Darren Fletcher & Old Trafford

Darren Barr Fletcher (born 1 February 1984 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester United. Old Trafford is a football stadium in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, and the home of Manchester United. With a capacity of 75,811, Old Trafford is the second-largest football stadium in England after Wembley, the third-largest in the United Kingdom and the eleventh-largest in Europe. The stadium is approximately from Old Trafford Cricket Ground and the adjacent tram station. 5.0/5

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Darren Fletcher saying that was a memorable night a Old Trafford? Really?
Man Utd 2 Liverpool 1. March 2010. Dirk Kuyt and Darren Fletcher lose it momentarily at Old Trafford
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West Ham manager, Sam Allardyce hopes to sign Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher this summer, but claims the ‘Hammers’ are yet to speak with the Old Trafford outfitFletcher, 30, has struggled to nail a starting role under Louis Van Gaal following surgery on a chronic bowel disease...
With a glut of central midfielders at Old Trafford and an expiring contract, Darren Fletcher is a wanted man.
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has made midfielder Michael Carrick his new vice-captain Darren Fletcher was given the role as deputy at the start of the season, but the Scot has been restricted to just 49 minutes since the end of August. Carrick, 33, has returned from an ankle injury to start all six games in United's current winning run. "I have three captains," said Van Gaal. "You have a sequence: Wayne Rooney is one, Carrick is two, Fletcher three." Ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa, Van Gaal highlighted the sense of calm Carrick has brought to the United camp. "He brings a lot of experience but also a lot of composure," said the Dutchman. "He can transfer my philosophy on to the pitch." Carrick operated in the middle of a three-man central defence in the 3-0 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford last weekend. It is a role he is suited to, although Van Gaal does not view Carrick's switch from his preferred central midfield role as permanent. "Now we don't have Daley Blind, w ...
Scot set for Old Trafford exit. Scottish international Darren Fletcher could be set for a surprise Man United exit in January according to the :SEE ALSO: best teenagers in world footballSEE ALSO: World's Top 50 Hottest Sportswomen. The 30 year old is fully fit after his lengthy lay-off through illness but has failed to force his way into Louis Van Gaal's first team set-up on a regular basis.
Louis Van Gaal must sell Manchester United stars in 2015. Javier Hernandez has dropped a big hint this week that he plans to leave Manchester United at the end of the season in order to sign a permanent deal with Real Madrid. But he’s not the only star name likely to leave Old Trafford in 2015. The coach still has some serious deadwood to shift from his squad. 1. Chris Smalling has failed to develop in the manner most at Manchester United expected he would after signing him from Fulham in 2010. The England international is a superb athlete, but his footballing intelligence is seriously suspect. 2. Ashley Young’s impressive performances in pre-season lulled many Manchester United supporters and Louis Van Gaal into a false sense of security. Young has flattered to deceive since completing his £17 million move from Aston Villa in 2011 and no longer has any business being near Manchester United’s first team. 3. Darren Fletcher, The Red Devils’ vice-captain is a model professional who conducts himself ...
Manchester United welcome unbeaten Chelsea to Old Trafford and Louis Van Gaal’s side need a win in order to close the gap at the top of the table. Both clubs will be looking to capitalise on Manchester City’s loss at West Ham United yesterday, however – Chelsea are sitting comfortably at the top of the table with 22 points, whilst United are in eight position with ten points less. Jose Mourinho has only lost once at Old Trafford, which came in the 2005/06 season following those disastrous matches against Middlesborough (the 4-1 defeat that promoted Roy Keane’s reaction in the now infamous MUTV interview) and in the Champions League against Lille (United were eliminated at the group stage). Darren Fletcher scored the winner that day and Louis Van Gaal will hoping for more of the same come 4pm this afternoon. United of course have looked very leaky in defence and the backline was all over the place for WBA’s second goal last Monday. There are doubts that joint Premier League top goalscorer Diego C ...
GBAM!!! Rooney named as new Man Utd captain Manchester United have named Wayne Rooney as their new captain. The England international, 28, replaces Nemanja Vidic, who has left the club for Inter Milan, while Darren Fletcher has been named as vice-captain. Rooney will skipper United in the Premier League opener with Swansea at Old Trafford on 16 August. "It is a huge honour and a role I will perform with great pride," said Rooney. "I am very grateful to the manager for the faith he has shown in me." Rooney - confirmed as captain after the 2-1 friendly win over Valencia on Tuesday night - was one of the favourites for the job once Patrice Evra also asked to leave. Wayne Rooney's career at Manchester United August 2004: 18-year-old Rooney signs for Manchester United from Everton in a £27m deal September 2004: Scores his first senior hat-trick on his United debut in a 6-2 victory over Fenerbahce in the Champions League November 2006: Signs a two-year extension to his United contract until 2012 August 2009: S ...
Louis Van Gaal unhappy after Manchester United win Manchester United maintained their unbeaten pre-season record with victory over Valencia on Tuesday evening, but Louis Van Gaal described the performance of his team as the ‘worst’ since he has taken charge. Van Gaal wants improvement Van Gaal presided over Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time as they faced La Liga opposition once again, having previously overcome Real Madrid in pre-season, but the former Netherlands manager was not impressed. Darren Fletcher opened the scoring with an effort that deflected horribly before Rodrigo Moreno found an equaliser for the visitors. It was not until the final minute that Marouane Fellaini found a winner, and Van Gaal claims there must be much improvement before facing Swansea on the same ground this weekend. "We have won in spite of that we have played our worst game," Van Gaal told MUTV. "We made a lot of wrong choices, wrong passes and we didn't press too much." Reason for optimism Regardless ...
