Ashley Fletcher: I’ll return to Man United a better player after loan spell at Barnsley

by Ben Topliss

Ashley Fletcher believes he will return to Manchester United a better player once his loan spell at Barnsley comes to an end.

Fletcher has enjoyed a fine spell at Barnsley since he joined them on loan earlier this season, scoring seven goals as the League One club have climbed up the table.

The 20-year-old most recently bagged a brace in Barnsley’s final home game of the season against Colchester. Fletcher thanked the Tykes for giving him the opportunity to show what he can do.

“It’s been massive and I’d like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to come and play games, I feel like I’ll be going back to Manchester United as a better player,” Fletcher said.

“I’ve developed little things like how to be cuter with defenders and having the confidence element to score goals has really benefitted me. Getting a run of games has also benefitted me in terms of my fitness.”

The way the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson have made the step up to first team affairs at Man United this season has given hope to the club’s youngsters and Fletcher will no doubt be looking to make an impression when he returns to Old Trafford.

James Wilson, too, has made an impact on loan in recent months, this time at Brighton. United certainly have a talented crop of youngsters coming through and they are at the right club in terms of getting opportunities in the first team, although they will all no doubt be aware that there is still a lot of work to do.

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