Man United transfers: Van Gaal explains Fletcher situation

Louis van Gaal confirms that Darren Fletcher is set to stay at Manchester United after West Ham move falls through

Louis van Gaal has revealed that Darren Fletcher’s proposed transfer to West Ham United collapsed because the east London club were only keen on a loan deal for the midfielder.

The 30-year-old midfielder, whose contract with the Red Devils expires at the end of the season, had been expected to join the Hammers on a free transfer.

However, the move is now off because the Hammers were looking to sign Fletcher on a temporary deal, while United were keen to force through a permanent transfer.

Speaking to BBC Sport after his side’s victory over Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, Van Gaal said: “I thought Darren was going to sign a contract. But at the end they look for a loan and that was not the agreement.

“I’m only listening to what is now said by West Ham United.

“I think so (he will remain a United player). He is my third captain so it is not a problem for me. Manchester United just want to help him play more. For him now that is a big pity.”

Saturday’s win over Leicester City moved United up to within nine points of Chelsea, who hosted Manchester City in the day’s late kick-off. United are now third in the Premier League table.

United’s next game is their FA Cup fourth-round replay against Cambridge United at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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