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|Club as Player||Manchester United|
2019 09 09 Retrieve
[Wes Brown says Aaron Wan-Bissaka has the potential to become one of the greats at right-back] He’s been fantastic, probably the one signing for United who has been most consistent. He’s started every game, he’s got great athleticism and he’s good in the tackle. He’s come from Crystal Palace and people wondered if he’d be good enough for Manchester United and already from the first game it looks like he’s stepping up. He’s enjoying it and it’s where he wants to be. If he can carry on like that he’s going to be one of the greats in that position. He’s only young, he’s level-headed and everything he’s done, tackling, tracking back has been brilliant. I’ve even seen some of the better players not dare to have a go at him, they’re turning back and passing it. That’s the sort of player he is, no one wants to take him on because he’s going to go with everything. People say he slides in too much, but I think he times his tackles perfectly. When you have a player like that and people realise they can’t take him on, it’s an advantage to the team because they start playing back
2019 10 31 Retrieve
[Wes Brown believes Manchester United must make a move for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Leicester City star James Maddison] I think Ole will try and buy in January. United need another striker and an attacking midfielder, that little wizard number 10. The defence is fine. The goalkeepers are fine. The ideal thing would be two strikers and two midfielders. If only it was that easy!
[Turning his attention to the Aston Villa and Leicester stars] Jack Grealish in the last few games has come on immensely. He can always see the pass. James Maddison has always been good and he’s a threat getting into the box. These are two young English players who would definitely help the squad
I still think United is a draw for players. We’re still buying big players, and a lot of good English players with Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka coming in. Chilwell is an excellent player and Leicester are on a brilliant run and you can see the whole team has been lifted. But if United went in for Chilwell I’m sure he would definitely come, 100%.
I know we say this a lot, but Ole knows the club and he hasn’t been jumping into things. He’s looked at it and seen what he’s got. He has taken his time and he isn’t going to rush out and buy someone he doesn’t think is capable of playing for Manchester United. It will happen and he will get the players that he wants and then we can start talking about it. But it is a rebuilding situation and it’s going to take time. I think the club have to give him the time because otherwise you’re just starting all over again. You look at the squad and you know you need players and that’s the case no matter what manager is there. You have to let Ole get his players in and then you start from there. Straight away he said he had a plan and this is what he wanted to do and that it would take a while. You have to accept that and I’m sure United know that as well. He’s been brave because the expectations at United are so high
2019 11 06 Retrieve
[Wes Brown says Juventus centre-forward Mario Mandzukic would be a great addition to Manchester United’s ranks] He’s big, strong, can hold the ball up – he’d be a great addition. It would give some of the other lads a rest and give us an option to change tactics a little bit. You want to sign the right player, you don’t just want to buy anyone, you want someone who will fit into Ole’s plans. But he’s a quality player, we’ve seen that over the years. If that was to be, I think he’ll be a good addition, although I don’t think it will be long-term
2020 01 16 Retrieve
[Wes Brown says Manchester United will only get better under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] It was fantastic to see him come back and it has been great to see him bring back some of the old values I was used to as a player there. Ole learned most of his trade off Sir Alex Ferguson, so he’s bringing through some of the young lads and he’s trying to get everybody back up to the high standards we all expect at Manchester United.
That’s what he was like as a player, always expecting the absolute best from everyone, and I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen so far. The performances have been mixed. We’ve been brilliant at times and very sloppy at other times. But I think as time goes on, it will only get better. Everyone talks about transfers, but he’s working with what he’s got and bringing through youth. It’s just about finding that consistency
2020 01 16b Retrieve
[Wes Brown says Harry Maguire’s record-breaking £80 million transfer fee could be considered quite cheap nowadays] I actually think it seems quite cheap nowadays. I think he’s brought a calmness to the whole defence. He’s still relatively young, but he’s very experienced already. He has an awareness about him and he’s very good on his positioning. There are games where you don’t really notice him, but that’s just because he’s doing his job. He’s winning his headers, he’s laying it off. We’re more solid with him at the back. He gives you a kind of, ‘we can do this’ attitude and that’s especially true when he has been playing with Victor Lindelof. They have complimented each other well. Sometimes it can take time to figure out which players work with which players, but those two have formed a good partnership
[Wan-Bissaka has also impressed since linking up with United] What else can you say about Aaron Wan-Bissaka? I’ve not really seen many like him and that’s the honest truth. Defensively, in one-on-ones, he’s definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen. He’s settled in so well and I don’t think there are many players who have got past him this season.
