Fletcher reveals Sir Alex chats ahead of West Brom move

by Richard Laverty

Darren Fletcher has revealed he got advice from former manager Sir Alex Ferguson before taking the decision to leave Manchester United on deadline day last week.

Fletcher completed a free transfer to West Brom after it became clear he wanted to move away to play regular football, ending a 13-year-old association with the first team at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old made the move a day after his birthday and was the longest serving player at the club, now handing over that role to captain Wayne Rooney.

Fletcher himself was replaced as vice-captain due to a lack of game time before Christmas and when asked if he sought advice from the former United boss, Fletcher confirmed he did turn to Ferguson.

“Yes, I spoke to him, why wouldn’t you? When I was making my decision, I bounced a few things off him,” said the midfielder, who won five Premier League titles under Ferguson.

“When someone has been such an influence on you and has given you great advice on and off the pitch all through your career you have to use these people.

“We had a fantastic chat and I know he has great relationship with Tony Pulis, as he has with lots of managers throughout the league.

“He didn’t necessarily recommend Albion but we spoke about the pros and cons of different clubs around country and he couldn’t speak highly enough of Albion.

“I’ve spoken before about him in these situations, not only from a football point of view but a personal point of view and how he cared for me more in that situation than actual football side of things and that speaks volumes about him.”

Fletcher made his debut for United in a Champions League game against Basel back in the early noughties and became a key player in the big games as Ferguson turned him into an impressive player.

He could come up against United at a crunch time of the season for both clubs as West Brom come to Old Trafford in May looking for their second Old Trafford win in a row.

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