Strachan: What Scotland star has gained from leaving Manchester United

Gordon Strachan believes that Darren Fletcher has benefited from leaving Manchester United.

Fletcher left United after years of loyal service to sign on a free transfer with West Bromwich Albion, and Strachan has told the Daily Record how he has benefited from the switch.

“He’s decided what his career is and that it’s not with Man United anymore,” the Scotland boss said. “He doesn’t want to be a sub, he wanted to do something about it.

“He’s happier in himself, which is understandable. He has played 10 or 15 games this season and is enjoying life.”

Strachan himself left Manchester United in his early 30’s, going on to have further success with Leeds United. He proved that he could have a strong club and international career after leaving Old Trafford, and he believes that Fletcher will do the same.

Fletcher is back in the Scotland squad after missing call-ups due to injury, and he is likely to lead the squad out as captain. Having played so little football under Louis van Gaal, the transfer to West Brom has seen Fletcher regain his form in Tony Pulis’ side.

The Hawthorns club have been rejuvenated since the signing of the ageing midfielder, and being named captain has allowed him to assert his incredible influence over the team. That could prove vital in showing that he deserves to be named Scotland skipper for the foreseeable future, with Scott Brown enduring some off-field issues, and the move away from Old Trafford looks to have given Fletcher a new lease of life - even if it comes at the expense of silverware with the Red Devils.

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