29/08/2008 09:41, Report by Gemma Thompson

Fletch: Let's keep flying

Darren Fletcher says the Reds are determined to keep up the winning habit with victory in Friday's UEFA Super Cup final.

Standing in the way of a second piece of silverware this season for United are UEFA Cup winners Zenit St Petersburg. And although Fletcher expects to be worked hard by the Russians, the chance for further European success is motivation aplenty.

"It's another trophy and we want to win it," he told "We've got a lot of young players in the squad who haven't won many trophies and this club is all about winning - that's a good mentality to have.

"It applies to every game and it keeps the appetite in the squad. We're all looking forward to Friday's game and we're desperate to win it.

"There's a little bit of a fun, celebratory element involved because it's not the be all and end all. But it's a match between the European and UEFA Cup champions, so it's certainly a big game."

Fletcher was inadvertently on an early scouting mission when Zenit clinched their European crown by beating Rangers 2-0 at the City of Manchester Stadium back in May.

"Zenit are a top team," he said. "I watched them in the UEFA Cup a lot last season and actually went to the final. I've played against a couple of their players before in international games so I know what they're about.

"They really are a good team with an experienced manager and I think it'll be a really tough test. They'll be looking to make a mark by beating Manchester United and showing how much of a good team they are. But it's a game we want to win and we'll be doing everything we can to do that."


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