In a very unexpected transfer rumour, Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for Darren Fletcher in the summer according to Mark Ogden from The Telegraph.
The 30-year-old has only just recovered from life threatening surgery to help his ongoing battle with ulcerative colitis and it would be a brutal decision from David Moyes to offload Fletcher so soon after.
“Darren Fletcher, the Scotland captain, is also likely to leave Old Trafford this summer with Moyes prepared to listen to offers for the midfielder who has recently returned to action following a lengthy battle against ulcerative colitis,” Ogden said.
The fact that Ogden placed this snippet on Fletcher at the bottom of an article talking about Chris Smalling is telling as it would be big news if United were genuinely interested in selling Fletcher.
United stood by Fletcher for years and gave him every chance to make a full recovery from his illness, why would we sell him when he has made great strides on the road to recovery?
Fergie told him to forget about football, to concentrate on his recovery, and Fletcher won’t ever forget that. In a similar fashion to Lionel Messi’s attachment to Barcelona running deeper because they paid his medical bills when he was younger, Fletcher will have that affiliation with United now.
Fletcher signing autographs in the rain with fans long after the match has ended
“I’m getting there,” he said in an interview with The Sunday Times.
“I’m feeling stronger and fitter all the time. I don’t want this to sound cocky, but I’ve actually surprised myself in the few  games I’ve played, how well I’ve done.
“I’m the same as any player who hasn’t played for 18 months and missed the last three pre-seasons. I can’t wait for this pre-season. I’m going to train hard all summer. I have good weights and dietary programmes to get my strength back. David Moyes has been great but I feel like I’m starting my career again, like I’m 19, coming into the team, new manager. Every little opportunity, every training session I have to prove what I can do.”
That hardly sounds like a player who is ready to give up or call time on his United career and Moyes has supported him throughout.
Fletcher has been with United since 1995 and fans would not be happy with Moyes if he threw him to the wind after fighting tooth and nail to get back playing again. He deserves better than that and while being sentimental isn’t wise in football, Fletcher has earned the chance to have another crack at being a Manchester United player.
I can see Fletcher being with United for a long time yet. He has already coached our Academy back when he was struggling with his illness and has made it clear he wants to move into management after football. Let’s hope all of that happens with United.