Darren Fletcher believes Manchester United’s players have got to play for their places in Manchester United’s squad next year between now and the end of the season, with nobody guaranteed a spot in the team as of now.
With nothing but pride to play for in the Premier League, many see the last five games for Manchester United as nothing more than a formality but Fletcher believes the players need to stand up and be accounted for to make sure they are still in the manager’s plans for next year.
“If you get a chance to play, you have to go and impress the manager and show him that you are capable of being here next year,” Fletcher said.
“He will definitely look back on this season and realise it was a disappointment, but I fully expect there to be some signings. It is time to show the manager that you deserve to be at this club. Go and put in performances because the manager will be thinking of next season, no doubt about that. You have to make sure that you are one of the names that he still wants.”
To be honest, the last five games aren’t going to make or change an opinion that the manager might already have of them are they? The big games have already come and gone, that is where the opinions would have been shaped from.
It’s a strange feeling that squeaky bum time has been replaced by squeaky clean on the bench bum time watching on as others bite their nails, but this season has been one of firsts.
As much as we’d all like the last five games to be competitive and enjoyable, there isn’t too much hope for a team that couldn’t get up for crucial games against Liverpool and Manchester City, even if we had a commendable showing against Bayern Munich.