Much to the disappointment of lots of reds, Wes Brown left the club for Sunderland earlier in the transfer window.

Having played in just seven league games last season, Brown realised it was time for him to move on.

“I spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson,” said Brown. “I decided it was probably for the best that I moved as it didn’t look like I would be playing much this season. It has been a lot easier with John coming here. I knew some of the other lads here and Danny Welbeck was here last season. They told me what a great club it was. I also spoke to Dwight Yorke as well and since I have been here it has lived up to what everyone said.”

Brown was linked with Everton, amongst other clubs, yet Brown claimed former Manchester United captain, Steve Bruce, helped convince him Sunderland was the right club.

“A few clubs came in for me and I spoke to Steve,” Brown continued. “He is someone I have known for a long time as well and the way he wanted to take the club forward impressed me as well. I also like the players he was wanting to bring in and thought this was the right move for my future. Other clubs were offering similar deals and it would have been easier for me to stay in the North West but what Steve said helped me make up my mind.”