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Fletch: Reports about Moyes make us angry

During United’s awful form over the past few weeks, losing three games on the trot in three different competitions, reports emerged in the papers that David Moyes had lost the dressing room.

Darren Fletcher has spoken of his frustration about these claims and insists that the team in united.

“It gets us angry because we know it is not true, that is the biggest thing,” he told MUTV. “We are there every day and we realise that the players are fully behind the manager. Alex Ferguson being in the stand has no bearing on anything, it is great to see him there supporting the team and I think it would be a worry if he wasn’t. I think we have just got to be believe in ourselves and keep a close-knit group, keep making sure that the experienced players are guiding the younger players in the right way and that we are coming together as a team. I think winning games helps that, it is the only way you get through that and we have got to keep doing that.”

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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. Tommy says:

    Spot on fletch, the press always go overboard about any team but especially United when ever a manager loses a couple of games they spring the “Hes lost the dressing room” A load of rubbish from the ABU media, Well said Darren

  2. Fletch™ says:

    Too right from Fletcher. Media out of control.

    In other news! Get in Ronnie! 2013 Ballon d’Or

  3. lecho says:

    Fletcher comeback may turn out to be pivotal for Moyes, both on and off the pitch. Apart of his football skills it’s good to have such an experienced United personality back in difficult times. Who knows, maybe he can be as influencial as Scholes was with his comeback.

  4. Fletch™ says:

    Lecho Well said mate! Couldn’t agree more. Makes a difference who takes the mic.

  5. Fletch™ says:

    If fit, Fletcher a perfect United Captain when Vidic, Evra, Giggs are gone. Make it so Moyes!

  6. Gary Mitrovic says:

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Fletcher’s performances since his return. I like many thought his career was over so it’s brilliant to have him back on and off the pitch. Too early to say how far he can go on the pitch so best to keep our feet on the ground, but if anyone in football deserves a change of luck and a break it’s him.

  7. Fletch™ says:

    Robin van Persie received 5 first place votes (38 votes overall) in Balloting for 2013 Ballon d’Or

  8. Only 1 Utd says:

    Ando’s gone. Now hopefully Young,Cleverley,Rio,Evra,Valencia and Buttner all follow.
    Let the clear out begin!!!

  9. Fletch™ says:

    Robin van Persie received 5 first place votes (38 votes overall) in Balloting for 2013 Ballon d’Or!

    Rooney got 0

  10. Only 1 Utd says:

    Fuck off Messi and congrats to Ronaldo, truly up there with Pele, Zidane and Maradonna as one of the greatest of all time.

  11. Fletch™ says:

    Mark Lawrenson?
    RvP to hand in a transfer request?! 8O 8O

    What a load of horse do!

  12. Gary Mitrovic says:

    Fletch, that post is from December. It’s old and boring news. No truth in it what so ever.

  13. Fletch™ says:

    Gary Mitrovic Ofcourse it is. Just shows the crap that silly season brings. Still waiting Lawro!

  14. adam leszczak says:

    Sadly, I think top 4 will look like it does today, the top 4 are too consistent to drop a crazy amount if points this year IMO. Time to focus on blooding more youngsters to play along with Adnan, get rid of the deadwood, and bring in 3/4 players.

  15. Gazzer says:

    One of the peculiarities of American professional sports is that they operate like cartels. If a team does poorly, then then they get first dibs on the top young players in the annual “draft”. The idea is that parity is a good thing since every team feels like they have a shot at building a winning team over a few years.

    I think perhaps that the Glazers might have that mentality here with United. For them, they are selling entertainment. If some fans don’t like the product, well there’s plenty more where they came from.

    I don’t think they have the perspective we might all have from seeing Liverpool fall from absolute dominance. I guess if you go back far enough you can point to other teams like Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.

    If teams start to fade, you lose unity, you start to get finger pointing, fan anxiety transmits itself to the players, some of them lose a little in motivation, others choose to just ride out their contract (it feels that way with Nani), it gets harder to attract top players. At that point you don’t look a lot different to Spurs or Everton. Make no mistake, the club will always be huge and will attract large crowds, but it will get harder to come back.

    So because of all that, I think it absolutely appropriate to let the club know when we don’t like something, whether it’s a player, the manager, the owners. Not right away; some people deserve patience. But if Moyes signed off on Fellaini, then he needs to make sure Fellaini knows what he needs to do to succeed. If Moyes is unhappy with that clown Woodward, then he needs to speak up. If not, then the corrosive effect will continue.

    And I don’t need to remind you how catastrophic it would be to lose Rooney. Perhaps if we hadn’t surrounded him with nani and anderson and cleverly and if we hadnt provided competition for his position, maybe we would not be in such a box.

    Rant over.

  16. Tommy says:


    Their is different fans forum groups where fans voice their concerns to the club about all kinds of matters, both on and off the pitch, so atleasrt their is a way where fans can voice concerns

  17. kevk24 says:

    @Gazzer, so we shouldnt have signed players who to compete with already existing players? That doesnt make sense. Iron sharpens iron. If the competition is too much and you cant fight your way into the team then that player and his attitude should be shipped out. Fergie never promised anyone game time and I hope it remains that way

  18. Maltamanc says:

    Fletch is right defending Moyes….. Under no other manager would he be guaranteed a place in the team but strangely at Man United he’s pulled it off for his entire career….. Very average player defending a very average manager….. And some here want him as captain….. LOL ….. Talk about lowering standards.

  19. Maltamanc says:

    And one more thing, mr. Fletcher, if you’re angry, show your balls on the pitch (one of those who always seems to leave your balls at home when you play) and silence the critics on the pitch not during interviews on MUTV.

  20. The One says:

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, the whole media circus is just doing their very best at every turn to undermine Man United. They’re just hoping that we will crumble and disappear into oblivion and are employing every trick they can muster to do this. Too many so called fans are playing into their hands by constantly complaining and whining and whinging about the manager and players on blogs and phone-ins. Mind you, in this modern day and age, there’s no way of preventing such negativity from getting to the players.

  21. The One says:

    ….And there’s already a load of rubbish being posted by some on this article.

  22. tallestreD says:

    Its best they ignore and show their mantle on the pitch. Show some desire, drive, resilience and determination to make us believe that we are all in this together.

  23. Gazzer says:

    kevk24 – Of course I have no problem with the idea of fighting for a place. It’s just that the two quality players we brought in were to fight for Rooney’s place – Kagawa and RVP. If anyone on the team is indispensable, it is Rooney. We have had a far greater need for cover in midfield and defence. There we brought in Buttner and Fellaini.

    If I wanted to keep Rooney happy and strengthen the team properly I might make an effort to strengthen where we are weakest. If I want to piss him off and put him in his place I might bring in Kagawa and RVP.


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