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22/01/2014 10:00, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Fletcher ready for old friends

Darren Fletcher is expecting another difficult game against three ex-Reds during tonight’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with Sunderland. 

Former Manchester United defenders John O’Shea, Wes Brown and Phil Bardsley head to Old Trafford with a 2-1 first-leg lead following a well-organised defensive performance at the Stadium of Light earlier this month. 

Fletcher, who played with all three men, believes the trio will produce a similarly impressive display this evening. However, the Scot is confident of securing an aggregate win following a closely fought first leg that arguably went against the run of play.

“I thought it was a game we were in full control of until we lost a sloppy goal before half-time,” Fletcher told United Review. “We went in 1-0 down and then I don’t think it was a penalty kick that gave Sunderland their winner, so a lot of things didn’t go our way. 

“But fair play to Sunderland: they got behind the ball, made it very difficult and three of our old friends at the back there – Bardo, Sheasy and Wes – pulled out great performances, as we know they’re capable of because they’re great players.

“It’ll be the same in the second leg and we have to expect that, but we’ve got to believe in ourselves and believe we’re good enough to win the match.”

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