Sir Alex Ferguson has today claimed that Robbie Brady will be back up for Patrice Evra at left back, amidst rumours that Leighton Baines is joining the club.

“Brady is an outside-left but we believe there’s a possibility he will develop into a left-back,” he said. “It’s an area which we’re paying attention to as Patrice Evra has played an average of 45 games in the last few seasons. So it’s important for Fabio to get experience at QPR because, touch wood, Evra is never injured. The opportunities weren’t there for Fabio and he needed more opportunities. With him away at QPR, we’re a bit short at left-back so that’s why we’re trying Brady there. We also have Tyler Blackett with us. He’s a strong boy, tall and quick and he has time on his side. He is here for the experience.”

Brady is a 20-year-old from Dublin who spent last season out on loan at Hull, playing in over 40 games for the Championship side. He has played for Ireland at U-17, U-19 and currently U-21 level.