OUT – TOM CLEVERLEY
Tom Cleverley has had to bear the brunt of the Manchester United fans’ wrath but the dissatisfaction is largely justified.
Once dubbed the next Paul Scholes, the 25 year-old has spent the last two years closer resembling Nicky Butt, and even that’s a pretty kind appraisal compared to what you can find online – the petition to ban him from England duty at the World Cup for example.
Roy Hodgson condemned the petition but eventually agreed with public opinion, excluding Cleverley from his Three Lions squad for the tournament in Brazil. Indeed, the midfielder’s contribution over the last two seasons – especially in terms of output – has been minimal, as shown in the stats below:
The Carrington product’s limited quality has come to epitomise Manchester United’s intrinsic flaws in the middle of the park and their failed recruitment in that department over the last five years.
Most United fans want him gone, and with just a year left on his current contract, that’s now looking increasingly likely. Aston Villa and – rather surprisingly – Valencia, (yes, Valencia) have emerged as potential suitors: