Cleverley happy to get away from Old Trafford negativity.
Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has hit out at the club’s supporters for giving him stick last season, report the Mail, ahead of a possible weekend debut for Aston Villa, who he joined in a loan move that was pushed through right at the end of the transfer window.
Cleverley was a target of criticism from a number of United fans for his perceived mediocre performances last season, whilst his appearances for England were largely also greeted with derision, but the former Wigan Athletic and Leicester City loanee is keen to put that behind him during a season at Villa Park:
“You don’t turn into a bad player just because someone says it on Twitter. I probably wasn’t the only United player to get it last year. For as long as Man United aren’t winning trophies, players will get criticised. I’m fully aware of that. I’ve still got a league title, 13 England caps.”
The product of the United academy had looked like an exciting young player when he first broke into the United set-up after returning from an excellent loan spell with Roberto Martinez at Wigan Athletic, but has always struggled to win over the club’s supporters, many of whom have criticised his low-risk passing strategy.
Having been told by manager Louis van Gaal that playing time would be limited at Old Trafford this season, Cleverley managed to secure a loan move to Villa, with Premier League rivals Everton also believed to have been interested in the England international.