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Fletch: Roy Made Me Who I Am

Following our humiliating 4-1 defeat at Middlesbrough in 2005, Roy Keane had a massive rant on MUTV, ripping apart so many of our players for their attitude and performance.

Darren Fletcher was one of those players and the opinions of Keane were reflected by most of our fan base. Fletcher wasn’t good enough, and as far as we were concerned, was never going to be good enough.

Of course, we have been proven wrong since then, as has Keano, but Fletcher has today attributed the high standards set by Roy as the reason why he is the player he is today.

“I think I’m the professional I am now because of Roy,” said Fletcher. “He made clear the standards expected of a Manchester United player. He drilled that into you and that’s the thing that stayed with me. If you didn’t do something right, Roy would criticise you. If you did, he’d praise you. People never saw the praise side of things because it came quietly – a word in your ear.”

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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. Corea says:

    Park of course.

  2. King Eric says:

    Corea – hello mate. King Eric is not sleeping. Had to get up at 7am .

    The Arsenal thing wasn’t meant to anyone here just all the London lovers on the radio.

  3. King Eric says:

    I think Park looks to getting back to form of late. He has played well against Arsenal and the hammers. A bloody good squad player.

  4. aig alex is god says:


    i see your point mate but it is a final afterall and experience does count.We have made it to the final so lets play our strongest team and win this one. Who knows it may be the only thing we will come close to winning this season? Obertan struggles to track back and against Milner that may be required so i think park should start today. the league games against Stoke is where we can go with Obertan so that he can get some experience. He needs some time and some games, cant just throw him in a final and expect him to deliver

  5. Costas says:

    @King Eric

    Morning mate. You are right about Park. He has been on a very good run of form recently. As it’s usually the case with him at this time of the year.

  6. King Eric says:

    We will win the 4th on the trot this season not just the league cup. We are in a great position.

  7. aig alex is god says:

    @King Eric

    hi mate. How are you?

    Just saying that could be the case. Of course the league looks a real possiblity after yesterday and looking at Chelseas fixtures it could be between us and the gooners. Hopefully experience will count and we will prevail

  8. wazza (Bezi) says:

    @AIG, Costas : am fine mate. currently busy with my job but always in touch of RoM. hopefully we win today’s match & that will come as a boost to the players in the run in.
    @AIG : have you been to the ManUtd cafe ?

  9. aig alex is god says:

    @wazza (Bezi)

    No, i havent gone there but It is just opposite my office in Phoenix mills in Lower parel so i will go there soon.

  10. Corea says:

    I am off guys for good. Good luck to us today and love you all guys.

  11. Costas says:

    Bye Corea. Enjoy the game. I hope you will come by to celebrat afterwards. ;)

  12. King Eric says:

    aig – I am ok mate, how are you? Enjoy the game lads. Wish I was going now but just cannot afford the travel and spending. your looking at 150 quid.

  13. ash says:

    All the best to our team.hope to see a good game and we win it.If we win it would be a great holi for all indian man utd fan.

  14. aig alex is god says:

    @King Eric

    I am good mate. Sorry for the late replay

    How far is Wembley from your place?. have you ever been to the new Wembley to watch United?.

  15. King Eric says:

    aig – About 4 hours mate and no I haven’t been. Not too bothered about it to be honest. Not a patch on the old Wembley.


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