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Darren Fletcher, Football Genius


He can tackle, he can pass, he can run with the ball, he can lead… he can score bloody brilliant goals.

Darren Fletcher is a football genius!

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  1. baisais says:

    Yes, he is!!!

  2. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Post match interview with Fletcher and evra and evra summed up the goal with 1 word “pheeeew”

  3. Drabik says:

    Any links to that interview GHTT? Would like to see it!

  4. bchilds says:

    Enough said!

  5. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    I dont have it Ive looked for it for ages yesterday for jellybean I do have a link to an emily video singing Darren Fletcher, Football Genius

  6. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Darren Fletcher, Football Genius
    Patrice Evra , Funny Fucker

  7. Shurik says:

    Evra is the happiest man in the world!

    btw, it is a bit funny to see tevez on the bench during a match vs Liverpool.
    More games, eh?

  8. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    maybe the guy needs a rest you’ve heard how tired he has been lately

  9. Redbeard says:

    @ GHTT

    Yep, he needs a rest alright! It gets tiring carrying around all those meda… I mean, carrying all that cash!

  10. jezz09 says:

    The guy has improved unbelievably over the last couple of seasons. The only 2 guys ive seen score with technique like this is zidane, and as much as I hate to say it, Stevie ME down the road. Fletch is beginning to write his story into the united history books

  11. CaptainPark says:

    Evra looks like a nice character too.

  12. King Eric says:

    Now United’s most important player. When Fletch plays well United do. It fucks me off to see rival fans (Pat for one) say things like “if Fletch is your best midfielder then you are in trouble”. Darren is in his own right a top midfielder now and in my opinion THE best box to box in the league. He deserves more credit. Give it another few months and the cunts in the media will have joined the bandwagon and will be drooling over him.

    Couple of things. How fucking smug is Hughes these days? I want to wipe that self satisfied look off his face. You would thing him and Citeh had actually won things. His line “a draw at anfield just shows HOW FAR THIS CLUB HAVE COME” sums the prick up. You have drawn the last SIX games Mark against relatively poor opposition.

    Also why the fuck did match of the day have to subject us to a rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Fuck off.

  13. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    I totally agree with Fletcher and it is good to see neutrals realising how good he is.

    I tell you else is a football genious and that is Evra, I thought Evra was our best player yesterday, he was fucking class both going forward and defending.

    Great game by Wes Brown again as well, brillaint tackle on Saha in the first half.

    Great atmosphere at OT as well.

  14. brett1985 says:

    Fletcher hasn’t improved much. He has always been a fine player even when many of the contributors here, wanted rid of him.

    A ‘show of hands’ for who wanted him out the door 4-5 years ago would be interesting. You know who you are!

    What a goal!

  15. denton davey says:

    That goal – you all know what I mean ! – was fan-fucking-tastic. But, truthfully, it was also a fluke.

    How many times in a hundred chances could Fletcherinho have volleyed a ball at chest-height perfectly ?

    How many times in a hundred chances could Zidane do that ?

    If we set up a “degree-of-difficulty” measure for goals, that was about as difficult as it gets AND Fletcherinho not only hit the ball perfectly but he also directed it into a top-corner, off the post. It was an unstoppable shot. I doubt that he’ll ever score a more difficult goal.

    I think that Brett1985 is right – Fletcherinho hasn’t “improved” but he has found his place. He’s also now completely over the injuries that blighted his late teenage-years and his confidence has grown by leaps and bounds. It’s as if he thinks of himself as a first-team player which I don’t think was the case when Keane-o glowered and rebuked him mercilessly.

    And, for what it’s worth, the people who wanted him out the door were wrong because they were impatient – just as those who want Nani out the door are wrong because they are impatient. It’s my view that Nani’s trajectory seems to be very similar to Fletcherinho’s – inconsistency and low confidence, exacerbated by SAF’s tinkering and too much introspection.