It was always suggested that succeeding Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager would be the hardest job in football and it proved to be the case for David Moyes at Old Trafford last season. But with the Scot being sacked after guiding United to seventh place, their lowest-ever Premier League finish, Louis Van Gaal has arguably landed the manager's job at the perfect time, with Moyes's failure making it almost impossible for the Dutchman to do any worse. Van Gaal has inherited a rebuilding job at United, but the early signs from the club's pre-season tour of the United States point to a much-improved atmosphere and sense of belief and the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach appears already to have made the team competitive again. The intensity of the Premier League will quickly test United's progress under Van Gaal and tell the manager whether his new 3-4-1-2 formation will work in England. But players who appeared to have no future at United, such as Ashley Young, Darren Fletcher and Tom Cl ...
Marouane Fellaini grabbed a last-minute winner as Manchester United warmed up for the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Valencia. The Belgian, who has had a tough time at Old Trafford since he was signed by David Moyes nearly a year ago, pounced on a defensive mistake in injury time to ensure the Reds finished their pre-season programme unbeaten. Darren Fletcher had put United ahead early in the second half, after Wayne Rooney had missed a penalty before the break. Rodrigo equalised in Valencia’s best spell, but just as the friendly looked to be drifting to a draw, substitute Fellaini pounced for the deciding goal. Louis Van Gaal's first game in charge at Old Trafford saw the Dutchman unveil the 3-5-2 system that served him well so far in pre-season, but although United looked comfortable the game only came to life as a contest when Rooney struck his spot kick against the base of the post having been clipped going for an Ashley Young cross. Fletcher put United ahead with a deflected shot from the ' ...
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has settled an extended summer storyline by naming Wayne Rooney captain. The announcement, revealed on Man United's official website on Tuesday, came shortly after the Red Devils beat Valencia in their final preseason friendly at Old Trafford. Rooney got the nod over Robin Van Persie and Darren Fletcher to replace Nemanja Vidic, who departed for Inter Milan this summer. Fletcher, who Van Gaal called "a natural leader" was named vice-captain. He will serve as captain when Rooney is unavailable.
Manchester United FT: United 2 Valencia 1. Louis Van Gaal gets off to winning ways at Old Trafford with goals from Darren Fletcher and Marouane Fellaini in the Reds’ final pre- season match. # REUTD14
It's FullTime at the Old Trafford and the score ends 2-1 resulting a win for ManUtd. Marouane Fellaini with a late strike sealed the game. Darren Fletcher was the other goal scorer. Your ManOfTheMatch?
FT:Manchester United 2-1 Valencia. Goal from Darren Fletcher in the start of 2nd half and late goal by Marouane Fellaini were enough for United to beat Valencia. It's first victory for LvG at Old Trafford. His unbeatable run continues as Manchester United manager.
Darren Fletcher breaks the deadlock! 1-0 against Valencia in first match at Old Trafford!
LVG says Ashley Young, Shinji Kagawa and Darren Fletcher all impressed as the Old Trafford club beat Real Madrid on Saturday
Paul Scholes insists he is ready to tell it how it is in his new role as a TV pundit. But it seems Class of '92 team-mate Gary Neville is already looking to cool him down, after throwing an ice bucket over him. Scholes, who upset Wayne Rooney earlier this summer with his scathing views, joined Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and a host of other Old Trafford favourites for a charity game against non-league Salford City on Thursday night. Neville threw the ice bucket over Scholes as part of a charity cause for the James McCarthy Foundation - not the Everton midfielder, but a young man who suffered a brain tumour in a car accident and wants to complete his 'bucket list' - and the former United midfielder apparently requested that Darren Fletcher be next in line to be soaked. The former England midfielder will embark on his latest career turn next week as a pundit for BT Sport in their Premier League curtain-raiser between United and Swansea. Speaking to Sam Wallace ahead of the launch of his ne ...
Darren Fletcher says new faces will relish the Valencia match on 12 Aug: "There is nothing like playing at Old Trafford…
Man United Make Barcelona Midfielder Cesc Fabregas Transfer Priority Number One. Having failed with multiple bids for Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas one would have thought that Man United would have opted to consider other possible midfield targets but according to the Guardian the Old Trafford side will once again attempt to lure the Spanish international back to the Premier League. Read great Manchester United stories in Indonesian Bahasa! Manchester United berita. Man United could well do with freshening up their midfield and the likes of Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa may all be fighting for their futures at the club and as such a move for reinforcements in the area make a great deal of sense. Whilst it’s true that Fabregas is often hauled off and does occasionally fail to make it into Gerardo Martino’s starting eleven for key games the simple fact is that the former Arsenal man has played more football for Barcelona than any other outfield player and is the club ...
Ryan Giggs marked his first match in charge of Manchester United by leaving out David Moyes' two major signings for Saturday's clash against Norwich. Giggs was appointed as interim manager on Tuesday following Moyes' sacking just 10 months after the Scot arrived at Old Trafford. And the 40-year-old immediately dropped Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, who cost a club record £37.1 million from Chelsea in January, as one of six changes to the team beaten 2-0 at Everton in Moyes' final game last weekend. Mata was named on the bench at Old Trafford, but there was no place in the matchday squad for Belgian midfielder Fellaini, who has endured a miserable season following his £25 million move from Everton. Fellaini had been on the bench at Goodison Park, but he was missing as Giggs recalled Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck. Mata, Chris Smalling, Alexander Buttner, Jonny Evans, Nani and Darren Fletcher were the players who made way. Vidic, Ferdinand, Cle ...
