time. The winner was unforgettable, but let’s not overlook Fletch’s role in one of our most memorable recent wins.
21.11.09 United 3-0 Everton, Premier League
Probably Fletch’s best goal in a United shirt. On 35 minutes, with the game 0-0, an Antonio Valencia knock-down skipped up at an awkward height 20 yards out. Not fazed, Darren lashed it on the volley and sent it hooking into Tim Howard’s top right-hand corner - sumptuous technique on another impressive showing.
16.02.10 AC Milan 2-3 United, Champions League
He stood up to be counted against the Italian giants, this time in their back yard. Unusually, he was deployed on the left of midfield, though he set up United’s equaliser with a brilliant run and cross down the right, demonstrating his willingness to work in any area of the field. He also created the Reds’ third, dinking a superb cross in to Rooney.
26.09.12 United 2-1 Newcastle, League Cup third round
This moment demonstrates Fletch’s strength of character more than any other. Having been diagnosed with an illness that would halt many a lesser man’s career, Fletch battled back to start for United for the first time in 10 months. He’d received a rousing ovation off the bench against Galatasaray a week earlier, but this time he was in from the start. As a mark of honour, the Scot was named United captain for the first time in his career in a competitive game, something he described as a “fantastic moment”. Operating at the base of a midfield diamond, he put in a mature shift to steer the Reds to victory.