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Fletch: Absence Turned Me In To Mad United Fan

Darren Fletcher made a return to the first team last week against Schalke after missing the past few months with a virus. After recovering from the illness, he was still unable to play after losing so much weight.

Speaking to the official mag, Fletch has expressed some empathy for the fans, realising how frustrating it can be to watch the games.

“I turned into a bit of a mad fan,” he said. “It’s odd: it seems the further away from it you are, the more intense the feelings. My family are glad I’m back now. They had to leave the house a few times when a game was on because I turned into a completely different person. It’s frustrating watching on TV because there’s nothing you can do to influence the situation.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. CedarsDevil says:

    Great to have you back Fletch and welcome to the club of mad REDS all over the world!

  2. T4M says:


  3. udemsky says:

    i’m glad to have you back my go win the champion’s league for us.

  4. Malcum says:

    It’s good to have you back Flectch..

  5. I AM NOT A MAN says:

    We need you playing like you were leading up to the 2008 Final – only this time we need it IN the final.
    Come on Fletch get back in there son.

  6. MG says:

    Welcome back Fletch – sorely missed

  7. Kevin says:

    Nice to have you back Fletch. I am buying a jersey next season and Fletcher will be the name, my favourite.

  8. Mamdouh Ismail says:

    hallo lads i am a huge fan of you fletch i really like the way you gained your plaec at United
    i hope to see more often at the feild and re-gain the probable match fitnies

  9. hammons says:

    Know the feeling because girl says the same about me.

    Think he will play a bit part in the next three games. Good to have him back, either way. …

    Carsick Has Claimed Center Stage In The Reds’ Midfield

  10. james says:

    Super, Super Daz
    Super, super Daz

    Welcome back matey!

  11. Kevin says:

    Finally some acclaim for Carrick, thanks Hammons, let me have a read

  12. WHAT ??? says:

    They had to leave the house a few times when a game was on because I turned into a completely different person.

    Haha I know the feeling mate!

  13. Sir Ryan Giggs says:

    He is gonna be the one to influence things on 28th May, just have this feeling.

    Can someone tell me when G. Nevs testimonial is? Cheers.

  14. alfREDo says:

    Fletch will surely play the next 2 games to put himself in contention for Barca.
    Can see him and Carrick the holding & destroyer 2 in a 4-2-3-1 formation!!
    Welcome back son!
    think it might be the 24th May!?

  15. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    Now you know it Fletch.

    Love the lad, and i’m glad he’ll be back in time for this final!

  16. Mes says:

    Fletch? Where the hell were you before?


    Welcome back our kid. Now let’s see you back to 2009 form please! You really have been missed.

  17. Kevin says:

    I hope he uses his time out to know more on how he can influence somethings when he is on the pitch.

  18. Sir Ryan Giggs says:

    @alfredo: Thanks mate!

  19. denton davey says:

    Sir Ryan Giggs @ 11:54: “He is gonna be the one to influence things on 28th May, just have this feeling.”

    DarrenFletcherinho’s absence in Rome in 2009 was HUGE – What compounded the problem for TheLads was not only was DarrenFletcherinho in his “football genius” mode but also that Michael Carrick and Anderson were both below match-fitness so that the midfield was under-strength. These factors are, of course, conveniently forgotten when “pundits” cum in their pants about TheMostBestestTeamEver.

    The return to fitness of Fletcherinho presents some real selection-difficuties for SAF. The team that tonked the RentBoyz – not once, not twice, but three times running – would seem to be an automatic choice but Barcelona present a different challenge and that might lead the OldFootieKnight to look at different solutions. We’ve all spent the last four/five years being flummoxed by SAF’s “tinkering” but he’s usually right and no amount of pre-match “analysis” is likely to out-guess him.

    Considering just the past decade, this has been a really satisfying year to be a fan of TheLads – written off again by the “pundits”, they won the Charity Shield in a bit of a cake-walk, then they took six months to round into form. And, even in the new year, TheLads have been frighteningly inconsistent: simply brilliant recently against the RentBoyz and Schalke but drab against TheArse, the Koppsukkers, and Newcastle. The best of times have been exhilirating – and makes one wonder about those who say that this squad is “crap” – but, in all honesty, they have also been “crap” on more than a few occasions.

    Which team will show up on the 28th ? It’s lucky for DarrenFletcherinho that he’s no longer a fan-boy but can actually work out his anxiety on the FieldOfDreams. The rest of us are going to go ever-so-slightly crazy over the next 18 days.

  20. Kings says:

    Fletcher you nutjob!

  21. denton davey says:

    Really interesting quote from SAF:”Over the last decade, we’ve worked upon bringing young talent into the club, like Wayne Rooney, Chicharito, Anderson and Nani,” he said. “But that doesn’t dismiss the fact that we like to produce our own young players and I think there are several players in the present youth team who are doing really well.

