Manchester United hero Darren Fletcher has opened up on the times Roy Keane praised him for his performances.

Fletcher and Keane were Old Trafford team-mates, often working together in midfield for the Premier League giants.

Keane was the more experienced at United with Fletcher making his Prem debut in the 03-04 season.

He would go on to make 22 appearances that season with Ireland star Keane a regular in the United line-up.

And Fletcher has explained how the current Sky Sports pundit would offer him praise more often than criticise.

"My dad, Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane are the three biggest influences on my career," Fletcher told UTD Podcast .

Roy Keane and Darren Fletcher were team-mates at Man Utd
Roy Keane and Darren Fletcher were team-mates at Man Utd

"They are the people who helped me. The great thing about Roy Keane is that he says ten things to you.

"One of them is classic Roy Keane where he has a go at you, lets you know and is really harsh on you.

"The other nine times, he gives you a compliment, but nobody hears about that or wants to remember that because it is not a good story to tell.

Darren Fletcher achieved plenty of success during his time at Man Utd
Darren Fletcher achieved plenty of success during his time at Man Utd

"But that is the way I remember Roy Keane.

"Roy Keane was fantastic with me. Walking off the pitch beside Roy Keane and him saying to you, 'fantastic today son, I could play for another ten years with you beside me in midfield.'

"Nobody hears that and it made me feel like a million dollars.

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"The confidence I got from those words from Roy Keane massively outweighed the handful of times when he had a go at me and rightly so, because the levels or my standards were not that of a Manchester United player coming through, which is completely normal."

Fletcher went on to win five Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford as well as one Champions League.