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Fletch: United Is My Home

Darren Fletcher made his 300th United appearance against Sunderland, meaning only 50 players have played more games for United in the club’s history. Fletch has reflected on his team at United so far, whilst also looking to the future.

“The time has flown since my debut and I’ve enjoyed everything about playing for Manchester United,” he said. “It’s all I’ve ever known and it’s become my home. It’s an achievement I want to build on. The next target has to be 350, then 400 and so on – you always want to keep going.”




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31 Comments

  1. Park Life says:

    BOOM!! Now learn some Scholesey skills and practise long balls then!!!

  2. RedHound says:

    i’ll make a bold prediction. By February, the traditional top four will be reunited, but with Chelsea fourth. Being knocked out of the Champs league may have a brilliant effect on City

  3. Costas says:

    Testimonial?

  4. Kevin says:

    My current favourite player. I remembered when he came on at first, he used to do a lot of mileage and he said the coaches were working with him to try and curb that so that he does useful running. I liked him because he played like me in that position. He gives a lot and he has got more foot work skills. He attributed that to coach Rene. All the best Fletch

  5. Kevin says:

    wish he would be more active in his twitter account so that I can know more of his life eg Mickey Owen with his horses and now darts.

  6. WillieRedNut says:

    His form is returning. Good news for United. Stay off twitter Fletch! ;)

  7. CedarsDevil says:

    Top lad and he’s ours…. Always have a soft spot for players coming through the youth system…

  8. CedarsDevil says:

    Just to add and using King Eric’s words, ‘in a non noncey way’ of course hahahaha

  9. Kevin says:

    Come on Willie, it is the only contact I can make with him :)

  10. WillieRedNut says:

    Kevin – You can write him a letter? That’s so 1990s lol.

  11. Kevin says:

    Willie, what will be the odds of him reading it? I red somewhere that Park gets sacks of letters so it can be depressing enough that the letter may not getting a chance of being read leave alone being replied to.

  12. CedarsDevil says:

    Kevin

    Watch out for Willie, just a friendly advice! hahahaha

  13. Kevin says:

    @ CedarsDevil, what will Willie do? Save me

  14. WillieRedNut says:

    Where’s my cape? ;)

  15. King Eric says:

    Yeah looks like he is getting his form back. Had a great second half the other night. In his last 2 or three games he has bagged two goals as well. The meaningless one against City was top drawer but erased from our memories. A more intelligent player than he gets credit for. Love the lad.

  16. redx2evil says:

    immense with carrick in the centre of the field against benfica. hopefully they will line-up together this weekend

  17. CedarsDevil says:

    Kevin

    Not only will Willie save you, he will also ensure that you spend the rest of your life totally and completely in love with United…… That’s what our Willie can do

  18. CedarsDevil says:

    He calls me ‘kooky’ and he’s from Northern Ireland….. Damn I love the one line genius

  19. Kevin says:

    Oh I’m in Love with United. This is my 17th year. I started following when I was just 8. They were the team that was being shown a lot on tv. I missed ’99 champions league final, I was told to go sleep hahaha. There was no much information as internet was relative new in my country (Kenya). When I joined University in 2005 that was when I could have all the information about United. In fact I read the whole history from the club’s website. So here I am. Fletch was always an underdog but I love underdogs because they have to fight and they have heart.

  20. CedarsDevil says:

    Kevin – Great spirit my Kenyan friend, we always like a good laugh here…. Welcome aboard buddy

  21. Sarin says:

    He is as good as he is. He doesn’t need to be a replica of scholes or anybody else for that matter. He has delivery, short passes, excellent reading of the game, determination and drive. Against benfica, he played really well together with carrick. It was just unfortunate that we drew. He shines whenever he plays. Any other foreign player wouldn’t have the same enthusiasm as he does when he’s in the heart of united. Big Up Fletcher!!

    United Fan from Malaysia

  22. Kevin says:

    Thanks Cedars

  23. Paul Parker says:

    Fletcher playing with flare, scoring, and passing with confidence is exactly what we need right now. All well and good talking about youngsters and new signings, but if our tried and tested midfielders aren’t doing the job then NO “new player” can improve the middle on his own. Carrick, Fletch, Park and Giggs all need to hit form for us and maintain it. Thats the foundation everything else will be built on.

  24. Paul Parker says:

    Needless to add – second in the EPL and one result away from CL progression isn’t bad going for a team “yet to hit top form”.

