Fletcher makes title pledge

Midfielder Darren Fletcher has urged his Manchester United team-mates to get over their European disappointment by giving their all to win the Premier League.

United were dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich in midweek after a 3-2 second-leg victory at Old Trafford saw the German side progress to the semi-finals 4-4 on the away goals rule.

In the league, the Red Devils are on the back foot as they trail leaders Chelsea by two points with five games remaining in the season.

But despite the setback of losing to Bayern just days after a 2-1 league defeat at the hands of Chelsea, Fletcher is refusing to accept that another Premier League title is now out of United's reach.

"It's really disappointing and the lads will be gutted for a long time, but somehow we've got to rise now and show character," he said.

"We've got five games to go and are still fighting for the league.

"The good thing is there's always another game and, although we're disappointed about this, we must put that aside and concentrate on the league.

"We must show character between now and the end of the season.

"Yes, it was a big couple of weeks for us. We've lost to Chelsea and been knocked out of the Champions League but we still have the league to fight for.

"We've got to show the performance level we produced in the first half against Bayern in the five remaining games.

"There's no Champions League or midweek matches now so we have just five league contests to concentrate on."

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