Brady relishing first return to Red Devils’ lair

ROBBIE BRADY may have just one brief appearance from the bench for Manchester United to his name.

Robbie Brady is desperate to play against his former club Manchester United this weekend (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe).

But there can be little doubt that the Irishman loved his four and a half years at Old Trafford, which is why missing out on Hull City’s two Premier League clashes against United last season came as such a blow.

Injury caused Brady to be absent as the Tigers lost 3-2 at home on Boxing Day and then 3-1 in the May return but, come this Saturday, the 22-year-old is hoping to finally face his old club.

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“I can’t wait,” said Brady, whose sole first team appearance for the 13-times Premier League champions came as a late substitute against Newcastle United in the League Cup.

“I missed the last two games against them when I didn’t get the chance to play so I’m really excited about it. It will be great to go back there for the first time and hopefully we can get a result to make it all the better.”

Amid what would be the undoubted satisfaction of taking on his former employer, Brady admits the search for Premier League points will be uppermost in his mind at Old Trafford.

“We are a good side,” said the Republic of Ireland international.

“We were more than comfortable (against Spurs on Sunday) and we have got a good squad. It is just a case of putting those points together.

“It hasn’t been right in the last few weeks, but we have to get ourselves together, pick up some points and get ourselves back up the league.”

On the Spurs game that saw Hull, who now sit 17th in the table, surrender a 1-0 lead after Gaston Ramirez had been sent off shortly after the interval, Brady added: “I thought we had a good start and controlled the game. I thought we were more than comfortable when we were in front.

“The sending-off gave them a bit of a boost and pushed us back on our heels and it just went from there. The red card was silly. There wasn’t much contact but there was a flick.

“After that, Spurs got the two goals and it was very disappointing. They put the pressure on and when we went down to 10 men it was very difficult, especially with the way they had set up with so many attacking players.

“They ended up punishing us, but we have to move on and look to pick up a few points.”