David Moyes: Darren Fletcher at Manchester United was better than I thought

Darren Fletcher

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has praised West Brom star Darren Fletcher.

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has told the Scottish Sun of his admiration for Darren Fletcher. 

The current Real Sociedad manager was speaking ahead of Scotland's upcoming internationals and believes the midfielder will be a key player for Gordon Strachan's side.

Fletcher was sold by United to West Brom this January, but Moyes says his season working alongside him left him especially impressed.

He said: "Darren is a superb person and a great footballer. I had the pleasure of working with him and he was an even better player than I thought.

"He was great in the dressing room, trust- worthy and he had the best interests of the club at heart. His health problems were well documented but he never once complained."

Fletcher has made seven Premier League starts since signing for West Brom, as opposed to four for Manchester United earlier in the season.

Last year under Moyes he made 10 starts including one in the Champions League, with a further four appearances. Illness also meant that between 2011/12 and 2012/13 he made only 20 appearances combined.

Perhaps had Moyes remained at Old Trafford, he would have wanted Fletcher to stick around, but if he had decided ultimately it was best for the Scotsman to move on, at least from his perspective it was not a decision he was required to make.

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