I'm not dirty, says Fletcher

I'm not dirty, says Fletcher

Published Dec. 12, 2010 11:06 a.m. ET

Darren Fletcher insists he is not a 'dirty player' following past criticism from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The midfielder's performance in Manchester United's home win over Arsenal last season prompted Wenger to question the approach of the Scotland international.

Ahead of Monday's showdown with the Gunners at Old Trafford, Fletcher has defended his style of play.

Fletcher is not dwelling on Wenger's criticism and believes referees are aware of his combative approach to helping United win games.


"Things are said in the heat of the moment and I would rather not dwell on it," said Fletcher.

"I don't think I'm a dirty player, I know I'm not a dirty player.

"I go to win the ball and sometimes you give away fouls doing that, but it's not malicious. It's all part of the British game.

"The referees here use a lot of common sense and they know when players are generally trying to win the ball and those going out to hurt people."

Fletcher also believes that Samir Nasri poses the biggest threat to United on Monday, with the midfielder having scored 12 goals this season.

"He's their form player right now," added Fletcher. "He's looking determined, the player who has taken on the mantle of being the man to make things happen."