Liverpool legend expects new West Brom signing Darren Fletcher to be 'devastated', but predicts success

Phil Thompson believes life away from Old Trafford will be tough for Darren Fletcher to adjust to.

Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has warned West Bromwich Albion that new signing Darren Fletcher may not find the transition easy.

The Scottish international signed for the Baggies on deadline day, ending his tenure with Manchester United, where he had risen through the academy to become an established star for more than a decade.

Thompson believes Fletcher will be a success at The Hawthorns, but feels there will be some adjustment.

He told SkySports: "I’m pleased for Darren Fletcher but at the same time he must be devastated. He’s been at Manchester United since he was 16, its been his life and it’s difficult for him to move.

"Knowing the lad, he’s a fantastic young man that needs to be playing football. He’s had such a difficult time with his health problems and I just feel West Brom is a good fit for him."

How have fellow veterans to leave Old Trafford fared?

Fletcher is far from the first United youngster to be shipped out as he approached his 30s. Nicky Butt and Phil Neville were among the Fergie Fledglings to get the nudge, with differing levels of success.

Butt signed with Newcastle, and had a poor start there, shipped out on loan to Birmingham the following season. After that his time there improved, and he figured prominently, helping them get promoted back to the Premier League after a surprise relegation.

Neville had more success at Everton, shaking off scepticism about his talent to blossom under David Moyes with his tenacious approach. He helped knock his former side out of the FA Cup in 2008 and Chelsea too a season later.

John O'Shea and Wes Brown were moved on to Sunderland more recently, combining for 40 Premier League starts this season, their careers there may be unspectacular, but they are more than useful players for manager Gus Poyet to have at his disposal.

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