Man Utd coach Darren Fletcher details dressing room mood ahead of Man City Carabao Cup tie

Man Utd ‘need to win’ the league says Darren Fletcher

Manchester United coach Darren Fletcher has revealed players were in good spirits ahead of their Carabao Cup showdown with Manchester City on Wednesday night. The former midfielder has returned to Old Trafford to become a member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff. And he’s happy to be back.

Fletcher’s return was announced on Monday.

And he’s already overseen one training session, telling the club’s official website: “I can’t reminisce and catch-up and all this.

“The training session was good, the players were at it, the atmosphere was good, the camaraderie was good.

“Knowing some of the players but getting to meet some of the other ones for the first time, it takes a few days.

“These things will be like getting to know people in my first few weeks.

“Very quickly, they’ll get to know me and I’ll get to know them and be able to start putting my mark on a few and making a bit of an influence.”

Fletcher has labelled his return to United a ‘fantastic opportunity’ and has admitted it was a decision weeks in the making.

“I’m delighted to be back and excited to work with the staff: Ole, Kieran [McKenna], Carras [Michael Carrick], Mike Phelan and the rest of the coaches; the players, you know some fantastic players to work with at the beginning of my coaching journey,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m just delighted to finally be in today, my first day in a new job today.

“I spoke to Ole a couple of weeks ago and it’s finally getting things sorted to come in today.

“It’s been a unique experience. I’ve been a player but now I’m on the side, on the coaching staff, so it’s a little bit different. I’m buzzing and cannot wait to get started.”

Fletcher thinks United are the biggest club in the world, and has admitted he feels they’re scrutinised more than other teams.

“I think the biggest thing about playing for Manchester United is it’s the biggest club in the world,” said the Scot.

“It’s the club that comes under the most scrutiny and is different to any other club.

“You have to be prepared in a number of ways, not on the pitch but off the pitch and mentally, if you play for Manchester United.

“I’ve been through a number of experiences with Manchester United.

“I’ve been a young lad coming through the Academy, I’ve come back from injury, I’ve come back from illness, I’ve been through a period where we haven’t won for a while, I’ve been through great successes.

“So I’ve had a full journey with Manchester United.

“I like to think I’ve been in a number of situations where maybe players haven’t at different stages of their career and I’m just desperate to pass on advice; how people helped me and how, at the same time, I helped myself.

“I’m trying to influence and impact on the team in a positive way, alongside the manager and the great coaches we have.

“Hopefully, I can add a small percentage that will propel us forward.”

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