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Who's The Best Option: Brown, Rafael Or Neville?

Who's The Best Option: Brown, Rafael Or Neville?

Right-back is still a problematic position for United despite having three players to call on there. But which one is the best?

Gary Neville, Wes Brown and Rafael da Silva were all handed starts this season and all produced good performances to stake their claim for the first-team spot.

Gary Neville has started the season quietly. He wasn't bad but wasn't exceptional either. The worst thing about him is his crossing at the moment, something which was one of his greatest assets. It was particularly evident against Villarreal that he is very far from his best as he sent cross after cross behind the goal or into the keeper's hands.

His tackling ability and positional sense remain undiminished as he demonstrated at Stamford Bridge where only fatigue prevented him from playing the full 90 minutes but produced an assured display. Concerns about his stamina and pace won't disappear now, he's probably not fit enough to play 45-50 games a season.

Rafael could be his son, biologically... The 18-year-old Brazilian is a prodigious talent and possesses brilliant technical ability as well as a ferocious shot. He's got lightning pace, too. But he's far from being the finished article.

I would not risk him against the best teams as he is not disciplined enough yet and likes to wander forward very often, joining in the attack, dribbling through defenders. Aalborg and West Brom could not capitalise on it but Arsenal or Villarreal would... Besides, he does not have the stamina to play the full 90 minutes and his lack of experience might lead to costly mistakes in big games.

Therefore, you have surely guessed it, I still think the best option is Wes Brown. His contribution to last season's successes is criminally underrated - he committed mistakes, sure, but we are much stricter with him than with, say, Evra or Vidic, simply because of his past, because he was known to commit dreadful things.

Last season he played from August to May and he was reliable and hard to beat even though he was far from the brilliance of Evra on the other flank. He found his opportunities rather limited this season but he was excellent at Blackburn and at the moment I believe that with all his faults, he's the best right-back in the squad. He's experienced enough, fit enough and balanced enough to do well against any team.

Most certainly, there will be a lot of rotation but there has to be some sort of pecking order. And that should be clear: Gary's the past, Rafael's the future but Wesley, I feel, is the present.

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Writer:Zae
Date:Monday October 20 2008
Time: 8:03PM

Comments

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It's too early to write off Gary Neville just now, I hink he'll be the main man this year. He's still the club captain and he's still better than Brown though I agree that he can't play a full season. But two months have already gone...
midlothian99
20/10/2008 20:15:00
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sorry - I don't rate brown one bit. He is a poor centre back, playing out of position, and only plays for you becuase neville is too old, Rafael too young, and you have no-one else. When it comes to england, I have noidea why he plays - as there are 2/3 better english right backs in the league... glen johnson, micah richards... to name just two!
pompeycarpet
20/10/2008 20:19:00
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Wes Brown - don't make me laugh!
merlin
20/10/2008 21:10:00
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wes brown is class i would rate him over boswinga rafael is class aswell ok even though he played against a team in the championship in aalborg and dont write united or gary neville off
matth01
20/10/2008 21:56:00
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Brown over Bosingwa? Don't write Neville off? You don't operate any heavy machinery, do you? It's a frightening thought.
RadioactiveD
21/10/2008 00:07:00
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Wes Brown is a fantastic defender and anyone who doesnt think he's good enough, guess what, your opinion doesnt even matter! We as United fans appreciate everything he does and so does Capello and Fergie!
ForeverUnited
21/10/2008 00:09:00
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Since you can write I can assume you're capable of reading. Where do I even imply that Brown isn't a good defender? He is. If you start for Man United it's a safe assumption you're good. However, he isn't as good as Bosingwa. Why do you think Fergie wanted to get Bosingwa? Could it be to replace Wes Brown? Umm, a possibility at the very least!
RadioactiveD
21/10/2008 04:09:00
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to radioactive what i was trying to say is brown can save united money and he is a good right-back as a united fan i think it is good 2 see there is competion in the right back place ok gary nevill might be 30 odd but he's got a few years keft in him
matth01
21/10/2008 11:43:00
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*Neville
matth01
21/10/2008 11:48:00
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Obviously Fergie thinks he could find someone better, which was my point. It's a moot point anyway. Chelsea has Bosingwa and he's quickly making a name for himself. If Bayern Munich continue to falter I wouldn't be surprised if Sir Ferg goes for Lahm, who has many of the same qualities as Bosingwa--not as quick but certainly has a better shot and can defend better, I suppose.
RadioactiveD
21/10/2008 14:07:00
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