"Ridiculous amounts from Japan, China and Asia"

Still only 22, Darren Fletcher made 41 appearances for Manchester United this season and scored the goal that undid Chelsea's lengthy unbeaten run. However, preparing preparing for Scotland duty in the Kirin Cup in Kobe, Japan, Fletcher told Mark Wilson of The Herald (Glasgow) that the glare of publicity on Old Trafford can magnify every mistake made. "If you get a good win it's high profile and something bad happening is big news," he said. "That's part and parcel and you get used to it over the years. It doesn't get any easier, but you learn to cope with being in the public eye."

Tired faces were everywhere in the Scotland camp as jet-lag made its presence felt but for Fletcher, though, the Far East expedition is small fry compared with United's tour of the region before this season.

"It was a circus with Manchester United here," he said. "It was like a parade when we got to the airport. Each player went up on a stage and then on to a bus. It was a totally different world and of the fan mail you get, most of it seems to come from the Far East. I get ridiculous amounts from Japan, China and Asia. I ask the other lads as well and it's just the same. It's a bit surreal actually. I can't quantify how many letters I get a week, you maybe get a plastic bag's worth or something like that."