Darren Fletcher discusses his departure from Manchester United

Darren Fletcher left Manchester United to sign for West Bromwich Albion.

As per the BBC, 31-year-old Fletcher departed Old Trafford to sign with the Premier League strugglers having endured a tough season, and he has told talkSPORT that United did not want him to leave.

Having made just 11 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils this term, the Scottish midfield was linked with a transfer to West Ham prior to joining the Baggies, although that move collapsed with the Hammers wanting a loan deal whereas United favoured a permanent switch, according to the Guardian.

Although being out of the first-team fold under Louis van Gaal, Fletcher was one of the long-standing players at Old Trafford, and many would have suspected that his experience and knowledge of the team would have been vital during this rough campaign. However, his few outings on the pitch had shown that he lacked the physicality and ability to truly excel at a top level club, and the move to West Brom ensures that he will receive consistent first-team football at a Premier League level.

Regardless, Fletcher's loss moves United one step further away from the Alex Ferguson regime, and he told talkSPORT that the Red Devils did not really want to see the 66-capped international leave the club.

Fletcher said: “Manchester United are a fantastic club and I’ve got so many great memories there but I feel it’s time for a new challenge for me.

“I haven’t had as many games as I would like this season and, after everything I’ve been through, I’m a professional football player. I want to play football and hopefully I can do that at West Brom. They’ve given me the opportunity to do that.

“I’m leaving Manchester United but I’ve got so many happy memories and got to know so many great people there I’m leaving with a smile on my face.

“I spoke to the manager about not playing as much as I wanted and the club didn’t really want me to go but they respected my wishes.”

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