Manchester United flop could make Old Trafford return

Manchester United flop Tom Cleverley could return to Old Trafford after his loan spell at Aston Villa, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The Red Devils’ academy director Brian McClair still sees some potential in the English midfielder, and that Cleverley could still have a future with United.

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Cleverley completed a loan move to Villa a few days after the transfer deadline due to the arrivals of Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind, which pushed him even further down the United midfield pecking order.

And only last month the 25-year-old suggested that he probably won’t be playing for United after a disastrous last season under David Moyes.

However, academy director McClair believes there is still hope for Cleverley to make a return to the United first-team.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen because he’s only on loan at Villa,” he said. “I think he’s a good player.

“He came from Bradford when he was 12. At 16 we didn’t offer him a scholarship.

“He stayed at school and he worked as hard he possibly could, while still at school and at the end of that two-year period, because he had developed more physically, he had a professional contract.

“He’s gone on from that to represent his country and to play many games in the Premier League.”