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Former £50,000+ a week Man Utd star declared BANKRUPT!

A former Manchester United player who earned more than £50,000 a week playing for the club has recently declared bankruptcy.

Wes Brown, a former defender for the Red Devils for over 15 years, came through the club’s academy, and made his first senior appearance for them in 1996. During his time at Old Trafford, Brown won the Premier League 5 times and the FA Cup & Champions League twice, putting in an impressive 362 appearances.

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Wes Brown celebrates a Champions League victory with Manchester United. Image credit: transfermarkt

Brown, who hails from Wilsmslow in Cheshire, joined United’s academy at the age of 12. His career with the club was a fruitful one and he is remembered fondly by their supporters. When he played at Old Trafford, he was reportedly earning more than £50,000 a week.

Alongside his time at Manchester United, Brown also represented England from 1998-2010 – earning 23 caps and even managing to bag a goal for the senior squad, after impressing in 8 appearances for the U21 side.

Shock reports have now emerged that the former Red Devil has had to declare bankruptcy. As per an article published by the Mirror, HMRC filed a petition for bankruptcy against Brown on February 27th of this year, and it was rubber stamped at the High Court on April the 12th.

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This sad news for the former United man comes off of the back of a split from his wife of 13 years last year, with whom he has 3 children. The couple had sold their £4.2 million pound mansion in Cheshire for a cut price of £ 2.4 million back in 2016.

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Manchester United star Wes Brown and wife, Leanne. Image credit: Daily Star

Despite the difficulties that Wes Brown is currently facing in his life, he will be taking to the field once more next month. He, alongside other celebrities such as boxer Ricky Hatton and comedian Jason Manford, will be taking part in a charity match to raise funds for 5 separate charities. The match will be played over the Coronation bank holiday weekend at Boundary Park in Oldham.