Darren Fletcher is understood by the fans to be a loyal, hard-worker, who will always put a one-hundred per cent shift in for Manchester United. But, can he really ever justify a regular starting spot again?
With Michael Carrick looking probable to hold down one of the two starting spots in the centre of midfield, only one spot remains available for Fletcher to realistically contest when he returns from his long-term illness, suspected to be around November.
Shinji Kagawa, Marouane Fellaini, Tom Cleverley and Anderson among others are also battling for the same position; all are younger, at or close to full fitness, and able to impress David Moyes before Fletcher returns from injury.
This leaves the prospect of Fletcher playing only in a fashion shown to players out of a sentimental value of respect.
Yet, with the smaller games of importance including the Capital One Cup and FA Cup early rounds passing before his projected fitness regaining, regular action for the Scotland international look slim.
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