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The Truth Behind The Sun’s ‘Exclusive’ On Wes Brown

The Sun is today claiming that Wes Brown’s future at United is hanging by a thread after a furious row with Sir Alex in the pre-season.

The United lads went out on the piss when on the tour of the States in the summer, something the manager approved. However, when they were getting a bit rowdy on the journey home, Sir Alex told them to keep the noise down.

Wes Brown, who’s probably still a little too Longsight for his own good, piped up with “Fuck off, you cunt!” in an attempt at humour. It’s the way you could talk to one of your mates with a grin on your face. It’s not the way you talk to Sir Alex Ferguson. But what he says in jest after a few beers shouldn’t define his United career.

And this is the incident The Sun is referring to.


After that incident, the ever-accommodating Wes shied away from the press when in the States and was reluctant to give any interviews.

Does this tiff mean he will be out of the club? Well, Sir Alex wasn’t at all happy with Wes a couple of seasons back when he wouldn’t immediately sign a contract which totally undervalued him. Wes was our starting right-back that season and was being offered a worse salary than John O’Shea, which he rightly refused to sign. The manager blamed the fuss on Wes listening too much to his agent but in reality, he just isn’t a soft lad, and wasn’t going to have the piss taken out of him because he’s a ‘loyal’ player. But could the manager still be holding a grudge after this?

I have to say, I would be desperately disappointed if they couldn’t put this behind them. There’s no reason why Wes shouldn’t see out his playing days with the club. I would be gutted if he left, in January as it’s been rumoured, because he’s a proper red and plays with the dedication of a fan.

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  1. willierednut says:

    These 2 are valuable players for specific missions, are they undercover operatives Costas? lol.

  2. CedarsDevil says:

    Not sure if any of you guys get to watch PLTV (Premier League TV) which is the company that sells tv coverage for the PL.

    Anyway, most of their guests are so anti United its a joke. Andy Townsend has already handed the title to Chelsea, Gareth Southgate is adamant that shitty will finish above us.

    Worry not though my fellow Devils, I do skype in regularly to their shows and now I have a nice wager with both Andy and Gareth…. Should either of their predictions be wrong than they will attend their show wearing a UNITED shirt!

  3. shmoo says:

    slight of topic, has any1 seen this about that little argie fker moaning again about quitting football, poor little carlito, he says his body is old, and he cant take it anymore…… i would like to see the little fker get up at 5am everyday, travel nearly 2 hours to site then do 10 hours work , travel back, then work on yer house at night time, and goto bed at 12ish… do that ya little money grabbing rat faced fker for a year or so, and see how you body feels then!!!!!.. he dosent realise just how lucky he and the rest of the modern football players are.. makes me sick!!

  4. CedarsDevil says:

    @ shmoo

    Just read about it… made me laugh really. Tired of playing football and getting crazy money? But like you said this dick head has no idea how easy he has it. Some people work a whole life time to earn what he makes in one week….

  5. Giles Oakley says:

    To Costas, Red Devil, Yor Yor, Slim, Rob/ Vidic will get ya, Legolas, many thanks for your kind words which as always mean a lot, coming from the United family. I was very sorry to hear about your father Yor Yor, which gives an added dimension to your words of encouragement to me, which are very much appreciated, especially the bit about Eikrem, Pogba and Petrucci. Brilliant advice, as from what I’ve seen they look fantastic. I was going to say ‘I can’t wait to see them in the first team’, but that seems a bit pessimistic!

  6. MG says:

    Afternoon reds

    Afternoon Giles Oakley – read your updates keep the flame burning

    I’m under the weather so for the time being over and out

    To all to CedarsDevil

    This shirt is a symbol of defiance – in trusting it we defy everyone that does not.

    History speaks for itself – take us to a corner tell us that it’s over and then watch

    Manchester United will never die – if those that do not believe still don’t understand then we are many that do.

  7. willierednut says:

    They make take our wifes, but they’ll never take our freedom!!

  8. Costas says:


    Hey, we are at war, lol. Park’s mission is to embarass Arsenal(he has scored against them more times than Ruud :D ) and O’Shea’s mission is to put Arsenal games to bed when we are down to 10.