Preview & Predicted Line-Ups: Man Utd – Norwich By Tim SimonPosted on April 25, 2014 This screenshot was taken from the Squawka Football App – Download it here What a difference a week makes. This time last week, David MoyesManchester United were preparing for a game against Everton which would ultimately be the last game of his reign as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor. After the Scot’s sacking, Ryan Giggs has been placed in temporary charge for the remaining four league games, starting with the weekend game with Norwich, and all of a sudden, the positivity around Old Trafford has made a welcome return. Giggs, United’s record appearance maker, has promised that the side he picks in his first game as boss, will play with a quick tempo against a Canaries team that are fighting for their Premier League lives. For Norwich and caretaker manager Neil Adams, Moyes’ sacking could not have come at a worse time. With tough games to follow their trip to Old Trafford, they would have seen this as a winn ...
From GiveMeSport.com: "Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez, Rio Ferdinand, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher and Ashley Young were all linked with moves away from the club during Moyes' time at Old Trafford after falling out of favour during periods of the season. "However all six players may now be given a second chance to show their wealth at Manchester United following Moyes' exit from the club." Spot the quality typo... BUT...good to hear Hernandez, Kagawa and Fletch could/should stay now.
NEWS AT THIS HOUR !!! Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, 33, has opened talks. with Turkish club Besiktas - his contract at Stamford Bridge expires this summer. Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, 30, expects the squad to be overhauled this summer following a disappointing season at home and in Europe. France international left-back Patrice Evra, 32, is one of 10 players set to be shipped out of Old Trafford this summer as manager David Moyes rebuilds his squad. Newcastle United are said to be plotting a move for Arsenal's 21-year-old Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell, who recently scored against Manchester United in the Champions League for Olympiacos, where he is spending the season on loan. West Ham and Hull City are looking at Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, 27, although Genoa are also thought to be interested in bringing the Italy international back to his home country. Newcastle United tried to hire Sir Alex Ferguson asmanager when Kevin Keegan resigned in January1997, former chairm ...
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher says many players are fighting for their Old Trafford careers in the final games of the season.
Darren Fletcher says the entire Manchester United squad are fighting for their Old Trafford futures after a season of disappointments
Old Trafford star makes some outlandish claims. Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher believes that the club have proven the critics wrong this season thanks to their performances against Bayern Munich over two legs in the Champions League, Inside Futbol reports. Read More...
Manchester – Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has warned his team-mates to pull up their socks and finish their season on high they want to stay at Old Trafford next season. Fletcher along with many other big names at Manchester United...
Darren Fletcher believes the arrival of Juan Mata has been the shining light in an otherwise disappointing season for Manchester United. The Spaniard, who swapped Chelsea for Old Trafford in January, netted twice as United cruised to a 4-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday. Despite their win at St James' Park at the weekend, defending champions United remain a lowly sixth in the Premier League standings. However, Fletcher believes the addition of playmaker Mata stands them in great stead for next season, even if David Moyes will be without his star signing on Wednesday as they travel to Germany for a Champions League quarter-final second leg against holders Bayern Munich. "There is so much quality in that dressing room and players are going out there with a point to prove," said Fletcher in the Daily Star. "Of course, it's a shame he can't play against Bayern, but we always knew that. "It's been a disappointing season but he has come in and been fantastic." Fletcher is convinced the £37.1million signing ...
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news update : Giggs poised to drop Man United bombshell with club legend ready to quit Old Trafford. Ryan Giggs is considering bringing the curtain down on his glittering Old Trafford career by cutting his ties with Manchester United at the end of the season. Sir Alex Ferguson: "You can't replace players like Paul Scholes. You hope you can get something approaching it, but you’ll never replace Scholes. We're all searching for that. Everybody is searching for the special player who makes the difference to his team. He was an absolute one-off." Manchester United are believed to be in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan now that Barcelona have been placed under a transfer embargo. Manchester United have won 7 & Drawn 1 of last 8 games in which Darren Fletcher appeared. Guardiola willing to sell Toni Kroos to Manchester United only if Adnan Januzaj arrives as part of swap deal. [BILD] Your thoughts ???
.David Moyes on fan support and THAT banner.. . Manchester United Manager David Moyes has acknowledged that the support of the fans of the club has always been fantastic, whilst not attaching much importance to the banner of the ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out’ being flown above Old Trafford at the start of the match between them and Aston Villa last evening. “I’ve always found the crowd at Old Trafford has been terrific. I’ve not found what people are saying or writing: I’ve actually found the majority of people are very supportive and understand the job we are doing. We know we have a big job to do here and we are determined to put it right.” BBC Sport, 29th March, 2014 Other quotes: “I was at a dinner last night [Thursday] for Darren Fletcher and there were Manchester United supporters who came up to me and said ‘come on, keep going, we understand exactly the situation the club is in and team is in’. They were really supportive and every time I have been to Old Trafford they have been grea ...
Darren Fletcher's dinner at Old Trafford tomorrow. Posted his interview in Sunday Times (free) on
Darren Fletcher speaking about his surgery and how successfully he fought his illness and changed his life... What a man, Fletch! :) Darren Fletcher just didn’t like the stat. A doctor’s leaftlet outlined the risk of spinal damage if he had an epidural. “It was one in 500,000 or something,” he says. “Massively against. But I recognised the number. It was similar to the ratio of people who suffer ulcerative colitis.” So, he decided to have major bowel surgery without pain relief. Three times. Only when Fletcher takes you through his story does the extreme mental toughness become clear. Only when you hear the gory, life-or-death details of tackling extreme colitis do you appreciate what sufferers go through, what families go through. And how useful that Fletcher takes Scottish matter-of-factness to the nth degree. “Get on with it,” is a stock phrase. “I don’t want any sympathy from anyone,” he asserts. Now he is back on the pitch and in health, at last, after three and a half years of ...
