Darren Fletcher has not been in Manchester United’s first-team squad for almost a year. The last time he did appear was on 23 December 2012. And yet this afternoon, David Moyes’ team selection came with something of a twist.
As United kicked off against Aston Villa, there on the bench next to the likes of Ashley Young and Rio Ferdinand was Fletcher.
Having battled back from ulcerative colitis, the Scottish international began the comeback trail with a series of outings in United’s reserve team. And yet with the festive season approaching, Moyes now has now seemingly deemed his countryman ready for first-team action.
With Michael Carrick out until next year, Fletcher’s return could not be timelier.
At his best, Fletcher was one of the first names on Sir Alex Ferguson’s team-sheet. And on retiring, United’s former boss even took the time to single out the 29-year-old and wish him a speedy recovery from a condition that led to many fearing he would never play again.
There was a huge cheer when Fletcher’s name was announced prior to kick-off, but it will be an even bigger cheer if and when he finally steps out for the club again, be that today or in the days and weeks ahead.
Following the news, we took to Twitter to see what United fans, and those of other clubs, thought about Fletcher’s return, and you can read a selection of them below:
Great news. Darren Fletcher is on the bench today! Hopefully we can give him 5-10 minutes late on in the game if it's going well!— FergiesGum.com (@FergieGumSite) December 15, 2013
Darren Fletcher on the bench for #MUFC today, not been in the first-team squad since 23rd December 2012. Welcome back, Fletch!— Craig Norwood (@CraigNorwood) December 15, 2013
I hate man u, but as a football fan and a scotsman, great to see darren fletcher back in a man u squad, mabye answer to moyeses problems— graham lamont (@gjlam72) December 15, 2013
So happy Darren Fletcher is back in the team today, in his prime he was up there with the best CM's in the world #talent— Gav Rit (@gavala96) December 15, 2013
Not a Utd fan. But it's good to see Darren Fletcher back. Decent player who I believe has been missed.— David Flintoft (@DavidFlintoft) December 15, 2013
Darren Fletcher is an inspiration!— Josh Freemantle (@effey25) December 15, 2013
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