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Fletch: I couldn’t give up on playing for United

Darren Fletcher played his first game since Boxing Day last year today as United cruised to a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.

After a chronic bowel condition threatened to end his career, Fletcher insists that he is now back for good, and aims to nail down a place in the team.

“This is it, I’m back for good,” said Fletcher. “This is hopefully the game which means I’m back now. I seem to have come through the setbacks and health issues and I’m thankful for that. It’s onwards and upwards now. I always believed I would come back, I kept that mind-set. I think other people around me were trying to make me think otherwise, but I stayed strong and believed I would get back. I think that was the best way to approach the situation and I knew I was going to go through a lot, but the belief and determination was to get back. Playing a game like that, and getting an ovation like that [from the United fans] makes it all worthwhile. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to play football. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play for Manchester United and wasn’t going to give that up lightly. I battled through it, and I’m only 29 years old, I think I’ve got plenty more years of playing left in me. That was reiterated to me by my family, friends and the old manager. I could have a career all over again if I get my health right, and hopefully that’s what I’m going to do.”

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5 Comments

  1. Sparkz says:

    Great to see him back, hopefully it is onwards and upwards.

  2. Andrew Ross says:

    It was a pleasure to be at villa to see him run back on that pitch today and us reds sang our hearts out for him!!! If he can get back into his old routine he could well save our dreadful midfield and maybe our season

  3. kevk24 says:

    I am still smiling from this. It made me really happy. There is only one Fletcher!

  4. Nemzkorir says:

    Happy to have him back. he could be very vital thru this busy period. But we need to use him sparingly

  5. Tommy says:

    Great attitude, a lot of players would have give up because hes a millionaire but not Fletch, Hopefully he will be involved in the COC on wedensday, fantastic pro, its like having a new signing, I must admit I doubted whether he would be able to overcome his problems, Hopefully his illness wont come back now!

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