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Fletch: I’m One Of The Seniors Now

Ahead of United’s Champions League game against Galatasaray, Darren Fletcher has spoken about his role within the squad as one of the more senior players.

“I’m 28 and one of the most senior players in the squad,” he told MUTV. “But it’s a role I’m used to with Scotland – you talk to the younger players, give them encouragement. I appreciated that sort of thing when I was young. I had a little word in my ear – nothing much, you don’t want to force too much information – but I really appreciated those words of advice. Hopefully [these guys] will as well when I do it. We’re expecting a really hostile atmosphere. But if you want to play at this club you have to play in big matches and you have to experience and deal with atmospheres like the one we’re going to have here.”


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21 Comments

  1. JW says:

    Was looking forward to him pushing on after that great season in 2010, but now I’m glad he’s back on his feet leading out the young ‘uns.

  2. FULLARD says:

    would hate to put too much expectation on him but i think a fully fit darren fletch ould make the world a difference to our current midfield issues.
    He breaks up the play just as good as carrick and has an incredibly underrated passing game, he can whip in inch perfect crosses, be light on his toes with one touch pass and move, plus he adds an aerial threat which we have lacked in midfield since the days of scholes getting forward.
    I may be going over the top, but i think keano installed a lot of good values into fletch, and i think his work ethic coupled with his determination to fight for the survival of his career, will make him highly important in the next 3-4 years.
    Can’t wait to see him back to his best.

  3. ji sung says:

    I’d love to see Kiko Macheda get a start tonight alongside Welbeck up front. Honestly there can be no harm whatsoever in letting him having a game as its basically a pointless match but let’s see what the lad can do. Give him a chance and he’ll score there’s no doubt about it. Def more clinical than Josh King in my opinion. Give the lad a go Fergie. Would also LOVE to see PETRUCCI get a start tonight as well. That would be massive! I’ve always rated him highly, if not more highly that pogba, tunners etc. He was incredible for the reserves last season and even though he’s been out injured, why not throw him into the thick of things and see how he does and how he handles it. Gotta start somewhere ha. Otherwise if the lad doesn’t get 1 1st team game this whole season I can see him following the likes of james, pgba, ravel etc out the door. Stop fucking about now Fergie and give these young lads gametime. Sick of seeing such quality players come through but forced to leave and go elsewhere because they can’t catch a game as giggs, scholes, fletcher etc all holding them back.
    Thorpe>wootton

  4. wayne says:

    Don’t think anything Keane said made any difference to Fletch.Mental makeup and the way someone approaches life/job etc comes from more than a few negative words from a teammate

  5. FULLARD says:

    i respectfully disagree wayne, i think keane gave fletcher such a torrid time that it would have scarred him for life.
    i think to this day the words keane spoke to him echo in his head and i think, as a result, we will see a more driven fletcher than we’d seen before.
    Which, if you think about his qualities from when he was on form (breaking up play, providing in attack, just generally working hard [which i think is a quality we often gloss over or misinterprete as lacking in talent], AND have the history of working with such great players, i honestly believe fletcher could become the cornerstone to our next generation of fergie fledglings.
    Having said that, i also strongly believe that the next generation of fergie fledglings will be held back by inadequate tactical coaching staff.
    The diamond formation was a disaster in terms of effectiveness, but a world class coaching staff would surely be working on alternative formations in a day to day training regeme? No?
    IMO i don’t think we have the coaching staff capable of the following:
    A) Telling SAF when he is making the wrong decision,
    B) Coming up with an alternative formation/gameplan when its just not working out in a particular game
    C) Telling brutal truths about players that are no longer contributing to the good of the club.
    D) Taking a chance.

    I love this club so much that i can’t even begin to try to think of words that world relay it to the average reader. But something needs to change. Someone needs to tackle fergies stubornness for a change.

  6. FULLARD says:

    long story short, get Carlos Quieroz back, or get Ole or GNev as a number 2, anyone but yes man phelan.

  7. wayne says:

    FULLARD fair enough i’m just saying drive comes from within,maybe it made Fletch go fuck you i’ll prove you wrong but not every person or player is like that.It has to be part of his mental makeup in the first place.

  8. ididnotzeeit says:

    A shining example of one of “the good ones” left in today’s game. Here’s to Fletch getting back to his best.

