Robbie Brady says his time at Manchester United made him the player he is today.
The Irish international was speaking before Burnley’s 2-0 defeat to the Red Devils at Turf Moor yesterday.
“It was definitely the right choice to make to go to Manchester United when I was younger because I don’t think I would have been the player I am today if it wasn’t for Man United,” the 25-year-old said.
“It taught me so much about football on and off the pitch. It was a bit stop-start and I had a few injuries but I definitely wouldn’t change it. It was a fantastic period for me.
“Every young lad from where I’m from in Dublin would want to be where I was, so going in the first few days and eating your breakfast with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, it was surreal for me, but they helped me in watching the way they conducted themselves and they made me want to get where they were.
“I’m probably a million miles from where they were but if I can get anything in football near what they have achieved then it will be fantastic.
“I wanted to play for Manchester United but it was difficult at the time. They had so many players and so many great players that were there.
“I went on loan and played some football at Hull and I really enjoyed playing week-in, week-out.
“That was a massive factor and I felt at the time it was going to be best for me to go and play and try and develop and get out of the comforts of Manchester United and it was the right decision.”
Brady then signed for Norwich in 2015, and became Burnley’s record signing in January, joining his international teammates Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward at the club.
The Dubliner has also established himself as one of Ireland’s most important players, and has scored seven goals – including his famous header against Italy at Euro 2016 – in 32 appearances for the boys in green.