Brown hails mean defence

United centre-half looks to build from the back

Wes Brown feels that Manchester United's success this season has been built on solid foundations.

As a result, the Red Devils defender is hoping that a watertight defence will provide the platform for the club to taste domestic and European glory over the coming weeks.

United need to win at Wigan on Sunday to claim a 10th Premier League title, while they also have a UEFA Champions League final date with Chelsea to look forward to.

Brown believes that United's current back five are arguably the strongest unit he has been part of, and is confident that they can help the club pick up their first European trophy since the historic 1999 treble season.


"The back-line this year is one of the most solid defences I've been part of," Brown told United's official website.

"As a back five we've played a lot of games together and when you do that you form an understanding, not just between yourselves, but with the midfield lads as well.

"Individually we've done well, and as a group we've helped each other and that's shown in our results.

"I've had great times here in terms of winning trophies and playing in big games, but I've also had bad times with injuries. I've been lucky enough to win a lot of medals and hopefully that will continue this season and beyond.

"The 1998/99 season seems like such a long time ago, too. It was my first main season in the first team and it was amazing to be a part of such an achievement.

"If we could achieve something like that again during my time here, it would just be unbelievable."


If United are to triumph at home and abroad then they will need their Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo firing on all cylinders.

The winger has already passed the 40-goal mark for the season and Brown admits that his talented team-mate could make all the difference in United's quest for silverware.

"Without a shadow of a doubt he's the best player in the world at the moment," Brown added.

"He's taken his game to a different level and I'm sure he'll get more goals this season. I'm just glad he's on our side.

"Even for his team-mates, it's exciting to watch him when he gets on the ball because you know there's a chance something's going to happen, whether it's him setting up a goal or scoring one.

"He's capable of producing something out of nothing."