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Should United Sell Fletcher?

It wasn't a long time ago that Fletcher was hated by United supporters. Or maybe hatred is a strong word: I would just say he was unpopular, representing in many people's eyes everything that went wrong between 2003 and 2006.

It wasn't easy defending him because those who insisted that he should not be bashed had no other argument than his potential which looked dubious to say the least and the fact that he's a likeable, hard-working lad.

He showed occasional, brief glimpses of quality but apart from Sir Alex, very few souls on Earth believed he would ever make it. Yet of course it was the gaffer who got it right again.

The real breakthrough for Fletcher was 2006/07: when the going got tough and he was called upon with injuries decimating the squad, he was excellent. His best two displays came against Roma and Milan, both at Old Trafford - showing he's a big-game player, no matter how much he was jeered before.

He had real problems this season with getting into the team, with Scholes, Carrick, Hargreaves and Anderson all ahead of him in the pecking order but he still came up with a real gem: the home FA Cup tie against Arsenal was memorable for several things but Fletcher's performance stood out.

The Scottish midfielder was dynamic, always wanted the ball, passed it around well and scored twice to put the Gooners to the sword - and they never recovered from the blow. Yet Fletch was struggling to even play a bit-part role during the remainder of a highly successful season.

Now the tabloids say he wants first-team football and is contemplating leaving Old Trafford. The question is, should United sell him?

My answer, as you might have guessed if you had read all this, is no. I like him, I rate him and he's useful - he can be relied upon any time. But I accept if he's not entirely satisfied with it and I might even be forced to conclude that it would be in his best interest to pursue a move elsewhere, especially if it's true that Everton, a team with the promise of European football, are after him.

We'll see what happens but if he decides to leave, it will be a sad farewell for me.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 3 2008

Time: 8:53PM

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He is never going to be one of your best but for someone who has cost you nothing you are quids in.
codbater
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03/07/2008 21:46:00

he hes crap
jamiekilgannon1
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03/07/2008 22:40:00

i didnt rate him too highly, but when he does play his effort outshines any other united player on the pitch.
wimp2k7
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04/07/2008 11:36:00

i think in a 4-4-3 hes a very useful player.
rooneyisgod
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04/07/2008 21:11:00

4-4-3 :O are teams allowed to play 12 players next season ;) lol, anyway i agree, he usually plays well when we play 4-3-3/4-5-1. 2 years ago a HATED him, he didnt seem to have the strength, balance, technique and the ability to play at the top level. i thought he was only at UTD because he was Scottish lol but now he DESERVES to be at Man Utd, he has improved drastically
Reddevils4ever89
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04/07/2008 22:46:00

443?? lmao, let him go blackburn, tht will be a good move 4 him
kendog
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05/07/2008 10:26:00

his tenacity is needed and to be honest i think he knows he will only be a squad player but i think we should keep him and considering he's 23 we have yet to the best from him
Lil Carlitos
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05/07/2008 15:48:00

Thats why you win so many ganes you cheat everybody else plays 4 4 2
Tiny T
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05/07/2008 20:35:00

about the poll ? berbatov not a good signing ? y not ? 20 goals + a season , a load of assits , flair , sorry some of you are deluded
No1Yido
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05/07/2008 21:02:00

Fletcher stays.....a) because he's our only scottish star and Fergie wont let him leave. b) He also has a knack for showing up in the BIG games. So to conclude.....FLETCH STAYS
ForeverUnited
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06/07/2008 01:12:00

Really down to whether or not he wants to play every week.
sw6cfc
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07/07/2008 13:21:00

hes not crap, but i think well buy veloso and he will not be needed!
fenton_01
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11/07/2008 01:01:00

 

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