Wesley Michael "Wes" Brown (born 13 October 1979) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Sunderland. Before joining Sunderland, Brown had spent his entire career at Old Trafford, having joined the Manchester United youth team in 1996. He made his senior debut in 1998 and became a regular first team player in the 1998–99 season, in which he was part of the club's Treble-winning team. After a year-long hiatus due to injury, Brown became a regular fixture in the first team from 2000 onwards. Over the next eight years he won numerous honours, including four more Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, and another Champions League. Manager Alex Ferguson has stated that Brown is "without question the best natural defender this club has had for years." And Gary Pallister has referred to Brown as a player who "reads the game well and has got pace to burn." He joined Sunderland in July 2011.