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Fletch: I’m Trying Everything To Get Back

Darren Fletcher is expected to miss the rest of the season after the club announced he suffered from ulcerative colitis, a rare inflammatory condition that affects the bowel.

After missing large chunks of the season and pre-season over recent years, the club had previously told the media it was a “virus”. After revealing what was really keeping him out, the club suggested he would miss the rest of the season, although in reality, it could be his whole career at stake.

However, Fletch has insisted he is doing everything he can to manage his condition so he can be back for the start of next season.

“I’m okay,” said Fletcher. “I’m taking all my medication and listening to the doctor. It’s a week-by-week situation so I’ve not got any timescale on recovery, but the target for me is next season now. If I can come back then that would be great for me. It’s something that will never leave me, but you have to find somehow a way to manage it so that I can still play my football. I’m trying everything under the sun at the moment, diet and hypnotherapy.”

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  1. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    SAF on our young Flying Spainard, David Haye.

    “The boy has got talent. He’s lightning quick but has just found it difficult to adjust to some parts of the game here,”

    “It’s a matter of developing his frame. He’s doing a lot of work in the gym.

    “If we can get MAYBE A STONE on him without losing any of his flexibility or speed it would be a great boost to him.”

    – A stone? Jesus Hugo Christ, half a stone would make the lad look bigger than Edwin or Cech. We don’t want a goalie of Heskey’s physique surely.

  2. soren says:

    MG- ha ha
    Sunday is my birthday so a piece of cake would be better.
    The gift, I hope a victory over Tottenham

  3. JC says:

    Clint – maybe he meant a Rolling Stone since he’s got moves like Jagger… :D

  4. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Cedars – i understand he has a great goal scoring record but scooby can be a handful in front of goal. Has the benefits of working out the mysteries of deadly finishing and well, scooby only needs “BOO” screamed at it to have any motivation, no coaching required.

  5. MG says:


    Hope you have a lovely birthday with United putting the icing on the cake ;)

  6. soren says:

    James21 ha ha

  7. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    De Gaye is rumoured to weigh from 76kg to 82kg. Well he should ideally weigh around 75 – 82kg anyway for guy his height.

    Being a wrestler for Manchester United Entertaintment, I think the coaches want him to weigh aboot 82-84 k, which would make him the same weight as our former undisputed wrestling champion, Crispy-ano Ronaldohnut.

    I like weiging 70kg, been the same weight since I was 13 years young.

  8. soren says:

    MG- Thanks :)
    Cedars- STOP to watch RVP’s videos. ha ha

  9. FletchTHEMAN says:

    For you stats monkeys:

    Ryan Giggs 1 trophy every 27.3 games played
    Darren Fletcher 1 trophy every 23.7
    Dimitar Berbatov 1 trophy every 21
    Michael Owen 1 trophy every 17.3
    DannyWelbeck 1 trophy every 17.3

    Drum rolllllll please
    Mr Darron Gibson 1 trophy every 15 games :cool:

  10. soren says:

    FletchTHEMAN… ohhhhh Darron :)

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    For those wondering……

    Alex Ferguson:
    1432 games coached, 857 games won, 59.8% win percentage.

    Averaging 1 trophy every 38.7 games managed while at United. Hoo Ah!

  12. Warwick says:

    Anything > Spinach!

  13. Costas says:


    As if there was ever any doubt, Darron Gibson = trophies. 8)

  14. FletchTHEMAN says:


    David McDonnell ‏ @DiscoMirror

    Interviewed Tom Cleverley today. Says he will miss Man Utd trip to Spurs on Sunday but hopes to be back “within two weeks”

  15. Warwick says:

    United hung on to Ole when he was injured with good cause. It didn’t work out so well when Hargreaves was injured. I sense that Fletcher will come good again

  16. soren says:

    Schmeichel on DDG: “There’s no doubt about it in my mind that he is a great goalkeeper.
    “I’m disappointed on behalf of de Gea and the criticism he has had because I thought in this country you give everybody a chance”
    DDG Happy with those words of his idol.

  17. Zibbie says:

    Scooby is one cool dog. A power forward and Shaggy is his agent.
    Fletch a big ooohhh oohh ooohhhooo from a monkey.

    Traffod is Trophy Town.

  18. soren says:

    Tony V : “I like going to practice listening, the songs of @ juanfervelasco”. Good news, no?
    Tony V > > > > >> > > > > any winger

  19. FletchTHEMAN says:

    soren. According to the podcast Smalling Cleverley and Valencia are all out of the match.
    Cleverley said it would be 2 weeks for him and smalling is still being assessed from the england game.

    Spurs have some doubts as well, including Bale who picked up a knock. But Lennon is in and has been known to give Patty Evra a torrid time.

  20. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Listen to the entire podcast at

    Might need to be a subscriber but give it a go…..

  21. soren says:

    FlechTHEMAN- ahhh ok, thanks. Good night.

  22. Jeet says:

    @redhound: Sorry, I couldnt reply y’day. The quatari thing is interesting isn’t it? The way I see it is, it’s a powerful weapon and can cut both ways. On one hand you have unlimited funds, but on the other you risk losing all your values and tradition – such as bringing up youth, local roots, working class fan base and history. The reason why I would be cautious about such a takeover is the timing. If this had happened 5-10 yrs back, I wouldnt have worried so much, simply because I would have known SAF was still going to be around for quite some time, and I would always trust that man to do the right thing. Petrobillions or no petrobillions, no owner would ever risking fucking around with TheGreatMan. That would be akin to pissing on your investment, kicking it to the ground, and driving a Hummer over it. There’s only going to be one winner at United in a conflict with The Gaffer. But now? If SAF calls it a day in 2-3 years time, the new guy (whoever it is) will be under unbearable pressure. And the lure of shortcut success with sugar daddy’s riches will almost certainly be too much resist, and hang what United stands for at its core. That’s why I would be very, very circumspect. But then, what if it’s a tidal wave that we have to ride, to avoid getting drowned? What if 3 more clubs in the EPL and 10 in Europe go down the shitty path? To my mind, that would be a bitter pill to swallow with dangerous long term side effects, but I’m not sure what the other options might be, either.

  23. Jeet says:

    quatari takeover? It’s all gas! :)

  24. jim says:

    Ya mate its a double edged sword, it guarantees success on the pitch but will threaten to destroy the values of our great club. Personally i think we will be stuck with the glazers for a long time.

  25. YorYor says:

    Hoping all the best for Fletcher. Plenty of other twats in the world living happily and healthily but a proper Man Utd footballer and person gets this. If it means giving up on 20th to get a guarantee that he’d recover completely, I’d bite. But chances are, I’d rather the players keep him in mind, work the extra 10-20% and go on to get the 20th this season and dedicate it to him.

  26. Dazbomber says:

    Good morning , is that Qatar Shit starting up again ?


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