No regrets for Norwich City’s Robbie Brady ahead of Manchester United reunion
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Norwich City's former Manchester United trainee Robbie Brady aims to show the Red Devils what they are missing on Saturday at Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old made one substitute cup appearance for the 20-times champions of England before opting to kickstart his career at Hull City.
Brady was competing with the likes of Juventus' highly-rated Paul Pogba to try and dislodge the old guard in Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick at Old Trafford, but the Republic of Ireland international insists he has no regrets.
'When I was there you had a lot of senior lads still involved who were playing every week and I just felt I needed to go and play,' he said. 'It was the right time I think to go and play and I was fortunate to find myself back in the Premier League a couple of seasons later so, no, no regrets on that part. It was a fantastic club and a great experience. It was unbelievable for me to witness how Sir Alex (Ferguson) went about things. I didn't play much first team football but just being in and around and learning from different coaches at the various age groups brought me on leaps and bounds as a player, mixed in with the football I have played now in the leagues.
'I was coming through with lads like Danny Welbeck and Corey Evans. There are quite a few now who have moved on and are doing well.'
Brady has continued to prove he belongs in the Premier League after a smooth transition from Hull in the summer.
'All I wanted to do was play in the Premier League and Norwich City gave me that opportunity. To be playing week in, week out, feeling fit and good is great for me on a personal level,' he said. 'I already knew a couple of the lads here but when I came in they all welcomed me with open arms and it felt as if I hit the ground running, certainly after about a week or two to get into the swing of things. Now I feel settled and ready for the rest of the season.'
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Brady is keen to avoid a repeat of the outcome on his only competitive return to his first club.
'We were 3-0 down and I came off injured in the second half,' he said. 'It's always nice to go back but I am on the other side of the fence now looking to get a result for Norwich. A lot of the staff has changed and players have come and gone but I still have some friends there and keep in contact every now and then.
'It was a great place to learn my trade and I really enjoyed my time there. It looks like they have played well at times this season and not so well at other times, but hopefully we can catch them in a bit of a rough patch. We can't rely on them making mistakes, they are Manchester United at the end of the day.'
The Dubliner does not subscribe to the theory the fear factor has gone under Louis van Gaal.
'It is still a massive club with world class players so I don't think you can take anything for granted,' he said. 'The league itself gets stronger every year. Most clubs now feel they can get a result off anybody when maybe a few years ago you approached the odd game feeling you needed a miracle.
'The gaps are getting smaller between the top and the bottom of the league.'