Darren Fletcher says he is looking to start afresh at Manchester United after making his long-awaited return to first-team action on Sunday.
The midfielder made his first appearance for almost a year when he entered the fray as a second-half substitute against Aston Villa 3-0 at Villa Park. Speaking exclusively to MUTV after the match, Fletcher expressed his determination to regain his place in the United side.
Fletcher said: “This is it, I’m back for good. This is hopefully the game which means I’m back now. I seem to have come through the setbacks and health issues and I’m thankful for that. It’s onwards and upwards now.
“I always believed I would come back, I kept that mind-set. I think other people around me were trying to make me think otherwise, but I stayed strong and believed I would get back. I think that was the best way to approach the situation and I knew I was going to go through a lot, but the belief and determination was to get back.
"Playing a game like that, and getting an ovation like that [from the United fans] makes it all worthwhile.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to play football. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play for Manchester United and wasn’t going to give that up lightly. I battled through it, and I’m only 29 years old, I think I’ve got plenty more years of playing left in me. That was reiterated to me by my family, friends and the old manager. I could have a career all over again if I get my health right, and hopefully that’s what I’m going