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Fletcher: Disappointed Too… But Confident

Darren Fletcher, who probably worked harder than any player on the field last night, has echoed the sentiments of Patrice Evra, that he is disappointed we didn’t make the most of our domination.

He also believes the key for us to progress to the final is to get an away goal which shouldn’t be out of our reach given the attacking ability we have.

“We used our usual gameplan which is to get about them and press them and play at a really high tempo and from there try and break with the great attacking players that we’ve got,” said Fletcher. “The gameplan seemed to work. We’re just disappointed there wasn’t a few more goals. If we can score an away goal it’s going to be massive for us. The pressure is now on Arsenal as they’re at home. They have to come out and win the match. We’ll have a different gameplan down there. We know it’s going to be a difficult match, we know that. With the attacking quality we’ve got, not matter what team the manager picks we’ve got enough quality to score that away goal.”

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  1. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Darren Fletcher,this uunited fan thanks you for your work

  2. Red Dave says:

    my sentiments exactly GHTT

  3. sutclifm says:

    Darren Fletcher – Football Genius!

  4. Big Goon says:

    Wenger really pissed off last night for trying to use anti-football tactics. Whats gotten into him?

    Fletch and Evra are disappointed with the result? Well they should be, u lot let us off the hook last night, Villarreal did the same and paid the price at the Emirates. I reckon we will make u rue ur missed chances at the Emirates. Our CL away record has been awful this season but at home we have be great. Expect a tough match next week fellas, we will be much, much more of a threat at the Emirates.

  5. costas says:

    Fantastic work by Darren again.He is a big game player. By the way, anyone hear SAF’s coments about changing even the whole of the midfield and attack for the trip to Boro?I guess Nani,Park and Scholes could come in but some players from last night have to play again.i.e. Rooney, Ronaldo and Carrick.

  6. wazza says:

    as Fletch says there might be a different game plan in the 2nd leg.Fergie might want United to defend solidly for the 1st half without conceding & then arsnl will definitely attack in the 2nd half to score, which gives United the opportunity to score the all important away goal.

  7. keanesmagichat says:

    united will score at the emirates, in the knock out stages le arse have played roma (8th in serie A) and villeral (6th in la liga).. so big goon to be fair you havent been really tested.. united to get an away goal

  8. Giles Oakley says:

    Fletcher was magnificent, and he always talks sense and keeps perspective, both before and after games. He’s shown real character over the years, having to win over the doubters. He deserves everything he achieves as a player for his non-stop hard work and team spirit. Always good to see a player come through the ranks like that. It adds to the pleasure of a performance like last night’s.

  9. corea says:


    i was pretty sure SAF would do it. we have to win there with another buch of players. anyway we have 3 points in hand and a game in hand. Though Boro play at home and they fight against relegation they are not the toughest opponent. i believe we shall do it.

  10. Jig says:

    TBH I’m not too disappointed.

    We’ve been very complacent at times this season & I’d rather see the team going to the Emirates on their toes rather than thinking the result is in the bag. This result means we’re going to have to go at them again & secure an away goal, at that point we can concentrate on keeping them at bay and looking for a goal on the counter.

    An early goal at the Emirates for Rooney!

  11. corea says:


    Wes in ? great news. Scholesy, Park, Nani, Berba will play. It will be a very ineteresting game but i have a feeling it will be much easier than we usually play there.

  12. costas says:

    Thanx wazza, i saw it earlier.If he changes all 6 players,that will be a risk.That’s what i think.I agree with him about the early kick off but we have never had a word with Sky about this have we?For me,we hsould make 3 changes max to the i=midfield and attack.And no Scholes and Giggs starting together.

  13. Big Goon says:

    keanesmagichat – is that the same Villarreal u couldnt score a single goal against in the group stages? Oh.

  14. corea says:

    group stages? what’s this ?

  15. wazza says:

    corea, Fergie will probably start with Rafael & later bring on Wes as he has stated.i also fancy Macheda or Welbeck to partner Berba.

  16. costas says:

    Big Goon Ade’s goal really changer the tie’s momentum and Villarreal came to the Emirates with not much confidence. But i do agree that Arsenal, especiallhy with RVP returning,will be much more threatening.

  17. corea says:




    of course they will be more threatening. they are at home and they will have much more shots on goal than they’ve had yesterday ;) it’s not that difficult to better their perfomance yesterday.

  18. keanesmagichat says:

    big goon

    it was, but we were already top of the group and rested players… smug arsenal cunt

  19. King Eric says:

    Said it before and I will say it again, Fletch was immense again last night.

  20. costas says:

    Fletch-ense strikes again!

  21. Gary says:

    Darren Fletcher was absolutely fantastic last night! I remember he shone in United’s 7-1 hammering of Roma 2 years ago, and ever since then Fletch has never looked out of place in the United side. He has improved again this season!

    Viva Darren Fletcher!

  22. Trevor says:

    I have always been a fan of Fletcher! He keeps things simple! No Tricks but loads of effort and one of uniteds most consistant players!

    Fergie always plays him in the big games, and he often performs!!

  23. Ubibi Godwin Jr says:

    To me fletcher was the engine room,he really did all the dirty job all around the pitch,most especially in the middle of the park,I doff my hat for him…

  24. denton davey says:

    Yeah, Fletcherinho was immense but so was Anderson. The two of them bossed the midfield more completely than in any meaningful game I can remember. Errr, since the RentBoyz were flattened a few months ago.

  25. jamiemufc1974 says:

    MAN OF THE MATCH! by a country mile last night! his performance was brilliant! why does he always seem to turn it on against the cockneys? tho he has played well whenever he’s been playing this season. H’es become a very important player for us. who’d of thought those words would be said a couple of yrs ago? well done fletch lad, well done


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