Darren Fletcher is adamant that Manchester United have the best squad in the Barclays Premier League.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini yesterday repeated his belief that the Blues are the better team despite last Sunday’s 3-2 win for United at the Etihad Stadium which took them six points clear. Not surprisingly, Fletcher has a different take on the situation. “We always feel we have the strongest squad around,” he said.
“In terms of starting XI and strength in depth we have a quality squad. There is so much competition for places. Some of the matches on the training ground are really intense because everyone wants to play and be involved. That is great for the manager, especially when you get the number of injuries we have had.”
Not that Fletcher is taking anything for granted. Having blown an eight-point lead in the space of four matches at the end of last term, no-one at United will be celebrating until the trophy has been returned to Old Trafford. “It feels good to be six points clear,” said Fletcher. “It was good to win the derby, especially after what happened last year but it is important that we kick on. We have to keep putting pressure on City.”
After last weekend’s trip to the Etihad, another reminder of the crushing manner of last season’s failure comes today with the visit of Sunderland, whose fans extracted such glee from United’s demise on the final day. Fletcher added: “It is good to have bad moments because they drive you on.”