attractive away performance as we didn't create anything of note until Nathan Ellington's header in the last minute...SUPL: