Darren Fletcher didn’t hold back in his post match reaction to Manchester United’s defeat against Swansea and insisted that everybody has to improve their performances after another loss.
What Fletcher said is the truth. Every player has to take responsibility for another limp performance that saw United only have two shots in 90 minutes and none at all in the second half.
David Moyes repeated his stance that United were unlucky but in reality, we weren’t. It was a self inflicted loss created by a set of players who simply didn’t play well enough.
“It’s a massive blow, let’s not kid ourselves here, this is a really bad result, and there are a lot of angry, hurt players,” Fletcher said.
“We feel we have let the manager and the fans and everyone down today by losing and it’s not good enough and we’re going to have to raise our performance levels.”
Sir Alex Ferguson’s leaving speech is remembered for him telling fans to get behind Moyes but it looks like the players need to listen to what he said about them as well.
Fletcher led by example on and off the pitch tonight. He stood outside in the pouring rain after the match to sign autographs for fans and he left everything on the pitch against Swansea. He was committed for the full 90 minutes and never let his shoulders drop when things were going against him when others seemed to drop it down a gear towards the end rather than increasing it.
“I wish the players every success in the future. You know how good you are, you know the jersey you are wearing, you know what it means to everyone here and don’t ever let yourself down. The expectation is always here.” Sir Alex Ferguson
Fletcher also insisted that there is no need for any motivation ahead of Tuesday’s game against Sunderland because it is a cup semi-final and, once again, he is right. The players need to respond and repay the fans who Fletcher hailed in his interview.
He said: “We’re letting them [the fans] down but to be fair to them, they are really sticking by us, and that’s great to see as well and we’ve got to repay that and I think the players saw that today coming off.
“Yes there were a few boos but when we got to the Stretford End, there was a lot of fans clapping and singing for United so the players have got to really see that and know that they are behind us and put in performances for the fans, and the manager, and his staff.
“It’s got to happen soon rather than later and there’s no better way than a semi-final on Tuesday night.”
It isn’t every player that you see standing outside Old Trafford in the pouring rain signing autographs for fans after a disappointing cup exit. Fletcher did. All the players don’t need to stand in the rain and sign autographs but they need to show that they care for the club and fans with performances on the pitch.
Like Patrice Evra, Fletcher gets United. He knows what it means to belong to the club and fought through terrible adversity to be in the position he finds himself. Some of our players need to take a look at Fletcher and follow his example as the only people who are going to get the club out of this current situation are the players themselves.