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Fletcher For Captain

“I can’t understand why people in Scotland rave about Darren Fletcher,” Roy Keane said in that interview with MUTV, which ultimately saw him leave Old Trafford. I had to agree with him. It was 2005 and Fletcher was getting in our squad far too often. I’d complain about it, but then, we didn’t actually have anyone better. Dark times.

Things are much different now, in terms of our squad, and, giving credit where it’s due, Fletcher’s performances. We have added Owen Hargreaves, Anderson and Michael Carrick to our central midfielder, and Fletcher, who has played in 5 of our 6 league games this season, has really improved his game.

He has steadily proven himself as a player who will show up for you in the big games. Give him a specific job to do, and he’ll get on with it. I don’t suddenly think he’s World class, but he is a good player to have in the squad.

Some things haven’t changed though, and that is the Scottish opinion of him, as he is set to captain his country in his 40th game for them at the weekend.

“Darren has been an outstanding player for Scotland for a number of years,” said the Scottish manager, George Burley. “At the same time he has established himself as a regular player for one of the biggest clubs in the world. Since I took over, his attitude towards playing for his country has been outstanding. He is a player who is always desperate to represent Scotland. It is a measure of his talent that at his relatively young age he has achieved so much for his club and will win his 40th cap for his country on Saturday. I know he will be very proud to lead the players out at Hampden on Saturday. He will do a great job for Scotland.”

In regards to other International news, Manucho has been called up to the Angolan squad, whilst Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney have all been picked by Fabio Capello. Patrice Evra is expecting to hold on to his starting place for France, and Edwin Van der Sar has agreed to help out Holland, playing in their next two matches following injury troubles, despite retiring after Euro 2008.

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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. AJ says:

    Star players win you matches!

    BUT Squad players (like fletcher) win you Trophies.

  2. Stephen says:

    Well it sort of sums them up really!!
    Only joking Fletch has played well for us this season and well done to him, top lad, not a top player but a really decent squad player, and I am glad he has signed a new contract, because a squad wins you trophies.

  3. suhayl says:


  4. Its in my blood says:

    Sorry guys, but Fletch IS world class! Granted there is room for improvement but remember he was playing first team football for Utd at the age when, compared to Beckham, was out on loan at Preston!(20yrs old). Anyway, SAF is a better judge than any of us and he obviously believes in him! About time we got a chant going for him, he wears our shirt with real pride.

  5. denton davey says:

    Fletcherinho has a long way to go before we can consider him to be “world class” BUT, like AJ posted, he’s the kind of journeyman squad player that is absolutely crucial for a trophy-winning team.

  6. OTRed says:

    I appreciate Fletcher as much as the next person, but how can anyone think he’s world class??? He’s got a very long way to go before that tag.

  7. hunts says:

    fletcher world class? jeez now i’ve heard it all. if someone is world class they would walk into any team in world football. fletcher isnt even first choice at united. in reality, he is our 5th choice central midfielder. i would argue the world class players we have are rooney, tevez, berbatov, scholes, ronaldo, ferdinand and evra.

  8. john Ferry says:

    Fletcher represent the “never say die” attitude that has endeared him to Manchester United fans. He may not be the best player on the team, but he has developed into a solid, solid player. In fact, most of the Scottish squad play like it is their last game. GO FLETCH !!! Not the best on our squad, but a player that motivates.

  9. Mila says:

    I used to dislike Fletcher for years, always doubting his talen and abillity. I ahve wondered for years why doesn’t Fergie sell him, but this year the guy has proven all of us wrong.
    He trained hard, and he actually got better, so much better that he holds his own in the team now and the fans stopped ridiculing him.

    Still waiting for Hargreaves to be back though…


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