Date: 28th September 2009 at 9:44pm
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Darren Fletcher gingerly, carefully raised the subject of Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure and claimed that it might, just might have some positive effect as well… Fletch, one of United’s most impressive performers this season (or last season…), has even set a goal target for himself.

“The manager has pointed out that Ronaldo has gone and that is a huge goal difference that we need to fill. As players, we all have to rise to the challenge,” he said.

“Ronaldo was good for us, but a lot of players sacrificed themselves for Cristiano too. In a lot of games, I`d be asked to play in central midfield but, whenever he went forward, I`d have to get out to the right to cover him.

“Maybe, now we have got back to 4-4-2, where everybody drops back as a four, it gives the midfielders more opportunity to bomb forward.

“I`d like to think I can get double figures this season because, in this team, you are always likely to get chances if you can get into the box.”


Whoa. More than ten goals for Darren Fletcher? Incidentally, do you know when was the last time a United central midfielder reached double figures in a season? It was in the 2004/05 season, and of course Paul Scholes managed the feat. Since then Scholes has got closest, scoring 7 in 2006/07. So Fletcher set himself a huge target – I don’t think he’ll do it, to be frank. But he’ll probably get my vote for Player of the Year if he does.