Man United Manager Praises Defender

Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised defender Wes Brown after recovering again and again from serious injuries. He has also said that Brown has a ‘youthful’ approach to life.

Brown is expected to start alongside Nemanja Vidic tomorrow after Man United are still without injured Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans.

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"I think most people recognise that [he's] a natural defender, and you've got to also pay tribute to the lad that he keeps coming back from the serious injuries he's had over his career," Fergie said during his Friday press conference.

"He's had two cruciates, a broken ankle, calf injuries. Last season he had a very staggered season in terms of interruptions into his consistency.

"But the previous season he was our most consistent defender, in the year when we won the cup [Champions League] in Moscow.

"Now he's fit again and is looking fantastic. He gets better all the time.

"Players always need a run of games to get the consistency in the timing and tempo of their game correct. We're seeing that at the moment, so long may it continue."

"We were doing a summary of our players' ages and contracts the other day and I saw that Wes is 30," Fergie added.

"I keep thinking he's only 22 or 23. He's got such a young approach to life. He's done well the lad, dealing with all the things he's had to deal with and still comes out fighting. He's terrific."

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