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Wes Brown - What could have been

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Today's throwback discussion concern's United Mancunian born Wes Brown.

He made his debut for United all the way back in 1998 at just 18, and got to be a part of The Treble winning team in 1999 (21 appearances). Impressive for a 19 year old.

He then suffered a serious injury, which kept him out for the entire 1999/2000 season. A massive setback. But he would bounce back brilliantly to earn a place on The PFA Team of the Year just a year later at the age of 21. He played in 41 games that season, and United won a 3rd title in a row.

The next few years up until 2007/2008 consisted of multiple injuries and being partnered with various defensive partners. A tough time for him and the club.

But his best ever season was that 2007/2008 season. He was an ever present, playing in 52 games. And he assisted Cristiano Ronaldo's famous towering header over Michael Essien in Moscow.

Based on his form during the 2 seasons that he was actually able to stay fit, we were robbed of a very good defender.

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I always liked Brown. His performance vs Barcelona in 2008 was his best IMO. People like to talk about his 08 season but he was getting a lot of criticism from fans in the first half of that season for his poor attacking, but he improved in the 2nd half. 

Of all the defenders he played with, Ferdinand always brought out the best in him. I think Brown needed to play with a leader who would talk with him and in 02/03 it seemed like that would be our long term duo. At the time I was quite happy with it as well. Him and Evans was often a calamity partnership IIRC. He was a bit of a nothing player by the end though, sadly. Him and O'Shea probably stayed a season too far. I think that's why a lot of opposition fans think he was always a rubbish defender for us because after 2008 he wasn't really the same due to injuries. Wasn't he caught going out to too many parties with Rooney in 2011/2012 as well? He had that long contract dispute with the club and I remember thinking he was never really one of SAF's favourites after that. 

England really did have some good defenders in that 2000-2010 era. Ferdinand, Terry, Campbell, King, Carragher, Brown, Woodgate, probably some I'm forgetting. The PL as a whole did, actually. 

I miss the BRWNED jokes that would go around the forums as well. 

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3 minutes ago, TheManc said:

I always liked Brown. His performance vs Barcelona in 2008 was his best IMO. People like to talk about his 08 season but he was getting a lot of criticism from fans in the first half of that season for his poor attacking, but he improved in the 2nd half. 

Of all the defenders he played with, Ferdinand always brought out the best in him. I think Brown needed to play with a leader who would talk with him and in 02/03 it seemed like that would be our long term duo. At the time I was quite happy with it as well. Him and Evans was often a calamity partnership IIRC. He was a bit of a nothing player by the end though, sadly. Him and O'Shea probably stayed a season too far. I think that's why a lot of opposition fans think he was always a rubbish defender for us because after 2008 he wasn't really the same due to injuries. Wasn't he caught going out to too many parties with Rooney in 2011/2012 as well? He had that long contract dispute with the club and I remember thinking he was never really one of SAF's favourites after that. 

England really did have some good defenders in that 2000-2010 era. Ferdinand, Terry, Campbell, King, Carragher, Brown, Woodgate, probably some I'm forgetting. The PL as a whole did, actually. 

I miss the BRWNED jokes that would go around the forums as well. 

We were basically doing what Barcelona were doing a year later with Abidal and Alves.

Brown would stay further back and took in to form a back three, which allowed Evra to bomb forward.

Abidal did the same next to Piqué and Puyol.

Yeah, England were stacked at CB back then. It's the opposite now. One of their weakest areas.

 

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