He can move on from Man United troubles, says Aston Villa boss

Paul Lambert believes that Tom Cleverley can put his difficult spell at Manchester United firmly in the past and fulfil his potential at Aston Villa.

The England international joined the Villains on loan last week – in a deal that ran over the transfer deadline – after slipping down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Although a product of the club’s youth academy and a regular in the Three Lions squad, large sections of the Red Devils’ supporters criticised the 25-year-old for his displays last season – deeming him to have been a major factor in the slide under David Moyes.

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His move to Villa has been mooted as the platform to kick-start his career, with the swoop likely to be made permanent eventually should he be a success in the Midlands.

And Lambert believes that the playmaker can get back on track in the claret and blue shirt:

“He’s a top player and I know exactly what he can become here.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“He’s at a really good age, has got great energy and is always comfortable on the ball.

“If he produces what I know he can then he can get himself back in the England team.”