The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.
Brown looking to the future
Wes Brown has admitted it was a relief when Sir Alex Ferguson finally told him this summer it was time to leave Old Trafford. Brown believes the resulting move to Sunderland has given him a new lease of life after two years on the periphery of Ferguson’s team. Although Brown made 361 appearances for United, he was nothing more than a member of the supporting cast as they lifted the Premier League title last season. “In a funny kind of way, it’s a bit of a relief when someone like Sir Alex sits you down and tells you how it is,” said Brown. “I wasn’t playing last season, so I knew things weren’t really right, and I couldn’t really see myself getting back into the team in any sort of meaningful way. In my mind, I sort of knew which way things were heading, but I guess you don’t really want to admit that to yourself until you have to. Deep down, I think I knew I had to do something. You inevitably start questioning what’s going on, so Sir Alex’s decision wasn’t really a surprise. I saw it coming and I think I’d got my head around it.”
The same paper claims that, following David Gill’s assertion on MUTV that there is still time for transfers, United are planning “one last push” for Wesley Sneijder.
Several other papers run with the Dimitar Berbatov quotes we featured on ManUtd.com on Tuesday, in which the Bulgarian says he’s consigned last season to history already.
And The Independent carries a feature on modern-day scouting, praising in particular United’s capture of Javier Hernandez from Chivas last summer.