  9. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Fullard – what concrete proof do you have to back your claim of “phelan is a yes man”?. Have you had a coffee and a bun with him? Was he sobbing to you about big old bully stamping on his throat and not letting himself up or are you just making things up because phelan doesn’t look the type to be respected?. Are you regularly within the confines of carrington to give actual indication that phelan does not contribute? How do you know he doesn’t include his own views?. is a mole within the united team feeding you info which resulted in your conclusion or is this just another bollocks in a line of bullshit?

  10. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Fullard – what concrete proof do you have to back your claim of “phelan is a yes man”?. Have you had a coffee and a bun with him? Was he sobbing to you about big old bully fergie stamping on his throat and not letting him express himself or are you just making things up because phelan doesn’t look the type to be respected?. Are you regularly within the confines of carrington to give actual indication that phelan does not contribute? How do you know he doesn’t include his own views?. is a mole within the united team feeding you info which resulted in your conclusion or is this just another bollocks in a line of bullshit?.

  11. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Wayne – i agree with you. Mental strenght can’t be forced upon someone, you’ve either got it or you haven’t. Fletch must have fought hard to make it to united in the first place, he certainly never needed the screaming rant of an irish-man to motivate himself. In football, some players are strong and are battlers, fletch for me seems one. All his struggles recently, he still didn’t give up turning up for united. All i’m saying is, in life, some already have the stronger mentality, they have the right temprament.

  12. wayne says:

    samuel he also took a lot of a abuse from the boo boys early in his career who wanted him gone which can also wreck a players career.As you pointed out he’s battled this illness which would have taken the careers of a lot of players.Fletch is one strong willed tough fucker

  13. belfast red. says:

    Id like to see Fletcher get more games in the pl now. Like some 1 posted a while back if he can play for scotland and in Europe he surely is strong enough for the prem. I wouldnt even play him tonight. Id be keeping him for the wkend. Imo.

  14. 0161-Jon says:

    So so so so so so so bloody good to see Fletch back and looking like he has his illness under control.

    Made up for him, and us!

  15. wazza!!!! says:

    He make no difference in any mufc game seriously…
    He’s not a playmaker at all. Unlike scholesy.
    Fletch n carrick are just waste of time. Oshea n jisung are far far better than this two clowns.

  16. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    I miss a fully fit and fired up Fletcher in the midfield. A few years ago I wouldn’t have said that but he
    improved hugely and became a key player. Hopefully he can get back to where he was physically.
    There can be doubt that he learned from Keane – you don’t learn passion and drive but sometimes people can bring that out in others. Some thrive on that and other shy away – I think Fletcher took it on board and it made him a better player.

  17. slim says:

    No doubt keanos tirade got him more fired up. One needs to be strong mentally however prying out the goods our of a player requires a certain touch especially when you heard all sort of silly nonsense about fletch during the early stages. Gutted though that this injury is robbing us of a fine player. I doubt we’d be talking abouy a midfield problem if Fletcher didn’t have this nasty condition to deal with.

  18. samuel - united WE stand says:

    “wazza!!!! says: He make no difference in any mufc game seriously…
    He’s not a playmaker at all. Unlike scholesy.
    Fletch n carrick are just waste of time. Oshea n jisung are far far better than this two clowns”

    it sort of sums up your knowledge of the game really and kind of highlights that you probably are more clueless than you think when you actually think fletcher is a playmaker. He’s not in the team to be a creative cog, he is in the team to stop the rhythm of the opposition but it would be very harsh to claim fletch isn’t a good footballer. same goes for carrick. For you to compare O’shea, a utility player and mainly a defender with fletcher whose primary role is a central midfielder, i think we can finally declare who the real clown is here.

  19. samuel - united WE stand says:

    wayne – exactly. He took some flak, even i can confess to doubt him but for him to come out on the other side and out one point to become a key part of the united midfield, i think it shows top mental strength. He may never return as the all energetic enforcer he once was but he can play in front of the back four, he has bags of european experience and i still think he has a part to play.

  20. mo says:

    How time flies! if rio,giggsy and scholesy retire/leave after this season, then fletch becomes our longest serving player. Bloody hell, only feels like yesterday when he first started to break through….im getting old lol

  21. glory glory perth glory says:

    I agree with FULLARD, i think phelan does come across as a bit of a yes man.
    He has hardly any coaching experience outside of united (apart from a few stints as Gary Megsons assistant) and often seems inanimate on the bench.
    None of us can know for sure what goes on at Carrington but nobody can deny that Carlos Quieroz would be a far more able deputy considering his history, where as Phelan has only had fergie and megson to learn from, which hardly gives him much in terms of alternative thinking.

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