Football FanCast guest columnist Todd Withers feels that Fergie's decision to close the cheque book, has benefited no one more than Darren Fletcher.
With the cheque book locked away for safe keeping as Sir Alex is clearly content with his lot at Old Trafford, his decision has laid down the gauntlet for United players to seize the opportunity and make a place their own. Fergie came out this morning and challenged both Welbeck and Macheda to make the step up; a bold move perhaps, but one that will hopefully pay dividends.
Another player who will have no doubt been delighted at the lack of new arrivals and shows that Fergie clearly has faith in him is Darren Fletcher, who last season came into his own. Full credit to the Scot and I'm sure that I am not the only United fan who has had reservations about Fletcher over the years and was surprised at the level of performances that he has put in. The very fact that United fans were suggesting that our performance in Rome could have been so different if Fletcher was playing, is testament to the strides he has made.
If I am honest I really believed that with doubts over Hargreaves long term fitness that Fergie would have been in the market for a holding midfielder as one of the main priorities this summer, but actions speak louder than words and the decision suggests that Fletcher has been given the nod by Sir Alex and he will finally been given the opportunity to make that role his own. After years of being a squad member, Fletcher has been living proof that if you keep your head down, work hard then the benefits will bear fruit and he deserves to be in that United midfield more than anyone. He has been given that chance, so let's hope he doesn't let Fergie down.
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