Darren Fletcher has revealed a talk with Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to quit Manchester United in favour of a move to West Bromwich Albion, reports the Daily Express.
Fletcher completed a deadline day move to the Hawthorns, having been one of the longest serving players at Old Trafford prior to the move.
He had been struggling for regular first team football under Louis van Gaal since returning from a serious illness, whilst reports of the United boss entering the market for a new defensive midfielder have been consistent since he took over.
And Fletcher has revealed he held discussions with former boss Sir Alex, who could not speak highly enough of West Brom and friend Tony Pulis.
“I spoke to him definitely,” said Fletcher ahead of an expected debut at Burnley,
“Why wouldn’t you? When I was making the decision, I bounced a few things off him.
“When someone has been such an influence on you throughout your career, you have to use these people. We had a fantastic chat.
“I know he has a great relationship with Tony Pulis. He didn’t necessarily recommend it but we talked about the pros and cons of different clubs and he could not speak highly enough of the Albion.”
The move was seen as a major coup for Pulis, who has been a long term admirer of the Scottish midfielder. He attempted to sign him whilst in charge of Crystal Palace, and the Welshman was delighted to secure the deal this time around.
“He (Ferguson) said he was first class,” said Pulis.