Football

Fletcher can leave 
for free

Manchester United have told vice-captain Darren Fletcher he can leave on a free transfer.

Fletcher was a regular in Louis van Gaal's starting 11 on the pre-season tour, but the arrival of Angel di Maria and Daley Blind has restricted the Scot's playing time.

Fletcher, 30, has started only four EPL games this season and PA Sport understands the midfielder has been informed he can end his 20-year spell with the club this month if he wants to.

West Ham are said to be leading the chase for his signature, but Valencia and West Brom are also interested in signing the player, who was made United vice-captain shortly after the squad returned from the United States last summer.

Striker Robin van Persie is also in the dark over his future. The Dutchman's contract expires at the end of next season and he concedes he does not know if he will remain at the club. - Wire Services.