Tom Cleverley may have had a terrible season under former Manchester United manager David Moyes, but things are looking a lot better even since Louis van Gaal named him captain in the game against Roma, Daily Mail reports.
With a host of big names facing a departure as the newly appointed boss continues his squad overhaul, the English midfielder’s place in the squad is looking rather safe.
Despite being left out of the World Cup squad due to very limited playing time at United, Cleverley returned with an intent to prove his worth to the club after even being targeted by his own fans.
“It makes you develop a lot thicker skin,’ he said. ‘You’ve just got to take it on the chin. It’s football.
“Fans are passionate and they like to see their team win. And when their team isn’t winning, they’ve got a right to look at the team. I will use it as a learning curve and not dwell on it as a negative.
“Yeah, I got a bit of stick. It does hurt when it comes from your own fans, I suppose it would anyone really. I definitely want to prove a few people wrong.
“But I’m not here to talk about David Moyes. We’ve got a clear way we are going to play under the new manager. We all believe in that, we are all following that and I think the main thing is we are playing as a team again.”