Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has revealed that he thinks that other teams fear the Reds going into the closing stages of games and that gives his side an advantage.
Fletcher, who has recently returned to the United side after nearly a year on the sidelines with a bowel complaint, has won the Premier League title four times during his career and over that time he has seen his team put together many memorable comebacks. "The never-say-die attitude is ingrained in this club," said Fletcher. "It comes from the players, who believe in themselves, and opposition teams, who fear it.”
Manchester United certainly have a reputation of snatching points from losing positions and this season they have already taken 21 points from games that they have been behind in- 6 points more than their nearest rivals Manchester City. Coincidentally, their lead over City in the Premier League currently stands at 6 points, and Fletcher is clear that the fighting spirit and the attitude of the players have been key drivers in their rise to the top of the table.
"The club has such a history of it you almost expect it to happen. We have a great bunch of players with a great attitude” Fletcher said. “We will fight right to the very end. And the history of the club definitely plays a part.
Manchester United not only have a reputation for having a never-say-die attitude in individual games but also in long, drawn out fights for the title. Sir Alex Ferguson has been written off too many times before, only for his side to de-rail a rival’s bid for the title. After last season’s failure to pick up any silverware United certainly seem to have the bit between their teeth and if they continue to show the form that they have in recent weeks then they won’t need to worry about overhauling anyone this year...they could have the title wrapped up by Easter.