    “The likes of Ryan Tunnicliffe and Ravel Morrison, you see some of them doing very, very well, so we’re always going to put an emphasis on young players coming through from the youth team. That will always be the case.

    “We’ve got some excellent young players of good ages. Like, for instance, Chicharito, who is 22, Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson, who are 23, and Chris Smalling who’s 21.”

    What I found especially interesting is his inclusion of Ravel Morrison in his vision of the future – the recent reports have all seemed to indicate that Morrison is more likely to spend the next year in prison rather than on the playing fields. What, exactly, is going on here ? He seems to have been charged with some sort of criminal assault but I’ve read that the issue stems from some argy-bargy to do with his girl-friend’s cell phone. This is very, very curioius.

    The other interesting bit is seeing SAF include Darron Gibson in that vision of the future. Too bad for all of those who have written him off, eh ?

  22. Raizzen says:

    Having players like him make it a privilege to be a United fan. One of the harderst working person in the team and one used to gets so many sticks in the past only to come back and prove his naysayers wrong.

    What a player. What a person.

  23. Mes says:

    Denton. Ace posts as always. It does seem to be a little out of the blue but maybe SAF thought he needed to give Ravel a bit of a gee up. I’m sure it would be easy for him to get some marketing folks on the phone to offer out a piece on “Sir Alex’s thoughts on the youngsters at United” in order for him to get a public point in there about RM. Just hope he pulls his fucking finger out. To have the Theatre of Dreams at your finger tips and spend all this time dicking about like he wants to spend the rest of his life dishing out slaps in Benchill or Collyhurst is ridiculous.

  24. King Eric says:

    Mes you bastard!!! You slated my Mail link on the other thread and then give praise to Dentons post despite it being the Mail link quoted!! Only messing.

  25. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    My dad always asks me who has it more difficult during the important matches – Players or Fans – And I always tell him, the fans are in the most difficult situation of all. (Especially the ones watching at home.)

    The players can influence the course of the match. If United are 1-0 down with 2 mins to go, they can score 2 goals to get us to 2-1 and win the game.

    Fans, on the other hand, can do no such thing. Just hope that the players that have turned up for the game play like we know they can and get us the victory. When a match ends, our fingernails must have gone through impossible physical torture that cannot be said outside.

    That is the difference I feel and why fans (only United fans of course, Liverpool fans are not applicable) are always more prone to nervous breakdown than players. :lol:

  26. Mes says:

    @ Eric ha haa. Well spotted our kid. But yeah, Denton’s version wasn’t the dumbed down Daily Fail with pretty pics version.


  27. denton davey says:

    Mes @ 15:46: “Denton’s version wasn’t the dumbed down Daily Fail with pretty pics version.”

    You and KingEric sure have a lot of time on your hands if you’re looking at the Daily Mail; I’m semi-retired but even I don’t stoop that low in my spare time !

  28. Mes says:

    Oi Denton!

    Don’t tar me with that brush mate!!!


  29. indiandevil says:

    Can Saturday come any early, i cant effing wait :)

    guys here’s a brilliant read on our fantastic home record this season, Old Trafford -there’s no place like home :)’s-corner-there’s-no-place-like-home/

  30. Gandalf says:

    Hello lads – long time I haven’t posted on ROM… good to see the regulars in full flow against the WUMs. They are lying low I suppose now that we have beated chelsea and the referee and the FA!

    Well done United… brilliant performance against chelsea. Everyone performed, I love the twins, its really exciting to see how much they have improved and how much they can improve. Future looks good. Now for the CL final… I hope and pray we can win it. We will if we play our best.

    @denton davey – glad to see Fergie including Gibson in it, I think he has potential to be part of our squad. I was one of the doubters of Fletcher few years ago, when I couldn’t believe how Fergie picked him and spoke highly of him. Then he filled out from being a wiry boy and in the next 2 years, he showed us what he is capable of. Now Fletch is immense. I always think back to Fletcher, when people have a go at Gibson.

    To be fair, I think Gibson is doing a lot better than how Fletch was… just my opinion. So I will trust in Fergie on this one :-)

    We don’t see the boys in training, we don’t know them personally and their mental character. The boss will be the perfect judge. So lets allow him to get on with it… abusing gibbo on twitter! we don’t need such fans.

    I’m going to watch the 2008 final again and dream of winning against barca on 28th :-)

    and @costas – thanks for the stat of we haven’t conceded away in Europe this season, I’m going to continue to remember that till the final. Cheers!!!

  31. King Eric says:

    Mes – I dont miss a trick mate!! Only messing fella.

  32. Louis says:

    Hoping he starts the final at least one of the last two games. Lets be honest: out of fletcher, gibson and anderson, the only one whos form might force him to start the final may be fletcher. but i also think that carrick and giggs need to play together. and that scholes should be given a game. maybe thats why im not the manager


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