Brown relishing right back selection battle

October 20, 2008

Wes Brown has welcomed the extra competition for Manchester United's right-back berth.

After claiming the role for himself last term, Brown was expecting to face a major battle this season after Gary Neville recovered from a host of ankle and muscular problems which kept him sidelined for 15 months.

However, the emergence of Rafael Da Silva was not expected.

At just 18, the Brazilian has already showed immense promise and after making his first European start at Aalborg last month, he also began Saturday's Premier League win over West Brom at Old Trafford.

Rafael is expected to miss out on Tuesday night, when United tackle Celtic in the Champions League, although Brown is by no means certain to play despite starting both of England's most recent World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Belarus.

But the Manchester-born defender would not have it any other way.

At 29, Brown has over a decade of first-team experience behind him. And he thinks the emergence of talent can only be good news for the Red Devils.

''It is healthy competition,'' he said. ''Rafael is a quality young player and I am sure he is going to be the future for Manchester United. Gary Neville and I have been here for donkey's years, so we know it is good for the club.

''We are all fighting for the same place and as long as the gaffer has got that selection dilemma it is good for the team. Whoever Sir Alex Ferguson picks will play well and give 100%.''