Yes, there are times when he has made mistakes, like when he dived in to concede the penalty against Watford, but he has learned from them. Since that game, he has just gone back to his normal level. The errors will happen every now and again - they happen to all players - but he’s just got straight back into it and that’s a good sign. It’s at the point now where, whenever he comes up against someone in a one-on-one scenario, you’re more than confident that he will end up winning the ball or clearing it. That shows his confidence as well as his ability. That, really, is all you can ask for in a right-back defender
2020 01 24 Retrieve
[Wes Brown says Solskjaer backed to stay in Man Utd job as he ‘understands what the club needs’] Listen, Ole understands the club as much as I do, if not more. He understands what the club needs and where it needs to be again. That will take time but at the same time, he understands what the players need to understand about it. Everyone needs to perform every game. We can’t have mixed games with three or four players slacking off, that’s not how the game works. Everybody has to play at 100 per cent and be committed, and first of all, that’s what we need from the lads
[Brown is delighted to see the club sticking to its core values and promoting from within] You ask about players to watch, you ask the coaches. If anything these are the guys who understand more than anyone. You could buy people from all over the world but these guys understand what the club is about. The main thing [for the younger players] is consistency. You can have a good season, a good year, but you’ve always got to keep training and learning from the older lads. In football, you can always learn. Keep your feet on the ground. That’s basically it. It’s your dream to play for Manchester United but also to win trophies and that’s what we’ve got to get back to
2020 02 07 Retrieve
[Wes Brown says Brandon Williams has come from nowhere to star for Manchester United] He’s come from nowhere, really. At the start of the season, a lot of attention was on Mason Greenwood as the next young player to come through because everyone in youth football knew about him. His goalscoring record was fantastic at all levels, plus he had a bit of a taste of the first team last season, so there was an expectation that he’d do well this season. Brandon, though, has come in and hit his stride from the first game he played. He was straight into it. Not many people knew who he was, but he’s put in fantastic performances every time he’s played. It’s like he’s been playing at this level for a long time. I remember speaking to someone at the U23s and there were other players who were standing out more, but sometimes that happens. You get a break, you get on the big stage and you perform better because of the demands. You almost fall into the first team and you just push on
He gets stuck in and every challenge, he accepts. He doesn’t try to shy away from anything. He won’t back down. Some managers, when you come up against a young lad, they’re telling you that he’s only young, only had a few games, try to get at him a little bit. I’m sure that will have happened with Brandon, but he accepts the challenge every time.
As a defender, it’s always important to win your first couple of challenges in a game. If you do that, then your opponents have to rethink what they’re going to do. If he’s handling every situation they put him in, it becomes difficult for them. Before the game the experienced pros will be trying to get at him, but it seems like he likes that. He accepts the challenge and takes it on, which is very important. What I like about him is that he doesn’t seem to be fazed. He basically plays his own game. I think Ole has seen what he can do, he knows he gets forward and can do it comfortably, and he’s happy to let Brandon play his own game. It’s very exciting
2020 03 05 Retrieve
[Wes Brown says Liverpool can’t be compared to Man Utd’s 1999 treble winners] This Liverpool team is a very good team. They’ve totally dominated in the league this season but until someone actually does the treble there are no comparisons to make. It’s not even a question to me at all! You can only compare when a team has actually done it. Winning the treble is such a difficult thing to do
Ole’s a top man. I think he’s gone the right way about building the team. Ole brought in some signings at the beginning of the season in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James and in January Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo have come in and I think it’s just starting to come together. I know Bruno has only been there a short time but you can see the confidence he brings to the team. He’s a player that wants to do well and he’s got the ability to do it. You can see players running in now and I think that’s a big step forward. The club can see what Ole’s doing and they’ll get behind him and support him
2020 03 09 Retrieve
[Wes Brown has credited Bruno Fernandes for Manchester United’s improved form as he believes the Portugal star has lifted the team] It’s interesting when players come in in January because you don’t know how they’re going to do when they arrive, sometimes it takes time for them to come in and settle. But Fernandes has come in and changed the whole team
He is the type of player United have been missing. He wants to get on the ball and get those little dinks over the top and he has some special moves. By doing that he has brought a confidence to the team that wasn’t there before. He has been excellent and I think the team has bounced off him coming in and they just keep improving with him in it.
