Fletcher vows to make amends
Darren Fletcher has promised his family he will 'drag' Man Utd into another Champions League final.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 13/12/09 9:48am
Darren Fletcher has promised his family that he will 'drag' Manchester United into another UEFA Champions League final.
The Scotland international suffered heartache in the semi-final second-leg against Arsenal last term when he, unjustly, received a red card for bringing down Cesc Fabregas in the area, thus ending his dreams of running out in Rome.
The incident came just 12 months after the 25-year-old was an unused substitute in the penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the final in Moscow.
However Fletcher insists he is determined to get another shot at European glory for the sake of his family, in particular his mother and three sisters.
"I try not to dwell on it and it has made me more determined to get there again," he told club fanzine United We Stand.
"When I got sent-off against Arsenal, I had my little sisters and mum crying on the phone.
"They were not at the game but I called them straight after. I saw the missed calls on my phone. Mum and dad and my three little sisters - they were distraught.
"They are 10, 16 and a year younger than me. I had to put a brave face on it and promised that I would drag the lads to another Champions League final.
"I said, 'what's meant to be will be', and then I decided to concentrate on winning the league with United. I had to take it on the chin and not let it affect me."
Fletcher's absence in the final against Barcelona was keenly felt by United, highlighting how far he has come over the last two seasons, but the midfielder admits there was a time when he questioned his Old Trafford future.
"There was a time in 2008 (when I considered leaving)," he added.
"I went to see the manager and said, 'I've hardly played boss'.
"He looked at me and said, 'I'm not letting you go. I need you'."