Manchester United have announced the appointment of former player Darren Fletcher as the first-team coach behind the scenes of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In addition to the idea of ’United DNA’, Fletcher is now the third ex-player to work under Solskjaer, himself obviously a club legend, alongside Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick.
Meanwhile, Nicky Butt is responsible for first team development, while Michael Clegg is also first team coach and Neil Wood leads the Under 23 team.
“Darren has United DNA running through his veins and he knows exactly what it takes to be a Manchester United player,” Solskjaer told ManUtd.com.
“He is at the start of his coaching career and his experience on and off the pitch, along with his winning mentality, commitment and hard work will be a great addition to the staff.
Fletcher commented: “I am delighted to come back to the club as a first team coach. It is a very exciting time for this young team and I look forward to taking the next steps in my coaching career working with Ole and his team.
The 36-year-old, who was previously linked with a return to Old Trafford as technical director or as a member of a transfer committee, ended his playing career with Stoke in 2019.
Fletcher, who joined West Brom when he left Old Trafford in 2015, had previously spent 20 years with United after being spotted as a child. He progressed to the first team in 2003 as a teenager and played 342 games as Sir Alex Ferguson’s esteemed servant.
Fletcher won five Premier League titles with United, as well as the FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup, but his career at the highest level was cut short when he was diagnosed and started treatment for ulcerative colitis in 2011.
His illness being a factor, he has only played 50 more games in his last four seasons at the club.
Solskjaer recently attributed a change in mentality to United’s impressive form and propelled the Premier League to second place – tied on points with leaders Liverpool.
“I think we have competition for places, which means you can’t go around and think you can go wrong being on this team. You only deserve to be on a team that you contribute to, ”explained the boss.
“I think everyone just realized that we have the privilege of being a part of Man United – such a fantastic club and a fantastic history. When you are here, enjoy it as much as you can and maybe you will have a great time. ”
Having Fletcher on board will only add to that as he brings his own experiences to the table.
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