Tom Cleverley‘s first Premier League goal of the season for Manchester United in their 3-0 win over Aston Villa could be a vital step towards improving his game in the coming weeks.
Cleverley has struggled to show form that warrant his place as a regular in United’s midfield this season, with some very average performances coming almost every time he has been picked by new boss David Moyes.
But against Villa we saw the Cleverley that he was originally hyped up to be. He not only included his high work rate, but he also managed to get a grip of the game by himself for the first time in a while. He looked sharp and his attacking play was the best we’ve seen from the 24-year-old for some time.
The goal, United’s third, clearly meant a huge deal to Cleverley. His celebration conveyed pure emotion as he screamed at the traveling fans. I feel Cleverley is a real confidence player; without it he struggles to express himself.
Under former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson perhaps that confidence came about more naturally. But this season under Moyes, Cleverley has seemed under huge pressure to impress and be an integral part of United’s midfield.
However, I feel and hope for him that the goal will propel him forward now. Despite the huge criticism he receives, he is a talented player that has so much to offer. When he’s confident and playing in a side full of freedom, like vs. Villa, we see the Cleverley that was such a promise when he broke onto the United scene a couple of years ago.