More life story revealed by Darren Fletcher... "Sir Alex was honestly more than a manager. He was a different level. I was conscious of contracts. I went to him and said, ‘I’m ill and not playing . . .’ He looked at me like I was mental. He said forget about football. Just get well for your kids and your family. I was listening and he was saying it ... but there’s a football pitch behind him, through his window. And I can see all his trophies and his pictures. I’m thinking, ‘Forget about football?!’” Fletcher revealed. Sir Alex Ferguson and Fletcher agreed, for a while, to hide the condition from teammates. “To avoid, ‘Why’s he playing? He’s ill’. We’d see if the medication worked.” He is blown away by the generosity of colleagues. Michael Carrick’s brother-in-law, a singer, is providing entertainment on Thursday. Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Jonny Evans are auctioning the chance to play golf with them. Other players are auctioning use of Old Trafford boxes. “I didn’t expe ...
Robin Van Persie has become the latest Old Trafford star to send his young son to Manchester City’s academy. Van Persie sees his boy, Shaqueel, join the sons of United midfielder Darren Fletcher and coach Phil Neville at the Blues academy.
Last Monday, the official Manchester United website released an article publicising the possible candidates for the role of captain from the season 2014/15. The article consisted of 5 possible candidates: David De Gea, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher. At first reaction, it seemed brutal in seeing Robin Van Persie as a main nominee, but as Leonardo Di Caprio so timely proved on Sunday night at the BAFTAs, something as little as a blown kiss to the camera seals the win for just being that fantastic, even without a prize to showboat at the end of it. Similarly, Robin Van Persie has also proven that a trail leaving the words ‘awe-struck’ visible on foreheads sometimes can be just as phenomenal, even if it means that he may not be the leading man at the end of the tunnel, hand on hips, first to absorb the warmth of the Old Trafford crowd. And then I read: “The opinions expressed in this article are personal to the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Manchester ...
Manchester United have a collection of stars on the verge of the final year of their contracts. Despite clear interest of late from Chelsea, Wayne Rooney looks likely to sign a new deal at Old Trafford worth around £300,000 a week, but David Moyes' potential cull of playing staff mean others face uncertain futures. Antonio Valencia may be handed a short-term extension, Darren Fletcher's status depends on his continued comeback from illness, while Michael Carrick may well be overlooked for a deal due to a downturn in form - with one prospect being early retirement. Tom Cleverley has until November to prove he is worthy of a prolonged stay. Despite the fact he'll be 31 by next summer, Per Mertesacker is likely to be offered a new deal by Arsenal if his current form holds. Mathieu Flamini is in the same boat. Mikel Arteta could be moved on, while Thomas Vermaelen and Abou Diaby are almost certain not to be retained, with the Belgian set to be sold this summer. Napoli are interested. Over at Liverpool, club ...
Manchester United have released the list of nominees for the next captaincy role, now that it's confirmed current skipper Nemanja Vidic is to quit the club at the end of the season. It's a common that more senior players like Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs are to follow Vidic out of the club come season end. It might seem strange to others that Robin Van Persie is not on that list of nominees. The nominees are Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Darren Fletcher, Jonny Evans and David De Gea.. In your own view, who deserves the famous Red Devil arm-band at Old Trafford once Vidic le
David Moyes needs to rethink Manchester United's simplistic tactics The lack of goals from midfield and the reliance on crosses has left out of campions league spot Steve Sidwell may like to offer Manchester United's midfield finishing classes. The Fulham captain's first-half goal in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford was Sidwell's sixth in the league to double the total returned by United's starting quartet of Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Ashley Young and Juan Mata. For a journeyman midfielder to single- handedly outscore the champions' engine room two-to-one is the latest damning statistic in this season of ever-deepening woe for United and their manager, David Moyes. Until Carrick gave United a 2-1 lead on Sunday, the 32-year-old had yet to register in the campaign. Mata, who managed 20 goals in all competitions last season, has zero in three league games since joining and did not score for Chelsea in the league either, the same number as Fletcher (who has missed most of the season through illness), whi ...
THIS MORNING HEADLINES - Robert Lewandowski: 'Wojciech Szczesny wanted me at Arsenal" Borussia Dortmund hitman Robert Lewandowski has claimed that Poland teammate Wojciech Szczesny attempted to convince him to join Arsenal prior to signing for Bayern Munich . -David Beckham has insisted that David Moyes is a "great manager" and rejected claims that Manchester United are currently a club in crisis. The former England captain, who won six Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford, believes that the club are going through a transitional period following Sir Alex Ferguson 's retirement. -Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has backed the team to secure Champions League qualification this season. The Premier League champions are currently seventh in the table but Fletcher is confident that an impressive finish to the campaign will help them claim one of the top four spots. - Arsenal are lining up a bid for striker Loic Remy , according to reports. The on-loan Newcastle striker, who has sco ...
Juventus star Paul Pogba has revealed he "loved Manchester United" and felt himself "Mancunian" before his bust-up with Sir Alex Ferguson. The Frenchman admits the experience has scarred him. The 20-year-old, who made just seven substitute appearances in two years at United, reveals in a documentary screened in France: “It was a very very difficult moment for me because I was in love with Manchester and I was a Mancunian. “And when I arrived I couldn’t believe my eyes. There was Ferguson - I was loving it. “It was the match against Blackburn on December 2011 at Old Trafford. Paul Scholes had retired, Michael Carrick was injured, Darren Fletcher was injured. “There was no one left to play in midfield. And I was training and I was beginning to get better bit by bit and the coach never stopped telling me ‘you’re this far, you’re this far’. “And I didn’t understand. This far away from what? Playing? From having some playing time? From getting on the field. Or what? “And there was Rafae ...
