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Fletcher’s Career Over?

Paddy Crerand has today revealed that it is unlikely that we will see Darren Fletcher play for Manchester United again. Speaking to Beyond The Pitch, Crerand expressed his disappointment for Fletch, but he doesn’t think the Scot has any chance of coming back.

“I love Darren Fletcher and I hate to say this, but I wouldn’t expect to see him playing again for Manchester United,” said Crerand. “It’s a dreadful thing to say and I hope I’m totally wrong, but I don’t think I’m going to be wrong. He’s not been heard of, he’s not played anywhere, he’s not done anything and I think it would be a miracle if he did come back. It’s a shame for the lad. If you’re doing something you love doing, it’s heartbreaking. [Especially] for somebody for whom fitness has been the main thing in their life, because to be a professional footballer you have to be immensely fit, more so than most sports. I think, outside of boxing it’s the fittest sport of the lot of them. So for not to be able to do that and keep yourself [in shape]. Even at my age, how stupid I am, I’m in the gym every day.”

In January Fletch was ruled out for the rest of the season to have planned surgery to try to resolve his Ulcerative Colitis condition.

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  1. dijev says:

    Fletcher like a top class striker, heading in two precious crosses from Nani. I actually forgot how good Nani could be, this video brings it all back. Good luck, Darren!

  2. Costas says:

    Sentiments aside, I’ll say one thing. No one would blame the club if they bought a midfielder in his mould. Even if Darren plays again, it’s highly unlikely he’ll be the player he was 4 years ago. Don’t terminate his contract as a player, but don’t let his situation set us back any longer.

  3. parryheid says:

    I say again despite getting ripped to bits for saying so vs Real,our Striker who doesn’t score goals namely Danny Wellbeck should be schooled to play Fletch’s role.As I think he would make a good fist of it and I like him.

  4. Marq says:


    Exactly. We should not count Fletcher, Scholes & maybe even Giggs as a choice for CM next season. Then you will realise how short on numbers we are in midfield. As it is now, with Anderson non existent, we only have Carrick & Cleverley, and maybe if you push it, Jones & Rooney. And thats it? A club of our size down to only 2 recognised central midfielders, is quite worrying. Yes we cantered to the title, but it only masked the fact that once Carrick get injured, we will be in real trouble

  5. Sam says:

    Yeah Sir Alex would probably honor fletcher’s contract and rightly so. But the club needs a player who can complement Carrick as well as replace him without weakening the team if he needs to be rested. Someone who is well rounded – in the mould of Gundogan, Verratti, Vidal or Thiago alcantara. Any one of these would be ideal. Sandro, Modric or Cabaye wouldn’t be too bad either.
    Interesting to see if Xavi’s situation at Barcelona changes over the summer – Imagine seeing him in a United Jersey for a couple of years.

  6. slim says:

    i feel robbed. Robbed because we haven’t got the chance to see this boy play anymore.
    Carrick has come in leaps and bounds these last 2 – 3 seasons.
    I shudder to think what fletcher and Carrick combo could have been if he wasn’t struck down with this illness.

  7. drv3011 says:

    off’s giggsy taking the piss out of gary after the villa match:

    LOL. :D

  8. drv3011 says:

    off’s giggsy taking the piss out of gary after the villa match:

    LOL. :D

  9. denton davey says:

    drv3011 @ 23:50: “Never scored many but came up with the goods when it mattered.Still remember some important goals of his though.a header against chelsea in 05/06 i think that won us the match and a stunning volley against everton in 09/10.”

    When I cast my mind back on DarrenFletcherinho’s career, one assist always comes to the surface – against Aston Villa, he made a defence-splitting reverse pass that send RVN in on the keeper and, as always with RVN, he slotted it home. That occurred in the days when Darren was regularly castigated as “the Scottish player” or “Fergy’s love child” – there’s none so blind as those who will not see.

    In 2009, DarrenFletcherinho had fully matured into “football genius”, which was on display in the match against Inter in Milan – “football genius” – that was cruelly denied by the absurd red card against him in the semi-final (v. TheArse) which ruled him out of the 2009 CL final.

    Ironically, that absurd red card – and his absence from the CL final – were the high-point of his career. He had gotten over his early leg injuries and was maturing into a fantastic box-to-box midfielder. Like they say, you don’t know what you’ve got until you lose it.

    Hopefully, Darren can overcome the worst effects of ulcerative colitis and lead a relatively normal life, enjoying his twins and, perhaps, working with youngsters showing them what it means to be UTD-quality

  10. King Eric says:

    samuel – Spot on at 9.26 I get fucking sick of we need a Roy Keane comments. There isn’t one! As you say he would be sent off most weeks in today’s football.

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Anyone trashing Fletcher?! Step outside and we’ll have a word back of the wood shed.

    One of our youngest players ever, senior start at 19.
    Only youth player that I can think of in the last 20 years to NEVER GO OUT ON LOAN, and then become established as a starter.
    Think about that one you tools. “NEVER WENT ON LOAN”.

