Manchester United have confirmed that Darren Fletcher will become the latest ex-player to join their first-team coaching staff.
Fletcher, joined the United academy in 1995 and went on to make over 340 first team appearances for the Red Devils between 2003 and 2015. During that time the midfielder won five Premier League Titles, one FA Cup and the Champions League. He also scored 24 goals for the club.
In addition, the former Scottish International won over 80 caps for his national team and scored five goals.
The 36-year-old, who also played for West Brom and Stoke City, only retired in 2019 and has been working as pundit for Sky Sports.
Fletcher has also been coaching the Manchester United under 16s since October 2020 and following his appointment to the first team staff said:
“It is a very exciting time for this young team and I am looking forward to taking the next steps in my coaching career by working with Ole and his staff.”
The Scot always planned to go into coaching once he retired and will join his former midfield colleague Michael Carrick in the Old Trafford dugout. Fletcher also played alongside the Solskjaer for four seasons when the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm.
When asked about Fletcher’s appointment to his coaching staff Solskjaer said:
“Darren has the United DNA running through his veins and he knows exactly what it takes to be a Manchester United player.
“His experience both on and off the field will be a great addition to the coaching staff.”
Fletcher will be due step into his new role straight away with his first involvement on the touchline being Wednesday’s Carabao Cup Semi-final against fierce rivals Manchester City.
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