After a string of poor performances by Tom Cleverley, people have started to raise doubts about his potential.
Last year, after seeing Cleverley’s start to the season, United fans had hoped that they had finally found their replacement for the ageing Paul Scholes. However, as the season progressed they found the same old Cleverley, someone who could not add any creative spark to the midfield or drive the team forward.
Now that Scholes has retired, United have midfield options in Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Cleverley and Anderson. With Anderson never living up to the expectation, Fellaini also needs some time to settle in. This leaves Moyes with the most suited partnership of Carrick and Cleverley.
Though Carrick has proved himself as one of the most influential players in the team in the last 18 months, Cleverley hasn't been able to do the same. Even with the playing time given, Cleverley hasn't impressed the United boss and soon could be a bench warmer.
The best example of Cleverley’s lack of creativeness was displayed in the 1-0 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League earlier this season, when Manchester United’s main players were absent. David Moyes needed someone to test Simon Mignolet, however Cleverley was never going to be that man.
The England international has scored only four goals in the 61 appearances he has made for the club. The majority of his passes are sideways or backwards, which could have been to do with the lack of movement in United’s attacking third.
Even Anderson often goes on bursting surges when his team are in need of a goal..many fans would agree that he is just not up to United’s class. Moyes needs to find a midfielder with a creative and intelligent mind just like Mesut Ozil at Arsenal, Juan Mata at Chelsea and David Silva at Manchester City.
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