Fletcher - I'm ready for final

Midfielder hoping to be selected for United to face Barcelona

Fletcher: Feels ready to face Barcelona after returning from two months on the sidelines

Loading Market ...

Football Betting

Up To £30 Free Matched Bet

Darren Fletcher insists he feels ready to play a part in Manchester United's UEFA Champions League final clash against Barcelona.

The Scotland midfielder has recently been sidelined for two months with a stomach virus, but played 90 minutes in Sunday's 4-2 win over Blackpool.

He is also expected to feature in Gary Neville's testimonial against Juventus on Tuesday evening as he bids to prove his fitness for Saturday's Wembley showdown with Barca.

Fletcher, who was an unused substitute in the 2008 final win over Chelsea and missed the defeat by Barca 12 months later through suspension, is eager to be involved at the weekend.

The 27-year-old is happy to leave a decision in Sir Alex Ferguson's hands and understands there is fierce competition for a place in the 18-man squad.


"I feel ready to play," said Fletcher.

"I have had a couple of reserve games, which I have found even more difficult because other people are trying to make an impression.

"It was important to get 90 minutes today ahead of the big game next weekend but now it is not for me to decide. All you can do is your best.

"The lads who got us there have done really well, so the manager has a lot of decisions to make.

"We have a big squad, everyone is fit and there is competition for places on the bench."

United assistant manager Mike Phelan added: "Darren has had a difficult time.

"A Darren Fletcher up and running and firing on all cylinders gives us a hard job of picking the team.

"It is never easy to come back when you have been out for so long. Now we will recover him and see where he is at in a couple of days' time."