Darren Fletcher

Scottish midfielder Fletcher was presumably overwhelmed with emotion after the hugely positive reaction he received from the travelling Manchester United fans on Sunday after such a long struggle with serious illness.

With just 20 minutes under his belt so far, it is obviously hard to make a judgment on just how well he will re-adapt to the fast and furious pace of Premier League football.

Make no mistake, Fletcher's return is evidently more than just a shortlived feelgood factor. With United and David Moyes evidently crying out for an effective and confident presence in the heart of midfield, the 29-year-old still has a crucial role to play at Old Trafford.

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