Darren Fletcher is happy with decision to end his Manchester United career when he did and admits it never happened for him under Louis van Gaal.
The Scottish midfielder spent his whole career at Man United but last year he decided to move on to West Bromwich Albion where he has enjoyed a re-birth of sorts as a player.
A chronic ulcerative colitis condition plagued the last few years of his time at Old Trafford but he was able to control that under Tony Pulis and has re-invented himself.
It’s great to see Fletcher enjoying his football again and the decision to leave United when he did has clearly suited all parties.
Speaking about his choices, Fletcher said: “It would have been harder to leave if Sir Alex was still there, but the club had moved on. I enjoyed my time under Louis van Gaal and I learnt a lot, but it never happened for me under him.”
I loved Fletcher at United. He always gave 110% when he played and was a prime example of somebody who came through the youth and worked his way into the first-team through hard work, commitment and a real driving force.
We’ll always remember how he was robbed of a UEFA Champions League final appearance after wrongly being sent off in the semi-final after a great tackle on Cesc Fabregas was deemed a foul by the referee – but he gave us plenty of fond memories too.
The fact Fletcher has managed to return to professional football at the highest level after his long battle with ulcerative colitis is a testament to his fighting attitude as both a player and a man, and hopefully he can continue to enjoy playing for a little while longer yet.