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Jan 12, 2014

Fletcher angered by unrest claims

Darren Fletcher said Manchester United’s players are furious at suggestions that manager David Moyes does not have their total support.

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And their long-serving midfielder insisted former manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence at most of their matches is not destabilising the team or Moyes.

The Scotland international, who made his first league start at Old Trafford since 2012 in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Swansea, is adamant that the defending champions’ squad is not divided.

He said: "It gets us angry because we know it is not true, that is the biggest thing. We are there every day and we realise that the players are fully behind the manager. Alex Ferguson being in the stand has no bearing on anything, it is great to see him there supporting the team and I think it would be a worry if he wasn't.”

United ended a run of three straight defeats with victory over Swansea but are still only in seventh place and on course to finish outside the top three for the first time in the Premier League era.

But Fletcher, 29, draws on his experiences of past struggles and believes United will benefit in the long term from their current problems.

And while many of United’s squad players have been criticised for their performances, he believes they have great futures.

He added: “I have been in situations when we have been written off and booed and all of the things that go with it. You come through that and you are stronger for it.

“We have got some great, talented young players in this squad and we have got to keep reiterating to them that they have to believe in themselves, know they are good players and it's up to us to help them.

“They will come through it without a shadow of a doubt and they will be better and stronger for it. Hopefully they will be the ones passing on advice to the next generation when I am long gone.”

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