Fletcher inspired by Scholes

United midfielder hoping for Champions League redemption

Fletcher: Seeking redemption

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Darren Fletcher hopes to follow in the footsteps of Paul Scholes and help Manchester United win the UEFA Champions League.

Fletcher was suspended for last year's final, which United lost 2-0 to Barcelona, after being sent off against Arsenal in the previous round.

United felt his dismissal had been harsh and appealed against the decision, but Uefa stood firm and Fletcher was left a frustrated onlooker as Barca lifted the trophy.

But the Scottish midfielder is taking inspiration from team-mate Scholes, who bounced back from similar disappointment after being banned for the 1999 final success.

The former England international had to wait nine long years before United won the competition again in 2008 and Fletcher does not want a similar delay before he gets a chance for redemption.

"Scholesy showed the determination to get back to a final and scored the winner in the semi-final two years ago to get us to Moscow," Fletcher said in the Sunday Mirror ahead of the midweek clash with AC Milan.

"That's an inspiration for me to do exactly the same thing and get back to another European final.

"It was a disappointment to miss the final against Barcelona and I've got a determination to get back there."