Even though Darren Fletcher spent over 10 years of his playing career in Old Trafford, the experienced midfielder said that it wasn’t difficult for him to leave the Premier League club as he left on February 2 of 2015 and joined West Bromwich Albion.
Players who manage to get a significantly high amount of appearances for a club usually build a special relationship with that club and Fletcher made over 220 appearances for Manchester United and started to help the club in Old Trafford in snatching titles since the early age of 11 but even with everything that Fletcher accomplished with the English side, it always was something that he was prepared to do.
Former Manchester United player, Fletcher said: "Leaving United wasn't as difficult as I would have thought really. Obviously I've got great memories and great friends there, but it wasn't a wrench because I was prepared for it and I felt my time there was up.’’
Darren Fletcher has a pretty amazing story as the veteran midfielder has recovered from a career-threatening illness and at the age of 31, the Scottish player still continues to prove what a class act that he is.
After having spent 13 years in Manchester United, he made a move to West Bromwich Albion and his career has taken a boost as the player is performing better than ever.
Even if Darren Fletcher is playing at his best, you might still not see his name in the score-sheet of the team where he is performing in. To truly appreciate the contributions that Fletcher does in a pitch, you have to actually see the match as the veteran midfielder controls games.
The way he distributes the ball in the center of the pitch, the Scottish midfielder rarely losses the ball always knows the player to pass the ball and even in the most difficult or pressurized of situations, his distribution in the playing ground is remarkable.
However, even with the revival that Darren Fletcher has experienced it still has not been enough to completely push West Bromwich Albion out from the possibility of getting relegated in this season.
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.