It has been an exciting past few months for Manchester United youngster Robbie Brady as he's recently made his senior debut for both club and country. In early September, the 20-year-old winger made his Ireland debut in a friendly versus Oman and during it, he bagged a goal and set up two others. A few weeks later in a Capital One Cup tie versus Newcastle United, Brady made his first appearance for United's first-team as a substitute late in the game. His rise continued last Friday when he came on as a substitute and featured for Ireland for the first time in a competitive fixture during a World Cup qualifier versus Germany. What more could go right for the talented youngster? How about starting for Ireland in their qualifier tonight versus Faroe Islands.
Giovanni Trapattoni, Ireland's manager, has made three changes from the side he used versus Germany. In his confirmed starting XI, Brady has been named a starter and he's expected to be a winger in an anticipated 4-4-2 system.
Breaking into the first-team squad at United is obviously difficult but this opportunity with Ireland for Brady is a good chance for him to further his development as a player. He won't be displacing the likes of Antonio Valencia, Nani, or Ashley Young anytime soon on the flanks at Old Trafford but Brady could impress enough to where he possibly gets further looks in upcoming Capital One Cup and FA Cup clashes. His progression as of late has been tremendous for a 20-year-old and maybe it can further continue into him possibly getting serious consideration for breaking into the United first-team on a more regular basis sometime in the next few years. In the mean time, he should hope to make the most of his current opportunities.