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Darren Fletcher: ‘It Never Happened For Me Under LVG’

Now starring for West Brom, the former Manchester United fan favourite believes his ‘time was up’ under Louis Van Gaal.

Darren Fletcher’s 12 year spell at Old Trafford came to end in January, as manager Louis van Gaal decided to sell the midfielder to the fellow Premier League side. The move was precipitated by a lack of gametime – which when fit he wasn’t used to.

A Champions League winner and four-time Premier League champion with the Red Devils, Fletcher insists that he has no regrets about making the move.

He told Sky Sports: “From day one it’s felt right.”

“I can’t imagine myself anywhere else. It means a lot just to be playing and maybe even more from a health point of view that I’ve barely missed a training session since I’ve been here.”

Ever the consummate professional, Fletcher accepted his fate once United drafted in more midfield recruits, and has flourished at West Brom as a result.

“I knew my time was up,” he admitted.

“It would have been harder to leave if Sir Alex was still there, but the club had moved on. I enjoyed my time under Louis van Gaal and I learnt a lot, but it never happened for me under him.”

The Scotsman has become one of Tony Pulis’ most important players at the Hawthorns – earning a ‘Man of the Match’ award only yesterday in the Baggies’ 1-1 draw with West Ham.

In playing every minute in the Premier League since joining West Brom, Darren Fletcher proves that at 31, age is only a number.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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