Fletcher reveals title belief
Darren Fletcher believes Man United are in an extremely strong position to claim another title.
Last Updated: 03/01/11 2:45pm
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher believes his side are in an extremely strong position to claim another Premier League title.
The 26-year-old Scotland international has made 16 appearances in the league this season as the Red Devils continue to set the pace at the top of the division.
Rivals Manchester City are currently level on points with Sir Alex Ferguson's men but have played two games more than their neighbours.
Arsenal are a couple of points off the pace having played an extra match while champions Chelsea's stuttering form leaves them some way off United.
Fletcher says the experience within the United camp puts them in pole position and is confident they can go on and secure more domestic glory.
"Experience is important in the last few months," he said.
"We have been there before. We have experienced what it takes on a title run-in.
"You need last-minute goals and you have to grind out results at different times. We also know how to respond from a Champions League game.
"We have experience of all these things. That is something Manchester City in particular have not been through yet. It is all new to them."
Fletcher will be hoping to make an appearance when his side take on Stoke on Tuesday at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are still unbeaten this term but Fletcher is expecting a tough test from the Potters - saying Tony Pulis' outfit are not merely a long-ball team.
"Stoke can be physical at times," he added. "They put long throws and free-kicks into the box and are willing to go direct.
"But that is not to neglect the football players they have. Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant like to get at you and dribble.
"Tuncay and Ricardo Fuller are good, attacking-style players who like the ball at their feet too, so they do have options and can cause problems on the ground."
On the Potters' long throw-ins, he remarked: "Against Stoke, some teams would rather defend the corner than the throw-in.
"But the slope at Old Trafford stops them building up momentum. The pitch is bigger as well so maybe they can't get the throws quite as far into the box.
"It is still a danger but we prepare for it. We do our homework and try to manage it the best way we can."