It's been an up-and-down start to the season for Wes Brown, and for United. But the Reds defender is confident that, with hard work and plenty of focus, he and his team-mates can scale the heights of 2008 and 2009...
United’s defence has been rock-solid in recent seasons, so it’s surprising we’ve conceded a few goals lately. What do you put that down to?
Going back to what the gaffer said, I don’t think it’s necessarily the players. It’s a lack of concentration, particularly in the last ten or fifteen minutes of games away from home. That’s when we’ve let goals in. We’ve got the defence covered in terms of strength in numbers in all positions. It just seems like a lack of concentration at crucial times.
It’s not like last season where we’ve got players out injured…
Exactly, we’ve got good players. We can only blame ourselves, really. We’ve been in the position to win games, then we have a lapse in concentration and the other teams have managed punished us. We’ve not had a lot of luck in the last ten minutes, it’s gone against us a little bit. But we know we have to tighten up because it’s happened a few times now.
Is that something you can work at in training, or do you just have to ride out a bad spell knowing you have the players to get you through?
You can do things on the training ground. It helps talking about it and getting it out in the open too. All the players discuss how we’ve performed, that that happens between us in the dressing room at Carrington or after games. You can deal with certain things like that. Mostly it’s recognising where you’ve gone wrong, and if it’s a case of concentrating at certain times in games then you just have to remind yourself at that point to focus that little bit harder. I’m sure we’ll get there.
Are you frustrated at not having a regular first-team spot this season?
Yeah, a little bit. But I’ve always had to deal with that situation throughout my career. It’s something I’ve learned to handle. We’ve got lots of good players in defensive positions. I’m not in there at the moment. I have to keep training hard and, when I do get a chance, play well.
When you’re not in the team, how do you get back in