  9. Red Devil says:

    @King Eric, Costas, willie

    hello mates…..
    I am sorry if you felt bad about the ‘cavalry thing’ as you described it, but I think Costas explained it pretty well. All of us are passionate United fans who care for the club and its the condescending tone of some posters that gets under the skin. As I already mentioned in another post, one usually doesn’t want to kick lumps out of fellow United supporters but respect is a two-way street…

    I see willie and Costas are upto their usual shenanigans :D Now all we need is for someone to bring up the name of Jenna Jameson :D

    On the point of missing posters, there’s quite a few who’ve gone missing off late….
    RedScot, RCWIS, (NRD as you already mentioned), there’s quite a few not seen around this blog off late.. they were two funny guys..wonder where they’re at

  10. parryheid says:

    Costas .

    Just read your 7.35 post ,bit Stazi like keeping records of non conformists to your views dont you think.

  11. Costas says:

    @Red Devil

    Hi mate. Lol, don’t mention the name Jenna Jameson so early in the day.


    If I can remember with whom I agree or disagree on a particular subject is Stazi like, then call me a Stazi spy if you want. Non conformists? Who am I? The pope? The meaning of the comment was entirely different if you read it carefully.

  12. wayne says:

    morning newpapers have us linked with 4 goalies today,lindegaard,de gea,stekelenburg,neuer, i thought last year we were interested in the russian goalie aswell,another has us going for sanchez in january because of the valencia injury and rooney wants a winter break,for me as a fan the xmas period is the most exciting these two week international breaks that nobody gives a toss about is what makes the season so long,you could cut the season down i’m guessing by a couple of months without internationals then play those games once the season is over

  13. Red Devil says:


    At this rate, we’ll be holding a goal keeper sale of our own a couple of years down the line if we buy all we are linked to….:D


    Hey, if I do say anything to offend you, I apologize in advance mate…just dont add my name to your list will you…

  14. Costas says:

    @Red Devil

    Lol, no mate. Why would you think that? You didn’t offend me. Just leave the Jenna references for later in the day. :D

  15. Red Devil says:


    I just got scared mate….Stazi….wow i dont wanna take any chances..:D

  16. Costas says:

    @Red Devil

    Heh, don’t worry about it. You are not on our list. ;)

  17. willierednut says:

    Red Devil – No need to say sorry, you’re entitled to your opinion mate. If some don’t like it, then that’s just tough. On missing posters, RCWIS is Lord Gaga now, the others, i don’t know where they are, I’m sure they’ll be back though.

  18. Costas says:

    I admit that until Red Devil brought it up, I had forgotten about RedScot. Haven’t seen him around here in a while..

  19. RedGem says:

    @Giles Oakley..I’m sorry to hear about your condition. I will be praying for you. Cancer runs in my family and while I see the suffering the person goes through, I won’t pretend to know how you are really feeling. But, you will be in my thoughts and I hope you beat this nasty disease.

    @rooney the new king – please take care of yourself. We all feel frustrated and angry but you gotta do something to make sure your health isn’t affected so badly. I know exactly how you are feeling because I’ve gone through the same thing many times and it’s going to ruin our health.

  20. willierednut says:

    Ah RedScot. He’d start a fight in an empty house lol.

  21. Red Devil says:

    @rtnk, Dave Mack

    Just missed your earlier post mate at 0:16 mate
    I have to disagree with you there… I dont hate the glazers per se as human beings mate…why should I, they haven’t done me any harm at all. It just that I dont agree with the way they have conducted their business with regards to United. And if money-minded men take greed to higher levels, then people have got a right to protest, which right is embodied by the Govan roots of our very own deity Sir Alex.

    And I believe our protests are having an effect…the only reason funds have not been taken out yet from the club’s coffers to pay the debt is that the eyes of the fans all over the world are on them and they are aware of the fact that they cannot do anything they want.
    Also the freeze in the ticket prices is another example of that—-it was already budgeted in the previous year, but they cancelled the rise in prices because of the protests.

    I will only be too glad if all goes well and United go from strength to strength, and here’s hoping to that..

  22. Tomo1982 says:

    Not read every comment so apologies if I’m repeating what’s already been stated, but something must be going on as I can’t believe he is not starting at right back ahead of O’Shea, despite stating he is primarily a centre half.

