Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
- Join Date:07/07/2011
Wes needs no introduction – he’s one of the most decorated footballers ever to play the English game.
The classy central defender joined Sunderland in summer 2011 having previously spent his whole career with Manchester United.
He is always cool and collected, even under the heaviest pressure, and is equally comfortable whether the ball is in the air or on the floor.
Born in Longsight, Manchester, Wes was quickly snapped up by United and signed his first pro contract aged just 17.
How many players can say they won the Treble in their first full season? That’s exactly what Wes did when he captured the Premier League title, FA Cup and Champions League in 1998-99.
He quickly emerged as a key player in Manchester and was consistently matched up against some of the best opposition in Europe.
Wes spent a total of almost 15 years at Old Trafford, playing 363 games and winning a total of 19 trophies.
As well as the two Champions League wins and eight Premier League titles, Wes also picked up two FA Cups, three League Cups and four Community Shields.
He assisted on Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the 2008 Champions League final as United beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow.
Sir Alex Ferguson allowed the defender to join Sunderland in summer 2011 after he ended his Old Trafford career on a high note with an eighth league title.
Wes made 22 appearances during his first year on Wearside but was troubled by injuries in the middle of the season.
The 2012-13 campaign was a tough one for Wes, who picked up an injury in pre-season and didn't feature in a senior game throughout the year.
However, he returned to action ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, featuring in both games in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.
Wes has also won 23 full international caps for his country, England.