Fletcher benefiting from run

05 June 2009 03:49
Midfielder Darren Fletcher is hoping to build on his best-ever campaign in the Manchester United first team next season. Fletcher was an unsung hero for the Red Devils on their way to a third successive Premier League crown this season. The Scotland international made 26 league appearances - and 42 in all competitions - and believes he is benefiting from an extended run in the starting line-up. "I've always believed in my ability," said Fletcher. "It is difficult when you are a young player coming through at Manchester United. You are surrounded by top midfielders - Roy Keane, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes. "When my chances came it was in the wide right area and that wasn't a natural position for me. But this season I've had a long run in central midfield and my game has improved because of that. "I am a central midfielder and that's where I want to be, I enjoy playing there and it brings out the best in me. "With a run of games your performances improve and it is as simple as that. Sometimes you can go, in previous seasons, six weeks, eight weeks and then have to come in and perform. It is difficult. "But when you get a run of games playing Saturday and Wednesday, your form improves, your touch is there and everything about your game is at its top level because it has to be. Your performances improve."

Source: ESA