Now 30, Wes retains all the physical attributes of a great centre-half. Powerful and brave in the air, pacy on the deck and with an assured touch, he’s proved a more than able deputy to first-choice pair Ferdinand and Vidic.
2009/10 appearances: Premier League 18(1); FA Cup 1; Carling Cup 4(1); Champions League 2(2); Total 25(4)
Season soundbite: “When Wes is fit, he's the best natural defender in the country. You have to pay tribute to the lad, he gets better all the time." - Sir Alex Ferguson
In a word: Tough
Injury forced Wes out of the run-in, but his contribution was immense when his team-mates were suffering on the treatment table…
Story of the season: With injuries affecting the United’s back line through much of the autumn and winter, Wes stepped up when Rio Ferdinand was out with back problems and strung together a series of solid performances. His appearances in the team were interrupted when he suffered a thigh strain just before Christmas, an injury that left United without a recognised defender in the starting line-up in the match against Fulham. But he returned for the league games against Hull and Wigan, and United were immediately back to winning ways. His form this season earned him England call-ups for the friendlies against Brazil in November and champions of Africa Egypt in March, after more than a year away from the international scene. His appearance at Wolves at the start of March was his last of the season after he suffered a broken metatarsal. He returned to the squad at the end of April and was an unused sub for two of United’s final three games.
Finest moment: This goal will be remembered by most for Wayne Rooney’s exquisite assist to Dimitar Berbatov, but it was only made possible by the artful application of Wesley’s sturdy bonce. Away at the KC Stadium, United were 2-1 up but