In a week where their behaviour has come under close scrutiny, not least from Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s manager praised the club’s fans for their warm reception for Darren Fletcher last night.
The 28 year old former Scottish captain came off the bench last night for the closing minutes of United’s Champions’ League win over Galatasary after 11 months out battling illness.
Fletcher suffers from the debilitating bowel conditions Crohn’s Disease and the illness threatened the midfielder’s career.
Ferguson was thrilled with the heart warming ovation Fletcher received when he replaced Paul Scholes.
“The supporters recognise what a tough time he has had for the last year. They gave him a marvellous reception.”
The manager believes that Fletcher can only improve with more game time and he is in line to start against Liverpool on Sunday.
“He has been out of the game for a year, it took him one or two minutes to get going but he can only be better after that.”
Sunday’s clash of the bitter rivals is Liverpool’s first home game since the publication of the report into the Hillsborough tragedy. Ahead of what is certain to be an emotionally charged game at Anfield Ferguson reiterated his call for United fans to uphold the solemnity and significance of the game.
I would not expect anything other than a real show of respect for everyone and I am sure Manchester United will play their part in that. It is entirely up to them what they want to do and we will abide by that and hopefully have a peaceful game and no incidents,” he added.