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Can anyone explain why this guy still plays for Manchester United?

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Tom Cleverley is ‘neat and tidy’ – but so is my wife and I wouldn’t pick her for United

Lovely lad – hard working I’m sure – and he will make a good professional at some club. But, there can be no better symbol of Manchester United’s current malaise, than the continued presence of Tom Cleverley in the United midfield.

Sure, few of the players in the Manchester United team showered themselves in glory against Sunderland on Tuesday – the recently returned Micheal Carrick, for one, certainly needs to rediscover his rhythm in the other midfield slot – but Cleverley, for all his endeavour, is not a United player in our opinion.

He’s like a ghost, the way he silently floats through games, leaving us to wonder whether it would make any difference at all if United simply took him off and played with ten men.

To his credit, he took the corner from which Nemanja Vidic scored against Sunderland on Tuesday evening, but his contribution to the last few games has been so small that you have to remind yourself that he’s on the park. His way of reminding me on Tuesday was to give away a penalty from which the winner was scored.

He would probably be the first to admit that his form for Manchester United hasn’t been great of late. But we can’t remember one game that Cleverley has ever dominated – and if you can’t dominate the odd game from central midfield then you surely don’t belong in a Manchester United shirt.

Manchester United have built their success not only on stars but on super squad players. O’Shea, Brown, Solskjaer, Sheringham and Butt immediately spring to mind. But is Cleverley anywhere near good enough to be an important squad member going forward?

With injuries rife, and big signings yet to be made this season, Cleverley has been given the best chance that he will ever get to nail down a spot in the team. But he simply hasn’t grasped the nettle and United’s midfield has been overrun time and again.

Why is Anderson sitting on the bench while Cleverley continues to make Manchester United look completely awful in the engine room? Anderson too has his foibles but I’d have him in there like a shot ahead of the Englishman.

Robbie Earle was recently asked on a TV show about Tom Cleverley and questioned Cleverley’s function for the team. The commentator replied ‘well he’s neat and tidy’. In a moment of succinct genius Earle said words to the effect that My wife is neat and tidy but that doesn’t mean she’d get in the Manchester United team.

That says it all really. Nice lad. Good pro. But surely not a player for a vintage Manchester United team.

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  1. Ben Dover

    Jan 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Maybe because he is the best alternative we have until Jones returns, – except of Rooney of course, but he wants to be a striker…

  2. Andre Barbados

    Jan 8, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I agree Anderson shold be given more chances to prove himself. He’s more direct and attacking. Cleverly is a wanna be Carrick.

  3. Siva

    Jan 9, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Tom cleverly,should be axed first.a useless player could suit well in junior team.he is another horrible player brought by Alex ferguson beside Chris smalling.he has been playing for few season but never improved at all.

  4. Danny Roche

    Jan 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    This article is so true cleverley is a disgraceful player, one of the worst I’ve seen. He has no composure whatsoever and his passing ability is a joke. Get rid of deadweight like him, young, valencia, bring in some proper fucking players.

  5. Sullubawa07

    Jan 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Our club always consider england players than othe why? Aderson is better than cleverly b/c he always move forward with ball we miss ur service.

  6. boring

    Jan 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    the same used to get said about fletch.. try getting behind the team and stop bashing everyone

  7. Lee

    Jan 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Because his an English man

  8. Oldnail

    Jan 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    At lteast Anderson isn’t frightened of the ball. Clevelrey plays like the objective is to spend as little time on the ball as possible. Makes his stats look good though..

  9. njoroge antoo

    Jan 9, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    not only cl,areverly ar bunch of them,moyes on reverse gear….

  10. Lugano

    Jan 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Barring fitness issues,Anderson’s direct approach can be inspiring,his forward passing gives u aomething to see other than Carrick/Clevs passes to jst Evra n Raf! But then,Anderson in front of the opponent’s ”18” can be a nightmare…I would like him in d team tho,just to mix it up a lil. And then Fellaini…is it the injuries?? Cos I rly dnt think he’s had enough gametime to actually try to blend in and offer what he has.

  11. Jo bloggs

    Jan 9, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    You had me until you suggested Anderson play instead.
    Maybe if he drops three stone and manages to actually play 90mins!

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