Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fletcher Delighted by Spirit of Devils

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fletcher Delighted by Spirit of Devils

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MANCHESTER United will be aiming to set a rather odd seasonal landmark over the festive period - but Darren Fletcher does not feel anyone should be surprised if they produce one of those famed comebacks as well.

In a season littered with defiant responses to conceding the first goal, the Red Devils have actually won their last two games from the front.

It means if they avoid conceding the first goal at Swansea on Sunday and in the Boxing Day fixture against Newcastle at Old Trafford, it will represent a seasonal best - a crazy statistic for a Premier League title challenger at this stage of the season.

Yet Fletcher knows Manchester United's history indicates a sticky situation is never too far away.

Time and again during Sir Alex Ferguson's era they have managed to haul themselves out of tight spots.

A two-goal lead for Aston Villa deep into the second half was not enough earlier this season.

More recently, Reading found themselves leading the Red Devils twice at the Madejski Stadium yet came away with nothing.

As Fletcher points out, it does not happen by accident.

It is not just United's dogged bloody-mindedness which turns such situations, the fear factor within opposition ranks is just as significant.

Fletcher said: "The never-say-die attitude is ingrained in this club. …

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