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Fletch: I Feel As Fit As Ever

Darren Fletcher has had a horrible time with an illness over the past few months, which saw him miss out on a place in the Champions League final as well as the pre-season tour with United.

Despite not having played for United yet this season, he has been called up to the Scottish team to face the Czech Republic and Lithuania. However, our midfielder claims his inclusion shouldn’t be viewed as a risk.

“Not at all because of the experience I have at this level,” said Fletcher. “I have 53 caps so I know what to expect at this level. I’m the captain – I feel I bring a lot to the team in terms of communication. I feel as fit as I ever have, I feel strong. Players have had one or two more matches than me but I don’t believe that’s a problem.”

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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. Cyril Sneer says:

    i hear he literally sold the virus to Real Madrid.

  2. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    lol Cyril

    If he can get through his two games with Scotland with decent perfomances….Fletch is Back !


  3. Doghouse says:

    This mitigates the bullshit brigade getting their hands on our young English prodigies. He needs some minutes on a competitive football pitch, even if he is surrounded by haggises and a statue of Mel Gibson and whatever other pieces of shite Scotland calls a football team these days.

  4. oneloveoneunited says:

    Hopefully comes through the internationals unscathed, big player for us this season and will need him in the biggest games.

  5. parryheid says:

    Depends on whether the Hag Aye surrounding him are the proper wild ones or the factory farmed ones who have had the wildness bred out of them.I bet you’ve never been on a wild Hag ayeing hunt armed only with a stout club in your life.Get on the hills of the Scottish borders and join the thrill of the hunt man.

  6. CedarsDevil says:

    I really missed Fletch, cannot wait to see him out on the pitch again.

  7. wayne says:

    Needs the games good to have him back,gets back to his best there’s the world class midfielder everyone has been clamouring for.

  8. wayne says:

    sounds like fun beating some defenseless animal to death with a stick,can’t wait to sign up

  9. Red Riding Wolf says:

    Ace in the pack for United. We need his energy and drive, for the tough away games in Europe and in the premiership. Think Fergie will play 3 midfielders, for certain challenges. If you presume, TC and Anderson are certain starters, that leaves Fletcher and Carrick fighting it out, for the other place. Nice problem for the boss.

  10. Kings says:

    Great news.

  11. wiuru says:

    We need this guy at his very best , we have sterner tests ahead . I hope both his head and body are ready for it . Show us some Celt grit Fletch .

  12. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Good luck to Fletch. Will be great if he gets some significant minutes in competitive fixtures.
    He needs it. It would be great to get him back fully fit.

  13. RedFilip says:

    Welcome back, lad !!!

  14. Arni says:

    So…what do you think was wrong with him? Let’s speculate.

    I call meningitis.

  15. ididnotzeeit says:

    For Fletcher, the international break’s a blessing in disguise. Gives him a chance to get a few matches under his belt and get his game legs back underneath him. Good luck to Fletch, get stuck in lad.

  16. parryheid says:

    They aint defenceless they have teeth like razorblades and they are not so easy to kill.The front and back leg on the left side are a couple of inches shorter than the other two and they race at great speed anti clockwise round the hills, you’d crap yourself if one of them was heading your way.

  17. wayne says:

    Well then were do i sign you up,if if costs money no worries i’ll send it to you.

  18. Zibbie says:


  19. parryheid says:

    Was that the snap of biting I heard their.

  20. Red Riding Wolf says:

    I hunt blurt.

  21. Zibbie says:

    Wild Hog hunting with a knife.

  22. Zibbie says:

    Snipe hunting.

  23. Red Riding Wolf says:


  24. Costas says:

    Oh I hope so. During 08-10 he was very fit. He could go for 2 hours every match.

  25. T4M says:

    Gr8-2 hear from fletch :)

  26. King Eric says:

    Welcome back Darren lad. You have been sorely missed, you really have.

  27. King Eric says:

    Willie – For the big games Fletch is a certain starter. First name on teamsheet after Rooney.

  28. booch says:

    Great 2 see flecter again and see him play 4 utd in da next match and will alex fesguson bring on bero against bolen in da next match cause bero can be very danger in attack with rooney and young anyone agree or Disagree

  29. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Fantastic that he’s fit, IThink he will link up very well with Cleverley, Ijust have 2 little points to make 1/ Cleverley and Anderson bounce off each other excellently and Tom looks like the player Ando has been waiting for and 2/ I know it was over a week ago but even do Fletch was fit enough to run around in the reserves, Call it ringrust, he was nowhere near on point when it comes to football skill

  30. dannysoya says:

    My first love Darren Fletcher. a massive ball of energy we desperately need back in midfield. I can’t wait to see you on the pitch running teams ragged again. Hope you score for scotland.

  31. Gotta hate tiny tears says:


    “a massive ball of energy we desperately need back in midfield”

    I think the energy on the pitch in all departments is doing alright and United dont ‘desperately’ need anything at the moment

  32. Red Riding Wolf says:

    flecter and bero lol. Nice one booch! :)

  33. Zibbie says:

    He is an awesome player. Loved by SAF. As with anyone, given his chances he will take them and run, and run, and run with it. The entire time doing as the gaffer has asked.

  34. Mes says:

    Booch? Seriously mate. What the hump? Firstly, it’s a forum. People naturally will agree or disagree with what you post. Second, whilst I’m guessing English isn’t your first language, just say the Gaffer or something if you can’t spell his name right!!!


    Anyway, on topic. Fletch, we all miss you. I really think we would all want the Fletcherino of old back. I still feel we’re a bit exposed just behind midfield and sometimes, teams are going to just park the bus and we run the risk of that being exploited.

    Hope you have a belting time with Scotland and come back raring to go.

    Massive man love for the Fletch. No homo.

  35. Sandeep1878 says:

    i never felt so happy for him..

    to hear it from the man makes me go crazy..


  36. denton davey says:

    oneloveoneunited @ 14:30: “big player for us this season and will need him in the biggest games.”

    Much, much better than a new signing. Like King Eric wrote @ 16:47: “a certain starter. First name on teamsheet after Rooney.”

  37. booch says:

    Mes sorry mate i am da only girl on this blog big fan of utd and ok if i can’t spell but i LOVE UTD THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD plus i like people’s who tell da true and i am greatly proud of my belive that i am the only girl on this blog is that ok with u Mes!!!!!!!!! :(

  38. DreadedRed says:

    Fletcher admitted “I had a bad virus, a stomach infection, a combination of things that had a domino effect and put me out for longer than expected. The biggest thing was the weight loss. It was close to a stone which for me was massive. Building my strength up and putting weight back on was a real struggle. I had protein shakes, meal replacements, drinks during the day. I kept doing that during the summer and for the first time actually came back overweight. I had to go into the gym and lose a bit of weight. But I didn’t fear for my career, hopefully is all in the past now and I am looking forward to the new season.”

    “I had a fantastic pre-season at Manchester United as it was decided it would be better if I missed the tour to America and concentrated on getting fit. It was just me and a fitness coach. But I have trained well and had two reserve matches I felt great in. I feel more than fit enough to play in the two matches. I am raring to go.”

  39. Red Riding Wolf says:

    Whats up smartalex? Why incognito?

  40. smartalex says:

    Tried chillin’ in the wood, didn’t do no good,
    Red’s riding could, see right through my hood.

  41. Red Riding Wolf says:

    Never in denial, never misunderstood!

    It’s all good, in this Red hood!

  42. Busby says:

    Fletch looks as fit as ever and was in superb form, bossing the midfield in this game. That is great news as we would have another fit and in form player to boost the ranks.


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