Champions League: Wes will bounce back, insists Roy

Republic of Ireland and Manchester United captain Roy Keane knows how it feels to score an own goal in Europe and he has no doubts that Wes Brown will recover from the disappointment.

Republic of Ireland and Manchester United captain Roy Keane knows how it feels to score an own goal in Europe and he has no doubts that Wes Brown will recover from the disappointment.

Keane consoled Brown after the defender’s mistake put Manchester United’s hopes of claiming a Champions League quarter-final place on hold.

Brown turned Valencia substitute Vicente’s cross into his net three minutes from time to hand the Spanish side a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

Keane knew exactly how he felt and 10 months ago he made a similar blunder at the same end to put Real Madrid on their way to a 3-2 quarter-final win.

The United skipper laughed off any suggestion that the gaffe may stunt Brown’s rapid progress this season.

"No chance, no chance," said Keane. "He’ll probably be out somewhere.

"I felt confident that we could keep a clean sheet, but that’s football and it’s unfortunate for Wes.

"But I said to Wes when it happened to me last year against Madrid we were out.

"This time we’re not out and we’re still in with a chance of qualifying.

"So it happens to players and you just have to accept it.

"You’re not going to get everything your own way and that’s football as they say.

"This is part of Wes’ growing up as a player and as a person.

"It’s no big deal. It’s an og and worse things have happened to players."

Unfortunately Brown boobed in front of England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.

However this was just one blip in an otherwise impressive last few weeks and Eriksson is still expected to name the 21-year-old centre-half in his first England squad on Friday.

Alex Ferguson also tipped Brown to bounce back from the disappointment and in his programme notes before the game he had hailed his maturity.

Ironically he felt Brown’s cruciate ligament injury in 1999 has helped him develop as a player.

"It’s always dangerous handing out too many accolades to young players because they can lack consistency, but I think Wes has grown up in the last 18 months," he said.

"In a perverse kind of way his serious knee injury and the long lay-off involved have helped him to mature, perhaps teaching him to value even more his life as a player with Manchester United.

"I believe Roy Keane drew valuable lessons from his professional suffering and he was a natural role model for Wes."

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