Fletch supports United kids

Midfielder to pass on knowledge after learning from old guard

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Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher believes he can pass on his experience to younger players in their squad.

The 25-year-old insists he has learnt from the best as to how to cope under pressure during a run of indifferent form as United struggling for consistency.

With injuries taking their toll over the winter period, Sir Alex Ferguson has called upon youngsters such as Rafael da Silva and Gabriel Obertan to step into the first team of late.

United have won just three of their last seven games and suffered a humiliating FA Cup exit at home to League One side Leeds at the start of the month.

The Red Devils also missed the chance to go top of the Premier League with a 1-1 draw at Birmingham last weekend, but Fletcher believes the younger players can now learn from him.

Naive

"Everyone wants to shoot you down when you are successful and you need to have the character to take that on board and fight back," he the club's official website.

"That is the challenge. You learn from it and it is what being part of this club is all about. You get used to and respond to it.

"When you are young and naive it can affect you. But I had very experienced players around me when I first broke through who pointed out the reality of it.

"The older ones have passed it down. The likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville told me not to worry about it because they'd experienced it and you get through it."