Darren Fletcher

Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has backed Darren Fletcher to make a huge impact in the Premier League champions' first team.

The 29-year-old has been battling with serious bowel condition, which has kept him on the sidelines for over a year. The Scotland international made a return during United's U21 fixture and played a full 90 minutes against Stoke City.

Solksjaer, who has won the Champions League with United after his late goal against Bayern Munich in 1999, was also sidelined for years with a bad knee injury. However, the Norwegian bounced back from his injury and went on to become a key player for the Red Devils.

Fletcher, earlier, revealed that his kids are raging to see him play for both club and county. The Old Trafford legend believes the Scot will play a similar role for David Moyes' side in the future.

"It's fantastic news that Darren is on his way back. I was over in Manchester about a month ago and I was lucky enough to bump into Fletch and he said he was on the road to recovery," Solksjaer explained.

"I just met him purely by chance outside the supermarket and it was great to see him. I could see just from talking to him that his tail was really up because he's had a rough time of it obviously. For me, the proudest moment in my career was when I made my comeback from injury, scored for Manchester United and my son celebrated by clenching his fists.

"Fletch has got his own twins so I'm sure he'll want to play to show them he's a good player. When I met him recently he seemed very positive so I'm sure it's going to happen," he added.

Meanwhile, Solksjaer has his back at the comments made on Fletcher, claiming the Scot is an average player.

"He's a humble guy from a humble family - he possesses all the attributes to be a Manchester United player. I've heard the accusation that he was an average player in a great team but I don't agree with that at all," Molde manager said.

"We used to play Darren against the likes of Arsenal - in the big games, semi-finals - and he just ran more than them. You could see Patrick Vieira never liked playing against Fletch and that to me is the sign of a great player," he concluded.