Manchester United have confirmed that Darren Fletcher has been promoted to the first team coaching setup.

Fletcher has been working with the club’s Under-16 side since October and will now join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s staff.

The Scotsman made 342 appearances for United, winning five Premier League titles as well as the 2008 Champions League.

As he takes his first steps into coaching in senior football, it’s clear one member of United’s squad will be pleased.

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Back in March 2018, Scott McTominay told the club’s official website that Fletcher is a role model for him.

He shared the fact that Fletcher had given him advice as he came through the ranks.

“There are many players I have learned from but Darren was certainly one,” said McTominay just before making his Scotland debut.

 

“He trained with us a couple of times when I was younger and I did look to him as a real role model and a leader at the football club. It’s the same with Michael Carrick and people like that who’ve really helped me improve.

“When we played Stoke, I spoke with Darren and he was really good with me. He just said ‘Keep going, keep doing what you’re doing and keep looking to improve every day by working hard.'”

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As a Scottish international midfielder who has come through the ranks, Fletcher is an obvious role model for McTominay.

Fletcher always gave 100 per cent on the pitch and was constantly striving to improve.

That’s what McTominay does. It’s also what Solskjaer wants his players to do as they look to carry on this recent improvement.

Fletcher is an inexperienced coach but he knows exactly what it takes to be a United player. That’s something which has clearly already rubbed off on McTominay and Solskjaer will hope his new coach can have a similar impact on the rest of his squad.

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