ROBBIE Brady believes Manchester United made him the player he is today as Burnley's record signing prepares to face his former club.
Brady moved from Dublin to Old Trafford as a 16-year-old but he made just one League Cup appearance for the Red Devils before moving to Hull City.
“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."
Brady joined the ranks at Old Trafford when many of the Class of 92 were still playing and he was grateful to get to work alongside them.
“Interacting with them and seeing them day in and day out (was fantastic)," he said. "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.”