United ended their recent losing streak with an excellent second half performance against Swansea - driven from midfield by Darren Fletcher.
Manchester United ended their recent dismal run with a rampant second half display against Swansea City at Old Trafford yesterday evening.
The Red Devils, who came into the game on the back of three straight defeats (including one against Swansea) were in desperate need of a hero - and they got one.
Adnan Januzaj was simply superb throughout against Swansea. His dribbling, incisive passing and delivery were all on point in a wonderful display of cocksure ability.
But for many it was not his swashbuckling display that epitomised a very impressive final 45 minutes - but it was the performance if a returning hero.
Not long ago questions were being asked as to whether Scotland international midfielder Darren Fletcher would ever play again. His battle with ulcerative colitis has been a long and arduous one - which has seen him play just 20 games in the two seasons prior to 2013-14.
But he has never quite looked back on his previous comebacks - still seeming to be shy of his fitness and physical presence after suffering with this nasty bowel disease.
Until yesterday that was.
The first half was a bit of a non-event from the Scot - as he was asked to play deep alongside Michael Carrick to little or no effect or purpose.
In the second half United got ambitious - and Fletcher was given more freedom to roam.
His driving and precise passing continually pegged Swansea back - as they struggled to handle the pace of Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Antonio Valencia around them.
His passing accuracy of 93% was the best of any midfielder on the park - with only Danny Welbeck bettering his tally as the lone front-man.
But it was the nature of his passing. These were not always the sideways stat accumulators. They were probing and offensive in nature, including one delightful back-heel in the final 15 minutes - as Fletcher provided the perfect link between defence and attack for 90 minutes.
This was another positive - his first full 90 in the Premier League since December 2012 v Reading.
Is Fletcher back? It is too early to say … but the fans loved his performance anyway.
Here is some of the reaction from Twitter….
Just seen Darren Fletcher's post-match interview. Love it. Just hope there are enough United players sharing that attitude from now on— Matt Wright (@MattyWright86) January 12, 2014
And if Darren Fletcher is throwing backheels about, you know he's playing well and feeling confident.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) January 11, 2014
Darren Fletcher, football genius!— Busby MUFC (@BusbyMUFC) January 11, 2014
Special mention to Darren Fletcher! Was amazing in the 2nd half. #Respect— Abhishek (@abshk1094) January 11, 2014
Not to forget Darren Fletcher. What an amazing performance. To come back from what he had to go through - gives us so much solidity! #MUFC— Ram Raghuraman (@RamRaghuRam) January 11, 2014
How about Darren Fletcher being a proper football player again, too?! Amazing scenes! Chuffed for him. #FootballGenius— Alex Panton (@RedDevilPant) January 11, 2014
Great to see the real Darren Fletcher back. Was excellent tonight. #mufc— Peter Hall (@Pistolpeteh86) January 11, 2014
Great new signing: Darren Fletcher - Superb display of control & reading the game.— Twenty Thanks SAF (@rod061336) January 11, 2014
Great evening experiencing the atmosphere at old Trafford ... Darren fletcher... What a player by the way!!! Man of the match all day!!!— liam fowler (@liamfowler3219) January 11, 2014
Darren fletcher man of the match, quality performance— AlexS (@alex_stadnicki) January 11, 2014
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