Dec 13

Cleverley admits being “average”

Tag: Manchester United News @ 11:19 am

Manchester United v Sevilla - Rio Ferdinand TestimonialIn news that will surprise nobody, but in what still is a remarkable hones admission for a modern footballer, Tom Cleverley has admitted his performances this season have been extremely “average” this campaign and that the criticism he’s received this season has been justified so far.

The 24-year-old has struggled to impose himself in United’s midfield and one has to wonder whether Cleverley would be playing at all, had United the luxury to count on a number of quality options, rather than only on the mercurial Michael Carrick, the dynamism of Phil Jones and the occasional brilliance of 40-year-old Ryan Giggs.

With David Moyes reportedly willing to strengthen his midfield options, given the lack of impact produced by Marouane Fellaini’s arrival last summer, Cleverley’s spot in the starting line-up could be under threat, and the England midfielder has admitted he can only blame himself for that.

“At the moment, I feel like I’ve got more to give,” Cleverley told United Review. “I’ve had a few average games, a few more than I would prefer.

“But I felt this time last year was when I hit my best form of the season, when we were playing every few days.

“I’m the type of player who prefers that and, if I can get into a rhythm, then hopefully I can add more than just appearances to my record, I can also add some stand-out performances.”

The United midfielder, who delivered a solid performance off the bench against Shakthar Donetsk on Tuesday night, insisted that he’s developing his game under David Moyes but admitted he needs a radical improvement if he is to fulfil expectations.

“I’m definitely developing the defensive side of my game and tactically the manager is teaching me a lot of things,” explained Cleverley.

“Maybe the creative side of my game can improve a little bit too but I realise that’s not my only job in the team and sometimes I’ve got to sacrifice that part.

“I felt Chelsea at home, defensively and tactically, was a mature performance and I thought I was having a really good game at Fulham before a bang on the head gave me double vision and I had to come off.

“I’d pick those two, and the really good team performance at Swansea on the opening day, as my best so far.”

Cleverley admitted that Michael Carrick’s absence has been sorely felt so far. “Any team in the world who had Michael Carrick would feel the loss, there’s no denying that,” said Cleverley.

“But it has given a chance for other players to play and step up to the plate.”

Dan


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6 Responses to “Cleverley admits being “average””

  • When he came on Tuesday night for Giggs you saw the whole midfield just suddenly start moving forward and kick into gear. It isn’t what the lad does so much, it’s his movement and quick thinking. Don’t underrate this guy.

    Someone should call in Giggs number as a starter, he’s becoming a Berbatov imitator with his terrible body language as he strolls around midfield. I love the guy as a player and put him up there with the almost greats – he’s no George Best – but I can’t see a reason to use him until late in games when he can come on against tired opposition and open them up.

    As for Fellaini, perhaps amphetamines could help wake him up???

  • “I’m definitely developing the defensive side of my game and tactically the manager is teaching me a lot of things,” explained Cleverley.

    Oh this I have to see. If Cleverley’s game improves under Moyes I will be impressed. “The manager is teaching me a lot of things” scary words those.

    “Maybe the creative side of my game can improve a little bit too but I realise that’s not my only job in the team and sometimes I’ve got to sacrifice that part.”

    Oh really Clevs? The manager is teaching you that you have to sacrifice creativity for the sake of defensive regiment? Coming from Moyes thats a total surprise!!!

    Wow what insights into the genius of David Moyes. . .

  • “Cleverley admits to being average”.No shit, sherlock.On another note, very bad news that rvp gonna be missing at least 4 weeks because of a thigh injury. Can’tbe a ccoincidence that rvp is suddenly picking up a lot of injuries this season compared to a virtually a clean bill of health all through last year.Moyes’ s prehistoric training methods should carry a health warning.

  • I think Cleverley has been decidedly less than average this season. One of our main problems at the moment is that we have too many “average” players playing too often. Cleverley fits into this category.
    Showed lots of promise early on, good loan spells at Watford and Wigan, but in all honesty he’s been woefully under par for a United player. I wouldn’t give Cleverley more than 5 out of 10 for most of his performances, less in most cases.
    Sideways passes, backwards passes, refuses to take posession when he’s in space, instead favoring a first time ball back to a centre back.
    The main issue with this entire team is that they are too negative. I find it a little troubling to hear one of our most frequent under performers describing his performances as “average”.
    Average is not good enough, you need to be brilliant most of the time, and average the rest of the time.. Cleverley is too average for his own good, and ours.

  • Cleverly is surely THE most Useless midfielder I have ever had the (dis)pleasure of seeing gracing the OT turf. His tackling is autrocious, his marking worse, and his positioning below average. And that is the better part of his game because offensively he adds absolutely ZERO to the game. I always wonder if he would be in the squad if he was not British? How many chances should he be given to “discover” his potential? I for one cannot see that potential (and he’s been playing week-in-week-out).

  • “But it has given a chance for other players to play and step up to the plate.”
    Which other players is he referring to if the primary choice for Carricks replacement seems to be “a soon to be retired winger” and one of the best young “center-backs” we have. Not even our “world class”, “player-ready-to-slot-directly-into-the-first-team” signing gets to see gametime. (Why did we ever sign him in the first place? For marketing because of his Afro?)

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