Manchester United star hits back at critics

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Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley believes he has been made a scapegoat for the Premier League champions' poor form this season.

The Red Devils are currently languishing in seventh spot due to their lacklustre displays under David Moyes.

Former Everton boss Moyes has received heavy criticism for Manchester United's poor performances along with a selection of his first-team stars.

One man who seems to be getting the most stick from Manchester United fans and neutrals alike is Cleverley.

The England international has claimed no assists in 18 Premier League games this season, which has made Cleverley an easy target.

However the 24-year-old has hit back at those that have hit out at him for Manchester United's poor position in the Premier League.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mirror, Cleverley said: “When I first started getting singled out, it stung, yeah but it’s something you have got to learn to take when the team is not doing well.

“My job goes under the radar at times. I am not a player who’s going to beat three or four people and stick it in the top corner or go round tackling people like Roy Keane.

“I would like the fans on my side and it hurts a little bit when you have grown up at the club and love the club every bit as much as the supporters.

“But there are other people in the current United squad who have been through this kind of thing and they have made sure their quality shone through.

“I have got to look at those people. I have learned to take it with a pinch of salt and I’m sure it will make me stronger for the rest of my career.

“I feel I’ve been made a scapegoat a little bit. A few people in the media certainly seem to have a perception of me not doing much in the team.

“Don’t get me wrong, I know I can do better but people are making a big thing about how I don’t score enough goals when that is not necessarily my first job in the team.”

Cleverley, who missed Manchester United's 2-2 draw against Fulham on Sunday with a knock, could return to the starting line-up against Arsenal.

Manchester United will be desperate for the three points on Wednesday as they are nine points behind Liverpool in fourth.

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