A FORMER Manchester United defender has revealed how a fight on a bus led to his biggest telling of from Sir Alex Ferguson and a pay rise.

Wes Brown spent 14 years at the Old Trafford club making 362 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side having broken into the team as an 18 year old.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson overseeing a training session.

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson overseeing a training session.Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Sir Alex Ferguson overseeing a training session at Manchester United's Carrington base.

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Sir Alex Ferguson overseeing a training session at Manchester United’s Carrington base.Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

The defender played a key part in the treble success of 1999 covering at full back and centre back throughout that season.

Spending well over a decade at United Brown witnessed and received the famous hair dryer treatment from Ferguson many times.

Speaking to the Football Social Daily podcast Brown revealed the biggest bust up he had with the iconic Scotsman.

He said: “I turned pro at 17 and started playing at 18, and in that time I still hadn’t signed another contract, so I was probably on about £250 a week.”

Brown added: “And then I had a fight on a bus going home because I got the bus everywhere, the 192 into Piccadilly.”

“Something happened on the bus and my manager (Ferguson) found out and he said to me ‘what the f*** are you doing on the bus?’

“I said, ‘I’ve always got the bus, boss’ and he’s shouting at me for getting a bus and telling me to get a taxi.”

The former defender concluded: “I explained to him that I couldn’t afford a taxi because that would be £14 a day, £7 from my house to Salford.

“Still living with my mum and I need to give her some money and buying snide Ralph Laurens to go out.

“He stopped shouting at me after that. And he was like ‘yeah, well we’ll sort that out’.

Wes Brown won 23 England caps

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Wes Brown won 23 England capsCredit: PA

“And that’s pretty much how that went. So the actual incident got forgotten about so I was happy about that.”

Brown had a glittering career at Old Trafford winning an array of titles including five Premier Leagues and three FA Cups.

The 43-year-old is also part of small group of United players who have won the Champions League twice having lifted the famous trophy in 1999 and 2008.



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