Solskjaer, who spent just over ten years at Old Trafford, also battled injury problems whilst with the club, and has praised Fletcher's resolve during his struggle with a serious bowel condition. With Fletcher seemingly closing in on a return to the Premier League, Solskjaer has shared some of his own experiences of injury, as well as words of support.
'For me, the proudest moment in my career was when I made my comeback from injury, scored for Manchester United and my son celebrated by clenching his fists,' said Solskjaer. 'Fletch has got his own twins so I’m sure he’ll want to play to show them he’s a good player. When I met him recently he seemed very positive so I’m sure it’s going to happen.
'It’s fantastic news that Darren is on his way back,' said Solskjaer. 'I was over in Manchester about a month ago and I was lucky enough to bump into Fletch and he said he was on the road to recovery. I just met him purely by chance outside the supermarket and it was great to see him.
'I know how hard it must be for him because I had a spell out for two-and-a-half to three years myself. There’s nothing worse than that feeling of not really knowing whether you’re going to be able to make a comeback but luckily, now, it looks like it’s going to happen and I couldn’t be happier for him.'
With United needing reinforcements in midfield, a fully fit Fletcher may well be like a new signing for manager David Moyes, particularly if he can come back and demonstrate the same work rate he did under Sir Alex Ferguson. Fletcher has played just 20 games for United since the start of the 2011 season, and was specifically mentioned by former boss Ferguson in his retirement speech, with Ferguson wishing Fletcher a speedy recovery from ulcerative colitis.
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