Leave Old Trafford? Believe it when I see it!

The Daily Mail has reported that “the hardest man in all the town” could be set to leave Old Trafford in the Summer.

The rather succinct post on the Mail’s website notes:

Wes Brown is considering leaving Manchester United. The 31-year-old fell out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson last summer and believes he has a better chance of getting a long-term deal at another club.

I haven’t shortened that in the interests of brevity, that’s literally the post in its entirety, no mention of sources, or quotes simply two and a bit lines letting us all know how a player who’s been at the club since his childhood, is now on his way out of the door- because the Mail say so.

Call me a cynic but I’ve heard these ‘falling out with Fergie’ rumours ever since the Summer and I’ve struggle to believe them. For starters in Wes Brown has fallen foul of Fergie why was he made captain for the Crawley Town game?

Why has he figured albeit on and off all season? Why did he quit international football to concentrate on a club career if he knew it was doomed?

I’m sorry but the whole article- if you can call it that- smacks of lazy journalism- let’s just think of a fairly plausible story and publish it.

Brown may well leave in the Summer- after all only six league appearances all season mean he’s hardly a regular, but I for one hope he decides to stay.

Wes – and I feel more comfortable calling him that as he seems like such a down to earth bloke- is United through and through. Fergie may look at the defensive injury crisis of the past two seasons and realise that United cannot afford to start letting experienced defenders who can play either centre or full back leave.

He may not have had the best of seasons but he’s still a top class defender on his day and his popularity with the fans is well justified.

The saddest thing about the Mail’s article is the amount of so-called United ‘fans’ commenting on it slagging him off.

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