Manchester United: Strachan won’t rush returning Scot

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Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has no plans to rush Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher back into the national fold following his comeback from illness.

The 29-year-old made a welcome return to Premier League action on Sunday, as he came off the bench to help United secure a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa in the West Midlands.

Having spent 12 months on the sidelines with a chronic bowl condition, the Scot was given a rapturous welcome by the travelling fans when he took o the field at Villa Park.

Strachan has admitted he was not expecting to see Fletcher back in a United jersey so soon but has conceded it’s a massive boost to see the tireless midfielder back in action for the Red Devils.

However the Scotland boss is not willing to get too carried away and feels it is still early days for Fletcher on his road to full match fitness.

Strachan told the Daily Record: “We’ll just see how it goes now for the next couple of months.

“We’ll let him enjoy this and get in touch with him to tell him how happy we are for him.

“For us he adds to what we have in the middle of the park which is absolutely fantastic.

“But we’ll let him take his time. I think that’s what he wants as well.”

Fletcher will be hoping to get more game time under his belt when United travel to the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night to face Stoke City in the Capital One Cup.

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