Darren Fletcher played for 90 minutes for the second time in a week today, as he makes his return to first team football after suffering from a chronic bowel condition. There were times last season when it looked as though his playing career may be over and he started coaching the younger players.

Fletch scored his first goal since the consolation goal he scored last October in the game we do not speak of and Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for his countryman.

“I think everyone is delighted with Darren,” he said. “It’s been a long road back for him and it’s the first time I’ve used him twice in a week. He didn’t let us down again. He never does and lovely to have him back. Obviously, we’ll review the situation on Wednesday [against West Ham] but he made a great contribution today.”