Fletcher gets promoted to join Man Utd first-team set-up

Darren Fletcher: 20 years with Man United

Manchester United have promoted former midfielder Darren Fletcher to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team coaching staff.

The former Scotland has spent 20 years at Old Trafford and will now work alongside Solskajer, Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna.

Fletcher, 36, had been coaching United’s U16 side since October, but now steps up to the senior side on a full-time basis.

Commenting on the appointment, Fletcher told the club’s website: “I am delighted to be returning to the club as a first-team coach.

“It’s a very exciting time for this young team and I am looking forward to taking the next steps in my coaching career by working with Ole and his staff.”

United boss Solskjaer said he was delighted to see Fletcher step up.

Solskjaer said: “Darren has the United DNA running through his veins and he knows exactly what it takes to be a Manchester United player.

“He is at the start of his coaching career and his experience both on and off the pitch along with his winning mentality, commitment and hard work will be a great addition to the staff.”

United to clear the decks

Meanwhile, Manchester United are planning to offload a number of first-team players in January in a bid to cut down their squad, according to a report.

The Sun claims that the Red Devils could ratify up to six exits in a mixture of permanent deals and loans.

Indeed, Solskjaer has faced questions in recent months about the futures of several fringe players in his squad.

Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is among them, with The Sun claiming that he is ‘all-but certain’ to leave. The Argentine came close to leaving on October’s deadline day but his move failed.