Manchester United’s visit to Arsenal could see opportunity knock for one of their lesser-spotted central midfielders after the Red Devils were hit with a brace of injuries.
In the Netherlands there are already fears that Daley Blind’s medial knee ligament injury could keep him out until Christmas at the earliest.
Meanwhile doubts remain over whether Michael Carrick will recover from the groin mishap he sustained in training with England in time to face the Gunners.
As a result the fixture, which sees United 31/50 to avoid defeat and 9/4 to claim victory, represents a chance for one of a trio of fringe midfielders.
Having bravely overcome the ravages of ulcerative colitis to return to the first team Fletcher was promptly benched when teacher’s pet Blind arrived from Ajax.
He wasn’t discredited as a result, with the whole side subsequently improving for the switch to four at the back and his performances for Scotland against Germany, Poland and the Republic of Ireland vouch for his effectiveness in his absence from Louis van Gaal’s first team.
Recently described by noted thinker Wes Brown as ‘the least intelligent player I have played with’ Anderson has more to prove than most at Old Trafford having failed to offer the club a stark reminder of what they were missing while on loan at Fiorentina in 2013/14.
However, he has recorded more wins against Arsenal than against any other foe in his entire European career.
The Brazilian by way of Belgium was called up to the Selecao Under-20s earlier this year, a rocking horse dung-rare accolade for a Europe-based youngster.
Named in the matchday squad for QPR’s visit to Old Trafford, he has played in various positions across midfield as a prominent member of the Red Devils’ youth teams.
Already respected for his formidable eye for a through ball the teenager is reportedly edging towards a life as a more advanced and creative player.
As a result bringing him might necessitate a more conservative brief for Ander Herrera.