McGhee: Fletcher can have great career after Man Utd

by Sam Peoples

Scotland’s assistant manager Mark McGhee feels Darren Fletcher still has lots more to offer and has the ability to enjoy a career away from Manchester United.

Fletcher has been linked with multiple clubs including Valencia and West Ham who have been credited with interest in a £1.5m move for the Scottish midfielder.

Fletcher, 30, has fallen out of favour behind Daley Blind and Michael Carrick and speaking about his future, McGhee believes Fletcher simply wants to play football and is good enough to do so elsewhere.

“I think that more than anything, he enjoys is playing,” McGhee said.

“He is a good trainer, but he likes playing. Therefore I don’t think he is a lad who wants to be sitting on the bench. But it is a hugely difficult thing to leave a club like Manchester United.

“I think we’ve just got to trust him to make the call when he’s ready. Other players have done it and gone on to do brilliantly. (Phil) Neville, for instance. The boys at Sunderland, (Wes) Brown and (John) O’Shea. They have made good careers at other clubs. At some point he might have to bite the bullet and go and do that. Then he will be a great player at another club.”

Fletcher might not be able to cut it as a regular first-team player for Man United any more but he still has plenty to offer and would be a good signing for any of the clubs linked with a move for him.

It’s all about timing for Fletcher. He needs to make sure he hangs up his boots at Old Trafford before his poor performances put a stain on his career at the club and leaving in January, or when his contract expires in the summer, is something that will suit all parties involved.

After all, Fletcher is still only 30 and having fought his way back to fitness, he’ll be keen to simply play some regular first-team football, something he will be well aware is not going to happen at Man United any more.

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