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Fergie: We’ll Give Fletch Every Possible Chance

Sir Alex Ferguson today confirmed that we are still playing a waiting game when it comes to Darren Fletcher’s future as he battles ulcerative colitis, a bowel condition.

“We’ll wait and see,” Ferguson told MUTV. “The boy’s trying very hard to get back to his level. It’s not going to be easy but we’ll give him every possible chance and see how he does. He kept himself active towards the end of last season. He replaced Scholes as the reserve team coach when Scholes decided to come back into the fold. Darren’s a terrific lad and we all hope that he can come back soon.”

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  1. Jeet says:

    @Panderi: I think so too…remember Vidic’s wife? :)

  2. Sandeep1878 says:

    Newcastle are chasing one or two midfiedlers and a striker..

    Sir Alex: one or two things are going on, but nothing to tell you to be honest..

    anyone thinks a newcastle player may be heading to OT?

    Cabaya, Ba, Cisse, Tiote to name a few..

  3. Udhala says:

    Xol,exactly!!!!!Young can never attempt that.Nani beat 5chelsea players before scoring,Young will never be able to do that.No comparism imo.

  4. Jeet says:

    @Sandeep1878: I heard it there first :lol:

  5. Sandeep1878 says:

    “I humbly accept the historic No. 7. Will do my best. Thanks to God, my family, the club & all the fans for believing in me!.” – Antonio Valencia


  6. Sandeep1878 says:



    and yeah we all know Vida’s wife and how weather troubled her and how Madrid weather suited perefct etc :P

    its the off season, for football that is and a business end of the season for papers ;)

  7. WeAreUnited says:

    look at these.

    We need a player like Becks was, just look how accurate he is , just WOW, the reason I started supporting ManUtd.

  8. WeAreUnited says:

    David Beckham.

  9. Panderi says:


    I do remember Vidic’s wife mate :D . I had actually started to believe he was likely to go, not because of his wife but beause he was getting into the last year of his contract, there were some strong rumors that Mourinho wanted him at Real and I thought he’d probably decide to leave. He also had some sort of nerve injury the previous season causing him to miss a lot of games and I remember Fergie saying once “I’m not sure when he’ll be back” or something like that. The media started saying Fergie had lost patience with him and I thought there might be some truth in it. Anyway I was at work, having a pretty bad night shift when the news broke out that he’d signed a new deal. Cheered me up instantly. :)

  10. Costas says:

    Well if Nani can do everything Young can do, then I wonder why Sir Alex clearly prefered Young during the last 10 games of the title run in. The one time he didn’t, we conceded 4 goals at OT. 2 came from Evra’s side and if I remember well, the crosses were by the Everton right back. The person the left winger is supposed to track back…

  11. james21 says:

    Not sure I like the sound of this. Normally SAF would be upbeat about a player returning. Hope he does but maybe there is a message regarding the reserves in his statement and Fletcher’s new role. Have to wait and see.

    Pogba gone??? He probably came on here and read the comments about desperately needing players and thought fuck it I’ll be further down the pecking order. Good luck to him and personally I don’t care, I only care about the players we have.

    Ashley Young, top player and thought he’d had a good 1st season. Nani’s attitude and decision making can be very frustrating at times, has as many shit games as good ones yet he’s called world class. Young has a couple of bad games and he’s fucking hopeless. :D

  12. scan74 says:

    All the best fletch keep the faith son hope he gets back soon top player

  13. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    AV7 ?

    Would have preferred AVB but :roll:

  14. slim says:

    young is overrated in my opinion and is miles behind nani.
    squad player at best

  15. Marq says:

    Why are we comparing Nani and Young? They both play for United -.-

  16. denton davey says:

    Sandeep @ 11:56: “anyone thinks a newcastle player may be heading to OT?”

    Of that quartet – Cabaye, Tiote, Ba, Cisse – I’d think that Yohan Cabaye would be the most likely one.

    Indeed, assuming that Cabaye would cost around 20 million, which is the same amount as Benfica are asking for Axel Witsel who is a box-to-box/more defensive player, there’s an interesting “philosophical” issue.

    UTD don’t go for “destroyers” like Tiote but want a skilled guy who can get a foot in – like TheGingerNinja – but that guy has to be able to fight for the ball.

    If the “philosophical” issue gets narrowed to looking for someone who could be considered a Scholes-replacement then Cabaye ticks the proverbial boxes. He won’t be cheap but he is already proven in the EPL.

    If, however, the issue turns on other axes (pun intended !) then the key point to keep in mind is NoFletch/NoWin.

    So, replacing which player – Scholes or Fletcher – is key ?

  17. denton davey says:

    Marq @ 14:43: “Why are we comparing Nani and Young?”

    Not all of us are.

    Some people still think that Dimmy should be chosen ahead of DannyTheLad or Chicharito.

    Some people, eh ?

  18. Jeet says:

    @Denton: No disrespect mate, but you’re having a laugh if you think the geordies will let cabaye go for 20 mil (in a market where Baines goes for 17). If levy is supposed to be a tough SoB, mike ashley is no pussy either.

  19. Marq says:


    I think most of us would agree that Welbeck deserves his place beside Rooney. Just the slight question mark of certain games that Berbatov could have come in for Rooney.

    No disagreements on our winger front though. Once Young got his form, Nani was moved out of the way

  20. Costas says:

    And some people still want De Rossi. :D

  21. The Scottish Wonder says:

    The Scottish wonder is my favorit player, I really hope he will play for us again. We need that power, fight and enthusiasm in our midfield.

  22. Ash says:

    Poor arsenal keep on losing players. I really doubt whether they will stay in top 4 next season.

  23. denton davey says:

    Costas @ 15:59: “And some people still want De Rossi.”

    C’mon, admit it, if UTD could obtain Daniele De Rossi then it would get done in a NewYorkMinute and all of you guys would be cuming in your shorts.

  24. Costas says:


    Trust me, it takes a lot more than that to get me excited! Not saying he’s a bad player by any means, but there are multiple reasons why it can’t happen. His age, his willingness (or lack thereof) to play in the Premiership and more importantly, his wages and price tag.

  25. denton davey says:

    Costas – I know it can’t happen – won’t happen – but my point was that if it could happen then we’d all be over-the-moon AND TheLads would be a much, much stronger team. From what I can see “out there” there’s no one quite like Daniele De Rossi in regards to tenacity, skill, two-footedness and compete-level so having him in the squad would be like having a clone of Keane-o (c. 1998\9)


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