Solskjaer gives midfielder his blessing for full Manchester United return

by Sam Peoples

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that Darren Fletcher can make a full recovery at Manchester United after successful surgery to combat his ulcerative colitis condition.

The 29-year-old has played on a few occasions for the Under-21s this season as he finds his feet in competitive football again and Solskjaer hailed his positive mental attitude towards the career threatening condition on his route to recovery.

“It’s fantastic news that Darren is on his way back,” he said.

“I was in Manchester about a month ago and I was lucky enough to bump into Fletch and he said he was on the road to recovery.

“I just met him purely by chance outside the supermarket and it was great to see him. I could see just from talking to him that his tail was really up because he’s had a rough time of it, obviously.”

Fletcher’s return has been greeted with a chorus of applause from United fans who couldn’t be happier to see the midfielder back in action.

After his return last year was cut short by surgery, many saw it as the last time we’d see Fletcher play in a United shirt but he has once again bounced back to where he is today, something Solskjaer admires given that he faced terrible injury problems himself.

He continued: “It’s funny to think I played in his Scotland debut in Oslo. I remember that game well, we actually swapped shirts afterwards and I’ve still got it at home — I was thinking of digging it out and putting it on for the game on Tuesday night.

“To be honest, I do know how hard it must be for him because I had a spell out for two and a half to three years myself after a bad knee injury.

“There’s nothing worse than that feeling of not really knowing whether you’re going to be able to make a comeback but, luckily, now it looks like it’s going to happen and I couldn’t be happier for him.”

We all know that even if Fletcher can make a full return to the squad, he isn’t going to be the same player as he was before his condition took hold of him but nevertheless, he’ll be a real asset to the squad and an excellent alternative to Michael Carrick for some games this season.

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