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article imageOp-Ed: Sunderland captures Manchester United duo of Brown and O'Shea

By Christopher Bates     Jul 9, 2011 in Sports
Sunderland - Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has once again used his links to Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson – this time acquiring the services of defensive duo Wes Brown and John O’Shea.
The move comes as no surprise to fans of United, as Ferguson looks to free up some space for new faces at Old Trafford, having already signed David de Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones. Chris Smalling is also likely to become a concrete figure in United's defense next season, after signing a new five year contract earlier this week.
Both men have only ever played for United, but will carry their wisdom and experience to Bruce's ever-growing north east army. Brown and O'Shea join five other players who have made the jump to the Black Cats in the current transfer window, including: David Vaughan from Blackpool, Sebastian Larsson and Craig Gardner from Birmingham, Keiren Westwood from Coventry and Connor Wickham from Ipswich.
Speaking in relation to Brown, Bruce said: "We are delighted to welcome a player of Wes's ability, experience and character to the club. He has been a fantastic professional for Manchester United through the years and not only will he strengthen our defensive options, he will also bring with him a winning mentality and level of maturity which can only be positive for the players around him."
The 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking at Old Trafford over the past few seasons, and will relish the new challenge.
Bruce also spoke of his delight after capturing O'Shea. "O'Shea's wealth of experience and versatility will be great attributes for us. John has been a solid, consistent part of Manchester United's squad for well over a decade which goes to show the fantastic pedigree of player we have signed. He is a wonderful professional both on and off the field. I'm delighted with the players we've been able to secure ahead of the new season."
The fee for the pair remains undisclosed.
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