Five out for Moscow

  • 27 October 2009

Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, Ji-sung Park and Darren Fletcher will all miss United's Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow.

The five players - many of them probable starters in Sir Alex Ferguson's strongest line-up - were absent from the squad flying out of Manchester on Monday afternoon.

Fletcher Loves Playing

  • 24 June 2009

There is an element of speculation over which position Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will bolster first this summer. With Owen Hargreaves' long-term injury jeopardising his career, the Scot could recruit in central midfield, but Darren Fletcher is hoping that his ball-winning and hard-running performances this season have convinced his boss that he is the man for a starring role.

Fletcher out of Final

  • 15 May 2009

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher will miss the Champions League final after Uefa rejected an appeal against his red card in the semi-final.

The 25-year-old was controversially sent off in the second leg of United's 4-1 aggregate win against Arsenal.

Italian referee Roberto Rosetti sent Fletcher off for what he saw as a foul on Cesc Fabregas and awarded a penalty.

International Duty

  • 20 August 2008

He may not be the new England captain but Rio Ferdinand will line up for his country tonight as Fabio Cappello’s side host Czech Republic at Wembley (20:00 BST).

John Terry was handed the armband yesterday, while Ferdinand was given the vice-captain role ahead of England’s 2012 World Cup qualifying campaign.