Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City

Fletcher feels for Man United fans

October 24, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher feels for the club's fans after the 6-1 drubbing in the Manchester derby, but says the players are hurting just as much.

Man Utd
GettyImagesMan Utd fans couldn't believe their eyes

• Hernandez signs new contract
• Jolly: Fergie's darkest day
• Fergie: This was my worst defeat

Sir Alex Ferguson described the result as the worst of his career and Fletcher insists that his team-mates have to remember how it feels to lose so badly if they are to recover.

"We realise how much this result has hurt the fans and how they'll go into work on Monday and get a lot of stick, but the players are hurting just as much. We live in the city too and we're going to have to deal with it as well," Fletcher told MUTV.

"No-one wants to lose by the margin we did today, but you've always got to look at positives and say you can lose by that score or lose 1-0 and it's still the same amount of points [to lose].

"I said to the lads in the dressing room afterwards that we need to remember how it feels to lose a game like this, but to remember that no medals are handed out now.

"There's still a long way to go in the season. It's a bad result, but by no means is the league over. We've got to respond and win our next game."

The 6-1 result was United's first home defeat since April 2010, and it ended their run of 19 consecutive home league wins.