Darren Fletcher feels that Manchester United have the strongest squad in the Barclays Premier League as they go into the Christmas period six-points clear at the top.
Fletcher himself returned to the squad following 10-months on the sidelines suffering from Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel condition. But with Jones, Smalling and Vidic coming back into the squad he feels that United have more strength in depth than others in the league.
Speaking with PA Sport Fletcher said:
“We always feel we have the strongest squad, in terms of starting XI and strength in depth we have a real quality squad. There is so much competition for places.
“Some of the matches on the training ground are really intense because everyone wants to play and be involved. That is great for the manager. When you get the number of injuries we have had, especially in defence, it is important you have a big squad.
“The fact Chris and Phil Jones are coming back, Nemanja is coming back. We have a strong, fit squad with a lot of choices. I think it is the strongest squad around.”
The fight for a place in the first-team midfield is harder than ever with everyone playing on top of their games recently, Fletcher concedes that he and the rest of the squad are constantly jostling for the call up to start from the boss.
“We have always had a lot of strength in depth in midfield; it is the same this season, Tom [Cleverley] has been fantastic. He had a great start to last season but he picked up an unfortunate injury. He has been on fire this season.
“We have the experience of Ryan [Giggs] and Paul [Scholes]. Michael Carrick has been outstanding. I’m coming back, getting games under my belt and getting stronger. Anderson’s injured just now. There’s a lot of competition for places and everyone is competing well.”
Darren Fletcher insists that it is important to crack on now that the reds are six-points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
“It feels good to be six points clear, it was good to win the derby, especially after what happened last year, but it is important that we kick on and think just because we beat Manchester City and are six points clear, we can’t take it for granted.
“It is important that we keep pushing on and really putting pressure on Manchester City.”