Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has vehemently defended his role within David Moyes’s Manchester United setup, revealing his belief that he’s often cut out to be the scapegoat for the Red Devils’ disappointing results. Cleverley has been a mainstay in the heart of United’s defense this season, but that has left him in the firing line of much criticism from supporters and the media this season.
Cleverley, however, insists he has something to add to the defending Premier League champions.
“My job goes under the radar at times,” Cleverley said, according to Sky Sports. ”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.”
United’s title defense has certainly not gone to plan this season, leaving few bettors at the Finnish casino portal Suomenetticasino.com believing the Red Devils can defend their crown. Rivals Manchester City and Chelsea remain the firm favorites to take home this year’s trophy, although Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side can make a statement in tomorrow’s clash against United.
Cleverley has most often been partnering fellow England international Michael Carrick in the heart of United’s midfield this season, although £27 million summer signing Marouane Fellaini is inching towards a return to the United first team. The Belgian will be hoping to impress ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, similar to Cleverley’s desire to cement his spot in Roy Hodgson’s England side.