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United Fans Appreciate Fletcher Now

United Fans Appreciate Fletcher Now

Those misguided souls who are regular readers here (only joking of course) will know that I am one of Darren Fletcher's biggest supporters among United's fanbase. And this fanbase, according to Paddy Crerand, is growing and growing every day.

"For the big games I think the manager would pick Fletcher, he'd be first on the team sheet.

"Darren has made the point that he wants to be the number one choice in midfield. And he's playing well enough to be number one."

"I almost don't need to make the point for him, he's making a strong enough case himself. He was outstanding against Wigan and outstanding against Arsenal. And against Tottenham and Manchester City, you want him in the midfield."

"He's been playing like that for quite a few years now. I think the fans are starting to appreciate him, that's the only difference."


Not just that: he's more and more consistent and daring. He has built up the confidence we expect from a United player, he doesn't always go for the square pass any more. The regular opportunities and the praise he's been getting did him no end of good.

Yet I wouldn't suggest, as Crerand did, that all United fans warmed to him. Outside the United camp he is still regarded as a clown of a player, the weakest link he was around 2004-05. But even among us many feel that he is not good enough, that he is a mediocre player - even though right now he holds the midfield together, as Michael Carrick and Anderson are still looking for their true selves.

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Writer:Zae
Date:Wednesday September 9 2009
Time: 2:28PM

Comments

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Shields has been released.Murdering @#$%
SweetLeftFoot
09/09/2009 14:30:00
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I am sorry but he is not a good player...all he does is bully opponents....unfortunately we don't have good midfield players anymore(since owen is out....who to me is out best midfielder) and that made someone like fletcher seem decent....but i disagree with you on him having good games against arsenal, tottenham....he should have been sent off against arsenal and almost gave away a penalty.... he is a mediocre player and always will be...we need a player of true quality and consistency in the middle.... carrick is a good player....but not consistent enough and lately hasn't done the job right in my eyes
ibrahiy
09/09/2009 14:58:00
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I'm a chelsea fan and of the few manutd players i hate to meet fletcher's up there...along with evra,thank god tevez's gone...he was on the list too.fletcher's absence was the reason y'all looked so ordinary against barca.
blueogre
09/09/2009 16:00:00
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we need a stron player in the centre but he is a liability...we need a similar player but better...he is not united class....passing woeful...vision woeful...i dunno
ibrahiy
09/09/2009 23:41:00
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I never hated Fletcher, but I was indifferent of him. And in reply to ibrahiy, I feel Gourcuff or Moutinho would be a good fit to take over after Scholes.
Paulinho
11/09/2009 02:53:00
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maybe....my only worry is from what i have seen of the two internationally hasn't been encouraging....but i would like to give a chance to gourcuff... But we do still need a hardman in the middle of the park to let a creative player like gourcuff to do the attacking....and to me fletcher is our better option right now....but when/if owen gets back we should be good...as again fletcher lacks talent but at least he has commitment....but my worry is if fans start seeing him as a starter then i am worried cuz i feel we lowered our standard from a kean like player to fletcher
ibrahiy
11/09/2009 05:51:00
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First of all we have to understand that fletcher is our defensive midfielder alongside hargreaves.He is trying to add an offensive side to his game as well.I totally agree with Mr.Crerand,he is by far the most improved player in the last two years and fergie has found him his best position,i.e.,in the middle where he can break the opponents play and distribute it to our more creative players.
Antriksh (abmtd)
13/09/2009 09:07:00
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If someone has to be blamed,then it has to be andy for he was brought in to add that creative spark which we have only seen in glimpses.He is still very young but he could do way better.
Antriksh (abmtd)
13/09/2009 09:11:00
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He reminds me of flamini,both were not too popular but flamini found his best position which was alongside fabregas where he had to do the samething of breaking up the play and giving it to fabregas and in the process they formed a fantastic partnership in the middle which was ofcourse broken and I can just hope that darren doesn't suffer the same fate.
Antriksh (abmtd)
13/09/2009 09:15:00
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