Darren Fletcher is a Scottish midfielder who has played his entire career at Manchester United helping the side to win several Premier League, League Cup and Champions League titles. Later in his career Fletcher has suffered from ulcerative colitis which has restricted his game time for the past several seasons. When fit the Scottish midfielder is known for his world class stamina and passing abilities.
Darren Fletcher is a versatile midfielder who is currently playing for Manchester United in the Premier League. The 25-year-old has been at United for the entirety of his professional career after joining the club in 2000 as a trainee. In February 2001, Fletcher signed a professional deal with United. He was originally seen as a right winger in the David Beckham mould and was tipped to eventually succeed the England midfielder. However, his first couple of seasons with the team were disrupted with several niggling injuries.
Fletcher broke into the United first team during the 2003/04 campaign and played in a number of important matches. He also started in the FA Cup final victory against Millwall that year. A slow start to the 2004/05 season saw him absent from the team. However, he managed to score his first goal for the team in January 2005 against Middlesbrough. Nevertheless, the next two seasons saw him restricted to a bit part role. He also came in for criticism from a number of people who questioned his talent. The 2007/08 season looked like it might have been his last as he slipped further down the pecking order after Nani, Anderson and Owen Hargreaves were purchased. Nevertheless, he still performed admirably when called upon. He was rewarded for his endeavour in the 2008/09 campaign as he established himself in the side due to injuries. Ever since, Fletcher has often been the unsung hero of the midfield and his versatility has seen him become a vital member of the United team.
At international level, Fletcher has established himself as a key member of Scotland's squad since his debut in 2003. He scored his first goal for Scotland in only his second cap against Lithuania to hand the team a 1-0 victory. In May 2004, he became the youngest Scotland captain since 1886 as the team took on Estonia in a friendly. Since Barry Ferguson's international exile, Fletcher has been named the Scotland full choice captain in 2009. To date, he has made 46 appearances scoring four goals for his country.