April 21, 2021

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Darren Fletcher has already explained his United philosophy and ideal line-up

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Darren Fletcher’s appointment as technical director at Manchester United will provide fans with plenty of intrigue.

Fletcher will offer “technical input and direction into all football and performance areas” and moves into a senior role along with John Murtough, who has been appointed football director.

The former United midfielder has effectively been given his second promotion at Old Trafford in six months, having moved from coaching the club’s under-16s to the first team in January.

Fletcher has so far been overseeing United games with analysts, rather than with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the dugout, hinting at the fact the 37-year-old was always viewed as a more technical appointment instead of in a hands-on role.


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With such a short time in coaching, fans would be forgiven for not knowing much about his approach to football and overall philosophy.

Yet, speaking earlier this season before his elevation to a first-team role at United, Fletcher gave a glimpse at his view on how the team should line up, argued that Mason Greenwood should be guaranteed a start in United’s best XI and wanted fans on the edge of their seats.

He told Sky Sports: “I think he’s a starter in United’s best team.

“Mason plays off the right-hand side, Anthony Martial in the middle and Marcus Rashford on the left, with Bruno Fernandes at no.10.

“That’s the best attack and the one that put people on the edge of their seats after lockdown and produced United’s best form.

“I’m sure Mason’s evolution is to be a no.9. He’s got world-class potential.

“The fact he can go both ways – not many strikers can go naturally onto their left foot and naturally onto their right foot and finish it. He’s a defender’s nightmare.”

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Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw scored the goals to clinch an unexpected, but empathic, victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops against the league leaders.

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The former Scotland international’s final season as a player was in 2018/19, after which he departed Stoke City and studied for his coaching badges, although it was not until May 2020 that he admitted his playing days were likely at an end due to the fact a medical condition would leave him at a higher risk from Covid-19.

Since leaving Stoke, Fletcher made a handful of appearances as a pundit on TV and radio before moving into his first coaching role with United’s under-16s in October.

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