The science of scapegoating

Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley has felt the full force of Reds’ frustration, as Manchester United fans clamber to scapegoat someone, or even seek to earmark a trip of scapegoats, including Ashley Young. Fans aplenty are literally endeavouring to master the science, perhaps even aspiring to an MSc(apegoat.) And yes, I’m labeling scapegoating as a science as opposed […]

Fletcher mystery runs deeper than a virus

Darren Fletcher

Darren Fletcher’s Manchester United career has been struck with significant ill fortune amid the trophies and personal glory since the Scotsman’s début a decade ago. Indeed, the Dalkeith-born midfielder’s first appearance for the club came almost two years after manager Sir Alex Ferguson had intended to deploy the then very callow youth. That the Premier […]

The Fletcher Euro question

Fletcher red card. Arsenal v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Semi Final

When Manchester United lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final two years ago defeat broke thousands of hearts. After all, not only was Sir Alex Ferguson’s side trying to defend Europe’s premier trophy but began the game as favourites. Outclassed by a team now widely regarded as one of the finest in the game’s […]

Fletcher: pressure on Chelsea

Darren Fletcher, Manchester United’s best midfielder this season, says that the pressure is piling on Chelsea with just three games to go in the Premier League. United host Tottenham Hotspur this Saturday and a win will take Sir Alex Ferguson’s side two points clear at the head of the table. The Scot says Chelsea will […]

Unlikely heroes – Patty, Fletch and Sheasy

Fletcher, O'Shea, Evra

Three players: Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher and John O’Shea. Great players today but each has suffered at Manchester United. Evra, taken off at half-time on début, did not have the most auspicious start. It was not uncommon to hear United fans dub Fletcher “Fergie’s son,” based on the notion that the Scot played only because […]

United won’t appeal Fletcher card

Darren Fletcher

Manchester United will not appeal Darren Fletcher’s yellow card for diving because there’s no scope within UEFA’s rules to do so. The United midfielder, who missed last season’s Champions League final through suspension, picked up a booking in last night’s draw with CSKA Moscow. Replays showed the Scot was clearly fouled. “It was a penalty,” […]

Rooney and Fletch could miss Scouse tie

Fletcher Rooney

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson faces a selection poser ahead of the club’s tie with rivals Liverpool this weekend after the Old Trafford chief revealed he could be without both Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher. The pair, key players in United’s starting eleven this season, each has injuries worries ahead of the match at Anfield, Sunday. “On […]