Fletcher's respect for Neville
Darren Fletcher admits it will be a difficult task to fill the boots of Gary Neville as a role model.
Last Updated: 05/02/11 1:54pm
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher admits it will be a difficult task to fill the boots of Gary Neville as the club's role model.
The full-back quit the game earlier this week after making just four appearances for United this season.
And Scotland international Fletcher is flattered he could replace the 35-year-old as a role model for the club's youngsters.
However, the player is unsure as to whether he can emulate the former England defender, who spent 19 seasons at Old Trafford.
Fletcher said: "It is a big responsibility because Gary is a fantastic leader and United have had a lot of them.
"Even now we have Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. It's great to have a group like that.
"The more leaders and winners you have in the dressing room the more it helps you on the pitch and helps Manchester United move forward.
"When you are young, you're quiet, because you've got all these great characters and leaders around you. But the more experience you get and the longer you're at the club you find your voice.
"You find yourself passing on advice to younger players. It's almost a transition into that role. We have a great mix in the squad and hopefully I can add something as well."
Fletcher has nothing but respect for Neville, who played 602 games for the club and thanked the defender for helping him progress.
Fletcher said: "It's a fantastic achievement to have the success that he has had and to be at one club for as long as he was. All the lads, not just me personally, are sad to see him go because he is such a great leader and captain.
"He always wanted the best for the players and for Manchester United. He put personal glory aside because he always wanted to achieve success for the team.
"I've learned a lot from Gary, as all the players have. He's a real inspiration to all of the squad."