Darren Fletcher eager to "impress" Louis van Gaal in pre-season

Manchester United's Scottish midfielder Darren Fletcher gestures to the crowd at the end of the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park in Birmingham on December 15, 2013
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Darren Fletcher insists that he will be trying to impress Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal during pre-season.

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has insisted that he will work hard in pre-season in order to etch himself into new manager Louis van Gaal's mind.

The Scotsman is back in contention after a lengthy period on the sidelines due to his bowel condition ulcerative colitis.

Following the arrivals of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, Fletcher believes that all the players will be hoping to impress Van Gaal, who was appointed as David Moyes's replacement in May.

"The sooner the games come around, the better," Sky Sports News quotes Fletcher as saying. "Every opportunity you get you have got to show you are good enough and capable of being in his plans for the rest of the season.

"It is a fresh start - go and impress him as soon as possible and get your name in the team and in the squad for the next season. I think it is going to be exciting times again."

Van Gaal will begin his role with the former Premier League champions following the Netherlands' World Cup third-place playoff against hosts Brazil on Saturday.

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