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Name Darren Fletcher
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Ethnic Scottish
Job Scottish Footballer
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Org Scotland National Team
Club as Player Manchester United

2009 07 10 Retrieve

[Darren Fletcher name Fernando Redondo as his heroes] I loved the way he played, how he sat in midfield and controlled the game

2010 01 01 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] He was a great influence, really. If Roy had a go at you, he did it because he cared. He was the best captain you could wish for. He would tear you to shreds on the pitch if you gave away the ball, ‘get your effing touch right, effing this, effing that’ but, as soon as you got into the dressing room, it was over. He was a winner. I’ve met dedicated professionals but he had something else

2010 01 02 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] He [Keane] was our captain, he was our leader and he left a mark: where we are now is down to him, our dedication comes from the standards he set. The rules about time-keeping, about getting in a half-hour early, they were his instructions back in the day and those traditions continue

2010 01 03 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] Roy was probably the biggest influence on my career. He would come down hard on me if I ever did anything wrong but he made me realise what it meant to be a Manchester United player

2017 10 07 Retrieve

[Fletcher says I looked like I’d been bitten by Mike Tyson!] My ear looks like I’ve been bitten by Mike Tyson! But I’ll be all right for Sunday. My ear was hanging off a little bit, so it definitely needed to be bandaged up or it would have been flapping around. I got a few stitches but it will heal up and should be all right for. I signalled to my kids in the stand at the end making sure they knew I was OK. When you see your dad go off with blood, you might be worried. I needed three or four stitches and some glueSunday.

[A win over Slovenia will see Scotland secure second place in their World Cup qualifying group and, with a play-off place up for grabs, Fletcher says the team are confident of getting the job done] Beating Slovakia was a massive boost and puts us in a great position but we still have a job to do in Slovenia. There’s a feel-good factor about the country at the moment but we’ve still got one game to go and even after that there is still the play-offs. There are still a lot of challenges ahead of us and what we want to achieve. If we could reach the play-offs that would be great but it is all about getting to the tournament in Russia. We still have a number of games to get to Russia and Slovakia was a small step towards getting there

It will be tough but this team believe we can go and win the game, and that’s the biggest thing. Momentum is a good thing in football and it is with us now. Once you score a couple of late goals you start to believe in yourselves as a team, and that is showing

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[He reveal Mourinho was worried about how he was perceived at Old Trafford] I think we’ll see a slightly different Jose. I think the Jose that had been affected by Real Madrid and almost resentment of players, different to the Jose of Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan where he was a player’s manager, players were ‘us against the world’, there was a real closeness and things like that, we haven’t seen that for a while

I know for a fact after he left United he did a little bit of reflecting and asked a few people, ‘tell me the truth, tell me what I was like, give it to me straight’

And that 9484afd5836d307b314a404d745a9a68, for me, a sign of somebody who realised he’d gone a little bit too far in that way. I’m sure he had his own frustrations towards Manchester United, just as many as the players and people had with him and the things that went on towards the end. I think you can see it from both point of views. But the fact he was asking people for an honest opinion of what he was like says to me that’s somebody who is reflecting and a little bit of a rest and a little bit of self-reflecting we’ll see a different Jose Mourinho

Whether it’s the Jose Mourinho of old … I don’t expect it to be the Jose we’ve seen in the last couple of years

[Asked if Spurs were right to sack Mauricio Pochettino] Yes because I feel like he’d run his course at Spurs. I feel like too much has gone on. I saw it coming at the beginning of the season, all the contract situations with the players, losing the Champions League final and the affect that’s had on them. The players are hearing the same messages all the time, same formation, it just seems to be everyone has lost their way, players, manager, everyone associated with the club

I feel Tottenham need a restart, somebody to come in and kick-start their season and take them on the next part of their journey. I just feel it’s a case of the manager having done five successful seasons at the club without winning a trophy, made Spurs an established Champions League side, taking them to the final, the one question mark against him is the fact he’s not won anything and Daniel Levy said that in his comments ‘we’ve brought in a winner’, so he obviously thinks the next challenge for Spurs is to start winning titles

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Darren Fletcher admits Ronaldo frustrated early at Man Utd but knew he’d be great] He was probably thankful of coming into that environment because it made him a winner. Ronaldo, as a young boy, he basically got chucked on a plane after a pre-season game because of how well he played against us and a week later he was in Manchester.

