Is Wes Brown as valuable as Patrice Evra to Manchester United?

Alex Ferguson has blasted Wes Brown’s agent for poisoning his client’s mind. The club have reportedly offered 40k / week while the agent has Brown holding out for a bigger contract. Ferguson has stated that United will not budge from their offer and that Brown needs to respect his ties to the club and listen to his fellow players (a pointed reference to Giggs and Neville) instead of listening to his agent.

With Neville nearing the end of his career and Simpson still an year or two away from first-team football (the Brazilian brothers are in the same boat), Wes Brown is Manchester United’s premier right-back (for better or for worse). He is not as important to the squad as Vidic or Rio, but he is arguably as important as Patrice Evra if you consider Brown’s ability to slot in at center-back (even though we have O’Shea and Pique there, Brown is, at the moment, better than those two).

Once again (because someone will get mad at this) – I’m not saying that Brown is as good a fullback as Evra – I’m saying that even if Evra is a better fullback, Brown has the added advantage of being first-choice backup for the 2 center-backs and that increases his value.

Patrice Evra’s contract renegotiations are still ongoing, and again, this is just my view, Manchester United will probably offer him a contract on par with what Heinze was given when he was at United. Despite my criticism of Patrice Evra, I’m glad to say that he has improved remarkably as defender, and fully deserves the plaudits he has received this season and the last.

So is Wes Brown holding out for wage parity with other players he considers equal to himself (in importance if not in ability) or is his agent just pushing for more money so he can get a bigger paycheck himself?

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  1. Ian 22 February, 2008
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