Liam Brady has revealed that he could have ended up at Manchester United instead of Arsenal as a young footballer, claiming that the Red Devils even offered his mother a washing machine in order to entice him to Old Trafford.
The Gunners legend, who played over 300 games for the North London club, scoring 59 goals, said that his mother even tried to coax him into accepting the offer, but insisted that the kitchen utility was never going to alter his choice.
“I nearly went to Manchester United as a kid,” Brady told reporters at the announcement of a friendly game between Man United and his old club Sampdoria.
“The scout here in Ireland was a guy called Billy Behan. Because I was a Manchester United fan he thought I was nailed on.
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“Then I went to London and Arsenal liked me and they looked after me.
“Manchester United actually offered my mother a washing machine for me to go there. But my mind was made up and a washing machine wasn’t going to change it.”
The 61-year-old, who went on to play for Juventus, Inter Milan, Sampdoria, Ascoli and West Ham, reflected that the inducements now on offer to young footballers have changed considerably.
He added: “Now a kid gets a house and a car and his father gets a job for life.”