Video: Darren Fletcher makes Manchester United comeback against Aberdeen
Long-term Manchester United absentee Darren Fletcher made his return to action last night.
The Scotland international had been out of action for nine months since being diagnosed with a chronic bowel condition. The 28-year-old pulled on a United shirt again for a testimonial match for former Aberdeen player Neil Simpson.
Fletcher came on as a second-half substitute, lining up alongside first-team colleagues, reserves and veterans in a pick’n’mix United line-up.
Sir Alex Ferguson said: “It’s been quiet progress for the boy.
“He joined in training a couple of weeks ago and it’s one of those situations where you say: ‘Let’s see how he does because he has had a really difficult time in the last year’.
“He’s got to the stage now where he feels he needs a game. I let him join Scotland this week but he wanted a game so I said: ‘Come to Aberdeen and join up afterwards’.”
Fletcher joined the likes of Dwight Yorke and Clayton Blackmore on the bench, with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand all starting the match.