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Norwich winger Robbie Brady believes Manchester United have lost their aura of invincibility and says teams are not afraid to visit Old Trafford any longer.
The Dubliner, a £7 million summer signing from Hull City, believes that clubs now go to Old Trafford with a sense of self-belief, with United struggling for fluency under manager Louis van Gaal this season.
“United are still massive but the gap between the big teams and the other clubs is much smaller now and I think we all believe we can go anywhere now and get a result,” he said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match between the sides at Old Trafford.
“You used to think you needed a miracle when you went there. But now I’m looking forward to going back and I’m confident we can pick up points against them.”
Brady started his career at the Manchester United academy after joining the club as a 16-year-old from St Kevin’s Boys, but made just one appearance for the Red Devils as a substitute in a League Cup match in August 2012.
“I was at the academy with players like Danny Welbeck and Corey Evans and although a lot of players and staff have left, I still have friends there,” he said.
“It was just unbelievable to be there when Sir Alex Ferguson was manager and to see the way he went about things. It was just fantastic to work with such a great manager.
“What I learned there did me nothing but good as a player but I knew I needed to go and play somewhere else if I wanted to play regularly and in the end going to Hull was the right move for me.”
Norwich dropped into the relegation zone last weekend after recording just one Premier League win from the previous 10 matches, but manager Alex Neil says he does not fear the sack despite the recent run of disappointing results.
“I have no fears about my job. As a manager, if you are working on the basis that you are fearful for your future then that is only going to hamper you,” he said.