The exciting young Man United winger you may not have heard of
11 September 2012
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni is set to give Manchester United winger Robbie Brady his first senior international cap, after he impressed during the Under-21s qualifying campaign for the European Championship. talkSPORT's Talent Spotter has more on the promising 20-year-old.
Name: Robbie Brady
Club: Manchester United
Date of birth: 14 January 1992
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
International honours: U17, U19 and U21 Republic of Ireland
NEED TO KNOW
Pacy winger Robbie Brady is highly regarded by Manchester United and has been likened to both Ryan Giggs and, slightly less dauntingly, Andy Reid due to his technical and creative abilities. Since joining the club in 2008, Brady has gone on to graduate from the academy and cement his place in the club's reserve side.
1) Brady was scouted by Manchester United while playing for St. Kevin's Boys in his native Ireland. He joined the club's academy in 2008, shortly after his 16th birthday.
2) Despite plying his trade primarily as a left-winger, Brady was utilised as a left-back during United's pre-season tour of South Africa.
3) Brady is the Republic of Ireland's all-time top scorer at Under-21 level with seven goals in 11 appearances.
4) He is yet to make his Manchester United senior debut, but was named as an unused substitute for United's League Cup Fourth Round win against Wolves in October 2010.
5) The wide-man spent the 2011/12 season on-loan at Hull City, making 41 appearances and scoring three times in all competitions.
“Playing football is all I’ve ever wanted to do. If I didn’t play football I don’t know what I’d do. Playing for United is unbelievable, more so when you actually sit down and think about how fortunate you are.”
“Robbie Brady is one of the best junior players in our Under-21 national team. Technically, he can create. In the past we had no other like this. He's quick and very creative. He has a good personality.” - Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni
“He is a star of the future. He is top scorer with Under-21s and he has settled in well. There has been no shyness or sitting back. He has slotted straight in.” - Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle.