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Wes: I Always Try To Do My Best For The Team

Wes Brown, who has struggled to get in to the team thanks to a big falling out with the manager on the pre-season tour, is eager to make the most of every opportunity he has to play.

He’s 31-years-old and his contract expires next summer. When his last contract was negotiated he was our first choice right-back, yet the club failed to offer Wes what he believed he deserved. At one stage, the talks stopped all together, with the club refusing to up their offer and Wes refusing to sign. Alls well that ends well though, with the two parties eventually coming to an agreement, but rumours are rife we won’t see such an amicable resolution if Wes is seeking a long term contract.

“I am not getting any younger now and every game I do play I just try to enjoy and do my best for the team,” he said. “You have to give everything for the cause. That is the most important thing for me. It has been great to be back playing some games. I am really enjoying things at the moment. I am training hard and hopefully I will have more opportunities in the coming months.”

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  1. SP says:

    sad to say it since he’s from the academy and he was a key player just a couple of years ago, but i can’t see him staying past this summer as he still has premier league starting quality, which he won’t get here. 3rd choice at right back and 5th at centerback.

  2. Corea says:

    Yeah, a likable player and one of my favorite footballers ever. 07-08 season i was so glad for him to prove all the critics wrong. Wat a season for him and the team.
    Hope he ends his career with us and gets a fair new contract.
    For me he is still our first choice right back. Hу was 08-09 and 09-10 for sure, right now with Rafael having a blinder it has become tougher.

  3. Corea says:

    To add a bit.
    What a tough tackler, true professional and a player on whom you can rely anytime. And a good technique for a defender with an ability to cross the ball.

  4. romeo says:

    Plus his missus is damn FIT!

  5. willierednut says:

    Top Red.

  6. redrider says:

    We need him, Neville’s most probly retirin at the end of the season… Think he’ll stay…

  7. Costas says:

    Love Wes, but I am afraid that we could be looking into the final months of his United career. This week in particular proved that he is not in the manager’s plans as he once was.

  8. Doghouse says:

    Rafael is the future but you need depth in any squad. If we could keep Wes that would be brilliant, because he’s such a great player, but it’s up to him I suppose. He could walk into a lesser team and be their best player quite easily. It’s important to have players of his calibre to fill gaps from injuries or fatigue, but it’s almost an unfair ask. I mean the guy is a footballer, he wants to play. I think sometimes we ask more of the guys on the bench than we do of the guys on the pitch at times. Must be murder to just sit there and watch it all happen.

  9. Corea says:

    Can’t help myself myself but the topic brought a tear to my eyes.
    We will all be so sad when Scholesy and Giggsy go. I will be also very sad when Brown goes or retires.
    Unfair to him not keeping the place in the first team after 07-08. But i guess it’s just life and Fergie’s famous rotation these days.

  10. willierednut says:

    I’d have him ahead of JOS every time, but that’s just my opinion. Rafa’s form has put pressure on Wes and Sheasy and now Fabio is breathing down their necks as well, those bloody twins! lol.

  11. Jeet says:

    For all the stick I give O’Shea, him and Brown are guys we have to retain. Otherwise you are talking of back-up signings for RB, CB and LB…these guys are the unsung heros of the squad.

  12. Costas says:


    It’s evolution and that’s how it happens at United. At first I was sceptical of Smalling getting a spot in the squad over Wes, but he’s done very well and he deserved his chance. Same goes for the twins and Evans of course.

    What puzzled me is that the defence was rotated entirely in the last 2 games and Wes didn’t play at all. I’ll go into conspiracy theory mode again, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some people at OT never forgot that Wes played hardball over his last contract extension.

  13. Red Typhoon says:


    I agree with you on that mate!! Wes should be ahead of JOS. he’s a brilliant right back..not as pacy but he’s experienced and tough as nails. Positioning is brilliant compared to O’Shea!! Wes does not really have the pace..he’s still faster then JOS and he knows how to place himself against a pacy winger unlike JOS. I am not banging JOS to the ground but comparatively Wes is a better right back. JOS has his qualities too but maybe he’s better off in a defensive midfielder role. Just my two cents worth!!

  14. Corea says:

    Jeet – absolutely agree mate.

    Costas – don’t think so. i think the incident during the summer hasn’t been forgotten.

  15. Doghouse says:


    Hardball is the only way Wes plays. :D

  16. Red Typhoon says:


    Conspiracy on Roy Hodgson’s make up kit borrowed from Torres?? Anything on that mate??..LOL

  17. FletchTHEMAN says:

    I think Brown will get a new contract as long as he doesn’t push for an excessive increase. Though he might not be first choice with Rafael coming on, he is definitely in front of JOS and RedNev on the depth chart. With squad depth the primary issue, injuries the next focus, and two complete squads a priority for SAF, I think a new deal will be done. But the problem will be age, as United don’t give out more than year extensions once a lad reaches 30. Maybe Wes will see this as a problem if his finances aren’t in order. But we need mature Reds as senior players and Wes is a top top lad. Feel that Wes still fits the bill for me.

  18. Costas says:


    Yeah that hasn’t helped matters. But when the time comes for us to offer a contract extension(if we offer one), then I am guessing that we won’t be as genereous as we were with Sheasy because of what happened in 2008.


