Irish International Robbie Brady has come a long way. From the over-awed kid at Manchester United to the £10 million star that saw him return to the Premier League, Brady has learned a few things along the way and has some funny stories.
Brady readily admits that he wasn't mature enough when he was at Old Trafford, and found the transition of watching players on the television to mixing with them every day very strange.
He recalls one incident to the Irish Times where Cristiano Ronaldo cut in front of him in a queue for food at the club canteen. The younger Brady didn't have the nerve to say anything to one of United's best players.
Ferguson saw the incident and wasn't pleased, making Brady regret not saying anything to Ronaldo and for not standing up to somebody whose place in the team he was aiming to take.
I was still in awe and maybe it took me a little while to get what it really took.
I think my time at United and then my loan spells at Hull helped me mature, to grow up and get my head around what it took. I always wanted to play at the highest level but it took getting that in your mind, and knowing what it takes was a big thing.
Ask David Beckham, being on the receiving end of the hair dryer treatment from Fergie isn't a place you'd wish on your worst enemy.
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