Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Man Utd chief Darren Fletcher ‘refuses to bar’ twin sons signing for rivals Man City

Man Utd chief Darren Fletcher ‘refuses to bar’ twin sons signing for rivals Man City

Darren Fletcher, the technical director of Manchester United , reportedly did not prevent his twin boys from signing professional contracts with the club’s rival, Manchester City.

The twins Jack and Tyler Fletcher, who will be 16 this season, are already members of the City academy and are reportedly highly valued by the club.

Fletcher Sr. joined United as a player in 2000 and remained with the club for 15 years before signing a free transfer with West Brom. 

During his decade and a half at Old Trafford, the former midfielder won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Club World Cup, the FA Cup, and three League Cups.

After concluding his playing career with Stoke in 2019, the 38-year-old returned to Old Trafford in 2020 as the junior team’s assistant manager. Then, for a brief time, he served as the No. 2 player for the first team until assuming his current position.

Fletcher sent his sons to play with the Citizens despite his affiliation with the Red Devils. And now, according to the Daily Mail, the young players are poised to sign professional contracts at Etihad Stadium. 

Jack and Tyler have been offered one-year scholarship contracts, which will convert to professional terms for the following three seasons if they continue to excel for City.

It is said that Jack’s game resembles that of his father. In addition, the youth has already played for City’s under-18 squad this season. Last month, Tyler represented England’s under-16 squad at the Football Federations Cup in Spain.

Both players are eligible to play for either England or Scotland, having represented both nations at the youth level. Due to the current international standards, the teenagers would not be required to pledge allegiance to either country until they reached the senior level.

In the future, the Fletcher family could confront the unusual scenario of one twin choosing to represent England while the other chooses to play for Scotland.

During his playing career, Fletcher Sr. made 342 appearances for the Red Devils and amassed 24 goals and 30 assists. In 2008, he was an unused replacement when Manchester United defeated Chelsea in the Champions League final, but he came off the bench as his team defeated LDU Quito in the Club World Cup.

During his playing career, the former player earned 80 caps for Scotland but was unable to assist his country qualify for a major tournament.

Man Utd chief Darren Fletcher ‘refuses to bar’ twin sons signing for rivals Man City

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