Manchester United talisman says midfield criticism is annoying and unfair

Darren Fletcher

Darren Fletcher has been speaking frankly about media criticism of the Manchester United midfield.

When people talk of Manchester United’s fragilities this season one area always seem to come up as needing strengthening - the midfield.

The middle of the park has suffered from the sands of time in recent years, with Paul Scholes retiring and Ryan Giggs in the advent of his career, they have lost some considerable talent in that area,

Other have failed to be consistent while there has also been some bad buys in this area of the pitch.

The stick often waved at them is that the side lacks creativity; nobody in the middle gets on the ball and runs at players like a Yaya Toure, Andres Iniesta or Luka Modric type.

But the criticism seems to have gotten to one member of the team.

Darren Fletcher has missed swathes of action for the club over the past few seasons - as he battles a bowel condition called ulcerative colitis.

Since his most recent return he has looked in good form - and is a firm fan favourite at Old Trafford.

And he is having none of the media singling out one area of the United team for specific condemnation.

When asked if the criticism had annoyed him, he told MUTV:

"Yes it has. I don’t think it is fair. Not at all. Even when we win, it’s 'We need a new midfield' so it’s going to be even more of an issue when we’re losing. We lose as a team and win as a team.

"The midfield players at this club, especially in the last few years, have probably gone unnoticed and done a lot of work to help other people perform. It didn’t bother us as long as the manager and players knew we were important to the team. That is all that mattered and maybe we were covering for other people by doing extra work to allow the flair players to go and attack…There is a lot more to it than simply saying we should be getting on the ball, creating and scoring goals.”

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