Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the “Man Utd DNA” of Darren Fletcher was a factor in deciding to promote his coaching team to the former Red Devils midfielder.
On Monday, it was revealed that Fletcher, 36, had made the move up to manage United’s first team from working with the club’s under-16 academy side.
He replaces Mark Dempsey, Solskjaer’s long-standing assistant, who went the other way to an academy position.
Before stints at West Brom and Stoke, Fletcher enjoyed an illustrious playing career at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League and Champions League titles, among other trophies.
Since October, he has indeed been back at United, with Solskjaer taking no time building on his senior-level experience.
Solskjaer said, “He’s got the Man Utd DNA but there was a spot open because Mark Dempsey has moved to the academy,” We thought that he was so valuable there, that he was brilliant and supportive at the academy.
“Then when this opening came, Darren has been away from the club a few years but then he’s come back doing coaching with the 16s and with his experience of being here through both successful and difficult times, we felt it was right now for Darren to come in and give us that input.”
As a player himself, Fletcher came through the United ranks, spending 12 years as a professional at the club since making his debut in 2003.
But it was his experiences at West Brom and Stoke that persuaded Solskjaer to allow him to join his team in the backroom.