Fletcher arrows in on history
Manchester United's Darren Fletcher is targeting history in the forthcoming Premier League campaign.
Last Updated: 22/07/10 11:10am
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is targeting history in the forthcoming Premier League campaign.
The Red Devils go into the 2010/11 season equal with Liverpool on 18 top-flight titles.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side narrowly missed out to Chelsea last term and Fletcher insists the Red Devils are determined to put that right.
The Scottish ace said: "This club is all about breaking records and achieving a new status.
"To be the most successful team in the English game would mean everything to the club and to the fans especially.
"They loved it when we equalled Liverpool's record, so to beat it would mean an awful lot to them.
"As players, we want to put right the disappointment of not winning the league last year."
Fletcher believes the Red Devils can bounce back this season as they can draw on the experience of veterans such as Ryan Giggs, 36, and 35-year-old Paul Scholes.
He added: "The senior players have been in so many situations, such as winning the league and then not winning it, and they know what you need to do to get it back.
"They know what it takes to fly back from a Champions League game and then play at Everton at noon on Saturday.
"They pass on the advice and the likes of myself, John O'Shea, Wes Brown and Wayne Rooney learn from it. Then it's up to all of us to pass that on to the younger players."
Fletcher believes last season's injury crisis at Old Trafford - which saw him partnering fellow midfielder Michael Carrick in the heart of defence for a time - did not help the Red Devils' title challenge.
He added: "Me and Michael played three games in central defence - I'd have liked to have seen the result if Chelsea had to play with Lampard and Ballack there. We had to experience that and it wasn't great.
"It was detrimental to our season, no doubt about it. We had a fantastic squad but even that couldn't cope with the amount of injuries we had."
Wayne Rooney was on fire last season, scoring 34 goals, and despite a poor World Cup, Fletcher has backed the striker to bounce back this term.
He added: "People are going to look at Wayne and expect the same as last time.
"He demands such high standards of himself that he'll expect to go out and do just that."