Fletcher didn’t feature in the Champions League final against Chelsea but was part of the team that received a unique pep-talk from Sir Alex.
Speaking about the incident on Talksport, he explained: “Something that springs to mind about the game is UEFA gave the club a glass Champions League final chess set, really nice, and Alex Ferguson referenced it in his team talk before the game.
“He spoke about how this match was going to be like a chess match in terms of how you keep possession, drawing people out of position, how your concentration has to be 100 per cent at all times and one mistake can cost you. He also spoke about the lads who weren’t in the team.”
Well, wasn’t the gaffer right about those things? It was United superior level of concentration which helped them prevail in the penalty shoot-out while John Terry hilariously slipped to give them one hand on the title.
Edwin van der Saar’s impeccable determination won us the trophy and completed the European double for the season. If not anything else, this latest example proves how good a man-manager Sir Alex really was.