Brown set for fresh talks
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United and Wes Brown are ready to return to the negotiating table.Manchester United and Wes Brown are ready to return to the negotiating table regarding a new contract for the defender.
Brown's present deal expires at the end of the season and the 25-year-old rejected United's initial offer to stay at Old Trafford.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson hinted the problem lies with the stopper's agent and suggested there would be no further talks to keep Brown at the club.
A string of fellow Premiership clubs have been linked with the England international but reports suggest fresh contract discussions are now due to take place.
The move to resume talks comes after a meeting between Ferguson and Brown where the manager reassured the defender he will not be a peripheral figure in his plans.
Brown was captain of United for Tuesday's Carling Cup tie at Crewe Alexandra and admits the 3-0 victory at Gresty Road displayed the depth of Ferguson's squad.
He also brushed off the fall-out from United's Premiership triumph over champions Arsenal last weekend, saying the matter has been forgotten at Old Trafford.
"We know what it is being said about the Arsenal game but we don't want to get into that side of it," said Brown.
"The fact is we won 2-0, pulled three points back on them and we're happy with that. All we are concentrating on now is Saturday's game at Portsmouth.
"We are getting a bit of form back now and by winning so convincingly against Crewe in the League Cup, with a completely different side to the one that started against Arsenal, the manager knows he has a great squad to pick from."
Meanwhile, Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein met up with United's chief executive David Gill on Wednesday in an attempt to reach a truce between the clubs.
Dein moved to smooth things over with The Red Devils following the scenes on and off the pitch at Sunday's stormy encounter.