Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at agents and their influence on today's players amid the continuing contract wrangle with Wes Brown.
Brown, 28, is out of contract at Old Trafford in the summer and has so far rejected the opportunity to extend his 16-year association with his hometown club.
The academy graduate was warned by Ferguson last month that the club's latest contract offer was their final one and he would be prepared to allow the England international to leave at the end of the season.
However, Brown has yet to put pen to paper with his agent understood to have advised him to reject the reported £40,000 per week package.
"Players of today live in their agents' pockets - it's a situation which really depresses me," said Ferguson.
Ironically, Brown has made 33 appearances for the champions this season and has become a first-team regular in the continued absence of club captain Gary Neville through injury.
"It's in his hands. It's not in our hands," continued. Ferguson.
"We have given him his offer. It's amazing really, given that he has had such a good season and has had such a good run of games while Gary has been injured.
"We wouldn't have made the offer if we hadn't had faith in him. Wes knows this and the other players have told him.
"Wes has been with us since he was 12 but I don't think that matters these days.
"Their agents live their lives for them and if you are happy to go along with that then you get the situation that you have got just now."