Manchester United FC have extended the contracts of Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher and Republic of Ireland defender John O'Shea until 2009.
The 21-year-old Fletcher and 24-year-old O'Shea have both come through the Old Trafford youth system and established themselves in Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team squad. Meanwhile, another United youngster Kieran Richardson has been ruled out for at least a fortnight with a thigh injury. The 20-year-old has been deputising for Gabriel Heinze at left-back.
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