The news that Darren Fletcher had been allocated a spot in Manchester United’s squad for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League squad was widely reported last week, but is it much of a boost to United as a whole?
That’s the question we put to Australian Manchester United fans this week, and the response has been mixed:
@OZMUFC Not really, Hargreaves was a member of the squad and never played. IF Fletcher gets back playing, that’ll be a boost.
@OZMUFC Yes. We are short of tacklers in midfield. Has been out a long time though…
@OZMUFC At least not this season .. Just look at Vidic he hasn’t recovered yet; Forget Fletcher contributing anything significant this season.
Yes, its a massive boost, given our relatively young squad’s lack of experience, ball retention and cooler, wiser, more experienced minds in midfield is a mandatory minimum to progress through the group stage. His experience will help win points in difficult away games and give the likes of Cleverley, Anderson and Kagawa some reinforcement.
Definitely. Fletch brings experience and tenacity, and with that, midfield enforcement. It would ease the burden on our midfield playmakers knowing that there is someone behind them covering their arses when they lose the ball. Moreover, he provides a box-to-box presence, something which Anderson hasn’t been able to replicate despite his work rate.
Definitely. Fletcher in my opinion is the closest thing we have to a holding midfielder – a bodyguard to our defense. With the experience he brings to the field and immense talent, I hope to see him soon.
It would seem whilst some are excited about the prospect of Fletcher making a return to the heart of United’s midfield, other are opting on the side of caution, suggesting that his inclusion in the squad alone does not merit much excitement yet.
What do you think?
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Thanks to all who participated this week.