Manchester United 2 Swansea City 0 Saturday 11 January 2014 Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,035 Manchester United returned to winning ways and avenged last weekend’s FA Cup third round defeat to Swansea City after goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck sealed an important 2-0 victory. The Reds started brightly and could have taken an early lead through Nemanja Vidic, who volleyed over from six yards, before the impressive Adnan Januzaj struck the crossbar with a delicious free-kick moments later. With just over half an hour on the clock, a lovely passing move on the edge of Swansea's area led to Darren Fletcher slicing high and wide, before Welbeck dragged another effort wide of goal, missing the first half’s best chance following some neat approach play from Valencia and Rafael. David Moyes didn’t make any changes at the break, though his side returned for the second half with renewed urgency and immediately scored via Valencia, who slotted in at the far post after Shinji Kagawa’s header was ...
THE BIG QUESTIONS FOR David Moyes Are the players responding to Moyes? If the gameplan and instructions from Moyes in the first half were to back off and let Swansea pass them to death, then yes — as a 66 per cent possession statistic for the visitors demonstrated. There was much more urgency — and a couple of goals — after the break so the manager’s half-time team talk clearly worked. Are his senior players past it? Generally, yes. The number of early attacks Swansea launched down United’s left suggests Patrice Evra is viewed as a defensive weakness and this is not the dominant Nemanja Vidic of a couple of years ago. Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick add stability to United’s midfield but are not the answer to the lack of creativity. Are the fans behind Moyes? ‘The Chosen One’ banner still hangs behind one of the goals at Old Trafford — and there is no sign of it being ironic! The beleaguered manager was also applauded enthusiastically as he walked down the touchline to take his posit ...
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is backing Darren Fletcher to complete a remarkable return to top-level action. "It's fantastic news that Darren is on his way back. I was over in Manchester about a month ago and I was lucky enough to bump into Fletch and he said he was on the road to recovery. I just met him purely by chance outside the supermarket and it was great to see him. I could see just from talking to him that his tail was really up because he's had a rough time of it, obviously. "It's funny to think I played in his Scotland debut in Oslo. I remember that game well, we actually swapped shirts afterwards and I've still got it at home - I was thinking of digging it out and putting it on for the game on Tuesday night. "I actually played in Fletch's reserve team debut for Manchester United, I was in the reserves quite a lot! I'm not sure he was even 16 at that time but I remember it was a game at Everton and you could just see then that you were watching a fantastic talent. "He'd had loads of injury problems but ...
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Solskjaer backing United pal Fletcher to give Scotland boss Strachan big boost for Euro 2016 As Bayern Munich's class of 1999 would readily lament, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows a thing or two about impeccable timing. A last-minute flick of the baby-faced assassin's outstretched boot instantly bestowed him hero status at Manchester United; the Miracle of the Nou Camp ensuring the Old Trafford club were crowned the kings of Europe for the first time since 1968. Now manager of Molde in his native Norway, the still youthful-looking 40-year-old believes his friend and former club-mate Darren Fletcher is destined to make a timely return for Scotland, just as the nation's fortunes are finally in the ascendancy. A team-mate of Fletcher's when he took his reserve bow for the Red Devils, a quirk of fate ensured Solskjaer was also an opponent when Fletcher made his international debut in a 0-0 draw in Oslo in August 2003. And, after a chance meeting in Manchester recently, Solskjaer is convinced the 29-year-old Scot . ...
Three Things: Manchester United-Arsenal By John Brewin | November 10, 2013 11:38:33 AM PST MANCHESTER, England -- Three thoughts from Manchester United's 1-0 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford. 1. Developing partnership spells danger "Eight points clear, Robin," sang the Arsenal fans, their triumphalism premature. They have been in understandably good cheer of late, but the appearance of a former idol turned their disposition sour. And especially when Robin Van Persie climbed above Olivier Giroud, his Arsenal replacement, to head home a Wayne Rooney corner in the 27th minute. There was to be no obeying of the modern practice of not celebrating against your old club. Van Persie stretched his arms to their full span in a vindication further revealed by a primal roar. Respect cuts both ways. On Friday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had mischievously described his former captain as an Arsenal man. Here was his riposte. Like his teammates, determination was writ large on the Dutchman's features. The modern Manch ...
8th place- Darren Fletcher and Danny Welbeck still to return to full fitness- exciting times at Old Trafford to say the least!
David Moyes believes Darren Fletcher is on the road to recovery having made his football comeback earlier this week, though the Manchester United manager is wary of rushing him back into the first team at Old Trafford. Encouragingly, after months of recovery, the Reds midfielder made his long-awaited return on Monday via a 67 minute outing for the Under-21s, contributing to a 2-2 draw with Fulham at the AJ Bell stadium. And after the match, Fletch revealed his ambition to “get back in the manager’s plans and help on the pitch.” But speaking during his weekly press conference at the Aon Training Complex, Moyes was understandably cautious when quizzed on his Scottish compatriot. “It was his first time putting on a jersey in a competitive game, so we certainly won't be rushing Darren,” the boss explained. “His training has been coming along, he's looking much better in himself and is looking stronger every day. But we won't rush him. We don't want any setbacks with him coming back so we'll take o ...
