For some, it represents the end of a dream.
But Febian Brandy, who like thousands of other talented footballers failed to establish himself in Manchester United’s first team, believes his move
to Bramall Lane proves there is life beyond Old Trafford.
“A lot of young lads think everything is finished when you leave there,”the 24-year-old, one of six new arrivals at Bramall Lane this summer,
said. “But that’s not the case at all because you can still go on and have a really good career.
“If it was true then people like Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Danny Simpson and Craig Cathcart would never have gone on to do anything would they? Or
Robbie Savage too.”
Brandy, speaking less than two months after signing a potentially long-term contract with Sheffield United, could not be more far removed from the
former midfield terrier turned radio presenter.
Whereas Savage enjoyed a reputation as being something of an enfante terrible, Brandy, standing only 1.68m tall, prefers to create rather than
But why, having enjoyed such a successful season at Walsall, did he elect to swap the Banks’s Stadium for South Yorkshire? Step out of his comfort
zone after winning hearts and minds with Dean Smith’s side?
“It was impossible to say ‘no’ when I heard United wanted me here,” Brandy continued. “You’ve only got to look around the place, at the ground
and the crowd, to see what this club is all about and how far it can go if we get things right.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to criticise Walsall in any way, shape of form. I’d never do that because the people there were brilliant to me. I
owe them a lot and thank them for that.
“But this is a big, important move for me. I’m at an important moment in my development and I want to be a part of things with United.”
Brandys pent 13 years on the books at Manchester United.
He rose to prominence as a member of the squad which reached the 2007 FA Youth Cup final before scoring the winning goal against Juventus in the
Champions Youth Cup final later that summer.
“I’m still in touch with a lot of the lads there,” he said. “Lots of us from that era have gone on to do different things.
“I talk quite a bit with Tom Cleverley and Danny Wellbeck, who are still there, and Frazier Campbell who has since left but done really well.
“Others have gone out of the game and drifted away from it after leaving. I know a few of my ex-teammates from that time who are painters and
decorators or plumbers. They’re happy and enjoying themselves.
“But I’m really glad I stayed in it and lots of the things I learned from my time there, I’ve been able to put to really good use since.
“Hopefully I can carry on improving and learning from the staff here as well. In fact, I know I will because they’ve got so much knowledge about the
“Being able to tap into some of that can only make me a better player.”