Manchester United have registered Robbie Brady in the UEFA Champions League squad with the #37 ahead of SC Braga’s visit to Old Trafford tomorrow.
It is the next step in what has been a superb year so far for Brady. He joined up with the senior squad for the 2012 Tour, where the natural winger showed his versatility by slotting in at left back as Sir Alex tried out some new options prior to Alexander Buttner’s signing.
As well as making progress with the first team at United, Brady has made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland and scored his first international goal in a friendly against Oman.
The experience of travelling on match day for a Champions League game will be huge for the 20-year-old even if he doesn’t get any minutes as it is a rel sign of intent from the manager.
After Sir Alex confirmed that three bids from Championship clubs to take Brady on loan were rejected because he is in the “first team plans”, a call up to the European squad is a real indication that Sir Alex feels Brady is ready for first team action.
With a big League Cup game against Chelsea coming up on 31 October, it would certainly be a tough game for him to come into but he has all the makings of a great winger at United – pace, determination, discipline and a fierce left foot are some of his strongest assets as a player.
Having been at Manchester United since 2008, he has been working his way patiently through the lower ranks and will definitely have a chance to impress with the first team this season.