Alex Ferguson behind Darren Fletcher's Manchester United exit (1)

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Darren Fletcher turned over a new leaf earlier this week, disassociating himself from Manchester United for the first time in 20-years to join West Bromwich Albion.

The 31-year-old has now revealed that he was prepared to stay at Old Trafford, but former manager Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him otherwise.

He told The Telegraph: “Of course I spoke to him, why wouldn’t you? When someone has been such an influence on you and given you great advice on and off the pitch all through your career you have to use these people."

“We spoke about the pros and cons of different clubs around the country and he couldn’t speak highly enough of West Brom."

Fletcher has successfully come back from recurring ulcerative colitis condition but has found himself on the periphery of Louis van Gaal's squad. So far, the Scot has made just four starts under the Dutchman and getting more first team football was key to his decision.

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He said: “I felt I needed a new challenge and I wanted to play regular football. You make a decision at a certain stage of career of how much game time you are willing to accept. I am too young to be playing as little as I was so in that sense it was a really good challenge for me.

“I spoke with the manager [Van Gaal], he didn’t really want me to leave but he respected my decision and did everything he could to help me. I have been through a lot to get back playing and want to show people what I am still capable of.” 

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