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Fletch: City And Chelsea Will Never Be As Big As United

Ahead of the derby, Darren Fletcher has stated the obvious in claiming that no matter what City go on to achieve, they will never rival United in terms of the size of the club.

“We don’t want to give City the confidence of winning trophies to get to our level,” Fletcher said. “Our job is to keep Manchester United on top and as long as we keep on winning the big titles, it means they’re not winning them. If City were to go on a run of winning a lot of trophies, then they would become a global club. But for world recognition, United stands out alone. The great thing about United is the history of the club. No-one can take away the Busby Babes, the Munich tragedy – all of these things are engrained in the club’s history. United are known all around the world for its history and success, which is what makes it so strong and such a special club. Teams like Chelsea have won trophies and built on that success, but that’s been maybe over a 10-year period. They still don’t have the global appeal and size of Manchester United and that’s how we want it to stay.”

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  1. Collyhurst Red says:

    Shitty + the rent boys added together will never be as big as us!

  2. Xyth says:

    Thanks Fletch for stating the obvious!!!!

  3. Paul says:

    What utter nonsense. In case you hadn’t noticed Dazza, things change. One upon a time Leeds Utd were a big club, so were Nottingham Forest. As unlikely as it may seem now, Man Utd will not always be the superior club in England in terms of trophies won, and global marketing appeal. It’s a short sighted and foolish person who uses the word ‘never’.

  4. Fred says:

    Way to go, Fletch! That’s putting the cat among the pigeons! :lol:

  5. James21 says:

    Shitty are MASSIVE with lots and lots of Arab Oil money and Chelscum are a small time club with a rich Russian Mobster owner. Both team managers have no say whatsoever in their transfer dealings.

    Rather support the Great Manchester Utd with no money any day.

  6. Xyth says:

    Can’t wait to get to OT tomorrow. I was there to welcome the scar-face back. I would love it if curly hair dickhead played tomorrow so we can tell him what we think of him.

    I hope our players are fired up as never before! Would take any win but I really hope they do not leave it late like in the last few matches against them.

  7. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Darron is one of the lads who get United, full stop. He is the only one who has it in him to rival the likes of Keano for give it your all commitment. Unfortunately injuries have put a stopper to some of that, but I have a hunch that Darron has a lot more in the tank than many give him credit for. For me, I want Darron on the pitch. If he can pull his boots on, think he will play tomorrow.

  8. Zibbie says:

    Oh Fletch, an academy player. Come on lad get back the art of the clattering of your knees and feet with out the yellows you made an art form. Your heart is wanted. And were behind you.

  9. Costas says:

    Damn right they are not as big. That’s why they have penis envy. ;)

  10. Zibbie says:

    @Fletch, I recall before his virus he had a stretch of some 40+ games he played with out MUFC loosing!!!!
    An in form Fletch with TC and Andro can handle any MF. FIB said it weeks ago, Andro shadows TC and it works, let them do that with Fletch is support of those 2. Nani and Young/Welbeck on the wings with with Rooney up front. The Young/Welbeck on attack play a 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2. In the game tomorrow Rooney to play behind Lil Pea/Welbeck to stop Silva from getting the ball.

  11. CedarsDevil says:

    Well said Darren, spoken like a true red….

  12. Zibbie says:

    NIB oopps

  13. CedarsDevil says:

    Anyone heard any team news ahead of tomorrow?

  14. Zibbie says:

    CC riders are here together.
    Costas&Cedars the men with inside powers of MUFC like the anti wes thing and much more.
    Newcastle having a fast start.

  15. FletchTHEMAN says:

    As if to underscore the difference in class:

    You could not make it up: Mario Balotelli set his house on fire last night after lighting some fireworks
    at 1am

    Couldn’t make this stuff up

  16. CedarsDevil says:

    Hi Zibbie – Cheers buddy…

    FletchTHEMAN – What a knob that Mario is eh?

  17. CedarsDevil says:

    Thanks for the link Zibbie, have not seen it actually….

  18. James21 says:

    Ha Ha @ Neanderthal Belotelli. Nothing supprises me with that Knob anymore.

  19. udemsky says:

    i’ll never talk football or argue with a city or chelsea fan untill they win they win the champions league.

  20. Costas says:

    Balotelli redefines the word retard with each passing day.


    Predicting the Wes saga’s conclusion was a walk in the park compared to predicting Fergie’s line ups anymore. That’s why i stopped doing it. Saved me a lot of headaches. :lol:

  21. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Zibbie, 40 games in one stretch? is that right!? Coool ;)

  22. CedarsDevil says:


    The boss went something like a 150 games in a row with a different line up each time so the task of predicting the team sheet is impossible! Do not blame you to be honest :-)

  23. Sandeep1878 says:

    Good evening ROM,

    Well said Fletcherinho..


    Loan Watch: Danny Drinkwater scored the only goal for Barnsley against Cardiff City

  24. Costas says:


    Lol, I was actually sad to see that record end at the Bridge last season. I was used to Fergie making at least one change in his line up with each game. But when he lined up without Rooney and Nani at Anfield, I realized that I don’t stand a chance of even getting 7 out of 11 correct anymore. :D

  25. Fred says:

    Balotelli always was an explosive player… :oops:

  26. CedarsDevil says:

    Costas – Keeps us guessing all the time I suppose! lol Must be tough for the players I am sure….

    Evening Sandeep

  27. Sandeep1878 says:

    Evening Cedars,

    Hey zibbie what up mate,

    FketchTHEMAN and Fred, pals the balotelli is already on fire and the derby is tmrw :P

  28. Sandeep1878 says:

    Bellamy scores in first half extra time.. 1 nil..

    I have to say, Norwich will survive the season, they play some gritty football amongst the bottom ten..

  29. CedarsDevil says:

    Sandeep – Agreed my friend, Norwich will survive…. Very unlucky to concede against the dippers…

    Hope they will score second half

  30. Carefree Karl says:

    Isn’t that what Liverpool were saying about United 20 years ago?

  31. Saad says:

    Too bad this article doesn’t have a facility for submitting comments. I’d love it if I could’ve blasted the author’s delusions about Shitty being United’s equal in any sense whatsoever.

    Although I know I shouldn’t let it get to me, it ticks me off nonetheless that Shitty fans talk about their financial prowess as if they “earned” it, whereas in fact the closest analogy is that of a dumb blonde who married some 80yo billionaire and thus went from tramp to social elite overnight.

  32. T4M says:

    i hope fletch is up for this

  33. Giggs12Gerrard0 says:

    I fucking love fletch so glad he is back! Has there ever been a more underated footballer outside of old Trafford?

    Darren Fletcher > football genious

    I would love to see him captain after vida

  34. The Devil in Red says:

    Fletch talks the talk but I can’t remember the last time he really shone for us. Maybe the virus was brewing before it took him out last season.

    No question he loves United but, with Gibson injured, he’s the weakest link. The path opens up from TC and PP.

  35. Bulus Ashu says:

    The word ‘never’ can only be said by a person that is naive. Only recently Man U was trailing Liverpool in terms of club achievements. It would have been naive to say Man U will ‘never’ catch up or even surpass Liverpool record. Think again Flet.

  36. wiuru says:

    As much as i agree with Fletch we need to start taking scalps and put the fear/nerve factor back into our home and away competition .

  37. Ahmad Al-Joboori says:

    Really Fleatch!!! we were humiliated here last night here in Abu Dhabi, it really doesn’t matter who is big and who is not


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