    To put the myth that he was frail to the sword. Look at these numbers.
    Fletcher has 249 career starts and 63 subs
    Carrick has 271 career starts and 45 subs(but came as a seasoned professional)

    Also, Fletcher was Scotlands youngest captain in a century getting the armband as a 25yo in 2009.

    Lad bleeds Red!

    I think Darren has proved his ability with youngsters already. Might be something if he tried to emulate what what Ole has done, but up is Scotland. Set him up with as a United B squad up Scotland, scouting top United tallent.

    Fletcher has a character that will survive this health issue. Whether he plays again or not. He is a fantastic lad who will find a place in football. Even now, there are only a few people who I enjoy more giving a post match interview.

  12. Marq says:

    My Fletcher moment was when he scored that impossible looping goal against Mourinho’s mighty Chelsea to help Sir Alex to finally get one over Jose. It came at a time Keane attacked Fletcher being useless too if I remember right

  13. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Brilliant news that made my day!

    Darren Fletcher, Alex Büttner and Anders Lindegaard will receive Premier League winners medals after the premier league relaxed it’s rules and expanded the number of medals from 23 to 30.

    This will be Darrens EPL winners 6th medal.

  14. Costas says:


    Exactly mate. And since I have serious doubts Ando will stay on (predictably, it was another season of the same old from him), we are really talking about just 2 natural midfielders. And even if Jones and Rooney have a couple of CM qualities that Fergie admires, they are not midfielders! Multiple injuries in other areas if the pitch will force them to play back at their natural position.

    Add to all this the fact that Carrick is turning 32 and at least one midfield signing should be a must. We’ve been incredibly lucky that Carrick hasn’t gotten injured in the last couple of years.

  15. Ante Perkovic says:

    He never was star but he made me happy so many times, he’s giving 100% every game and that’s what i love to see. Love you Fletcher i still have big rescpet for him , i hope he don’t give up coming back to football.

  16. Marq says:


    That 10 game rule was a joke. Although they made it 5 now, they should also make it that whoever has a goal or assist or maybe even a save, should be qualified. Like how Macheda missed out even though he made two of the most significant contribution in subsequent games that season. In any case, I don’t believe the FA should be the one deciding who contributed, the club should be the one deciding

  17. FletchTHEMAN says:

    ” I don’t believe the FA should be the one deciding who contributed, the club should be the one deciding”

    To be fair, the EPL have to keep some kind of standard. Especially if they are allowing 30 medals. The former limit of 23-24 was ridiculous thought.
    If it was down to the fans, Macheda would have got one. As would Wes Brown and Gary Neville in ’10-11, and Henrik Larsson in 06-07.

  18. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Off topic:

    According to reports in Bild, Marca and now the mirror José Mourinho told Klopp that he’s going to Chelsea.

  19. TheCANTONA says:

    lol joe hart the best goalkeeper in the world!!

  20. Red Neville says:

    A cruel blow for a professional footballer to be struck down by something like this, but as others have said, I don’t think anybody thought he could realistically come back from this and reach the levels that he once did.

    If there is one consolation for Fletch – it’s that he should be financially secure for life, I hope that he is able to enjoy it to the maximum.

  21. wayne says:

    I’ll believe that when i see it just can’t see Roman giving up control and Maureen going back unless he had full control.Seems like a big clash of ego’s if you ask me,this marriage has already finished bad

  22. Nairobireds says:

    We need to buy a midfielder and stop converting defenders and strikers to midfielders.
    Why not go for fellaini? Knowing fergie, I expect a striker and young upcoming defender. Expect to see jones, giggs, raphael, Rooney, rvp, fabio and whelan all being asked to play out of position and fill a gap in midfield.

  23. Marq says:

    Not the first time Joe Hart let the ball through his legs, lol

  24. TheCANTONA says:

    4 howlers in one game!! could u believe that? now, imagine if that was de gea? the media would gone mad to the point they’ll suggested him to suicide.

  25. Ruks says:

    Fergie wil gt hm back

  26. WeAreUnited says:

    Joe Hart the golden boy,

    ohh wait, no he is not.

    ABU’s and many people and some of our supporters don’t know that at the age of 22, DDG is actually one of the best keepers in the world. I reckon Top 5. He is amongst, Buffon, Casillas, Cech, Neuer, DDG. After them you have Valdes, Cesar and Hart.

    And not being with red tinted glasses, but I really rated him at A.Madrid also, and back then he was only 19-20.

    Goalies, will always make some howlers, that is not unusual, but the best of them raise into occasions, and DDG did that last season and this season even better. He was one of the best players of the premier league, so many saves that saved our ass. a couple of howlers and that’s it. HE justified his place in our team.

    IN DAVID WE TRUST. the most important thing is not to listen the ABU’s but show the support like we have had!


  27. WeAreUnited says:


  28. ak47 says:

    he won’t return, i said this when he was diagnosed. I was surprised to see him make any return at all, but it’s an illness which prevents you from competing in normal sports let alone professional sports.

