Tom Cleverley has admitted that his Manchester United career is over as he prepares to begin a new chapter with Aston Villa, reports Sky
The 25-year-old midfielder secured a loan move to Villa Park that was only confirmed after the closure of the transfer window, with special dispensation from the Premier League.
Cleverley expressed his happiness at the switch, and cited the criticism of the United supporters as one of the reasons he was keen to move on, saying: “I am happy to get away from some of the negativity. Whenever you are not winning trophies at Man United the players are going to get some stick. If any footballer gets a bit of stick off their own fans they are going to be hurt. Football is a game of opinions and you can’t please everyone.”
With his contract at Old Trafford due to expire next summer, and his loan spell at Villa to occupy the period until then, Cleverley is resigned to the fact that he is unlikely to pull on a United shirt again. “With me being out of contract at the end of the year if I am being honest I don’t think I would play for the club again,” he confirmed.
Cleverley came through the youth ranks with United and ultimately made 78 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions, in between loan spells with Leicester City, Watford and Wigan Athletic.
But his first team chances became increasingly restricted, and were not helped by the arrival of a new manager this summer. “Louis van Gaal was always straight with me,” said Cleverley. “I had a fairly good pre-season where we won every game, but he has his own players. The manager made it fairly clear it wasn’t going to happen for me there.”
Cleverley could be handed something of a baptism of fire in his new career with Villa, as he could make his debut this weekend against Manchester United’s fierce rivals Liverpool at Anfield.
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