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Club pays tribute to departing Fletcher

As one of United's longest-serving players heads to West Bromwich Albion, his former employers and teammates have been paying tribute.

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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: