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Reece Brown: Wes Asks For DVDs Of My Games

Wes Brown, who joined United when he was just 12-years-old, never quite had the career he should have done. Whilst winning plenty of medals and playing an important role in contributing to the success of 2007-2008, injuries stopped him from reaching his potential on a consistent basis.

Wes left the club for Sunderland two years ago, although can still be spotted on United away trips with our fans, and his younger brother, Reece, is still at the club.

Reece, who was just 9-years-old when he joined the club, has just gone out on loan to Ipswich Town, and hails the influence of his older brother.

“My brother keeps an eye on how I’m doing and it’s good to know that someone with his experience is looking out for me,” said Reece. “He’s had a great career and he will often ask for the DVDs of my games to see where I went right and wrong in my performances. It’s great to have him offering bits of advice here and there. People often compare me to my brother but I think we are quite individual and I want to be known for Reece, not Wes.”

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  1. iced earth says:

    i miss wes

  2. emmarsonjumbe says:

    i think he would make it as wes go go go Reece

  3. bombay_devil says:

    I don’t.

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Great club with massively talented youth.

    Might surprise you lot that brother Wes Brown had more appearances for united in our 2008 CL winning year than any other player in the squad. So don’t come on hear and say that Wes was not of a standard. Had a diabolical time with injuries and Rafael was always looking to be given the nod at RB. Sure wish we had either Wes or O’Shea last year. We would be looking at 21 this season instead of 20.

    Get in Reece! We got your back!

  5. domunited says:

    Wes with the cross to Ronnie in Moscow….

    There should be a list of those United players whose careers were stunted by injury while here. Many we’re glad to have left, others cut a bittersweet picture of what may have been:

    Owen Hargreaves
    Wes Brown
    Alan Smith
    Juan Seba Veron
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (great, but could he possibly have been better? Methinks yes)
    Jesper Gronkjaer

    Yes, some of these names will go down in United folklore, but they also represent lost potential. Esp from my fave of all time, the babyfaced assassin

  6. medumtum says:

    Wes was actually too talented for the utility man he ultimately ended his time at United as. Injuries really cost him, but given a run in the team he would usually show the depth of his ability.

  7. King Eric says:

    bombay – No you probably wouldn’t miss Wes. He was a top lad and player for United and integral in our Double season of 07/08.

  8. King Eric says:

    dom – Ole did alright mate! Legend. Gronjkaer? Do you meam Jesper Blomquist? Ha.

  9. Lee Martins Winner says:

    In his early career, he was talked about in the same breath as Rio. Injuries and playing out of position did not help him, but I will disagree with anyone who says he was not United Quality. One his day, composure, great timing in the tackle, he could distribute the ball and was as brave as they come.

    Great servant to the club he loves…….

  10. WeAreUnited says:

    Wes Brown was always one of my favourites when he played for us and that certain season was awesome from him.

    Sad that he had those injuries and had to be led go, but that’s United, and fortunately now we have Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Jones and Buttner with Fabio.

    A United supporter and player is what this club needs! :)


  11. Lee Martins Winner says:

    Totally off topic (apologies)

    But is there a bigger joke in football History than £35 Million pound for Andy Carrol?

  12. WeAreUnited says:

    Liverpool executives: We want to buy Andy Carroll..
    Newcastle: I don’t know…How much do you offer….
    Liverpool: £35milli…
    Newcastle: deal!

  13. domunited says:

    @King – Blomqvist. Yes. Blimey

    Trust me, I am the most fervent supporter of OLE’GEND there is (even named my first-born after him, Oliver) – but injuries really interrupted his progress. He was a killer when on the pitch – the numbers speak for themselves. But imagine if he didn’t spend as much time with the physio as he had… I think he was as natural and lethal a goal scorer as anyone else the world has seen. Forget the dribbling and speed of Henry or the workhorsemanlike Shearer – I really do think Ole is the best striker the Prem has seen.

    Red-tinted glasses? Not entirely… =)

  14. Gopher Brown says:

    What’s happened to Wes? I haven’t seen him in the Sunderland team for about a year now.

  15. bombay_devil says:

    @ king eric…was old enough to watch the entire 07-08 season albeit, only on tv. Still, don’t miss wes. Maybe he was immensely talented and had injuries or whatever. IMO, he always seemed slightly error-prone. He only played that ONE good season because Gary Neville was injured and was not half as good as good he would’ve been. Not saying he was shit…just saying I don’t miss him. Always made me groan, his name on the teamsheet.

