“He’s big he’s Brown he’s Wesley Brown the hardest man in all the town with orange hair beware, come and have a go if you dare!”
How amy times have we heard that chant this season? On away days he can be heard for the entire half -time such is the level of popularity afforded Longsight’s finest.
Any player that comes through the youth ranks and spends 13 years winning a bag ful of titles and a brace of Champions Leagues, making over 350 appearances for United is going to be something of a legend.
It’s not just the trophies Brown’s helped United win or the amount of appearances he’s made. it’s the way he gets stuck in, fearless in a tackle and hard as nails, without descending into dirtiness.
Ever since Brown burst onto the scene in 1998/99 nad amazed everyone with his natural defensive talents, I like every other Red have been a big admirer.
Brown hasn’t managed to play 50 games since then, over three seasons.
Brown’s been a loyal servant to the club and even retired from England to focus on his United career. The fact that Brown was a peripheralfigure at the celebrations on Sunday and wasn’t even elligible for a medal says it all really.
Brown’s a truly gifted defender and if it wasn’t for injuries that have plagued his career I think he would have rivalled the likes of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand as a starter at the centre of England’s defence- or almost certainly made the right back spot his own.
Although I’d be sad to see him leave and know that ifg another defensive injury crisis arises he could be very useful, I think he deserves better than playing in the reserves more often than the first team.
In the past I’ve always thought Brown would never leave United but have to concede that the lack of games he’s getting and his age- 31- mean that his exit looks increasingly likely.
If Brown does leave you’d be hard pressed to find any Red who wouldn’t wish him all the best.
Wesley Brown Redflagflyinghigh salutes you sir.