Man Utd's Fletcher hopes to use Scotland action to improve fitness

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher hopes to accelerate his match fitness by playing for Scotland.

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher hopes to accelerate his match fitness by playing for Scotland.

Although figuring in both Champions League ties and the Capital One Cup win over Newcastle, the last time the 28-year-old was on the pitch in the league was back in November 2011 when he came on as a substitute at Swansea's Liberty Stadium.

"It's what it's all about," he told MUTV. "Getting as many games as possible.

"I know the manager has got such a big squad now, especially in the midfield area, and there is a lot of competition for places. I have to be patient and wait for my chances but, hopefully, one will come around sooner rather than later.

"I think my general fitness is fine, it's just match fitness - the sharpness, reaction times, things in your head and things like that. The positional sense, when you're a little bit older, comes back to you fairly quickly."

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