Darren Fletcher has expressed delight at being able to return to the Manchester United line-up, with the 27-year-old playing a pivotal role in the side’s 1-1 draw with Benfica in their Champions League group stage match last night.
Fletcher has spent months out of action after contracting a stomach virus, and after recovering enough to feature for Scotland in the international break, Sir Alex Ferguson gave the midfielder a chance to prove himself at United once more.
And Fletcher said that while he was disappointed not to win the match last night, he’s still glad to be on the pitch helping his side defend the Barclays Premier League title and aim for Champions League glory.
"It's great to be back," Fletcher told the official Manchester United website.
"Two games for Scotland, both full 90 minutes, set me up nicely and I feel fit, I feel ready and it's good to be back in amongst the lads and involved in the squad and be back playing in the Champions League.
"Obviously we came for the three points and we're disappointed not to get them. But I think a point, away here against a good Benfica side after going a goal down, is a decent point.
"There were a few half chances here and there but I felt with our possession that we would go on to get the winner. Unfortunately that didn't happen. That's something we'll need to work on."
The star of the match for the visitors was Ryan Giggs, who in his 22nd season
for United kept the Red Devils in the match with a 42nd minute equaliser.
And Fletcher believes that Giggs is inspiring the other players in the squad to keep working hard and become an influence at Old Trafford for the long-term, just like the 37-year-old at Old Trafford.
"Giggsy scored a fantastic goal. He's an inspiration to all of us.
"He's got so much experience, he never misses a day's training, he's always in,” Fletcher said.
“He was fantastic on the pitch tonight. He just keeps going and getting better and better which is a credit to him and great for Manchester United."
Manchester United now look forward to the weekend, where they face title contenders Chelsea in what will no doubt be a fiery encounter at the Theatre of Dreams.