    Lol, true that. Fergie and Gill should have known. :)

  19. Costas says:

    @Red Typhoon

    Lol, I don’t have anything else on that. That’s one perverted club with trannies, captains french kissing cameras and managers in need of make up. I’ll keep my distance. :)

  20. Corea says:

    Costas – Sheasy got the higher contract than they offered to Wes. He had every right to do what he did. He has to be on equal terms with Sheasy at least !!! He is also versatile.

  21. Dave says:

    Sadly, I can’t see him staying beyond the end of his current contract. He’s a great player on his day and was spectacular during 07-08 season but he gets too many injuries and this disrupts his form whenever he gets into any sort of rhythm. He is, however, a truly dedicated United man and I hope he can get back into the team and play like he did in ’08.

  22. Red Typhoon says:

    LOL…you got that right mate!! I’ll keep my distance too..we don’t wanna get infected by those delusional scouse vermin!!

  23. bchilds says:

    Proper red but, with Rafael emerging as the first choice RB, he may seek pastures new.

  24. Costas says:


    Yeah I know. Plus, Wes has been at the club longer. He is 2-3 years past a testimonial game! I just feel that the club recognises who has conducted themselves better in these situations. I guess the real question is if Wes is content with his current spot or if he wants to do what Phil Neville did.

  25. willierednut says:

    Costas – Maybe something to do with his contract negotiating tactics, but it’s probably the form of the Rafa and Fabio that decides Wes fate. when he’s came in this season, he hasn’t looked assured, but I think he’s a type of player who needs to playing regular football, to feel 100% on the pitch.

  26. Corea says:

    Costas – or yes and who will throw a stone at him if he decides to call it a day.
    The answer to that question is mister Sir Alex Ferguson and i hope he will make the best desicion as far as United are concerned.

  27. United4eva says:

    We can’t sell Wes. He’s a proper Man and a true red. He ain’t been at his best this year but I tell you what I’d rather have him on my bench than a lot of whats out there.

  28. TheSevenOfOT says:

    Love the lad . always gives his best for us . but yeah , the sad reality is that rafael is and should be our first choise right back. sad for Wes i mean . Hope he stays

  29. kinny says:

    Rafael is obviously the future n doin really well but wes can still be a very useful squad player for a couple of more seasons at least. Had some very bad luck with injuries in the past n has always come back. He’s a red unlike some who’s loyalties are questionable !

  30. Dave Malaysia says:

    Wes is a good person as far as I can see.
    Loyal to his own footballclub Manutd.
    Knows how things work and a wonderful servant to the club.
    Deserves every ounce of respect and honour.
    Fergie said he wanted to keep the group together as they will grow up together and will be th pillars in the team,the new leaders.
    He was referingto players like wes,rio,vidic,evra,carrick,shea,fletch,park.
    vidic has been sorted out ,now we will see if the others stay.
    Wes did not intially get his pay scale cos of his injury problems, but when hes fir he is actually our best right-back.Fergie trust him as RB more then as a centre back.
    We keep hearing about a bust up between both of them ,how much truth is there?
    Cos even last season when he was ready Fergie did not call himinto the team.

    Well I want him to fully recover and work his way back into the team,we need him,Gary will retire this season.Like i said a new team is taking shape,will wes be part of it,we will find out in episode 1st of June 2011.

  31. user404 says:

    wouldnt mind if he stays, wouldnt mind if he leaves.

  32. catotraa says:


    Stone cold..
    Would be gutted to see Wes leave, thrilled to see him stay. His moment of the season so far, defo the bashing of Milner against City. Came on the pitch; one second, two seconds, three seconds, BASH!

    Woop Woop!

    Also, It’s important to have that fucking brilliant chant to sing, “Big bad wesley brown!”
    Also, my cousin and I starts singing “Brown girl in the ring” when he flies into a tackle xD

  33. Swissdevil says:

    he’s big he’s bad he’s wesley brown…*sing*sing*

  34. dk says:

    I do not agree there is no place in the squad or the first team for the orange. Not if you consider Evans and O’Shea are there.

  35. Xyth says:

    He’ll be better of being a squad player at United than a regular at a club like Stoke, Bolton, Wigan etc..

  36. King Eric says:

    Will start tonight I reckon. Love Wes. From his debut against Leeds. Top lad.

  37. Keano86 says:

    the 07/08 season from him was one of the best performances from a defender ever. love our wes!

  38. Kidd says:

    Better than O’Shea in every way, except perhaps keeping his mouth shut. But SAF should be big enough to cope with storng characters in the squad. And Evans is overrated!

  39. smartalex says:

    Wes Brown remains a favorite of mine.
    I believe he will stay.
    As the longevity of Giggs, Scholes, Neville, Van der Sar continue to astound, losing Wes would be careless.

  40. Dela says:

    All I’ll say is….

    “Scholes…. Brown…. neatly worked… clipped in towards RONALDO…. Manchester United strike first and guess who, Cristiano Ronaldo’s first ever goal against Chelsea is his 42nd of this remarkable season. And the champions of England are closing in on the European title”

    That’s his inch perfect cross to Ronaldo to score against Chelsea in CL final in Moscow 2008. Yes… I know the commentary off heart… don’t you? ;-)


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