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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Brady forced to bide time despite making competitive United debut

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

ROBBIE BRADY made his competitive Manchester United debut last night, but Giovanni Trapattoni has told the youngster that he must wait to be trusted at international level.

The Dubliner had high hopes of contributing to Ireland's World Cup campaign after his fine goal and impressive performance in the friendly win over Oman in London a fortnight ago.

However, the attack-minded winger has been placed on the standby list for next month's games with Germany and the Faroe Islands.

It is a blow for Brady, although he will be a happy man this morning after Alex Ferguson sent him into the fray in the 86th minute at Old Trafford in last night's 2-1 League Cup win over Newcastle.

Trapattoni is a big fan, but feels it would be asking too much of Brady to involve him in the German game. Instead, it is a time for older heads.

"After the game against Oman I said congratulations to him, and I liked him a lot. He is a creative player, but, against this opponent (Germany), we need players with experience. We have Whelan, Andrews, Fahey..."


It's likely that Simon Cox or Andy Keogh will start wide against the Germans. James McClean and Seamus Coleman should technically also be in contention. However, previous comments from management would indicate that they will also have to wait for involvement in a clash of this magnitude. Trapattoni feels that both Cox and Keogh are in tune with his system.

Another potential option is Keith Fahey who, in the past, has been deployed on the flank by the Italian. He makes a welcome return to the squad following a recurring groin injury that cost him a trip to Euro 2012.

The former St Patrick's Athletic star is more comfortable in the centre of the park, and Trapattoni did initially mention him in the same breath as Glenn Whelan and Keith Andrews, which would suggest that he now views him as an alternative in that department.

Either way, he is happy to have the Tallaght man available again. "He is not young," he said, "But it's good he is fit now and, if we need him, he can play."

Fahey was jostling in the queue with Darron Gibson during the Euro qualifiers, and there is no developments on the latter's international situation. As it happens, the Derry native is injured anyway, but Trapattoni stressed that the Everton man is "still disappointed" about his non-playing role in Poland.

Gibson refused a call-up to the Kazakhstan game on the basis that he wanted to take a break from the international game because of his unhappiness.

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