Wes Brown put pen to paper on a new contract at United following a period of months where it looked as though he was going to leave the club. He was backed 100% on RoM in regards to his contract bother, after the club really were selling him short in terms of what he was worth.

Brown has just finished the best season of his United career, in terms of form, his input on our success, and what we won. Back in 1999, Wes Brown was one of the stragglers who came rushing off the bench at the final whistle, playing little part in our domestic or European success. Last season was vastly different though, with no one playing more games for United than Brown.

In February, his father, Bancroft, died days before United were due to take on City at Old Trafford. Unlike the more celebrity footballers, Brown didn’t make a fuss, with the news about his father’s passing trickling through the media, with little said about it.

It was a hugely emotional occasion, derby day on the afternoon we were paying our respects to the people who lost their lives in the Munich Air Disaster. Obviously, Brown was given the option of pulling out, but declined this offer. The first (and only, probably) United cheer of the day came when Wes Brown put in a crunching tackle on a bluenose, taking them in to the stand, with less than a minute played.

In a year that has brought many highs and lows to the Longsight lad, further bad news has hit him this weekend, whilst representing United in South Africa.

Sadly, Wes Brown’s half sister, Claire Fallows, died in hospital on Saturday. The 36-year-old was pregnant with her fourth child. Brown only discovered she was his sister five years ago and is said to be devastated at losing her.

It is unknown as yet whether Brown will remain on tour to face Orlando Pirates, or return to Manchester. Our thoughts are with him.