Manchester United boss David Moyes is keen to involve Darren Fletcher in first team action. The former Scotland captain has faced a 22-month battle to play again after being diagnosed with a chronic bowel condition. He has not played for United since a Boxing Day win over Newcastle in 2012. The Daily Star says Moyes is keen to re-integrate Fletcher, who has targeted a possible comeback sometime next month. His return to action would be a huge boost to Moyes, who has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford since replacing Fergie. -SP
Regional paper talk LONDON EVENING STANDARD Petr Cech has warned Chelsea's rivals the team will pose even more of a threat now that their strikers such as Fernando Torres are finding form. Jack Wilshere insists Arsenal can go toe to toe with the best teams in Europe as they prepare to fight for their Champions League future. MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS Darren Fletcher could be close to ending his illness *** after training with the United first team again yesterday. Mark Bosnich intends to seek out Sir Alex Ferguson in Australia later this month to challenge him over the Scot's assessment of his second stint at Old Trafford. Manuel Pellegrini has slammed UEFA over the state of the Moscow pitch on which City face a crucial Champions League game tonight. LIVERPOOL ECHO Jordan Henderson says moving to Liverpool has helped his chances with England. Mamadou Sakho has told Liverpool they are still to see the very best of him. Gareth Barry insists he has settled at Everton quicker than any club during his career. R ...
read this reds, well worth a read trust me... Roy Keane has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of not knowing the meaning of loyalty after the former Manchester United manager criticised him and other former players at Old Trafford in his new book. Keane responded witheringly after Ferguson reopened the pair's long-running feud by saying the former United captain "absolutely overstepped the mark" in a notorious but never-aired MUTV interview that fast-tracked the Irishman's departure from Old Trafford in 2005. He also effectively rubbished Keane's chances of making a career in football management. Other former United players are criticised in the book, among them Owen Hargreaves and David Beckham. Keane told ITV on Tuesday night: "I think I do remember having a conversation with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty. In my opinion I don't think he knows the meaning of the word. "It doesn't bother me too much what he has to say about me but to constantly criticise other players at the club who brought hi ...
Carrick: Please prayer for Darren Fletcher While Manchester United's players are enjoying their late holiday season, Michael Carrick and taking the time to visit a family friend who was sick, that is Darren Fletcher. Carrick Darren Fletcher says that the condition is already good but banning doctor Fletcher for heavy activities like playing football. "He [Fletcher] is actually really want to play again. I think his physical condition is very fit after a long break. Yet he can not play first. If forced to play there will be a disruption in digestion." Doctor of Darren Fletcher has ever said that Fletcher would not be able to play again. However, the willingness owned by Fletcher to play back very strong. "I was expecting a prayer from all of you that Fletcher ran and scored again at Old Trafford." Michael Carrick said when asked about the state of Fletcher.
Sir Alex Ferguson said an emotional goodbye to Old Trafford after Manchester United's 2-1 win against Swansea on Sunday, thanking the fans for their support and imploring them to get behind successor David Moyes. The record-breaking manager also said he will now be able to enjoy United games rather than "suffer with them", thanking fans, players and staff for their help. With Paul Scholes also retiring from the club for a second time, Sir Alex praised the midfielder as one of the best players the club has ever had, and wished Darren Fletcher a speedy return to first-team football. "I have absolutely no script in my mind. I'm just going to ramble on and hope I get to the core of what this football club means," Sir Alex said. "This is a thank you to Manchester United. Not just the directors, not just the medical staff, the coaching staff, the players and supporters. It's all of you. This has been the most fantastic experience of my life. Thank you. "I have been very fortunate that I've been able to manage t ...
Claudio Marchisio "would be very proud" if Manchester United tried to buy him from Juventus Juventus schemer Claudio Marchisio has opened the door to a potential move to Manchester United by admitted he'd be proud to be wanted by the Old Trafford giants. David Moyes, who takes over from the retiring Alex Ferguson as manager next month, is seeking midfield reinforcements this summer following the retirement of Paul Scholes and with severe doubts over the future of illness-hit Darren Fletcher. Italy international Marchisio, currently on Confederations Cup duty in Brazil, is prepared to leave the Serie A champions - his hometown club - after being told he might be allowed to go for around £24million. Marchisio, 27, said: "I've heard that I might not be so valuable to Juve any more. "I've not been told anything by the club or received any offers and I need to speak to Juve to see if I am still an important player for them. "If that's not the case, it will be normal to look at other teams. It is not only down ...
Man United TO COMPLETE Kevin Strootman DEAL Dutch international midfielder Kevin Strootman looks set to become David Moyes' first signing since becoming Manchester United manager. The PSV Eindhoven midfielder will complete a 9 million Euro move to Old Trafford. Strootman is being brought to the club as a possible replacement for Paul Scholes who retired last season, whilst Darren Fletcher continues to suffer with a serious stomach condition and is unlikely to be a regular first team player until mid-season. The 23-year-old former Sparta Rotterdam and Utrecht player has featured regularly for the Dutch side last season, scoring 6 goals in 25 games. Strootman is able to play as a central midfield playmaker or as a defensive midfielder.
Great scenes at Old Trafford today. What an emotional speech from Sir Alex Ferguson & a nice touch to mention Darren Fletcher.
Manchester United - Chelsea Preview: Both sides looking to bounce back from European defeats- The Red Devils will be out for blood after their controversial Champions League exit, while the Blues go to Old Trafford having not scored an FA Cup goal at the ground since 1963 Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to make a number of changes to the side that lost to Real Madrid on Tuesday, with Wayne Rooney – surprisingly dropped against Los Blancos – expected to come back into the starting XI. Don't Miss Chris Smalling has started all of Manchester United’s FA Cup matches this campaign, and could partner Jonny Evans in the centre of defence. Antonio Valencia, Anderson and, hat-trick hero against Norwich, Shinji Kagawa should also all return to the side. Phil Jones (ankle) remains sidelined, while Paul Scholes (knee) is a doubt for the match. Midfield enforcer Darren Fletcher (illness) is out for the remainder of the season. Rafa Benitez left Juan Mata on the bench in the Europa League last 16 match against Steaua ...