  25. welbeckisgod says:

    In this day and age, where most players are money-grabbing merceneries (at best), this is a very welcome breath of fresh air. Thank you for your commitment to the Red Cause(TM), Fletch. It is very much appreciated what you’ve done for this club. Just get back to top form and let’s win some trophies!!! FLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETCHER!!!!!

  26. kevin says:

    good point Paul, our senior players need to play well so that they can have the confidence to pass knowledge to the young guys.

  27. denton davey says:

    Paul Parker @ 15:23: “All well and good talking about youngsters and new signings, but if our tried and tested midfielders aren’t doing the job then NO “new player” can improve the middle on his own. ”

    I second Kevin’s “good point”.

    The combination of Michael Carrick and DarrenFletcherinho is vastly under-rated – these two guys have been at the heart of a team that has been in three of the last four CL finals and, but for one MartinAtkinsonMoment, they should also have been the engine-room for an EPL five-peat.

    They’re not flashy and flavour-of-the-moment but they’re battle-tested and still in the prime years of their careers. Michael Carrick’s career might last longer than anyone imagines because he is such a “floater” – and I don’t mean that in a derogatory manner; while if DarrenFletcherinho can get his “football genius” mojo working again then he’s an outstanding box-to-box midfield destroyer

    For almost all players – and teams – consistency is strived for but not always achieved. There’s always bumps on the road – the rough with the smooth – and these two are managed by a man who has been there/done that and knows that titles are most-definitely NOT won in October and November. As UTD-fans, we should know that SAF has a season-plan which aims to get his guys working at their optimum levels in the new year.

    For all the dash-and-flash of the Cleverley/Anderson combination, my guess would be that “when the chips are down”, “when the money is on the line”, and “when the going get tough so the tough have to get going”, SAF will go with Carrick/Fletcherinho combination in midfield, with TheWayneBoy linking with the attack. FWIW, this is the strongest combination and right now the tinkering is all about who the other three will be – Nani and Chicharito seem to me to be “locks” to me while Danny Welbeck (if he can stay free of injuries) has the look of the sixth man in some version of a 4-2-3-1 or 4-5-1.

    I get just as tired of those who bemoan the inadequacy of UTD’s midfield as I do with those who want to big-up Dimmy because of his individual skills. I don’t want to say that “they know nothing about football” but I will say that they don’t understand that there is no “i” in team AND, in the final analysis, it’s a team game.

  28. seattle red says:

    Kevin hi, I lived in Kenya for couple years and I watched the 99 final in Kenya… Will never forget that night, as I was in boarding school and had to sneak in to the tv room. On the stroke of the equaliser power went so I had to scramble for a radio by the time I got hold of it the game was over and for almost two minutes the commentator was quiet, just fans shouting..The rest is history.

    I’m happy for Fletcher..I hope he regains his form of few years ago.

  29. seattle red says:

    Kevin hi, I lived in Kenya for couple years and I watched the 99 final in Kenya… Will never forget that night, as I was in boarding school and had to sneak in to the tv room. On the stroke of the equaliser power went so I had to scramble for a radio by the time I got hold of it the game was over and for almost two minutes the commentator was quiet, just fans making noise and I couldn’t tell…The rest isa history.

  30. Kevin says:

    @Seattle red You were in Kenya, how cool. Which school was that? I was in Standard 7 and I was the only Man Utd supporter in class and boy didn’t I get the brunt of all the jokes when Chelsea hammered us.
    @denton, I dont understand how Dimmy misses some chances. When he is out of the box he is cool as you like and for a striker that composure makes them deadly. He needs to be calm and he will put those things away.

  31. denton davey says:

    Kevin @ 12:32: “I dont understand how Dimmy misses some chances. When he is out of the box he is cool as you like and for a striker that composure makes them deadly. He needs to be calm and he will put those things away.”

    All strikers miss chances.

    The key thing with Dimmy is that he’s in the spotlight and his misses – against ManShitty in the FACup semi-final at Wembley and the other night at OT v. Benfica – are hard to ignore to anyone who looks at his “situation” without prejudice. Against both opponents he skied the ball over the goal without forcing the keeper to make a save.

    He’s paid to deliver and he’s failed to do so in two situations – high profile situations – for which he was given the opportunity to prove himself worthy of a place in the first team. Why ? “only God knows” !

    But, at the end of the day, in the final analysis, he’s being paid to deliver – and he didn’t. (Yeah, I know, he did get a goal from the flicked-header and he did make an awesome defence-splitting pass that Ashley Young failed to cash in BUT, at the key moment, he fucked up.)

    How many more chances will he get ? Again, “only God knows”.

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