Darren Fletcher cruelly missed out on Manchester United’s Champions League final last season after being wrongly sent off against Arsenal in the semis.

After watching United get played off the park by Barcelona, with us being totally overrun in midfield, plenty of United fans have wondered whether it could have been different if Fletcher was playing.

Fletcher reckons that missing out on the final has made him a better player and he is chuffed to be seen as a starting player for the club this season.

“People talk about Rome but sometimes you become a better player by not playing,” said Fletcher. “I have heard that a lot. But people tend to notice you more because you are not there. Last season was a big step for me. There are some great midfielders at the club but I managed to get into the team for the start of the season and stay there for most of it. My performances improved because I was playing most weeks.”