Manchester United hero hails midfielder's mental strength

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Manchester United hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted to see Darren Fletcher working his way back to full fitness.

Fletcher began training again recently after missing the majority of the last two seasons with a serious ulcerative colitis condition - and Solskjaer, who is fondly remembered at Old Trafford following a successful 11-year spell which ended in 2007, has praised his former teammate's mental resolve.

"It's fantastic news that Darren is on his way back," the retired Norway striker told the Press Association. "I was over in Manchester about a month ago and I was lucky enough to bump into Fletch and he said he was on the road to recovery."

Solskjaer added that he has followed Fletcher's career closely since he first played alongside the Scotland captain in Manchester United's reserve team.

"I actually played in Fletch's reserve team debut for Manchester United, I was in the reserves quite a lot," the highly-rated Molde manager added. "I'm not sure he was even 16 at that time but I remember it was a game at Everton and you could just see then that you were watching a fantastic talent.

"He'd had loads of injury problems but I knew the manager had really, really good faith in him and I could see even in that very first reserve game just why Alex Ferguson had such high hopes for this kid."

Solskjaer, who himself suffered a couple of serious injuries during his career, went on to praise Fletcher's mental resolve.

"I admired his mentality, he was never in awe of the place and he just felt at ease and felt at home at Old Trafford," he added. "He had confidence in himself but he was humble. He had a tremendous work rate as well and the thing that stood out for me was the way he almost floated on the pitch, gliding through games.

"It came naturally to him and made the hard part of the game look easy. I knew Fletch was going to be a legend for Scotland and hopefully now he'll get back fit and improve even further to become a better player."

Fletcher joined United at the age off 11 before making his senior debut during the 2002/03 campaign.

He has gone on to make over 300 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 25 goals in the process.

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