Wesley Michael "Wes" Brown is an English footballer who plays defense for Sunderland. Brown started his football career at Manchester United's youth academy which he joined at the age of 12. Having shown promising talent and maturity at an early age, he was signed on by the club on profesional terms at the age of 17. It was clear that he was off to a great start. He became an instant success following his double whammy of winning the FA Youth Cup and a Lancashire Division One medal with the reserves. He promtly added two Jimmy Murphy (Young Player of the Year) awards to his collection, becoming only the second player to receive the award for a second time. His reputation grew steadily along with his performance, garnering praise from all corners. in April 2008, Brown signed a new five-year contract which was to keep him at Old Trafford until 2013 and ended any transfer speculation. On 7 July 2011, Brown joined Sunderland on a four-year-deal for an undisclosed fee. Brown made his debut on the opening day of the season at Liverpool, where he was awarded man of the match as Sunderland drew 1–1.