Brown wants to be Fergie's rock
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The stopper, 24, suffered yet another serious injury last term, forcing the second cruciate knee ligament operation of his career.
He struggled to find his best form after returning to the United first team last February, but finished the season strongly and was even mentioned as a possible for England's Euro 2004 squad.
With the suspended Rio Ferdinand not available until September 20, and United's latest defensive recruit Gabriel Heinze set to play for Argentina at the Olympics, Brown looks certain to start the forthcoming campaign as first choice, and is determined to clinch an extended run in Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
"My injuries have always stopped me achieving something," he stated.
"It's always halted my progress for six or eight months at a time. But you just have to keep your head up and believe in yourself and keep working.
"I love football. I wouldn't be there playing if I didn't love it so much.
I don't think you lose that desire and will to win, it's just that when you have been out so long your body has to catch up with what your mind is thinking."