Former United star ‘happy’ to be away from Old Trafford.
New Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley has revealed that he is happy to be away from Old Trafford after becoming a target for abuse from the stands, the Daily Mirror reports.
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The England international joined the West Midlands outfit on a season long loan on transfer deadline day, and has now revealed that he is glad to be away from the club after admitting his days there are numbered.
“If any footballer gets a bit of stick off their own fans they are going to be hurt. Football is a game of opinions and you can’t please everyone,” he said.
“I am happy to get away from some of the negativity. Whenever you are not winning trophies at Man United the players are going to get some stick.”
And despite enjoying a strong pre-season with the Red Devils, he claims it was clear from early on that he was not going to be in Louis Van Gaal’s plans.
“I wasn’t emotional or anything like that. I didn’t get a chance to say many goodbyes. It is something I had prepared myself for.
“Louis van Gaal was always straight with me. I had a fairly good pre-season where we won every game, but he has his own players. The manager made it fairly clear it wasn’t going to happen for me there.”
Cleverley also said that he had been short on confidence last season, thanks to the dismal spell they suffered under David Moyes.
“If you looked at the games the areas I was playing were a little bit deeper and different systems. It probably didn’t suit my game perfectly but if all the players can say they were high in confidence they would be lying.
“It wasn’t just me, the rest of the squad too and that rubs off on most of the players and the fans. It was a tough season for us last year. But we’ve got away from the negativity of that and this is a brand new challenge.”
Academy graduate Cleverley now cannot ever see himself playing for United again.
He added: “With me being out of contract at the end of the year if I am being honest I don’t think I would play for the club again. In modern football it is rare that one player, like Giggsy or Scholesy, plays for one club for their career.”
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