Fletcher relays plans for youngsters
Darren Fletcher has spoken of his excitement about the young talent coming through from the Manchester United Academy.
The former Reds midfielder says that helping create a path for Academy players to reach the first team was one of the most important parts of his role as the club’s technical director.
In addition to appreciating the quality of those currently out on loan, stressing opportunities can arise for them upon their return to the club, he is also enthusiastic about those in the lower age groups. The Under-19s are preparing to take on Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League tonight (Tuesday) and there is an FA Youth Cup semi-final against Wolves at Old Trafford to look forward to.
"People only give the one narrative about scoring from set-pieces. The biggest reason Eric was brought in was because we were conceding too many goals from set-pieces. We have really improved our defending from set-pieces and wide free-kicks this season. Eric is a fantastic coach."
Fletcher also issued praise to United fans for the backing they’ve given the team through a turbulent season, including those who made the trip to Spain last week for the first leg of our Champions League round-of-16 tie with Atletico Madrid.
“I want to call out the fans’ support in Madrid. We could all hear it on the bench and among the lads on the field, despite being stuck up in the gods,” he said.
“The support at home has been brilliant this season with the Red Army section and the rail-seating area. The away support is always quality, and you saw how much it meant to be able to celebrate in front of them after the win against Leeds. All the lads were buzzing about that, so I wanted to say thank you for that, on behalf of the players.”