Manchester United and West Brom fans react on Twitter to Darren Fletcher move

Darren Fletcher

How Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion fans took the news of Darren Fletcher's late move to the Hawthorns.

With Darren Fletcher ending his long association with Manchester United to join West Bromwich Albion at the transfer deadline, both sets of supporters took to Twitter to react to the deal.

Fletcher, 31, made 342 appearances for United following his March 2003 debut, winning nine major trophies, including five Premier League titles, two League Cups, the FA Cup in 2004 and the Champions League in 2008.

However, the midfielder had seen his first-team opportunities limited this season under new manager Louis van Gaal, with just four starts in 11 Premier League appearances prior to his West Brom switch.

With his contract up in the summer, the Scotland international was granted a free transfer this month to help him find a new club, with West Ham United showing serious interest in his signature, per the BBC.

A move to Upton Park broke down over the weekend, however, allowing the Baggies to swoop in and land the Red Devils favourite on a two-and-a-half-year deal with a 12-month option.

Speaking to West Brom’s official website, Fletcher said: "This is a fantastic new challenge for me in my career

"I've spent my career at Manchester United and it's all I've ever known. But I felt it was the right time to move and I'm not sentimental about doing that."

Fletcher, who recovered from chronic bowel disease ulcerative colitis to resume his career in December 2013, was the second West Brom signing in the winter window following the £4.75m capture of Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman, with his addition making up for the failed moves for Carlton Cole and Martin Olsson.

Having been on the books at Old Trafford since the age of 11, it will be somewhat strange for United fans seeing him turn out in another club’s shirt, but his experience should prove invaluable to the West Midlands outfit in their bid to avoid the drop this season.

Ahead of starting a new chapter in his career, here’s how the move went down on Twitter.

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