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[7] Darren Fletcher on making a new name for himself at West Brom and 5 Champions medals

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  • [7] Darren Fletcher on making a new name for himself at West Brom and 5 Champions medals

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    "I played so many games for United and was there for such a long time. United is the biggest club in the world, so you will always be remembered for your time there. But I'd like to think I'm carving out a second career at West Brom, and hopefully I'll be able to look back in a few years and say, yes, I played for Manchester United, but look also at what I achieved at West Brom. If that means finishing on a record number of points, getting to a cup final or qualifying for Europe, they will be as satisfying as winning something for United.”

    "But the likes of Roy and Giggsy, they made you winners and made you realise it was about winning at all costs and that drawing a game was a disaster, not winning titles is a disaster. The standards they set, they were driving forces every day and pushed you to reach incredibly high standards and become better team players. It was a constant learning curve for me, how to be a man and how to be a winner. Giggsy was the standard-bearer. He ended up with 13 title winners' medals, and I have won five, which is great, but I would always look at Giggsy and think five is feeble in comparison. That sounds really bad, but Giggsy and Paul Scholes were the yardstick, and their medals tally were what you would strive to match. Five is an amazing number, and when you look back, it should have been more. I do take great pride in what I won, but you always think of what might have been, of getting sent off in a Champions League semifinal, suffering the illness, injuries, etc. But all those downs and lows are character-building, and they are what builds you up. It was a roller-coaster ride, but I enjoyed the good times so much that I try to forget the down times."
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