Tom Cleverley: Manchester United's most overrated star

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David Moyes appears to be upping the ante in his pursuit for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini and you can tell why after yesterday's dismal performance against Liverpool.

There was no creative spark - due to the absence of Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa - which meant United never really threatened their north-west rivals.

What was even more clear to see was the lack of creativity in United's midfield. In years gone by Paul Scholes was always able to notch a goal or Roy Keane was able to drive his team onto success.

However Moyes doesn't have a player of Keane or Scholes' calibre. He instead has a midfield partnership of Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley.

Carrick has excelled for the Premier League champions over the last 18 months or so - establishing himself as a regular for both Manchester United and England.

On the other hand Cleverley seems to have been picking up minutes without really impressing at Old Trafford.

United were crying out for a midfielder who could drive at Liverpool's defence and test their goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. However Cleverley was never going to be that man.

The England international scored a mere four goals in 32 games for Manchester United last season - an abysmal total for a midfielder who was playing with a licence to support his attacking teammates.

While watching yesterday's game, it was hard to fathom what Cleverley actually offers to Moyes' side.

The majority of his passes were sideways, which could have been to do with the lack of movement in United's attacking third, but you would still look for an international midfielder to try and do something to change the outcome on the game.

Even Anderson, who has struggled to cement a regular place in United's first team, often goes on bursting surges when his team are in need of a goal.

The fact that both Cleverley and Carrick have played every minute against Wigan, Swansea, Chelsea and Liverpool shows that Moyes must sign Fellaini before the window slams shut at 11pm tonight.

If not, Manchester United fans will have to get used to the mediocre Cleverley featuring in the majority of their Premier League and Champions League games. 

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