Tottenham - Manchester United Both sides were dealt cruel blows this week, as Tottenham looks set to miss Sandro for some time after the midfielder underwent surgery for a knee problem picked up in the 0-0 draw at QPR last weekend.Younes Kaboul remains sidelined with a knee problem while William Gallas (calf) looks set to miss out as well. For Manchester United, Darren Fletcher has been ruled out for the season following surgery on his ongoing bowel condition. Nemanja Vidic is expected to return after suffering a concussion in the club's 2-1 win over Liverpool, while Jonny Evans could return to the squad after suffering a hamstring injury. Despite beating Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford in September, Tottenham has not tasted victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's men in 11 Premier League home games - a run stretching back to 2001. The hosts have collected just three points during that barren run. Jermain Defoe (pictured right) is in something of a goal drought, finding the net just once in his last seven ...
Manchester United v Newcastle 15:00 GMT/19:00 MRU Manchester United Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling and Darren Fletcher will be among those hoping to be involved, while Rafael Da Silva needs to shrug off the hamstring injury that kept him out of the draw at Swansea City. Man Utd (from): Lindegaard, De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Vidic, Ferdinand Evans, Buttner, Evra, Cleverley, Giggs, Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Young, Hernandez, Welbeck, Rooney, Van Persie. Newcastle United Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will be without midfielder Cheick Tiote after the Ivory Coast international collected his fifth booking of the season during Saturday's 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over QPR and is suspended. Otherwise, Pardew will have only his long-term absentees missing for the game at Old Trafford, with Hatem Ben Arfa, Steven Taylor (both hamstring), Yohan Cabaye (groin) and Ryan Taylor (knee) sidelined. Newcastle (from): Krul, Elliot, Harper, Simpson, Santon, Ferguson, Tavernier, Coloccini, Williamso ...
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Manchester United produce more first- team players for clubs in Europe's top 5 leagues than any other team in England, according to research by Sporting Intelligence. Sir Alex Ferguson's side are ranked fifth in the world behind the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, and French clubs Lyon and Rennes. Twenty players who have graduated from the Old Trafford academy have gone on to play in the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 or Serie 'A', one less than French side Rennes who sit fourth with 21 'primary' academy products. The research deemed a primary youth academy prospect to "belong" to a certain club if they had spent three or more years at the facility between the ages of 15 and 21. For Manchester United, that meant the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher, Jonny Evans, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck all count as home-grown players, and the majority are now first-team regulars. Other players to have come through the ranks at Old Trafford, only then to have moved on, include St ...
Top Manchester Derbys 1) Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City Premier League; 20th September, 2009 Michael Owen’s spell at Old Trafford didn’t quite go as the former England international would have hoped, but he’ll always be remembered for scoring the winner in the 96th minute of this pulsating derby. Both sides traded goals throughout, with Wayne Rooney opening the scoring before Gareth Barry’s equaliser. Darren Fletcher and Craig Bellamy both bagged braces, before Owen’s late intervention gave the hosts all three points. Mark Hughes fumed as United capitalised in ‘Fergie Time’, as Owen was found in space and fired low across Shay Given.
The league leaders have gone behind in five consecutive matches in all competitions, suffering defeats to Norwich City and Galatasaray as a result. Jamie Mackie's opening goal at Old Trafford was overturned in a seven-minute spell in which Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Chicharito found the net to peg back the relegation-threatened side. "I don't know why [we concede the first goal] it is but it's happening too many times," Rooney told reporters. "We need to just go out now and try to get the early goal. As soon as we get a goal, the team settles down and the game settles "We tend to take control of the game. But more often than not we've conceded first and made it hard for ourselves to try to get back in the game then go on and win it." Fletcher, meanwhile, thought that United had not taken enough chances in order to break through the QPR rearguard in the first half, adding: "There's a risk that you'll give it away but you have to do that if you want to break through," the midfielder added.
"Fergie: 10 Minutes Brilliant" OSF, MANCHESTER - Sir Alex Ferguson praised his side after their 3-1 win over caretaker team Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League matchday 13. United have played him with a brilliant 10 minutes. For in a match that took place at Old Trafford, United fell behind 0-1 through Jamie Mackie scored in the 52nd minute. However, these pascagol, Fergie make substitutions, Javier Hernandez and Anderson, who came on for Paul Scholes and Ashley Young. The change is effective, where Jhonny Evans created the equalizer, followed by Darren Fletcher, as well as grain goals by Chicharito. In addition to praising the team, Fergie also provide a special assessment to Anderson "We just played well in 10 minutes and 10 minutes it is really quite brilliant. I think Anderson changed our game, "said Ferguson, as quoted by the BBC, Sunday (11/25/2012). In addition, this game is a special game for Fletcher who also had a role in the rise of United through goals printed on 68 minutes. This action ...
Manchester United made yet another come-from-behind win as they beat QPR 3-1 at Old Trafford. Jamie Mackie gave QPR a shock lead with his second-half tap-in but headers from Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher turned the game on its head before Javier Hernandez completed the scoring for the Red Devils.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United fought back to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 on Saturday, provisionally reclaiming top spot while condemning the bottom-placed team to the worst start any Premier League side has made after 13 games. New QPR manager Harry Redknapp was watching from the stands at Old Trafford as Jamie Mackie gave the London club hope of a first win of the season by scoring the opener. But United responded with three goals in less than 10 minutes, leaving QPR roote to the bottom with just four points. Jonny Evans pulled the hosts level before Darren Fletcher marked his first league start in a year with a goal and Javier Hernandez scored a third. United went two points ahead of Manchester City, which is at Chelsea on Sunday. Initially, QPR had a sense of purpose and stuck to its defensive duties with diligence, even though the visitors were assisted by the lackluster nature of United's display. Stand-in manager Mark Bowen might even have had a goal to celebrate after Mackie converted ...
Darren Fletcher is predicting Manchester United’s Euro rookie Nick Powell will join the Old Trafford greats.
