Fletcher targeting Premier League return after appearing for Man Utd Under-21s

Darren Fletcher is hoping to return to Premier League football after playing the majority of Manchester United Under-21s’ 2-2 draw with their Fulham counterparts on Monday, Sky Sports has reported.

Fletcher has not featured for the United first team since a substitute appearance against Newcastle on Boxing Day 2012. The Scotland international underwent surgery shortly after his appearance for the eventual Premier League champions in an operation related to the bowel disease ulcerative colitis, with which Fletcher has suffered in recent times.

Having played 67 minutes of the reserve fixture, Fletcher told MUTV: “It’s been a long time, so it’s good to get back tonight. I’ve been training for a few weeks now and the next progression is to get some match-time. I enjoyed it.

Fletcher added that he was not putting a time scale on when he wanted to be back playing for the first team, but would leave the decision largely to David Moyes. “I just want to be out there to help and do my best,” he said, adding: “I’m going to hopefully have a few more Under-21 games and finish 90 minutes before trying to work my way into the squad. If I get a chance, I’ve got to be ready to take it.

The 29-year-old came through the United youth academy and is a one-club man, with more than 300 appearances for the Red Devils and 25 goals. Fletcher has five league titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, one Champions League and one FIFA World Club Cup to his name, as well as more than 60 caps for his country.

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