Darren Fletcher made the right decision leaving Manchester United

Published Add your comment

Darren Fletcher cannot be part of the prestigious list of one-club players as he wished. But leaving Manchester United at the moment is the best move for all involved.

Fletcher has signed for West Bromwich Albion on a three-and-a-half-year deal. The 30-year-old completed his move late on Monday night, after an extension was granted for the deal to be completed beyond the 11pm deadline.

Earlier, Fletcher was expected to sign for West Ham. The deal fell through, however, as the London club just wanted to make a loan deal, while Manchester United wanted a permanent one.

Whichever new club it was going to be, Fletcher is getting to a whole new chapter in his career; a new challenge. The biggest challenge, considering Fletcher has been at Manchester United since he was 11. As he confessed in the first interview with West Brom, Manchester United is all he has ever known.

But it is a challenge Fletcher has to take, if he really wants to continue playing regular football. The level of requirement at Manchester United under new manager Louis van Gaal is too high for Fletcher to get a place in the first XIs.

Article continues below

Fletcher actually only started four matches for Manchester United this season, three of which saw him substituted before minute 70. At just 31, he is not old enough to accept a bench warmer role waiting for retirement. And while competing at Old Trafford seems too much for him, the Scottish international is still considered a huge boost for mid-table and struggling teams like West Brom.

Fitness Issues

There were concerns over Fletcher's fitness. He clearly is not the industrious midfielder we all know before having to withdraw from football for almost two years because of his ulcerative colitis condition.

Yet he is totally cured from that illness after surgery. And Manchester United confirmed that he is one of the only four players to have a 100 per cent attendance record for club training sessions this season.

He was, therefore, ready for a move. And while his farewell may cause some sadness and regret among the fans, and Fletcher himself, it is a move that benefits all the parties involved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Darren Fletcher
West Bromwich Albion
Manchester United
Transfer News

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again