On This Day in 2005! Darren Fletcher footballgenius scored the winner against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Reply: Man Utd had to win us with an off-side goal! You have a short memory don't you?! It seems you have forgot Drogba's MASSIVE off-side goal at Old Trafford, a few years ago. That game was much CRUICAL than last nights. The EPL title was decided by that ill-decision as Chelsea won the game 2-1 and clinched the title in later weeks. While at (Stamford Bridge) United have suffered some terrible decisions in recent times, (to recall a few) i still remember Michael Carricks 'ball to hand' penalty verdict as Chelsea won the game. I also recall John Terry headed a late winner from a free kick at Stamford Bridge, the build-up to the goal was aided by a clear push to the ground challenge (I think it was on (Darren Fletcher) inside the box by (Didier Drogba) who was in a off-side position when the ball crossed the line, that challenge and the off-side incident went un-noticed by the officials - but I believe you won't remember any off these incidents, because either you were not a Chelsea fan those days or you' ...
...Man Utd vs Braga: Confirmed Line-ups By unbeatable Published:23rd October 2012 Manchester United will look to make it three wins from three games as they welcome Brags to Old Trafford this evening. Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to rest Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evraso Buttner comes in at left back with Michael Carrick dropping back to play alongside Evans at centre back. Darren Fletcher is handed a start alongside Cleverley in midfield while Chicharito plays up front with Robin Van Persie andWayne Rooney. Here are the confirmed line-ups: Man Utd Team De Gea, Rafael, Carrick, Evans, Büttner, Cleverley, Fletcher, Kagawa, Rooney, RvP, Chicharito SUBS: Johnstone, Ferdinand, Anderson, Giggs, Nani, Young, Welbeck. BRAGA Team Beto, Coelho, Elderson, Vinícius, Amorim, Micael, Salino, Custódio, Alan, Hugo Viana, Éder SUBS: Quim, Mossoro, Helder Barbosa, Michel, Baiano, Ze Luis, Anibal Capela... Coment nw jè kan moh na ni
Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher both spoke of their delight after making long-awaited returns to the Manchester United starting line-up in their Capital One Cup third round victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson was satisfied and encouraged by his side's performance in the Capital One Cup triumph against Newcastle. United progressed to a blockbuster tie in the fourth round at Chelsea despite fielding a very inexperienced defence and handing out a total of four senior debuts on the night at Old Trafford. "I'm very pleased," he admitted. "First of all, given the tie was an all-Premier League one and Newcastle are probably a stronger team than us physically, we played some fantastic football. We kept on playing our football and perservered with that and had good composure in our game. "I was really pleased with that and I think we deserved to win. Newcastle are a very powerful team so it's good to get through that one. "Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher were excellent - Wayne understandably tired a little towards the end but that was to be expected. I'm really pleased for the both of them. They have all done really well. Some of them tired but that was understandable as it was a first game for some ...
Darren Fletcher admits he dreamed of leading out the Reds at Old Trafford.
Darren Fletcher is expected to make his first start for Manchester United in 10 months when they take on Newcastle in the Capital One Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The Scot admitted he was surprised to see Nani take the spot-kick in his side's 1-0 Champions League win at Old Trafford but was pleased to see Darren Fletcher return
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Darren Fletcher was all smiles in training on Tuesday as he moves closer to a Manchester United first team return following 10 months on the sidelines. The midfielder, who suffers from Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel condition, played a full 90 minutes for the reserves last week and is poised to make his first senior appearance since November last year. The Scot laughed and joked with teammates at United's Carrington training ground as United ran through preparations for Wednesday night's opening Champions League fixture with Galatasaray. Fletcher, 28, was included in the squad for United's European campaign, suggesting that a first team return is imminent. Fletcher was named in the United squad for Saturday's 4-0 win over Wigan at Old Trafford, but didn't make the bench. And manager Sir Alex Ferguson hasn't yet set a date for Fletcher's comeback. After Galatasaray, United travel to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday and then host Newcastle United in the League Cup next Wednesday. Ferguson h ...
Van Persie, Kagawa & Darren Fletcher in the squad for tomorrows game against Wigan at Old Trafford. Great ...
So sad if Darren Fletcher has to quit. Developed into a great box-to-box player unfairly underrated outside of Hampden & Old Trafford.
not at all. It would be a pleasure watching him chasing "passes" from Darren Fletcher all over Old Trafford
All around Old Trafford this morning there are slippy floors. Signs of Hazard everywhere...
FIVE COSTLY GAMES FOR UNITED THAT GAVE AWAY THE TITLE. Manchester United are coming to terms with the loss of their Premier League title to Manchester City. For most of the year it would not have been a surprise, but with six games to go and an eight-point lead, Old Trafford was united in the belief that their big-spending 'noisy neighbours' had been seen off. Here,are the five key games United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will have reason to regret. OCTOBER 23, Man Utd 1 Man City 6 An astounding game saw Mario Balotelli put the Blues ahead before the break. A red card for Jonny Evans was followed by another two City goals and although Darren Fletcher pulled one back, United caved in during the final minutes, conceding three more goals which proved very costly indeed. DECEMBER 31, Man Utd 2 BLACKBURN 3 Having re-established themselves as championship contenders, Ferguson left Wayne Rooney and Darron Gibson out for disciplinary reasons. An ineffective performance from David De Gea allowed Blackburn to establi ...
.MANCHESTER-CLASSICO! Man City hosts her rival, Man Utd, in a match tagged as "the title decider" at the Etihad stadium at 8pm. The reverse feature saw Man City annihilate Man Utd at Old Trafford, 6-1, with Mario Balotteli and Edin Dzeko getting a brace each, while David Silvia and Sergio Aguero completed the score result. Darren Fletcher got the only consolation goal for Man Utd. Man Utd tops the table with a 3pts lead from Man City. SO, WHO GOES THERE??? Pls, Your Predictions.IRE O.
The 24th minute at Old Trafford...make it Darren Fletcher's minute!
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