Sir Alex Ferguson has passed on his best wishes to Wes Brown, who has today agreed a four year deal with Sunderland.

Whilst I’m sure the fond memories will outshine the bad, it’s hard to gloss over the fact Wes’ United career has been brought to a premature end following a falling out on last year’s pre-season tour.

Wes has felt the effects of that all season, with the boss regularly leaving him out of the squad even when fit.

“Wes has been a great asset to the club during the most successful period in its history,” Ferguson told the club’s official website. “He was a product of the youth system and marked himself out from an early age as one of his generation’s most natural defenders. In his time with us, he certainly became a favourite with the fans for his no-nonsense approach to the game and his infectious personality. It’s always the hardest of decisions to let loyal servants go. But life moves on and, unquestionably, Wes will get the chance to make a real contribution to Steve Bruce’s Sunderland and I’m delighted to be passing him into such good hands. Everyone connected with United wishes him a long and happy stay at Sunderland.”