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Premiership Player Profile – Darren Fletcher

Only 13 games into the 2009/2010 Barclays Premier League and Darren Fletcher has established himself as a Manchester United first team regular and fan favourite.
The United midfielder, who is also the Scotland Captain, has been instrumental so far this season with Man Utd currently in 2nd place.

Darren Fletcher
Darren Fletcher celebrates a goal for Manchester United.

Fletcher has been with United all of his career and was highly tipped to be a successor to David Beckham’s right wing position. However, his early United career was marred by injury and as the years have progressed, he developed into a central midfielder.
Fletcher first came into the Man United set up in the 2003/2004 season and played a number of important matches including the FA Cup Final victory over Millwall. From then on, Fletcher started to appear more frequently on Sir Alex Ferguson’s team sheet.

However, in 2005, Fletcher was on the end of some criticism by [then] club captain Roy Keane. Keane reportedly said “I can’t understand why people in Scotland rave about Darren Fletcher”. Fletcher followed this criticism up with a solid performance against Chelsea which saw him score the winner and end Chelsea’s 40 match unbeaten run.

Fletcher (left) keeps his eye on the ball.

The 2009/2010 season has seen Fletcher cement his spot in the Man United midfield, as the Scot has started all the important games for United. The season has seen him start against Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and many more.  The result from these games have seen pundits and the media name Fletcher as Man United’s ‘big game’ player, particularly in the absence of winger Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for a record £80 million to Real Madrid in the summer.
The Scotland captain played a huge part in United’s 4-3 victory over bitter rivals Man City with a brace that further built his reputation up as United’s big game player.
In November, Fletcher added another goal to his seasons tally (which now stands at 3) with an incredible strike in the 3-0 home win against Everton.  Fletcher was praised by others for his performance against the Toffees, which also saw him named Man of the Match.

With a fantastic start to the season, Fletcher will no doubt be in the Manchester United setup with years to come and will aim to keep his position in the heart of the United midfield.

Fletcher has been viewed as United’s big game player.

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