Tom Cleverley has often come under major criticism for some of his performances for Manchester United over the past couple of years. 

Many fans have struggled to take to the midfielder, often questioning his role in the side. Sound familiar?

Up until this season, Arsenal's Welsh star Aaron Ramsey was often subject to debate, with many believing the 22-year-old was not good enough for the Emirates outfit.

However this season, the debate over Ramsey has stopped, the midfielder is now being heavily praised for his all-round displays. 

And rightly so. 

The Arsenal star is scoring goals, dominating the midfield and linking up with his teammates in fine fashion - he's been a sensation for the Gunners so far in this campaign. 

Just as importantly, he's proving his critics wrong. 

And, while Cleverley may be a couple of years older than Ramsey, at 24, the Red Devils star can do the same and can, in the next year, deliver the goods for the Old Trafford outfit on a long-term and more importantly consistent basis. 

Questions were asked of Arsene Wenger as to why Ramsey continued to play for the north London club last season and questions have been asked of Cleverley's managers as to why he continues to star at Old Trafford. 

However, much like Wenger's faith in Ramsey, Sir Alex Ferguson and now David Moyes have shown belief in the midfielder's talent.

England boss Roy Hodgson is another to continuously trust the United star - Cleverley has once again named in the Three Lions squad today.

He clearly has something about him but he's continuously criticised. 

Last night, as United drew 1-1 away at Shakhtar, Cleverley played in a three-man midfield with Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick, and the 24-year-old gave an extremely efficient performance.

Going about his job nicely Cleverley, alongside Carrick, put in a fine shift, playing simple passes and doing the job he was given.  

Remember, the two worst performances from United this season have been away at Manchester City and at home to West Brom - coincidentally Cleverley didn't start either game.

The England international did come on against City and that's when Moyes' side started to play their best football of the game. 

Unfortunately, Cleverley is an easy target for many and it could be altering his progression. If, like Ramsey, he can realise the manager's faith is all he needs, then there's no reason why he can't start excelling further into his role for club and country.

If he can add goals to his game and provide the quality he has on a consistent basis then he will surprise a few in the years to come.

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