Manchester United legend Denis Law has backed midfielder Darren Fletcher to make a comeback to the United fold as he continues to recover from ulcerative colitis.
The Old Trafford legend appreciates the midfielder has missed out on being a driving force for both club and country after requiring time off for treatment to deal with ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease.
Fletcher’s last senior appearance came on Boxing Day in 2012, against Newcastle United, but he has managed to get a couple of recent Under-21 appearances under his belt as an over-aged player for Warren Joyce’s side.
Speaking with manutd.com, Denis Law said:
“He’s had a horrible time, hasn’t he?
“He was going to be a key player for Scotland as well as Manchester United. It’s awful to have that situation where you’re not playing and obviously don’t feel well either.
“He is coming back, which is good news, as it’s been almost a year now. We all wish Darren the best of luck to come back.”
Darren Fletcher will continue to feature for the under-21s and reserves at Manchester United while he recovers to full match fitness, he is currently training everyday with the first team at the AoN Training Complex.
His presence around the youth of the club is a fantastic insight for the future of Manchester United, passing on all previous experiences.
Denis Law added that he is keen to see Manchester United’s tradition of promoting homegrown talent under new manager, David Moyes.
“Sir Alex Ferguson always wanted that in the team and he brought through a number of them
“That is what you want and David Moyes feels the same.
“The base has always been with Matt Busby and the Busby Babes and, even if you have to buy somebody eventually, there should always be youngsters too.
“They often say the young won’t win it for you but they will be the basis for years to come and learn from the older professionals. You’ve got to do that if you’re going to have a sustainable team for years. You need the young ones to come in and get experience. If they’re good enough, they will stay in the team and you can build from there.”
Darren Fletcher has set himself a target for 2014 to be ready to be selected in the first team, RedMancunian hopes that he will be in the league cup squad to face Stoke City away in December.