  16. bombay_devil says:

    Also, I’ll admit he’s been THAT one player at united that I could never bring myself to support ( doesnt everyone have one). My efforts did get better though after he scored against liverpool (don’t remember when). So yeah, I was always biased against him.

    PS: I really miss John O’ Shea.

  17. matt says:

    February 26, 2013 at 03:39
    bombay_devil says:

    Also, I’ll admit he’s been THAT one player at united that I could never bring myself to support ( doesnt everyone have one).

    No, most of us support every player.

    We really do have some of the worst “fans” at this club.

  18. bombay_devil says:

    Don’t need an approval from the “true fans” section to post my views or to continue supporting united. if not missing Wes Brown makes me a ‘worst’ fan, I wouldn’t lose sleep on that.

  19. matt says:

    February 26, 2013 at 05:35
    bombay_devil says:

    Don’t need an approval from the “true fans” section to post my views or to continue supporting united. if not missing Wes Brown makes me a ‘worst’ fan, I wouldn’t lose sleep on that.

    Seriously, what are you talking about? Your not making sense. Where did I ever say anything about requiring approval to support United? All I said was that no, unlike yourself, most fans don’t have a “player they can’t bring themselves to support” who play for United.. And then all I said was United has some of the worst fans around. Which, after reading your next comment, is also true.

  20. Reddzz says:

    Wes Brown hasnt played for Safc for over a year due to different injuries. Hasnt earned his wages.may as well buy him out of his contract.a poor buy from for oshea he has been very poor this season and is well past his sell by date,havent had a decent central defender since we loaned jonny evans off you.

  21. DreadedRed says:

    Wes Brown was one of my all-time favourites in the starting line-up.

    Quality, effort, and deep red blood.

  22. bombay_devil says:


    No, most of us support every player.

    We really do have some of the worst “fans” at this

    The way I see it, you’re clearly calling me the ‘worst’ fan for having a player that I couldn’t support. Maybe most fans don’t have a player like that. I did. His name was Wes Brown. What conclusion you draw from this is your lookout.

    Either way, I hate getting into armchair arguments. If you think I’m a horrible fan, fine. I still think you’re a pretty good fan if you’re standing up for Wes Brown but then again, that’s just my opinion.

    I’m having a great day over here. Hope you have one too. Cheers!

  23. AlphaRS says:

    Wes Brown not up to standard?

    Have a look at his performance in the Man United 1 – 0 Barcelona game.

    He didn’t put a foot wrong. That season the boy became a man.

  24. AlphaRS says:

    Always something special about local lads playing for United.

  25. King Eric says:

    matt – Well said mate. I support every fucking player. Wes Brown was quality and a top Red. Hard as nails too.

  26. King Eric says:

    Which Wes goal against Dippers?

  27. karl says:

    If we could learn to love Michael Owen then we can love anybody who pulls on the shirt

  28. bombay_devil says:

    @ king eric..if ypu’re aking me about the ses goal mate, I can’t quite recollect. What i can though is that united either won and brown’s goal was ki d of comical. It looked like it went in with his nose getting the final touch or something lol. I am not exactly sober, if that helps you to deduce haha. Night!

  29. DreadedRed says:

    At Old Trafford in 2008, Wes Brown scored the opener with a header off his neck, from a cross curled in by Rooney. Mascherano was sent off, it was one of Anderson’s better games. Ronaldo and Nani made it 3:0

    Strange to be talking about liverpool, I’d forgotten about them.

  30. Fibes says:

    Wes Brown is the best natural defender i’ve ever seen play at youth level. Period. If not for injuries he would be on 60-70 England caps by now, easy.

  31. bombay_devil says:

    @ dreaded red, that’s the one!

  32. Raizzen says:

    I have lots and lots of love for the players who put on the shirt and play their hearts out for the team. No matter how people say untalented they are. I guess that’s just me. I have this soft spot for players who bear the same feelings as us fans on the pitch. So regardless of what people will say about the Browns, the Fletchers, the Evans or even the Welbecks of the team, I will always have this tiny tiny spot for them deep in my heart.

    Hagreaves can go fuck himself tho.


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