On January 4th of 2021 Darren Fletcher was promoted to Manchester United‘s first team coaching staff. There has been little time to precisely analyze what Fletcher’s role will be. Although, the potential impact he may have on the first team could be vital to United‘s 2021 title push.
Why Darren Fletcher?
Fletcher had been working with the Under-16s since last fall. Fletcher is currently attempting to get his badges with Manchester United. And, the Manchester United Academy graduate made over 340 first team appearances for the club in his playing career. During his time with the first team as a player, Fletcher won 5 Premier league titles. Fletcher was also part of a team that won the UEFA Champions League, although he did miss the final through suspension. Fletcher has a rich history with the club and is a clear winner.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in response to Fletchers promotion:
“He is at the start of his coaching career and his experience both on and off the pitch along with his winning mentality, commitment and hard work will be a great addition to the staff.”
Fletcher will bring title winning experience to a squad pushing for its first title since 2013.
What are Darren’s Feelings?
Darren Fletcher has been a vocal supporter of the club ever since he ended his days as a player. Everyone knows Fletcher has an intelligent and well spoken person from his time as a pundit in the UK. Fletcher himself is of course delighted to now be part of the first team. And, he made that clear during his first interview following the appointment:
“It’s a very exciting time for this young team and I am looking forward to taking the next steps in my coaching career by working with Ole and his staff.”
There’s no need to question any commitment Fletcher has to the club.
I firmly believe Fletcher has come into the side to share his experience as a title winner and to provide insight to some of United’s young starlets. Mason Greenwood for example, has already received high praise from the United legend over the last week. Fletcher has already vocalized that he sees Greenwood as a member of United’s most potent attacking unit:
“Mason plays off the right-hand side, Anthony Martial in the middle and Marcus Rashford on the left, with Bruno [Fernandes] at no.10. That’s the best attack and the one that put people on the edge of their seats after lockdown and produced United’s best form.”As reported in the Mirror in an interview with SKY sports.
The entire United squad will surely benefit from Fletcher’s experience and his passion for Manchester United. But, the younger players may benefit the most from his appointment to the first team.