Man United’s Darren Fletcher vows to seize his chance in the first-team

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher insists he will seize his chance to become a first-team regular at Old Trafford

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Darren Fletcher has vowed to seize his chance to break back into Manchester United’s first-team as the midfielder continues his return from serious illness.

The 28-year-old started the Red Devils’ 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup, making his first appearance after missing almost 12 months due to ulcerative colitis.

Sir Alex Ferguson handed Fletcher a second start in their win against Cluj in the Champions League, but the Scotland international is yet to make a return to Premier League action for the 19-time English champions.

“It’s what it’s all about,” Fletcher told United’s website. “Getting as many games as possible.

“I know the manager has got such a big squad now, especially in the midfield area, and there is a lot of competition for places. I have to be patient and wait for my chances but, hopefully, one will come around sooner rather than later.

“I think my general fitness is fine, it’s just match fitness – the sharpness, reaction times, things in your head and things like that. The positional sense, when you’re a little bit older, comes back to you fairly quickly.”

Fletcher has featured for the Under-21 side and the reserves in a bid to regain full fitness, and the midfielder is desperate to become a regular again.

“To get as many 90 minutes as possible is great just now,” he added.

“After not playing for a long time, it’s important to get games back into your legs. Fortunately, I’ve had quite a few games for the Reserves as well.

“I was just desperate to get back involved in any way, shape or form. For me, firstly playing for the Reserves was massive and a great achievement.

“Going into every game, I treat them the same. It doesn’t matter where it is – the Reserves, Capital One Cup, back in Scotland – every match is the same when you get across that line and just want to get back to winning ways.”

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