Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley could still complete a loan move to Barclays Premier League side Aston Villa after the closure of the summer transfer window at 23:00 BST on Monday evening. There was talk of a loan move to Everton last night and Sky Sports suggested that the Basingstoke born midfielder was en-route to the clubs Finch Farm training ground to complete a move, but this was denied late into Monday evening. Aston Villa, who were considering a permanent move for the midfielder attempted to complete the loan signing of Cleverley shortly before the closure of the window and asked the Premier League for more time to complete the deal as it was well advanced at that time.
Reports suggest that Cleverley was at United’s AON Training Complex in Carrington until the early hours of this morning to complete the deal and a decision will be made today whether he will get that move or not. Rumors suggested that Cleverley turned down a permanent deal to Aston Villa due to a disagreement on wages, which seems silly, especially if the promise of first team football was there for the midfielder. At United he has been told that he will not be one of the first names on the team sheet for matches and neither will he be a squad player, so it suggests that money rather than football is Cleverley’s priority. The fact that he could now be stuck at United until at least January if this move fails could be devastating for the rest of his career.
With United already being knocked out of the Capital One Cup this season and with the FA Cup not commencing until January, with just Barclays Premier League matches, Cleverley would not play for United unless there were many injuries, which could happen. That could even scupper a move in January. Cleverley could play as one of the three overage outfield players for Warren Joyce’s U21 side this season, but that would not really be competitive football for the former England international. The move to Villa will be the players best hope this season, and he would play regularly in their side. I like Cleverley, but he’s not really done anything to prove himself over the past few seasons at Manchester United. Just as he gets in form, injuries seem to hit and we are back to square one.
Against Sunderland over a week ago, his passing was questionable once again with him not playing the ball forward, but it was not just hit fault, each player on the pitch holds their share of the blame. It was not fair for Cleverley for the abuse he took last season, as again it was not all his fault. He was to blame for the decisions and mistakes he made and that alone did not cause United to falter at the rate they did last season, it was a team effort and each player that was in the squad at that time should take the responsibility. Cleverley is a decent midfielder, just not the midfielder that United need at this moment in time, it is a shame but some players make it and other don’t. He will make it elsewhere thought and I hope he does.
The Premier League’s regulation department has compiled a report on the prospective loan deal to Villa Park this season and they will consider the move later today when a decision will be made on whether the loan deal will be ratified or not. The deal with Paul Lambert’s side would initially be until January and it is not yet known whether it could lead to a permanent deal or not. We will bring you more on this matter once a decision has been reached.