Tom Cleverley feels it is the right time to ‘draw a line’ under his Manchester United career and focus on what is coming up in the future.
The midfielder spent the 2014/15 season on loan at Aston Villa where he made 31 appearances and after a shaky start to life in the Midlands, Cleverley has grown in influence at the club.
His time at Man United was a mixed bag. There were fleeting moments of brilliance but they were far and few between and a series of injuries made it difficult for him to find those sorts of strong performances on a regular basis.
United have confirmed they will not be offering him a new contract and in an interview with The Telegraph’s Henry Winter, Cleverley indicated he would prefer to stay at Villa.
“I think we can draw a line under that one,’’ said Cleverley.
“I want to get my future sorted before I go away in the summer and get married. I’ve not made any decision yet.
When asked if it would be difficult to leave Villa, Cleverley added: “One hundred per cent. I’m enjoying myself here, fantastic group of lads, and a great manager.
“I’ve come out the other side a stronger person and hopefully a better player.”
Now is most certainly the right time for Cleverley to leave Man United for good in order to forge himself a career elsewhere.
After all, he is only 25 so has plenty of years left in his career but they won’t be spent wearing the United shirt.
Cleverley’s a decent footballer. As we said, there were moments of individual brilliance but they just weren’t seen often enough.
Would it have all been different if Kevin Davies had not damaged Cleverley’s ligaments with a terrible challenge which put an end to one of his best purple patches at the club back in 2011? Potentially, but we’ll never know.
He’ll leave Old Trafford with a decent opportunity to have a good career elsewhere in the Premier League, so good luck to him (so long as he plays poorly whenever he faces United).