Tom Cleverley could still revive his career at Old Trafford…
It appears as if Manchester United reject Tom Cleverley could still have a future at the club after all, with academy director Brian McClair having refused to rule out the player’s possible return to the first-team fold.
Cleverley is currently on loan at Aston Villa, and McClair believes that a successful spell with the Midlands club would cause United boss Louis van Gaal to rethink his pans for the midfielder.
McClair described him as ‘a good player’, and said his future is unclear. The 25-year-old, who completed his switch to Villa on transfer deadline day last month, has played four times for his new club thus far.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen because he’s only on loan at Villa,” McClair told reporters. “I think he’s a good player. He’s represented his country and played many games in the Premier League.
“He came from Bradford when he was 12. At 16 we didn’t offer him a scholarship. He stayed at school and he worked as hard he possibly could, while still at school and at the end of that two-year period, because he had developed more physically, he had a professional contract.
Cleverley had a campaign to forget under David Moyes last season as United finished seventh in the league, and was forced to defend himself after becoming a target for the Old Trafford boo boys.
He said: “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. If all the players say they were high in confidence last season I think they would be lying. It wasn’t just me. It was the rest of the squad too.”
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