Fletcher suffered from a serious bowel condition that has kept him unable to play with the main squad of Manchester United for 10 months although recent reports suggest that the midfielder is almost ready to make his return and starting playing once more in the Premier League.

Moyes is delighted with his progress: “It is great to get Darren back.

“It was the first time he pulled on a jersey in a competitive reserve league game (since the operation) and we’re really pleased.

“We will bring him along, his training is coming along well, but we don’t want to do anything that might give him a setback.

“It is a sort of steady, slow grind for him just now.

“But we are pleased and hope to involve him in the upcoming reserve games in the weeks to come, if he continues to do as well as he is doing now.”

The 28 years old Scottish midfielder went under the knife and had a surgery on ulcerative colitis which disabled him from playing most of last season’s matches. He was even an option for Moyes as he was expected to make a substitute appearance in United’s match against Norwich City for the Capital One Cup but Moyes wanted to be completely sure Fletcher was fully healed before adding him into the squad.

The disappointing start of this season from Manchester United could use the boost of Fletcher in the midfield as they have once more tried to cover up their weaknesses in midfield and in defence by adding more attacking options to take them out of their losing situations.

Manchester United are the current champions of the Premier League and cannot afford to lose any more points if they want to keep hold of their crown.