  16. Manchester United Indonesia says:

    A nice goal from Fletcher yesterday.

  17. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    I have always rated Fletcher but you can say he has not improved! In the last three years he has developed game inmmensly. His decision making and distribution has much improved.

  18. King Eric says:

    giggs11gerrard0 – No I think what denton and brett are saying is he was always a top player but played in the wrong position or with no confidence. Now he has found his place in the team he is excelling.

    Cannot agree about Nani though denton. Just don’t think he will ever become a United player. Even 3 or 5 years ago I personally liked Fletcher. I ain’t lying either, me and my old man have always liked his work rate and engine. He has now however taken it to a whole new level. Tough, great passer, can run with the ball, good vision and a top leader. IF only he was given the Captains armband and watch him go then. Bebeto pointed to a great interview with him in United we Stand yesterday. Top player and a top lad.

  19. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    @King eric

    Yeah I know what you mean mate and was not having a go at anyone’s opinions. I just think that all young players progressing through the ranks will always improve when you play for a club at this level regualrly.
    I truly have always rated Fletcher and always said when Keane left he would fill his boots and glad he is doing.

  20. denton davey says:

    King Eric – I think that we differ a bit about both Nani and Carrick: you rate Nani less than I do; I rate Carrick less than you do.

    I can live with that because I respect your opinion even when we differ. I also respect the fact that you don’t go in for slagging and name calling – one of the truly awful things about United Rant is the terrible behaviour the moderator permits. On this site, thankfully, Scott has created an environment in which differences can be treated in a respectful manner – this is greatly appreciated.

    I don’t think that Nani’s comments in the Portugal papers will “haunt him” or seriously outrage SAF since most of what he had to say is common knowledge. I do think, though, that Nani has to up his level of consistency if he is to play more – and the only way he can do that is to play better.

    It’s something of a vicious circle for a man who wants to break into the first-team squad because apart from Fletcherinho, Giggs, Edwin, Vidic, Evra, and Rooney, the rest of them are in the “what have you done for me lately” situation. I think that even former-stalwarts like Rio and Scholes are having to prove themselves since their play has been marked by inconsistency this year. Valencia is something of a special case since he has gotten something of a “free pass” so as to fit into the team.

    So, I don’t see Nani getting special treatment, one way or the other. If he can produce consistently then he’ll play more; if he can’t then he won’t play more. Really, it’s up to him. For what it’s worth, he seems to have done reasonably well so far – but he needs to do more. I see his glass as being 70% full, not 30% empty. I would rate Carrick and Anderson about the same grade.

  21. Datnana says:

    Fletcher the butcher butchered ‘cheat’sea. Made their midfield look like a caricature. And now this goal! Wow!

  22. bigphil2003 says:

    I’ve greatly admired Fletcher’s contributions over the last 3 years or so but you can’t say he hasn’t improved. He’s always been brilliant defensively, but his range of passing this season is what has really surprised me. there was one pass he played for Evra on saturday with the outside of the boot that blew my mind.

  23. King Eric says:

    denton – Yeah got to agree with most of your last post mate. Lets hope he does start “doing it”. I too have been critical of Carrick but I thought since he came on against CSKA at home he looks to be getting back to his best again.

    bigphil2003 – Completely agree about Fletcherino. There is an interview in United we stand which is superb. He says words to the effect of ” Well Gerrard, Lampard and Fabregas lets see how you like playing aginst me. Lets see how you like me in your face and eveytime you get the ball I will be there and when I have it I will run you into the corner. Are you willing enough to chase me” It is a bigger piece than that but you get the idea. Fucking top lad and a top top player.

  24. John Ferry says:

    I admire Sir Alex Ferguson, and respected Keano. However, you will not get the best out of your players by putting them down (the yelling and in your face attitude). Who here works better under that kind of mentality ? Being a manager in any profession requires that you know when to kick someone in the ass and when to nurture them.


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