"Other than the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson], nobody at the club knew. I found it difficult making up stories about why I wasn't at training, looking ill and rushing off to the bathroom. I was lying to people. Once I started talking about it, it was such a relief. I was expecting more banter from the other players but they have been very sympathetic."
Moody, a Rugby World Cup winner with England in 2003, explained why he is supporting United for Colitis. "We have both experienced the challenges of living with ulcerative colitis and competing [in sport]," he said, referring to Fletcher alongside him.
"United for Colitis is a fantastic opportunity to support a charity that helps an estimated 260,000 people in the UK with the increasingly common but often hidden inflammatory bowel diseases, together known as Crohn's and Colitis. We are aiming to provide vital funds to help find a cure."
Fletcher and Moody will host the first United for Colitis gala dinner at Old Trafford on 27 March 2014, an event that will be supported by Sir Alex Ferguson and many of United's first-team players. Tickets and tables are available to buy from unitedforcolitis.co.uk.