Tom Cleverley really is a marmite man. While some slate him as a useless player who offers almost nothing into the Manchester United midfield, others see him as a young English player who is yet to hit his potential. I am leaning towards the former, however, and I would suggest that it is time that he was shipped out to make room for some real midfield talent.
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Cesc Fabregas continues to be linked with a move away from Barcelona. The midfielder only rejoined the Catalan giants two years ago from Arsenal. If he were to leave and return to England would it mean that his time back in La Liga has been a failure?
Manchester United is bigger than any one man, and so the events of the last week bring change at our Club while the Reds go marching on.
The only constant in football is change and so none of this surprises me.
At the start of the 2012/13 season teams and players begin with hope and expectations and I thought it would be interesting to review the players who least met expectations this season.
You may have seen over the weekend that four Manchester United players were voted into the PFA Team of the Year.
Two of the four – Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick – were obvious picks.
This season Manchester United have proved several things.
The first thing is that you need top class cover in every single position to win the league, and we have it.
One more victory, one more precious three points, and what has seemed inevitable for weeks will become a reality. Manchester United have claimed the 20th top division crown, which has now given the club a two title lead over great rivals Liverpool.
And Manchester City may well return with a strong assault next season, but the hinted power shift from red to blue appears once again premature.
As Manchester United stumble to the title, the gap closing but maybe not fast enough for Manchester City to snatch it away again, the general play continues to disappoint.
Brilliantly consistent rather to consistently brilliant sums up United. A rather odd formation with Robin van Perfect on top of a midfield 5, emulating City, just didn't work.
Everybody has a favourite player but for me I have two which share that honour and one of them is Ryan Giggs. The other being our 38 year old magician Paul Scholes.
As Manchester United lined up today to face Stoke City at the daunting Britannia Stadium, many were surprised to see the side being put out by Sir Alex Ferguson.
After a big gap, we saw Wayne Rooney being played as a mainstream central midfielder alongside Michael Carrick with Shinji Kagawa on the left and Antonio Valencia on the right. Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez started upfront for the away side.
Losing to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup Quarter final is no disgrace but from 2-0 up at home in the first game, losing 3 goals unanswered is of concern.
In both games the cracks that appeared are the faults that separate the very best from the nearly men, and I saw enough to know we have to fix some faults.
An understrength Manchester United beat a Sunderland side at The Stadium of Light on 30th March 2013. Nothing surprising there but what did we learn?
Firstly we learned that Sunderland are a team in crisis.