Fletcher - Nothing lost

Red Devils midfielder looking to respond after drubbing

Darren Fletcher: Insists the title has not been lost despite Sunday's hammering by Man City

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher insists nothing has been lost despite Sunday's 6-1 drubbing to Manchester City.

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It was first versus second at Old Trafford on Sunday in a mouth-watering clash, and it was Roberto Mancini's side who emerged with the points following a thumping success.

While Fletcher, who scored United's consolation in the game, admits it was a 'disappointing' scoreline he does not believe it will have a major bearing come the end of the season.

The Red Devils are only five points adrift of their city neighbours and Fletcher is staying positive by insisting they will bounce back from the humiliating defeat.

"Without doubt we realise how much stick and how much banter there will be for our fans," he told the Manchester Evening News. "We know how much it is hurting.


"The players are hurting just as much. We have to live in the city as well so we are also going to have to deal with it. But as I kept reiterating to the lads after the game, remember how it feels to lose by this scoreline.

"There is a long season to go. There are no medals handed out at this stage of the season.

"It is a bad result losing to Manchester City but this doesn't mean the league is over. We have to respond and win our next game.

"City are in a great position but Chelsea were in this position last year and were clear. They are the team at the top and everyone will be trying to knock them off.

"We are disappointed, really disappointed but we will have to bounce back. It is a problem to bounce back from a scoreline like this. Nobody wants to lose by the margin we did.

"But lose by 1-0 and lose by that score and it is the same points difference. You always have to look at positives. However, you don't want to lose by that scoreline at any time."