Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher has revealed the hunger that drives him on daily at Manchester United.
Fletcher, 26, with 10 years and 255 senior appearances under his belt at the club, dreads the day when his time at Old Trafford is over and he would love nothing better, it seems, than to emulate veteran trio Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville in prolonging his United career.
"You look at it as a step down if you leave," said Fletcher. "If you are lucky enough to stay, you will have played at the top for your whole career and it does not get much bigger than Manchester United."
He added: "Players who left say, 'think twice before you leave, because there is nowhere like Manchester United.'
"Everything about the club makes it the place you want to be. No-one really thinks about leaving when you are here."
Fletcher has particular admiration for Scholes, the veteran indicating he may be prepared to play on beyond next season.
The pair are part of the 22-man United squad currently in Chicago at a training camp ahead of their five-match summer tour.
Asked who is the greatest player he has played alongside, Fletcher responded on MLSsoccer.com: "Paul Scholes.
"To have played at the top for 10-15 years, that's the benchmark for me, trying to reach his level. For what he's achieved, he has never really got the credit he deserved.
"Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are almost like urban legends. They are fantastic role models for younger players like me to have."
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