Defensive relief for Fletcher
Darren Fletcher admits he is relieved to see Manchester United's defensive stars returning to fitness.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 01/01/10 2:55pm
Darren Fletcher admits he is relieved to see Manchester United's defensive stars returning to full fitness.
The versatile Scot has been asked to fill an unfamiliar role in the Red Devils' back four over recent weeks, with an untimely injury crisis leaving Sir Alex Ferguson down to the bare bones.
Fletcher insists he is happy to play anywhere in an effort to help the club's cause, but has revealed he feels much better now he has been reverted back to his usual position in the heart of midfield.
"I am glad the defenders are back," he said.
"We were desperate for that.
"It is okay in one-off games to have midfielders playing out of position. When it goes to a run of four or five games it is inevitable that mistakes are going to happen because it is not natural."
The mistakes Fletcher alludes to came during United's disappointing 3-0 defeat at Fulham in the run up to Christmas.
The Red Devils were given a torrid time by the Cottagers' in-form frontman Bobby Zamora that day, but Fletcher believes a performance such as that put in at Craven Cottage was always likely to happen with a make-shift side.
"It is not as if we are doing it in training or in the Sunday League," he said.
"You are talking about Premier League and Champions League matches and you are in a position you have never played in during your entire life.
"It is very difficult.
"We went to Fulham with basically just one defender fit in Patrice (Evra).
"It was important for the team that we got our defenders back fit because they are top class."