basis, validating the judgement of his manager and finally yielding recognition from peers and supporters alike.
The 2009/10 campaign was arguably the Scot’s best in a red shirt. He proved time and again he can handle the pressure against the cream of England and Europe, while inspiring those around him. His all-action display in the dramatic 4-3 Manchester derby victory in September 2009 yielded two fine headed goals and he netted one of the strikes of the season against Everton two months later. As well as popping up on the scoresheet, Fletcher, who found himself playing in defence during a torrid spell of injuries, turned creator on
numerous occasions with some pinpoint deliveries into the area which were gladly snapped up by Rooney and co. One of United’s most consistent performers throughout, he oozed class and energy when the Reds needed it most and carried this form into 2010/2011, scoring in early fixtures against Newcastle and Everton.
Injury was to blight his campaign and there were serious worries as he lost weight following the virus that kept him out from mid-March. Easing his way back via the reserves, he made a late bid for inclusion in the end-of-season games but was clearly not back to his best in time. Nonetheless, he was afforded a start