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The common analysis on the Caf back in the day was that Wes was a potentially great CB who just had issues with concentration. You couldn't have a Wes thread back then without routine mentions of his concentration level.
 

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Nah Wes was good but no way near as good Fergie was describing him in those early days like "best young defender in the country".

Rio Ferdinand at around 17/18 was levels above Wes. Harry Redknapp and the London sports press were labelling him the new Bobby Moore he was that good.
I mean fair enough, I probably agree with you that I don't think Brown could have reached Ferdinand's levels, but why dismiss what Sir Alex said about Brown, while at the same time take Harry Redknapp's word on Rio? Yes we know how their careers played out, but obviously Brown got a bad injury at a key point in his young career.
 

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He was brilliant in the 2008 season, assisted Ronaldo in the CL final [b/] and had a great season all around. Really good player in his prime, injuries held him back.


Left foot cross from the RB spot I think? Also one of the rare games Hargreaves played for us in his injury plagued time here lol
 

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Wes brown was a natural aggressive defender similar in style to Vidic but had a career more similar to Ledley King with the injuries. When fit he actually did surprisingly well at RB after Gary Neville declined and before Rafael/valencia broke into the team.
For the 8 seasons from 2000 he played 41/24/35/25/37/31/37/52 games. That’s comparable to Rio’s appearance record for the most part. I think his brother died the year after he won the Champions League and he didn’t feature much. He picked up a few injuries But he wasn’t a crock and can’t fairly be compared to King.
 

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2008 season he was unreal. Best RB in the league and it wasn't even his natural position.
He started 48 of our 55 games that year, more than anyone except Rio, and we kept 26 clean sheets in those games. He wasn’t amazing going forward (didn’t exactly need to be with who was in front of him) but he was a huge part of what made that defence one of the best in the history of English football.

If he hadn’t done his ankle the next season we might have got another four or five years out of him as a regular (especially with what happened to Vidic).
 
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2008 stand out season for Wes, my dearly departed friend slated him everytime he played. But even he had to admit 2008 was his best season, threw away another treble that year, Pompy in FA cup.
 

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Wes was a monster in 2008, in that Barca match he was evrawhere. In others years as others have commented, he was often on the cusp of great form only to be continually pegged back by injury.

One of the few to have won 2 Champions Leagues at United though. Pop quiz, who were the others ??
 

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Wes was a monster in 2008, in that Barca match he was evrawhere. In others years as others have commented, he was often on the cusp of great form only to be continually pegged back by injury.

One of the few to have won 2 Champions Leagues at United though. Pop quiz, who were the others ??
Scholes, Giggs, Gary Neville.
 
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Wes Brown was really good the moment he started getting game time as a youngster. Not sure if i've dreamt this but have a memory of him hitting the bar with a long range shot against Leeds at Old Trafford - does anyone remember that happening (might have been his league debut?)

He had bad luck with injuries but still had a great career at United.
 

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2008 stand out season for Wes, my dearly departed friend slated him everytime he played. But even he had to admit 2008 was his best season, threw away another treble that year, Pompy in FA cup.
How can anyone dislike him is beyond me. There were other bigger scapegoats around at the time anyways, like Silvestre, Fletcher, OShea, and then later Park
 

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Properly talented, just never developed the authority experienced centre backs have. Always a bit nervy. Mentally he never really changed from his 20 year old self. Super quiet on the pitch as well.
 

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Wes was a monster in 2008, in that Barca match he was evrawhere. In others years as others have commented, he was often on the cusp of great form only to be continually pegged back by injury.

One of the few to have won 2 Champions Leagues at United though. Pop quiz, who were the others ??
Scholes, Giggs, G. Neville.
 

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I mean fair enough, I probably agree with you that I don't think Brown could have reached Ferdinand's levels, but why dismiss what Sir Alex said about Brown, while at the same time take Harry Redknapp's word on Rio? Yes we know how their careers played out, but obviously Brown got a bad injury at a key point in his young career.
Wasnt just Redknapp though. Everyone was raving about him
Rio Ferdinand picked up West Ham's player of the season award 1997/98 at just 19

I reckon Fergie knew who really was the best young defender in the country at that time

He tried to bring him over twice in 1996 and 1997 before landing him for a record transfer fee in 2002.

Rio Ferdinand.
 

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Wes Brown was really good the moment he started getting game time as a youngster. Not sure if i've dreamt this but have a memory of him hitting the bar with a long range shot against Leeds at Old Trafford - does anyone remember that happening (might have been his league debut?)

He had bad luck with injuries but still had a great career at United.
not sure...

I do remember later that year October 1998 against Wimbledon at home he hit a fantastic long range shot with his left foot after a foraging run from right back only for it to be tipped over the bar by Neil Sullivan.
 

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Dont get me wrong i loved Wes Brown in his youth and thought alongside John Curtis was a dead cert to be a first team player.

But he was no Rio Ferdinand.