Darren Fletcher has revealed that before signing his latest contract at the club, he was tempted to move away from Manchester United after getting limited time on the pitch.

Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been a big fan of the midfielder long before the rest of us caught on, convinced him to stay after promising him more playing time, not more money.

Since then, he has decided that he wants to stay at United for the rest of his career.

“I was still having doubts because I was in a fairly strong position with only a year left to run on my contract,” said Fletcher. “But the manager came to me. The contract talk was put to one side and our discussion was mainly about playing time. Ferguson said there had been offers but he didn’t want me to go. Deep down I just wanted to show what I was capable of. That is what drove me on and what I want to keep maintaining now because I want to be here for the rest of my career and leave some sort of mark on the club.”

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