Wes Brown: United-Arsenal is always a big game
Bangalore, INDIA -- Manchester United meet Arsenal next in the English Premier League -- a clash that Wes Brown has been a part of 13 times during 2001-2010. That was a time when the rivalry between the two clubs was arguably the best the Premier League had seen. Is it still the same? "I think it is," says the former United defender.
"I think it's a little bit special now as Arsene Wenger is leaving and he's been a brilliant manager for Arsenal over the years. It's always a big game."
United's focus, however, is firmly on the FA Cup final against Chelsea. Many have been critical in their assessment of the way United have played this season, but Brown still feels Mourinho, despite his style, is the right man to take the club forward.
"I knew as a fan that once Sir Alex Ferguson leaves it is going to be difficult anyways. Things change. Managers got different styles, different ways. We are not a club where we want to be coming second but we are club where we want to be atleast in the fight. We have progressed over the last few years and hopefully next season with a few more additions probably from the manager we can go that step higher," he says.
Promoting the 'Old Trafford' experience (recreating the feel of the stadium using video technology and binaural sound recordings) -- a part of United's global reach in India -- Brown believes that it has been a successful season for United. He further adds that in the coming times, Paul Pogba can be a bigger influence for the club if he gets to play "in the way he wants to play."
"Pogba could probably play center half, you know? He could play everywhere," he says. "He is a great talent. Unbelievable. He has had some unbelievable games this season. He has dropped a little bit, whether that's because his position he is playing in or not, I honestly don't know, but when he wants to do well, he does well."
At 38, Brown isn't willing to hang up his boots just yet. After a season in the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters (started 14 of the 18 league games), he says he is going to "try and carry on" with his footballing career. He still has the fire burning in him - and would hope to see the same with Manchester United.