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Ex-Manchester United Player joins Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Coaching staff

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.

Do you think that Darren Fletcher has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of other former Old Trafford players into Management? Share your views in the comments below. 

MANCHESTER UNITED VS LIVERPOOL – STILL THE BIGGEST RIVALRY IN ENGLISH FOOTBALL ?

A rivalry between two of the brightest stars in the English football galaxy, separated by a mere 30 miles. A rivalry of the ideologies, economics, cultures and pretty much everything that separates the two cities. A rivalry where careers are made and destroyed. It is in fact more than a rivalry, ablood feud with high octane intensity.
Yes this is Manchester United vs Liverpool, where history is written by the day, only to be eclipsed by the night. On Sunday, United and Liverpool renew hostilities as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s red – hot team host Jurgen Klopp’s charges.

But is it still the biggest rivalry in English football ?

Liverpool dominated English football during the 1970s and 1980s , claiming the league title eleven times and the European cup on four occasions during that period. Manchester United , however, dominated the 1990s and 2000s ,winning the Premier league title record 13 times, two Champions leagues, including the prestigious treble in 1999.

When United won a record – breaking 19th league title, their legendary Manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous comment provides more perspective to this debate.


“My greatest challenge was is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f**king perch. And you can print that”

But with Liverpool still ahead in terms of European glory ,the fight for the much –glorified position atop the perch has never been moreintense.

This Rivalry has seen a lot form the players involved as well.
From Steven Gerrard  Kissing the camera, to former United Striker Wayne Rooney describing how he grew up abhorring the Reds, and Gary Neville’s passionate celebration in front of the Liverpool supporters , this Rivalry has seen it all in recent past.
But the most recent episode of this ferocious rivalry happened when former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was alleged to have racially abused ex- Man Utd defender Patrice Evra in the 2011-12 season. As a consequence, Suarez was banned foreight matches.
And following his return , Suarez had to play United at Old Trafford and the Uruguayan refused to shake Evra’s hand before the match. United won the match much to the delight of Evra and the fans, and as expected Evra celebrated infront of the supporters and made Suarez feel it.

Supporters and Hooliganism :


The two clubs might be the most supported in the world, but matches between them have seen several incidences of hooliganism.
An unidentified Liverpool fan spat at Man Utd legend Eric Cantona and threw a punch at former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at the 1996 FA Cup final at Wembley as the Red devils walked to collect the trophy.
In 2016, in a second leg Europa league match at Old Trafford , there were crowd disturbances at the stadium – Liverpool supporters ripped seats and fought with United Fans.It was later reported that a Reds fan sneaked a Liverpool banner into the United section causing fury among United Fans.

As the next chapter of this Historical rivalry is about to be written on Sunday, what do we expect ? Goals? Red Cards? Stalemates ?
And is it still worthy to be mentioned as the biggest rivalry of English football ?