Darren Fletcher goals Arsenal Fabregas FA CupFor all his faults, Darren Fletcher is a player who usually shows up in the big games, showing himself as a player who can be relied upon when we really need him.

He was a strong figure in all of our Champions League games last season, and throughout the course of the season, put in great performances against the likes of Barcelona, Roma and Arsenal.

It was his game against Arsenal in the FA Cup which he will be remembered for last season though, scoring two goals in our 4-0 win. Along with Anderson and Carrick, Fletcher bossed the Arsenal midfield, which contained Fabregas, Hleb and Gilberto from the start.

He will never be good enough for a starting XI place at United though, and with our midfield bulking up with talent, it looks as though Fletcher is going to face a real battle next season to get playing time.

Whilst capable of raising his game when required to, he doesn’t have the consistent high level required of him to stamp his authority on a position at United. However, Ferguson, who has possibly given Fletcher more time than any other top 4 manager would have done, has today said that the Scottish midfielder is important to United and has a part to play next season, as we defend our Premiership and Champions League titles.

“He’s been very unlucky, but he keeps coming back,” said “He’s an important player to us. He always plays well in big games – that’s the great value he brings to the club. He’s a big-game player and we’ve plenty of big games, so he’ll play his part.”