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Fletcher aims to seal Manchester United qualification at Rangers

Manchester United goal hero Darren Fletcher is aiming to seal qualification for the Champions League knockout stage in their next game against Rangers.

United scored three second-half goals against Turkish champions Bursaspor tonight to move to within a point of a place in the Champions League knockout phase.

Fletcher broke the deadlock two minutes after the break before Gabriel Obertan and Bebe struck in a four-minute spell later in the game.

"I think obviously the early (second-half) goal helped," Fletcher told Sky Sports 3.

"We felt we'd created the better chances and had good possession of the ball and if we could get the first goal we could control possession and it would open up for us, and we did that."

Next up is a trip to Fletcher's native Scotland where a draw will be enough to progress to the next round.

The Scot added: "We're in a great position now with two games to go. The quicker we qualify the better and we're looking to do that as soon as possible."

Sir Alex Ferguson had been confident the goal would come for his side.

"We got one early in the second half, which makes a difference," said the United boss.

"From that point on basically we were in control of the match, though they had a couple of half-chances and you can never be sure, but the second goal killed the match."

Ferguson was pleased with his fringe players' performances.

"They did very well, I'm very pleased with them," he said. "They're young players and getting experience tonight was as important as anything, but they played well too."

Ferguson has an injury concern over Nani, who hobbled out of tonight's game with a groin complaint, and goalscorer Fletcher.

"It's difficult to say, we'll see what Nani is like tomorrow," he added.

"The problem is travelling back, and Darren got an ankle injury today so we have a couple to concern ourselves with. Hopefully they'll be all right."

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