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Fletch: I’m still dreaming of playing in the Champions League final

Darren Fletcher has yet to feature in a Champions League final, despite being at the club during the three finals United have played in over recent years.

He was an unused substitute in 2008 when he lost out to Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes. In 2009 Fletch was wrongly shown a straight red card during United’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal in the second leg, having beaten them 1-0 in the first leg, after making a great challenge on Cesc Fabregas to win the ball. In 2011 he lost out to Carrick and Ryan Giggs. In both the games he was on the bench he was an unused sub.

“For whatever reasons, I’ve not managed to play in a final,” he explained at the press conference. “Different circumstances have prevented me from playing in three of them. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a small boy to play in a Champions League final and winning tomorrow night takes us into the semi-finals and gets you closer to achieving that. But it’s more important that the club and team get there than individuals and, if the team get there, then you do your best in the games and hope that you’re selected to play in it. But as I said before, the most important thing for us is to win tomorrow night and get ourselves in the semi-finals, then we’ll take it from there.”

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  1. Fletch™ says:

    Darren needs some luck. What a red!

    Speaking of committed. Rooney trained today and Moyes says he is willing to take pain killers to play.

    Thinking the players are well up for it.

    “Wayne was able to train and he is massively keen to play,” Moyes told reporters. “He’s not trained all week so we have to be wary of that. We’ll do everything we possibly can. He’s happy to take an injection to play in the game, which shows you his feeling about the game and about the club.

    “We think it’s okay. We wouldn’t do anything medically wrong. We’ve taken advice from the doctors and the people who advise us.

    “Everybody knows the type of character Wayne is and he is determined to play. If he is determined we would be mad not to give him that opportunity.”

    Spot on from Wayne. Lad need more PR like this to be fair!

  2. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    The fact that he was able to return from that horrible disease and put in performances that have made him arguably our best midfielder this season is a testament to the man’s fighting spirit. Great great man.

  3. m09538061 says:

    My mate watched the chelsea game,he said they deserved it, PSG are shit.Cavani is fucking shit why do people rate him he’s like Torres…Another lucky rich lazy cunt.

  4. Tommy says:

    Top lad Darren, that sending off v Arsenal was a fucking disgrace, UEFA never recind reds, that should of been recided and he should of been able to play. @m09538061 on tonights showing I wouldnt givbe 50p for Cavani nevermind £50million

  5. m09538061 says:

    The Ref’s in this competition are crap,not allowed to play with passion.Too many yellows then maybe reds given out for stupid things…We need to play with passion.
    You’re right Darren should never of been sent off..Disgrace.

  6. Tommy says:


    Guess who is our ref tomorrow? The one that had the stinker in the Barca v City game, thats right UEFA have punished him for an awful performance with a place in the next round

  7. gra mar says:

    Never should have missed that final after a right refereeing cock up.

    Watched DOrtmund last night and they murdered Madrid. They were exposed once or twice at the back but to be expected when chasing the game. Deserved extra time at least. They moved the ball very well and were always changing positions pulling Madrid out of shape. Given the amount of players they have lost it’s a real credit to Klopp that they are still so competitve.

  8. mjcRED says:

    More energy, effort and guts than Carriick, more quality and precision than Fellaini, less rash and more reliable than Jones and more composed and substance than Cleverley. Quite simply Fletcher has to start tonight. No other player currently in our squad understands more than this brave lad what it takes to be a United player. With 10 others with his steel and character, we would be doing a lot better than we now are.

    If true, Evra’s comments which basically amount to picking and choosing which games to perform in is pretty despicable, whatever your views on the management and their clear failings. That
    It comes from a player who has probably captained us more out on the pitch over the last few seasons is a joke and disappointing from a player who up until a couple of seasons or so ago, performed so well and consistently for us. His effort and concentration this season, defensively at least, suggest his suspect professional pride, evidenced internationally is now set in for his performances and attitude at club level.

    More even than Fellaini, Evra will be the one most exposed and targeted tonight, for this reason alone Aswell as his decline in attitude, Buttner must be selected to start.


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