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Fletcher: We'll go on good run

Darren Fletcher believes Manchester United can prove their doubters wrong by going on a long unbeaten run.

With only three wins in seven games in all competitions, Alex Ferguson's side are having to endure a period of inconsistency.

United had to settle for a draw against Birmingham City last weekend after being knocked out of the FA Cup by League One high-flyers Leeds United.

They are looking to get back to winning ways against Burnley tomorrow at Old Trafford, and Fletcher is convinced results will improve.

"We need everyone fit and fighting towards the end of the season," the Scotland international said. "That is the most important thing, then we can kick on. But there is a run in this team. We have been written off all season. We need to use all that as fuel."


Fletcher attributed United's woeful recent run to the catalogue of injuries within the squad.

He added: "It hasn't been the easiest of times. There has been a lot of disruption.

"The injuries in defence have seen players playing all over the place, myself included. It is difficult to get a run of form when things like that happen.

"We've not had a settled squad. It has been an injury-disrupted season. "We are still in touch (in the league), though, and that is all we could ask for."

Fletcher, however, will sit out the Burnley game as he was sent off against Birmingham.

United, one point behind leaders Chelsea having played a game more, have escaped the big freeze by enjoying some warm weather training in Qatar.

Manager Alex Ferguson hailed the trip as a success: "It's been a memorable experience and the complex we used is, without question, the best I have ever seen," he said.

"Not only that, the operation is so well managed that it has made our stay very easy and relaxed.

"We hope that this journey is not our last here."