Eric Bailly (left) and Chris Smalling (right) have started together just 12 times this season
Bailly and Smalling have started just 12 games together for Manchester United this season.
That is in part due to injuries but manager Jose Mourinho has also chopped and changed his defence over the campaign.
Bailly and Smalling have both started United’s last three games.
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I support Manchester United but I play for Blackburn, I want us to win
And Brown, who is set to face United when his Blackburn side host the Red Devils in the FA Cup on Sunday, believes Mourinho is getting it right at the back.
“I (would pick) Bailly and Smalling myself,” Brown, who won five Premier League titles with United, told talkSPORT.
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“(Phil) Jones has been brilliant as well this season.
“At the moment (Mourinho’s) got a good few to pick from, he’s just got to find the best combination.
“Sometimes that’s hard to do.”
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Brown, 37, joined Blackburn from Sunderland last summer and has made five first-team appearances for the Ewood Park club.
On the prospect of facing United yet again, he added: “I’ll be fine. I support Manchester United but I play for Blackburn, I want us to win.
“I thought I’d never be up against playing them again since I left Sunderland. I’m buzzing just to be playing them.”