  29. Marq says:

    Joe Hart is slowly joining the list of England goalkeepers to have started off brightly in his career and all of a sudden, disappear into oblivion. Robinson, Carson, Foster, etc.

  30. Daniel88 says:

    Sign the Atletico Madrid central midfielder Mario Suarez.

  31. Zeroctrla says:

    Why has cleverly been absent in the past few games..resorting to make shift midfield….

  32. King Eric says:

    Seems fergie certainly is interested in lewandowski. Quotes in papers tomorrow that fergie can find room in side for him and doesn’t think he’s going to Munich. Done deal I reckon. Especially now we have already done business with Dortmund. We shall see.

  33. King Eric says:

    Marq. Spot on mate. Never rated that toff cunt anyway. Believes his own hype.

  34. King Eric says:

    Daniel. Yep. As easy as that innit!

  35. WeAreUnited says:


    let’s not forget this guy, who has contributed a lot of goals this season and helped us for 14 comebacks

    this video was made in january so there is not all his goals, but enjoy!

    not to mentione Rooney’s goals and our defenders goals!!!

  36. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    I don’t think i’ve ever felt this relaxed about an Arsenal game in a long long time. There’s literally NOTHING tangible to play for tomorrow. Fine it would be nice to beat Arsenal at home again but to be honest, I am not bothered in the slightest what happens tomorrow. We’ve done the job. It’s time to relax. Ah, the perks of winning a title with games to spare.

  37. medumtum says:

    Sir Alex saying one to two players might be all that he is looking to bring in. Assuming thats excluding Zaha, and maybe he said that with Lewandowski on his mind, then maybe we are not offloading as many as initially imagined. Certainly Rooney might be retained or Hernandez, both could not possibly be off if only one further player was coming in. And certainly Nani and/or Anderson leaving so perhaps Rooneys conversion to midfield is a permanent change. So far no midfielder has been as firmly linked with us as Lewandowski. Just hope we get our we get business done early.

  38. Evra#3 says:

    I say strootaman and sven bender are all we need
    both young physical and very skillful box to box mids
    they can take our midfield along with mc16 and powell to a totally different level

  39. drv3011 says:

    someone mentioned ilkay gundogan here.I’ve mentioned him before too and i reiterate that he is a brilliant CM,strong, agile and he has that ability to start attacks with lightning speed when bringing the ball forward.his passing is pinpoint and controlled.If i was SAF(which I unfortunately am not,so this is just a suggestion),i would raid dortmund for the pole and gundogan.two excellent youngsters.

  40. knightsmith says:

    I do not like to see any footballer’s career ended by illness or injury, regardless who they play for.

    I just hope that Darren can stay healthy enough to lead an active and normal life for many years come. I wish both him and his family all the very best for the future, and all the happiness going.

  41. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Morning Reds! Brilliant start to a matchday. Can’t wait.

  42. FletchTHEMAN says:

    What’s all the footy manager stuff about? Lewandowski rumors are smoke and mirrors. There are no real quotes on this from either side.

  43. need to feel the love says:

    fletcher is much like gary nev worked hard was never gifted but worked his socks off and played for the team very much understated you never noticed him but he was effective and he was god at what he did thanks fletch

  44. King Eric says:

    Fletch. Hello mate. On the contrary. Fergie is quoted as saying summat like ” Can I find room for him? I can always find room. I don’t think he’s going to Bayern. I think Dortmund will let his contract run down or he will go somewhere else” United have been scouting Dortmund games again this season including their win over Franco’s mob. I do actually think he will come to United and Rooney will drop back. I did say Rooney will be sold this summer but I’m not convinced he will.

  45. samuel - united WE stand says:

    King eric – people are alking about united don’t need lewandowski and yes the central mid is the absolute priority and i hope fergie rectifies it but how can you turn down a top class player regardless of their position?. United could have an attack as potent and devastating as the 2008 team, we could enter the champions league next season with confidence and added belief. You never stop improving and if an opportunity arises, it must be taken if it can be taken.

  46. Mel_T says:

    get rid of those fucking video ads – ruining your website

  47. In David We Trust says:

    samuel – to sign lewandowski,united would have to let a forward go, I was a bit skeptical with lewandowski, but he is an out an out striker that can destroy the net. I do hope we sign him, and a CM player. But we may have to let rooney go, for that signing to happen, as he will want huge wages. I am still not convinced rooney can play CM, but I do hope we sign a CM player, as a world class midfielder to go along with zaha and lewandowski, we will be hard to stop in the PL next season

  48. FletchTHEMAN says:

    King Eric.

    With all respect, Fergie said no such thing. THE HEADLINES did say it but they were making up their own interpretation of what the manager had to say

    As quoted in the Guardian: “If the right player comes along you have to be prepared to make a move,” Ferguson said. “I can find room for anybody here as long as they have the required quality. I am not sure Lewandowski will be sold to Bayern now. The Dortmund fans are not going to be happy and I don’t think they will sell to their main rivals. I think they will either let his contract run out, or sell him somewhere else.”

  49. King Eric says:

    Fletch mate thats pretty much what I quoted !


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