Tom Cleverley Eager To Prove Critics Wrong

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Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley is eager to improve on a disastrous last season and prove his critics wrong.

Cleverley was heavily criticised throughout the 2013-14 campaign as United finished seventh in the Premier League, with fans directing their anger towards the underperforming England international midfielder.

The 24-year-old was also at the centre of an online petition calling for him to be dropped from the England team on the back of his inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s 30-man squad for March’s international friendly against Denmark.

Cleverley, who missed out on World Cup selection, is now targeting a fresh start under new manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

“It makes you develop a lot thicker skin,” said Cleverley, who was handed the captain’s armband by Van Gaal for United’s pre-season friendly against Roma in the United States.

“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 is not they have got a right to look at the team.

“And, yeah, I got a bit of stick. It does hurt when it comes to your own fans. But I”m not going to dwell on it.

“I want to prove a few people wrong. But first and foremost I am just concentrating on the next game and working hard in training and hopefully we will get back to winning ways.”



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  1. Tom Stupidley is nothing more than a bigmouthed useless player.
    He can’t attack, He can’t defend, from 10 passes he made, 5 are lateral (to opponents most of the time) and 4 are back passes (sometimes also to opponents).
    Look at all the runs he made, purely like a headless chick who doesn’t know what to do and where to go.
    The moment he receives the ball, he’d try get rid of it a.s.a.p. either a terrible pass, or a shot to the spectators.
    If he truly loves Manchester United as he claims he does, he will show it in the field, and not through his mouth.

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