    I know he hasn’t hit the sames heights as 07/08, but to be fair it seems he hasn’t really been given the opportunity.

    Some of it is through the bad luck of injuries, but it seems whenever he returns to fitness Sir Alex is reluctant to bring him back in. I always have said he suffers the odd lapse in concentration, but whenever he gets a run of games he shows his class, as proved in that season, but unforunately he doesn’t seem to get them that often.

    Wouldn’t want to see him go.

  23. theboogeyman says:

    willie- How could we forget RCWI, the comedy genius that he was? Him and Redbeard. And Fred lol. And yeah, RedScot’s been gone a long while. Where’s FailsworthDevil though? He’s been gone for about a year.

  24. willierednut says:

    theboogeyman – Don’t forget manutdchampions08, he was a comedy genius.

  25. RedGem says:

    @willie at 13:57 …hahahahaha…

  26. rooney the new king says:

    RedGem – health wise I am fine united glazer talk will always bring out my HULK side because I get angry of how they have treated a club which is making a fortune with little reward on the profits made, imagine any persons family are billionaires and in the will you will not get a penny, that is how I feel is happening to united we are making a fortune with little put back into the club to improve OT etc etc . I am 24 etc etc, I have got super angry when I have lost many games on the ps3, so the glazer talk is a walk in the park

    Red Devil – true there they know the never ending hurricane of fans will always hate them of how the club has been treated. I probably rank on ROM, has the NO1 fan who hates the glazers more than any other fan. Maybe that is an ego thing talking but I do class myself has the no1 hater of the glazers LOL

  27. theboogeyman says:

    willie- Yeah, him too. No one will beat Tufty though.

  28. hooligankicker says:

    @ Giles Oakley 21:19

    Wow – puts everything here in context really when you hear something like that. I wish you all the best in your ongoing fight.

  29. hooligankicker says:

    @parryheid 12:58

    That’s you on the list!

  30. RedGem says:

    @rooneythe….okay, i see.. take care just the same… :)

  31. Kings says:

    I hate all newspapers, but the Sun is the one I hate with a passion, purely because they seem to have great joy in incorrectly addressing our great manager. I don’t believe anything they say. Fucking cunts.

  32. willierednut says:

    Kings – Steven Howard is the main culprit in that paper.

  33. stretfordend_ryda says:

    would be more gutted if he left then i was when andy cole left

    wes brown and his family use to liv on the estate just off winterford avenue in ardwick (which is more or less longsight for tho’s who don’t know) a 10 second walk from my grans house, when i was younger me and my cousin would have a kick around on the street with wes and reece, he was always a good guy i remember when i first seen him play, there was a tournament at the cliff around 1998 and he was playing for the youth team, it was a day i remember well because it was the day i more or less fell in love with united, i remember seeing andy cole, phil neville, david may, brian mcclair, the physio rob swire, and nicky butt and the fact that wes has been with the first team for 12 years he’s deffo heading the same way as giggs, scholes and neville in being a 1 club man, hes one of our most loyal players and the fact that hes been with us so long should mean he gets the chance to see out his career with us!

    and am sure most united fans would prefer to see him start over that plank o’shea anyday

  34. Steve_G says:

    lets just say that wes does leave, where does that leave his younger brother who would obviously harbour ill feelings towards the club if his brother got the boot

  35. Legolas says:

    why do some fans suppose the Glazers are just greedy folks??… for all you know, they are great fans just like us but have fulfilled their dream of buying their idol club and the chance of taking United to greater heights… unfortunately, it’s not workin out the way they expected, isn’t that modest?… I dont think Gill and SAF will still be supportive if they had selfish intentions. My humble opinion.
    @Costas. 100% right on everythin you’ve posted.
    @RedGem. A lady is the thermometer of the house. and you’re a really good one. keep it up!! lol

  36. RedGem says: you… :)

  37. Legolas says:

    @RedGem. you are welcome dear…

  38. dexter says:

    Most of these comments are way old. And Wes has still hardly played at all this season. Rafael is a quality young player but is a liability and he will cost us at some point and hopefully not in a big game… either by giving a penalty or a sending off…

    O’Shea hasn’t played much either…? And Gary Neville has just about retired.

    I would prefer Wes at right back for the title run in. The semi against Barcelona at Old Trafford he was a man mountain.


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