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Fletcher happy to win ugly

Darren Fletcher does not care whether Manchester United and Chelsea serve up a Premier League classic on Sunday -- all he is interested in is three points.

United have not secured a league win at Stamford Bridge since 2002.

However, already four points adrift of the current leaders, the Red Devils are aware that defeat will place them in a very tricky position.

So, while Alex Ferguson's teams are noted for their entertainment value -- most recently on Tuesday when they roared back from two goals down to beat Braga at Old Trafford -- Fletcher is happy for the image to be shelved for now.

"I am not looking for it to be a classic, I am just looking for the win," he said.

"We need a result. It has been a while since we have had a win there and we know they are in great form in the league."

Although Chelsea's surge slowed with a Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, they have made a big impact with their new-look midfield of Juan Mata, Oscar and one-time United target Eden Hazard.

"It is a different Chelsea side now," he said.

"It used to be a big, strong, physical side whereas now you are facing something more like Barcelona, the small intricate players who get in pockets behind you and play killer passes.

"As a midfielder it means you are never really up against anyone.

"You have to be aware, looking over your shoulder and communicating well because they want to get behind you.

"At the same time it gives you opportunities to break on them.

"Normally they are very solid but with all those attacking players it may give us spaces to exploit."

Fletcher admits it would represent the biggest game of his comeback if he was selected.

The Scot is realistic, though.

With just three starts since he returned to first-team duties following the revelation he was suffering from a chronic bowel condition, Fletcher is delighted just to be in contention.



quicker

"If selected, it would be the biggest game of my comeback. But either way, I am back a lot quicker than I expected," he said.

"Maybe I don't have the sharpness in my legs yet but I can react quicker because I have been in situations before.

"My legs are coming back. If you had said I would be in this position back in June and July I wouldn't have believed you.

"I always appreciated how fortunate I was. But after going through something like this, you appreciate it more without a shadow of a doubt."

Meanwhile, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is setting his sights on Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge after scoring twice against Braga.

The Mexican made a match-winning intervention after Braga moved into a surprise two-goal lead. It was a similar story away to Chelsea last season, although on that occasion the opposition went 3-0 up and Hernandez had to be content with an equaliser rather than the winning goal.

"We knew the importance of this game, but the start was bad for us, to be honest -- conceding two goals at home. But happily we scored three and now we can look forward to the next game which is another very important one against Chelsea," Hernandez said.



options

While Ferguson admitted the Mexican had forced him to think about his striking options, Chicharito himself denied having a point to prove in a campaign when Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have been hogging the headlines.

"No, (I have) nothing (to prove)," he said.

"I always say I enjoy it a lot here. I have been ready since the start of the season and when the gaffer gives me my chance, I have to do my best. If I score it's good.

"But if I don't score the most important thing is the team."

The team started off with a narrow diamond formation and then evolved to have greater width in the second period. Both of Chicharito's goals came from good examples of wide play, culminating in crosses from Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley, but he wouldn't be drawn on which system suits him best.

"Which is the best formation is a question for the gaffer. As a player I need to do my best on the pitch. It doesn't matter which position I'm in or which formation he plays. As players we need to follow the things that the gaffer says to us," he said.


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