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Fletcher admits angry 'snaps' in United dressing room
Darren Fletcher has admitted Manchester United's Premier League form this season has affected the mood in the Old Trafford dressing room, revealing there has been a "few snaps" between his team-mates.
United's defence of their league crown has fallen by the wayside in manager David Moyes' first season in charge, but Fletcher told the Sun that the players' frustrations indicate they are showing the right mentality towards improving the situation.
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"Spirits are down at times. There is no doubt about that. The players are hurting," Fletcher said. "The dressing room is full of good character but it's not the liveliest at the moment and that is understandable.
"We would be more concerned if people were coming in happy, accepting the situation. A lot are angry, there have been a few snaps. Different things like that are understandable. I like to see that.
"Once the success comes back, that is when the dressing room becomes a fun and lively place again."
United currently sit seventh in the table having already lost eight league games this campaign, 16 points adrift of Chelsea in top spot. However, Fletcher believes sections of the British media are relishing United's current woe - but the players are ready to use it to spur them on.
"We all sense that. It's like they've been waiting for this," Fletcher said. "Every Tom, Dick and Harry is writing an article and having a say on it. It becomes annoying and you are aggrieved by it but we can use it as fuel.
"We've been here before. There have been seasons when we haven't won the league but there has been a long-term goal in place and it has always come through in the end."