[Wes Brown thinks the January arrivals of Fernandes and Odion Ighalo will positively impact the rest of the players in the squad] When you get these special players in you want to do just as good or get better than them which improves the team. Everyone respects the fact that Fernandes is a quality player and that can only boost the rest of the team.
It’s what United have needed the whole season and the confidence he has brought to the team is brilliant. I think they will manage to do it but they’ve had a few little opportunities to close the gap on Chelsea that they haven’t taken and they will eventually run out. But it’s these games near the end of the season that really count. It’s definitely there for the taking
2020 03 14 Retrieve
[Wes Brown says Man Utd defence has just started to click] It has just started to click because they have been given time. Lindelof and Maguire have been brilliant. It has taken time but that was always going to be the case and I think they have done well. [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is doing exactly what I thought he would do, he is a great defender and he’s improving all the time with his attacking skills. And then there’s [Luke] Shaw and [Brandon] Williams who have good competition between each other which is pushing them both on
You’ve got Bailly coming back now. He was brilliant against Chelsea and has had another couple of good performances so it will be interesting to see whether the manager gives him time to see what he would be like with Maguire. Having more players coming back is going to give some healthy competition at the back and I’m sure there’s going to be time to see different partnerships in the future
I don’t necessarily think that’s the right thing to do. I don’t mind players coming in if they’re going to improve the squad but, in general the defence has been pretty good this season. You always want to improve. So if there are players that the manager likes and they’re available and they fit in the team then I don’t see a problem in that but I don’t think it’s necessarily needed in defence
2020 03 20 Retrieve
[Why Axel Tuanzebe should stay at Man Utd] It is difficult when you’re on the bench or not involved. But that’s when your character comes in and you suck it up and try and battle on and try and work as hard as possible. Axel is a brilliant player and, when he gets there, has to play well and give the manager a problem
2020 04 09 Retrieve
[Wes Brown says Manchester United should consider bringing in Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and James Maddison] He told MUTV when quizzed which of the supposed targets he would snap up: I would have all three! Any one of those three would be great. Jadon Sancho would probably be number one, but James Maddison looks fit and ready and determined and would also be a great asset for the club. Jack Grealish is an individual that gets things done, takes control of the game and has his own style. Any one of those three would be perfect I think.
Football is going to get back to normality and we have to be ready. Of course we discuss players, we discuss plans and we evaluate what we need. Us and the coaching staff have discussed games on video calls like this. Who knows how the market is going to react to this? Who knows which clubs need to sell players? There might be a situation that we can exploit at Man United, we are the biggest and we are well off. I am sure we are capable of doing the business that we want to.
2020 06 02 Retrieve
[Wes Brown says Sancho is like Ronaldo, he makes the game easier for others] Talent and excitement. We need someone exactly like that at the club. We’ve had them over the years and I’m sure if we were to sign him he would bring that excitement back to the club. It would be good for the team as well. We’ve had players like that in the past, like with Cristiano Ronaldo. They’re the type of player who draw three or four defenders out and make the game a lot easier for the other players. If we could do it, it would be a brilliant signing.