Published On: Thu, Apr 16th, 2020

Man Utd hero Darren Fletcher’s new role at Old Trafford explained | Football | Sport

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Manchester United hero Darren Fletcher has returned to Old Trafford to become an ambassador for the club. The Scot spent 12 years at the club earlier in his career, playing a key role in their success under Sir Alex Ferguson. And it now seems like he’s the latest club figure to return to the Red Devils since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as manager.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Fletcher has taken on an ambassadorial role at Old Trafford.

He’s yet to formally announce his retirement but hasn’t signed for another club since leaving Stoke in the summer, having departed the Red Devils in 2015 to join West Brom.

Last week a club video showed Fletcher sporting the club’s training top – leading to speculation he’d be returning to Old Trafford as a coach.

But that isn’t the case and the 36-year-old will now be performing ambassadorial duties instead.

Fletcher was a big player for United during the later years of Ferguson’s reign, making his debut in 2002 and going on to make 342 appearances for the club.

During that time he won five Premier League titles.

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Richard Hartis made the step up from the academy to become part of Solskjaer’s coaching staff.

And Quinton Fortune and Neil Wood are both currently coaching the United Under-23s.

Patrice Evra returned to Carrington earlier in the season to work on his coaching badges but a role for the Frenchman is yet to be created.

Meanwhile, speaking in February, Fletcher backed Solskjaer to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have been selfish and could have got players in for a quick fix,” he said.

“But he wants to do the best for Manchester United long term – and he’s doing it the hard way. He has to be respected for that.

“It’s probably going to take a little bit of pain – it’s probably going to take a lot of pain – but I believe that if we stick with the process we will look back on this period and think, ‘yes, we took that pain, but look where we are now because of those decisions’.

“We are a great counter-attacking side, but Ole wants us to be good in possession as well.

“But we’ve lost our most creative player this season – Paul Pogba. Pogba, say what you like about him, I think he gets a hard time.”



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