But they definitely do not look alike.
That's why it is so inexplicable that referee Roger East sent off Brown for a penalty foul on Radamel Falcao at Old Trafford on Saturday, when it was clearly O'Shea who made the tackle.
The Internet reacted in predictably hilarious fashion.
Wes Brown mistaken for John O'Shea, you could see where the referee had trouble... pic.twitter.com/rMYoS8m0CV— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 28, 2015
Honestly, what kind of idiot can't tell the difference between Wes Brown and John O'Shea? pic.twitter.com/LW1HPW5gZo— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) February 28, 2015
What colour is the dress? Do you see Wes Brown or John O'Shea? pic.twitter.com/LCGy408kpW— United Religion (@Unitedology) February 28, 2015
Oh my god just got Wes Brown in a pack pic.twitter.com/aiv9UcQZSC— s (@GarethBale11EN) February 28, 2015
Will never forget Wes Brown in goal for United pic.twitter.com/NMp9tFRAsm— Jordan ✌️ (@JordaanBroown) February 28, 2015
Poor Mr. East. At times like these, referees really could do with some help. They might have to wait a while for that, too, though.
As FIFA panel rejects video replay technology - for now - here at NIreland meeting ... the O'Shea/Brown incident happens— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) February 28, 2015