Darren Fletcher is set to leave Manchester United after Louis van Gaal confirmed the midfelder was in London ahead of a move to West Ham.
The 30-year-old made his debut for United back in 2003 and has gone on to make 342 appearances for the club ever since, becoming the longest-serving player remaining at Old Trafford.
Towards the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge, Fletcher became one of the key men in a successful United side, regularly playing in the majority of Premier League matches and the big Champions League games.
But after struggling for game time since a return for illness, Van Gaal confirmed Fletcher could depart the club for good before Monday’s deadline and felt it was the right thing to do in order to give Fletcher more opportunities to play.
“He is now at West Ham, I believe, so we have to wait and see,” the manager revealed at Friday’s press conference.
“He is my third captain so he is an important guy in the dressing room. I like him as a person and as a human being so we shall miss him. But he hasn’t played so many times and that is always the main goal of a player. We have talked about that and he preferred to play.
“Therefore, we have helped him to go away. It is a loss and, for the club that buys him, he is another player with a lot of quality – as a midfielder, but also as a captain and a very experienced player. We also have another experienced player in the same role, so that is the problem here.”
Fletcher started a rare Premier League match before Christmas against Aston Villa but was brought off at half-time after struggling to make an impact on the game.
Sadly, it seems the Scotland international has struggled to return to top form after illness and United fans will hope he is able to return to some sort of form at West Ham.