He learnt English so quick, he was 18, he did extra training every day, he was the first player to go and get a personal chef. He brought in ankle weights to train in so in a game he felt sharper when he took the ankle weights off. What a guy. He was determined to be the best player in the world. When you see his ability […] yeah, he was frustrating in the beginning, he was a young, skinny lad, [but] the dedication and effort he put in, that single-mindedness [allowed him] to go and become the best player in the world

2020 05 18 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has admitted that he would be very concerned about playing in the current climate] With my illness I would be one of those players that is a high risk. I’d be very concerned about that, but at the same time I love playing.

It’s a massive concern. We’re not out of this situation by any means. Footballers will not only be concerned for themselves and their lives and the rest of their careers but they’ll be worried about bringing it back to their family. Sport is important to everyone and we’ve all missed it but we’re talking about matters of life and death here and I think that guarantees would have to be in place - but who can guarantee that players are going to be safe? I don’t think anyone can guarantee that at this moment in time

[Having left Championship side Stoke City at the end of last season] I haven’t officially announced anything and I’m just happy to let time pass. It has been a long time now and I think I have finally got my head around that I probably won’t be playing again. I don’t think I’ll ever fully accept it but I’m getting there now

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Darren Fletcher says Manchester United midfielders Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are good enough to play together but may need to make sacrifices] Without doubt, of course. Great players can come together. Somebody might have to sacrifice a little bit of something - that’s part of being in a team, it’s not an individual sport. When you play with a certain midfield, whether it’s a midfield three, you adapt your game to complement each other. That’s what I had to do at United. I was in the team with lots of different midfielders, lots of combinations and, if a certain midfielder was playing, I would try to take up positions to allow him to benefit and he would do things to allow me to benefit. It’s all about being compatible and recognising the strengths of your fellow team-mates and how to get your best performance, but, ultimately, you might be sacrificing what you do best to allow someone else to excel, which helps the team win

[Fernandes has hit the ground running since arriving at Old Trafford, registering three goals and four assists in nine appearances so far] I think he’s been fantastic. His ability has been there for everyone to see. For me, it’s been his personality and his attitude. He tries things, he tries difficult passes but, when he gives it away, it’s his reaction after he does it. It’s fantastic, his hunger to try and get the ball back. He doesn’t throw his arms up in the air or sulk and moan. He’s bossing people on the pitch, he’s taking responsibility. He’s looked like the epitome of a Manchester United player. He wants to be there, he wants the ball, he demands the ball. He’s seen Old Trafford as his theatre and he’s relishing it. He’s sort of been a breath of fresh air with personality more than anything, which is what you need to play for Man United. Ability’s not enough. You need personality to play for Manchester United and he epitomises it

2020 06 13b Retrieve

[Former United midfielder Darren Fletcher feels the star duo will have to alter their individual games slightly to help ensure they thrive together in midfield] Without doubt, of course [Pogba and Fernandes can play together]. Great players can come together. Somebody might have to sacrifice a little bit of something - that’s part of being in a team, it’s not an individual sport. When you play with a certain midfield, whether it’s a midfield three, you adapt your game to complement each other. That’s what I had to do at United. I was in the team with lots of different midfielders, lots of combinations and, if a certain midfielder was playing, I would try to take up positions to allow him to benefit and he would do things to allow me to benefit. It’s all about being compatible and recognising the strengths of your fellow team-mates and how to get your best performance, but, ultimately, you might be sacrificing what you do best to allow someone else to excel, which helps the team win