‘I was sent off for Man Utd at Liverpool for flying into player who wound me up’

Manchester United cult hero Wes Brown admitted he was sent off at Anfield for taking out the Liverpool player who wound him up the most.

Brown joined United as a teenager and went on to play 362 games across all competitions for the club – winning five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League twice.

And such was Brown’s affiliation to United, heading to Anfield to face Liverpool was often a nasty affair and during one Premier League encounter in 2005, Brown was sent off for a second bookable offence – wiping out Liverpool’s left-back John Arne Riise.

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Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes Fanzone, Brown said: “Myself, Wayne [Rooney], John O’Shea, and Fletch [Darren Fletcher] were the Fantastic Four. We were best mates but I got on with every one of my teammates and I know that is weird but it's true.

“One player who did my head in was [John Arne] Riise. I got sent off against Liverpool at Anfield for fouling him. It was a bad foul as well. We ended up winning the game but there was 20 minutes to go before I got sent off. I don’t know what it was about him, but he really frustrated me.”

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Brown previously revealed to ESPN in 2017 that his sending off was his favourite memory of playing at Anfield due to United winning the game 1-0 thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal, he said: “My favourite Anfield memory is getting sent off.

“Because we still won. [Wayne Rooney] scored, which he enjoyed, coming from there and being an Everton fan as well as a United player. I was sent off with 25 minutes left after two bookings.

“The second card came when [John Arne] Riise pushed the ball and I ran forward and tried to demolish the ball and put it out of play. I missed the ball. If I had tackled normally then I would have got there, but I really wanted to get rid of the ball and a hung back a little bit to get a better connection.”

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