Pragmatic Brady happy to plot a route to the top by taking his chance at Hull
Brady enjoyed the rest of the game. His footwork and control were greeted with regular applause. He looks a crowd favourite. Afterwards Steve Bruce said it was “of paramount importance” Brady was signed permanently in January.
Hull City leapt to second in the Championship courtesy of their win. Three days later they fell back to third when conceding four at Crystal Palace. Neither one win nor one defeats vindicates or mocks Brady’s January decision. Hull might not make automatic promotion come May but Brady is part of a rising tide on Humberside.
Just two points cover the three clubs chasing leaders Cardiff City in a race that will only get more and more compelling. Brady is in the thick of it.
Hull will probably lose some ground today as they are playing at Burnley on Monday night. Also playing on Monday night, at Moss Lane, are Manchester United reserves. Had Brady stayed it is likely that is where he would be, as opposed to Old Trafford tomorrow for Chelsea in the FA Cup.
But it would be understandable if Brady still has “what-if” thoughts. And, if so, he can talk to Hull colleague, David Meyler. In last Saturday’s matchday programme there was a “Made In Ireland” feature. Meyler spoke in it, rousingly. “You can never knock an Irishman” and “we are unique people,”said Meyler. “We get on with things . . . that’s what you have to do in life, not dwell on things but go out and do things.”
It may not be glory, glory Manchester United but Robbie Brady is out there doing it at Hull City. And it may yet lead to the Premier League.
Ferguson’s view on the importance of sports science a clue to his decision on Rooney
The Peterborough United owner-chairman Darragh MacAnthony has launched a new magazine twentyfour7football. Its first edition has Alex Ferguson on the cover and an interview inside.
Given MacAnthony’s manager at Peterborough is one Darren Ferguson, the route to the elder Ferguson may be visible.
The interview – by Gordon McQueen’s daughter, Hayley – contains a paragraph that jumps out in a week when Wayne Rooney’s body fat compared to that of Cristiano Ronaldo’s or Ryan Giggs’s is such an issue.
“Sports Science, without question, is the biggest and most important change in my lifetime,” Alex Ferguson says.
“The medical side has improved a lot too in terms of rehabilitation and preparation of players, it’s moved the game on to another level that maybe we’d never have dreamt of all those years ago. Sports Science has brought a new dimension to the game.”
This development, and Ferguson’s glowing appraisal, is surely worth noting when he is gushing about Ronaldo and Giggs, while stating “Wayne needs games” shortly after leaving him on the bench.
Rooney might be called upon tomorrow against Chelsea. Then again, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez did not even make it off the bench against Real Madrid.