Darren Fletcher certainly splits the vote where United fans are concerned, with some trusting Sir Alex Ferguson’s judgement on the player, whilst others are insistent he is not good enough for Manchester United.
Now facing competition with Paul Scholes, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Carrick and Anderson for the central midfield roles, all of whom come above him in pecking order, there has been increased speculation he is on his way out. Everton were the most recent club he was linked to, with rumours suggesting he could follow Phil Neville’s path to Merseyside.
With Roy Keane staying on past the summer, Neville decided to make a move to Everton, realising he’d have to wait longer if he was to claim a starting place in our team. Whilst now settled as club captain, Neville probably wouldn’t admit he was disappointed to see Keane walk out a couple of months later, vacating the spot in the centre of the midfield that Phil would have been all to happy to occupy.
Neville was 28-years-old then, with time running out on his career, whereas Fletcher is still only 24-years-old, so obviously feeling time is on his side.
Whilst his loyalty to United can be admired, common sense also has to come in to the equation. If Fletcher wants to play regular football, then Manchester United is not the club for him.
“The speculation does not get on my nerves,” Fletcher said today. “At this time of year, people make news out of nothing. You learn to deal with that here. The most important thing is to remain focused on Manchester United unless anyone tells you otherwise that is what you do.”
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