Fletcher expecting toughest defence

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Fit again Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is ready for the club's toughest defence of their Barclays Premier League title, starting with the visit of Chelsea on Sunday.

The Scottish international made his long awaited return from the start for United during their trip to Benfica in the Champions League and added some much needed experience to their midfield, as Sir Alex Ferguson's side salvaged a draw in the Portuguese capital.

Having played 69 minutes, Fletcher is now in contention to play against Chelsea on Sunday, but admits he's far from certain to make an instant return.

"Although it is a squad game, you want to be playing, obviously, but I have been in their position – young, playing well and in the team – and it's great when you have the experienced players around you," he said.

"I was helped along and I will do the same for them because it all goes towards making United successful. You have got to earn the right to play for Manchester United, but the young players are doing that now."


The Manchester pair of City and United's perfect start to their respective Barclays Premier League campaigns has led many to believe it will be a two horse race for the title this season, however Fletcher is adamant their weekend opponents Chelsea must be considerers genuine contenders.

"I think Chelsea have been overlooked," Fletcher added.

"Chelsea started the season on fire last year, but didn't win the league, so we have to be careful.

Chelsea are a top side with a lot of experience. They have a new manager and they have brought younger, fresher and exciting players in.

"Liverpool have signed players as well, so it's a tough league to play in this season. Although the two Manchester clubs have started well, the other teams are going to be dangerous.

"With the quality of the teams in the league this year, I think it will be our biggest test so far to go and win the title."

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