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31/08/2009 08:09, Report by Ben Hibbs
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All in his stride

Darren Fletcher was typically modest after his Man of the Match display in the 2-1 win over Arsenal.

Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson both highlighted Fletcher’s influential performance as critical to the victory, and ManUtd.com readers agreed, 60 per cent of voters naming him Man of the Match. Fletcher has developed a reputation for being a big-game player, yet the attention never goes to his head.

“I enjoyed it,” he told MUTV. “I enjoyed the game and the challenge of playing against Arsenal. I thought I did my usual for the team, I got about people and tried to raise the tempo, especially in the second half. I made some tackles and tried to get us playing a little bit.

"I don’t think it was any different to what I do in any other game, it’s just that sometimes in the big games it gets noted a little bit more.”

Fletcher’s self-assessment certainly understates the role he played, but there was no underestimating the importance of the victory. “It’s an important win,” added the Scot. “After losing to Burnley, we couldn’t afford to lose again this early on. It was the first real clash of the big four and it was vital we won.”

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Man of the Match

"I don’t think it was any different to what I do in other games, it’s just that in the big games it sometimes gets noted a bit more."
- Darren Fletcher

ManUtd.com poll results

Darren Fletcher 60%
Wayne Rooney 24%
Patrice Evra 8%
Ryan Giggs 4%
Nemanja Vidic 4%

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