Scottish midfielder Darren Fletcher has made his first appearance for Manchester United after almost a year on the sidelines as he featured in a friendly defeat to Aberdeen on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old has been out of action since last November after being diagnosed with a chronic bowel condition.
Despite the lengthy spell on the sidelines, Fletcher was called by Scotland manager Craig Levein for Wednesday’s friendly against Australia.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted to see the midfielder back in action.
“It’s been quiet progress for the boy,” Sir Alex said to Manchester United TV.
“He joined in training a couple of weeks ago and it’s one of those situations where you say: ‘Let’s see how he does because he has had a really difficult time in the last year’.
“He’s got to the stage now where he feels he needs a game. I let him join Scotland this week but he wanted a game so I said: ‘Come to Aberdeen and join up afterwards’. I’ll give him 20 to 25 minutes.”
The Scottish international will, nevertheless, miss United’s opening game of the season at Goodison Park, with Red Devils 1.93 (37/40) at BetVictor to start the new Premier League campaign with a win over Everton.