Darren Fletcher reached an amicable agreement with Manchester United that allowed him to leave the club for a free transfer. Fletcher had been at United since the start of his career, but it became clear that he was no longer in the plans of manager Louis van Gaal.
The Scotland captain has missed a lot of football in the last few years due to chronic illness. Keen to avoid more time being lost the game, the midfielder decided to move to West Brom in the January transfer window. In his first press conference as a West Brom player, Fletcher says that he moved to the hawthorns for regular game time.
After recently returning from a long-term injury, Darren Fletcher has been featuring regularly for Manchester United and Scotland.
He was part of the Scottish team that was defeated 3-1 by archrivals England in a friendly match. This was seen as a major opportunity for Gordon Strachan to show that he has made a lot of progress since taking over. Even though it was only a friendly match, both teams were extremely keen on winning. It was England who continue to their impressive form after Wayne Rooney and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the goals to seal a victory.
Andrew Robertson found the back of the net for Scotland, but his 83rd minute goal was merely a consolation. Fletcher said after the match that Scotland could have played much better and it would have helped them get a better result against their arch rivals. He pointed out that his team were not patient enough nor did they pass the ball with a lot of success. Fletcher was once a regular starter for Scotland, but his injury problems have now made him a substitute. He came on for Scott Brown as a second-half substitute against England.
The veteran midfielder of Manchester United, Darren Fletcher has finally overcome his physical condition and seemed to have conquered the obstacles he faced due to a long term battle with ulcerative colitis.
During the last 3 seasons Fletcher was limited to only making 23 league appearances for his club and this is due to his bowel condition but after undergoing a surgical procedure, Fletcher spoke to the public and said that he is feeling fantastic and he just wants to focus on winning trophies not only with his club Manchester United but also with his country Scotland.
Fletcher said: "I'm past all the sentimental stuff, and I am just back to where I was, competing and trying to win things. I don't have the condition any more. It's not even a case of being on top of it, I just don't have it. That's a result of the operation. I feel fantastic now."
Darren Fletcher has received a lot of plaudits for the way he has successfully returned from his injury troubles of recent years. Manchester United midfielder was a regular in the squad in the second half of last season. However, his problems in recent years appears to have taken his form out of the game and it may be a while before he regains it. Until then, his Manchester United future will be under speculation. Fletcher has admitted this and says that the upcoming campaign is very important for his career.
The 30-year-old is aware that his playing days are coming to an end and he may be playing at the top only for a couple of years. The Scottish international will find it hard to establish himself in the Manchester United team this time around. Primarily this is due to the lack of matches for the former Premier League champions, as they are not involved in European competitions. Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup will be the tournaments they will be involved. Fletcher is primarily targeting fitness in the pre-season. After almost 18 months without playing football, his fitness has suffered.
Darren Fletcher recently returned to Manchester United’s first-team after several months from the sidelines. He comes back in much stronger player after having recovered from a life-threatening injury, but Fletcher could be finding himself in the prospect of becoming a substitute at United. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Fletcher was held in high regard. Due to the injury troubles, United have become extremely light in the midfield area. They could be spending a huge amount of money in trying to bring players like Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos in the summer.
They have already brought in Juan Mata from Chelsea for a club record fee of £ 37 million. Despite the expected increase in competition, Fletcher says that he wants to regain the first-team squad in the United team once again. Unlike before his injury, Fletcher was one of the midfielders with a bright future. Now, he comes back as an experienced member of the squad. This experience could prove to be vital, as United look to regain the former glory days. The midfielder has accepted that there is a lot of quality within the team and it will be difficult to play on a regular basis.
Darren Fletcher has defended his teammate David de Gea by saying that the Spanish goalie should not be criticized for the mistake that he committed towards the end of the Capital One Cup game against Sunderland.
United were ahead by 1-0 in that match and were well on their way to secure a win, but, with just about a couple of minutes to go, the Black Cats managed to level the scores courtesy de Gea’s fumble. However, that didn’t make much of a difference as moments later, the Red Devils managed to restore their lead with a Javier Hernandez goal. But, despite that goal, they didn’t make it to the final of the tournament as the aggregate score of the semi final tie had become 3-3. So, the tie eventually went into the penalty shootouts in which United lost.
Just as the game ended, people started criticizing de Gea, but, Fletcher doesn’t think it’s fair. According to him, the Spaniard has been terrific right since the summer and to bash him for just one mistake is a bit harsh.
Darren Fletcher made his return to the playing fields in the main team of Manchester United, something he had not done since 2012 as his bowel condition had restricted him to a limited number of appearances not only this season but some years ago as well.
It was a condition that has plagued him for the past 2 years but the midfielder made his long awaited return during Manchester United’s match against Aston Villa as he came on as a substitute and he is nothing but confident and determined to get his career back rolling in full force.
"This is it, I'm back for good. This is hopefully the game which means I'm back now. I seem to have come through the setbacks and health issues and I'm thankful for that. It's onwards and upwards now’’.
"I always believed I would come back, I kept that mindset. I think other people around me were trying to make me think otherwise, but I stayed strong and believed I would get back. “Ever since I was a kid, I've wanted to play football. I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play for Manchester United and wasn't going to give that up lightly’’. Fletcher added
There is some good news for Darren Fletcher fans. The Scotland captain who has been completely out of action since the last 9 months is slowly getting back to 100% fitness. He has even started to train with the first team of his club Manchester United and that’s definitely a big positive for him.
However, the Red Devils boss David Moyes has made it clear that there is no chance of Fletcher returning to action in near future.
Fletcher has actually been struggling with his health since the last couple of years. Towards the end of 2011, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and since then, he hasn’t been able to make too many appearances for United. The last time that Fletcher had featured in Manchester United shirt was on December 26 last year. That was a game against Newcastle United and the Red Devils had won it by a close margin of 4-3.
Fletcher went through operation at the start of this year because of which he couldn’t play any match for United in the second half of the last season.
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is on the road to recovery after a bowel surgery this summer but still expects to miss the start of the new season under David Moyes.
The 29 year old Scottish international midfielder has been out of action since Boxing Day last year and in January, he underwent a surgery for a long standing problem of ulcerative colitis. And when asked when he would me making his return, the Scotland captain stated that he hopes to be back soon and expects it to be not too late into the start of the season. He added that he thought that he would just miss the beginning of the season.
Fletcher was given an extended break from the game by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson back in December 2011 for a chronic bowel disease and the problem flared up again next year which forced Darren Fletcher to undergo surgery in January. He stated that he has had the condition for five years but it had become hard to control over the last three years.
After taking charge as United manager, David Moyes is looking to strengthen the defense of his team straightaway. He is close to signing the centre-back of Benfica Ezequiel Garay.
According to the reports, both the clubs have agreed on a transfer fee of 17 million Pounds and the deal is set to be finalized in a couple of days.
With Rio Ferdinand in his mid thirties and with question marks over the fitness of Nemanja Vidic, Garay might prove to be a vital player for United in their title defense next season.
Garay has been playing for Benfica since the last couple of years. He had joined the Portuguese club in July 2011 after leaving Real Madrid. Benfica had paid a transfer fee of 5.5 million Euros for buying Garay.
In the last season, Garay was in fabulous nick for Benfica. He helped his team cruise into the final of Europa League with some fine performances. Benfica didn’t eventually manage to win the Europa League though. They got defeated by Chelsea in the final.
During his tenure at Benfica so far, Garay has played a total of 51 matches and has scored 3 goals.
Meanwhile, United is also linked with the Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.