Fletcher misses out on United tour

Scotland international Darren Fletcher will miss Manchester United’s pre-season tour to the United States, as he tries to recover from a stomach virus that sidelined him for two months last campaign.

The 27-year-old has lost a stone in weight due to the illness, and a club spokesman confirmed that the Dalkeith born man would not travel to North America.

Darron Gibson and goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak were not included in the 21 man squad for the trip, as speculation over the duo’s future at Old Trafford continues.

Six players who have represented their national side during the summer – Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, David de Gea, Phil Jones and Javier Hernández – will fly out at a later date.

Summer signing Ashley Young will travel with his new team, and it has been revealed that the former Aston Villa winger will wear retired midfielder Paul Scholes’ number 18 shirt this season. De Gea will don the number one shirt, whilst Jones takes number four.