As befits a player like Darren Fletcher, is departure from Manchester United has occasioned no small amount of tribute. There are some messages from his former colleagues below, but first we'd like to draw your attention to this excellent blog by Steve Bartram on the club's website. Here's a taster:
To say that football needs more characters like Darren Fletcher is an understatement. The world needs more people like him. Far above and beyond being a model professional and a thoroughly decent man, he is a walking triumph of human spirit.
And the fans won't be the only ones missing him:
Good luck with your new adventure. Thanks for helping me so much from day one. All the best mate! #ThankYouFletch pic.twitter.com/a55FdWbwlx— Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) February 3, 2015
Special times, some great memories. Loved playing with fletch, Fantastic player and great lad. Gonna be missed.. pic.twitter.com/tIC3FruS71— Michael Carrick (@carras16) February 3, 2015
Good luck to Fletch at West Brom. One of the nicest guys in football, all the best mate #ThankYouFletch— Ashley Young (@youngy18) February 3, 2015
Thanks for your football, for your support, for everything since I got here. Good luck with WBA! #ThankYouFletch pic.twitter.com/P38ztZMnvE— David De Gea (@D_DeGea) February 3, 2015