United pair extend deals

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Manchester United duo Darren Fletcher and John O'Shea have penned contract extensions with The Red Devils.

The pair, who have signed deals until 2009, have followed in Rio Ferdinand's footsteps in committing to the Old Trafford outfit.

Fletcher and O'Shea agreed the deals back in August when Paul Scholes put pen-to-paper and have now penned their contracts.

Scotland international Fletcher, who scored for his country in Slovenia, joined United as a trainee in 2000 and has gone on to become a regular under Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Republic of Ireland international defender O'Shea is a valuable member of United's squad due to his versatility.

The 24-year-old predominantly plays at the back, but he can also operate in midfield and showed an eye for goal when he netted away at Arsenal last season.

With the duo's future secure, Ferguson's next priority will be to tie down Portugal international winger Cristiano Ronaldo on a long-term deal.