AKA...........................................'The poster boy squaddie'
Before people roll their eyes and dismiss the rest of this slide show as utter crap because of this pick let me admit, yes I could get my fingers burnt with this one (much like Huntelaar in the overrated slide show last week) but hear me out will ya?!
Darren Fletcher is not just a sentimental keepsake of compatriot Alex Ferguson in the squad.
I think 128 appearances for Manchester United and winning every single trophy that a English based player can win by 25 (bar the silly UEFA Cup) squad member or not, must say something about the player's own abilities.
Performances against Chelsea in 2005, Roma (7-1) in 2007, Arsenal in the FA cup and last week have highlighted to me the importance of squad depth in the modern era, and for that Fletcher is a poster boy.
He may not be first choice but when the suspensions, fixtures and injuries pile up, the true test of a club over a season is the players it can still field and for that Fletcher's role, a bit like that of utility man John O'Shea is highly underrated.
Think about it, if Liverpool were to lose Mascherano, Alonso and *god forbid*, Lucas Leiva , who could they call up, Plessis?! Similarily if Real lost Guti, Sneijder, Diarra etc, they only have Javi Garcia to come on?!
Its a tribute to Manchester United's traditionally strong youth program that guys like Fletcher and O'Shea can step in an maintain team performances in turbulent times. This is not to demean Fletcher himself however.
As the youngest Scotland captain in over 110 years Fletcher has been consistent for his country too. With Barry Ferguson seemingly outcast by the SFA this will only continue you feel.
I've begun to take a liking to Fletcher over the years. He's humble, professional and doesn't feel like the world revolves around him.
With Hargreaves continually sidelined, Giggs & Scholes set to retire soon, the big question remains 'can he step up to the plate?' And the answer I believe is 'yes he can'.
In fact I think he could become the new Paul Scholes.