PLAYER PROFILE

Season 2013/14

United Honours

24. Darren Fletcher

Birthdate:01 Feb 1984
Birthplace:Edinburgh, Scotland
Position:Midfielder
Appearances329
Goals Scored24
Joined United:03 Jul 2000
United Debut:12 Mar 2003 v FC Basel (H)
International:Scotland

Darren Fletcher is a player for the big occasion. While other men might shirk from the responsibility presented to them in the heat of battle, the Scot thrives in such encounters.

That's why everybody at Manchester United was delighted to see Darren return in December 2013 from the ulcerative colitis condition that had kept him sidelined for almost a year.

Fletcher's never-say-die attitude has been displayed on many occasions. This, combined with his indefatigable running, hassling, closing down and tackling, is what made him so important to Sir Alex Ferguson's plans when he was available for selection.

However, in terms of recognition for his exertions and qualities, Fletcher's United career has been a slow burner. It is only with age, and with an ever-growing list of outstanding performances, that he has received due credit.

The Scot has had his fair share of bad luck: his chronic bowel condition meant he was not 100 per cent fit for the 2011 Champions League final, where he was an unused substitute on the biggest club stage for the second time (also 2008). He also

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