“You look at it as a step down if you leave,” said Fletch. “If you’re lucky enough to stay, you’ll have played at the top for your whole career and it doesn’t get much bigger than Manchester United. Players who left say, ‘think twice before you leave, because there’s nowhere like Manchester United. Everything about the club makes it the place you want to be. No-one really thinks about leaving when you’re here. Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are almost like urban legends. They’re fantastic role models for younger players like me to have.”
With David Beckham and Thierry Henry already making the move from top European clubs to the MLS, Fletcher reckons more players could be on their way. Currently in the US with the team ahead of the pre-season tour,
“Everything about MLS and America – it’s a great country – appeals to players,” he continued. “You see how MLS has progressed, the league keeps getting bigger. It’s a massively growing sport. There are great teams that would be big attractions to players. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more players head out here.”
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