Darren Fletcher Says One More Win in Champions League Should Seal Knockout Place


Fletch: One more win

Darren Fletcher says the Reds are determined to wrap up qualification for the Champions League knockout stages with a win in Braga next month.

Darren Fletcher

United’s come-from-behind victory against the Portuguese side on Tuesday night gave Sir Alex’s men a third win in as many European games this term and ensured United remain in the driving seat at the top of Group H.

Another three points in Portugal will seal a place in the last 16 and banish last season’s early-exit memories.

“After last year the aim was to get ourselves through the group as quickly as possible,” the Scot told MUTV. “One more victory should see us through and hopefully we can do it in the next game in Braga with two games to spare.

“If you take away the first 20 minutes when we went 2-0 down it was a good performance,” he added, in reference to the win over Braga at Old Trafford.

“People will talk about slow starts and giving away early goals but the fact we came back to win showed great character. Nevertheless, we know we can’t keep doing it [giving away early goals].”

The game was Fletcher’s third full match for the Reds this season following his battle with ulcerative colitis last term. And the 28-year-old is delighted to be involved again.

“I feel fine. It was good to get another 90 mintues under my belt and the more of them I get the better I’ll feel,” he said. “I’m fully aware there is huge competiton for places in midfield. I’ve just got to get as many minutes under my belt as I can and keep taking my opportunities when they come.

“There is great competition for places all over the pitch and the more of us that can stay fit the better it will be [for the team in the long run].”

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