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Good News On Cleverley? Not Really

There has been plenty of hype surrounding Tom Cleverley over the past year or two which reached a climax this summer once Paul Scholes announced his retirement. Cleverley was tipped by plenty to be the successor to one of the most gifted midfielders this country has ever seen.

Fortunately for the lad, and for the team, Cleverley dealt with the expectation well, and confirmed his place in the starting XI at the start of the season.

However, a late challenge from Kevin Davies in our game against Bolton saw the midfielder ruled out for a month. He was brought back against Everton in October but was subbed off with less than an hour played.

“He’s felt his ankle again,” Ferguson said after the game. “It’s nothing serious, just tightness and tiredness. He should be okay next week and it was an excellent performance from him in the first half.”

Cleverley hasn’t played a game since, despite the club predicting he would be back by Christmas.

“It is pretty long term,” said Ferguson. “(He will be out until) Christmas time. It is unfortunate. It is worse than we thought. When he first came off against Everton he reported it as just a tightness, with a bit of pain. We have done scans again and the injury has recurred. We will have to give him a break.”

Christmas has obviously come and gone, with United losing two consecutive games, yet there has been no sign of our midfielder.

Today, on Twitter, Cleverley revealed how much longer he expected to be out for.

“Finally some good news. Plan to b outside running in 2 weeks and training the week after that. Cnt wait to b back!”

The Evening News is reporting this as a “boost” but I think it’s is pretty dreadful. It means he will have been missing from October to February, which is a bloody long time out for a player who has had such a positive impact on our play when he’s been on the field. If he won’t be training for three weeks then it could be ages before we see him back on the pitch again. Bad news for United… but not bad enough to convince Glazer to put his hand in his pocket.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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224 Comments

  1. byron1970 says:

    In his interview with MUTV when asked as to the current injury situation Sir Alex just said there were no fresh concerns after the Newcastle game and just gave an update on Smalling and Cleverley, so no update on Owen.

  2. TonyBee says:

    Costas says:
    Rooney even retweeted a comment from his wife that laughed at the article. He definitely was anxious to deny it.

    If the journo that made up the story based it just on the fine, then he’s a moron. It’s not even the first time that Rooney has been fined and dropped for that reason.

    —————————————————————————————————————————

    I was reading some answers on this on tut’internet last night mate…
    the actual journo, that wrote that piece about Wazza being sold, was asked point-blank by I believe by the BBC if he knew for a FACT that Rooney was off in January….he squirmed and tried to talk around the subject but when pressed admitted that he had just made it all up from what HE thought might happen

    Basically saying ‘I am a lying lazy cunt that cannot get facts right’

  3. byron1970 says:

    I think it’s also worth noting that while City and Spurs sing and dance about the best teams they’ve had in the premiership and United fans piss and moan about the current squad being one of the worst we’ve had, we’re level on points with Spurs (assuming they win their game in hand) and only three points behind City.

    I don’t want to come off like I’m oblivious to our current problems but I just think we need some sort of balance and that it’s not all doom and gloom. Yes it’s been a disappointing season so far, disastrous in some cases as with the 6-1 and getting knocked out of the champions league. But I also remember early doors when everyone was fit that we were playing some great stuff, football that gives me real hope for the future.

    I was at the both the Spurs and Arsenal games earlier this season when we had a starting eleven of De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Evra, Nani, Cleverley, Anderson, Young, Rooney, Welbeck. I will never ever forget the Arsenal game in terms of sheer joy and goal celebrations but for me some of the best football I’ve ever witnessed at Old Trafford was the second half against Spurs. We were absolutely sensational and all this done too without Vidic. Hopefully when everyone is fit this will be symptomatic of things to come.

  4. smartalex says:

    TonyBee – Good morning! Lawton is squirming in a thread near you!
    http://therepublikofmancunia.com/the-independents-rooney-on-rooney-is-nonsense/#comment-442378

  5. Costas says:

    @TonyBee

    Hi mate. Like Scott said at the other thread, he was a few drinks into his Friday night. :lol:

  6. TonyBee says:

    Morbing SM & Costas…… okay so ii posted my reply on here instaed of there….. oops but at least you saw it….. :lol:

    Memo to Cedars…. if you are reading this ….you old tool ….have asked STR to pass to you my email

  7. TonyBee says:

    Morbing….fucking hell far too early for me…….

  8. Salford-abroad says:

    The club deny the story about rooney on their offical web site that fast?Seems a bit weird…

  9. smartalex says:

    Morebling for TonyBee! Put the man in chains!

  10. sam says:

    Might just cry he has such an impact on our team. can’t we get someone on loan at least, if not delving into the youth team .

  11. denton davey says:

    Paul Parker @ 9:34: “Don’t give a monkeys about who plays anymore, as long as they do the shirt justice I’ll be happy whatever the score.”

    That’s the point, isn’t it ? No man is bigger than the team – and like that, as Kojak used to say. That’s why these rumours can’t be dismissed – regardless of “joint statements”.

    I would imagine that if SAF is planning to pull the trap door on TheWayneBoy then this is probably part of a contingency plan that Fergy developed in the wake of Rooney’s antics in October/November, 2010.

    I’d also imagine that if the trap door is open then whatever destination beckons for TheWayneBoy is no secret for the parties involved. Cast your mind back to CR7′s departure – seemingly, it was agreed in the summer of 2008 on the condition that Ronaldo give UTD one more year and give SAF time to recruit a “replacement”, who happened to be Dimmy.

  12. united4ever says:

    buy fergie!

  13. Mishersmith says:

    ive said it before and ill say it again, fuck you kevin davies i hope you die

  14. WillieRedNut says:

    If you’re reading this Cedars? I passed on my email details to Scott. It’s WillieRedNut@getyourassbackonthisfuckingblogasap

    :lol:

  15. Figoman says:

    Whatchu think of this guy, guys?

    thefaithfulmufc.com/2012/01/07/do-fergusons-lies-risk-souring-his-legacy/

  16. Figoman says:

    Whatchu think of this guy, guys?
    http://thefaithfulmufc.com/2012/01/07/do-fergusons-
    lies-risk-souring-his-legacy/

  17. Danield7848 says:

    Can’t believe people criticise Sir Alex, simply put he is the best there has ever been!!! The only gulf in class that exists between United and Citeh is the quality of out owners. The Glazers took out £800 million in debt to take over our club, that means our club has to be run effectively as a business in order to service this debt, and the only way to do it is to invest in youth! Mansoor has no need to run Citeh as an effective business as money is no object, and in fact he has put over 1 billion into the club. They have no need to invest in youth or potential, they can buy the biggest and best players in the world and slot them straight into their team!

    It might be that the financial fair play rules will make a difference. But given the complete disparency in economic power between United and Citeh, the fact that there is only 3 points between us is testament to Fergies greatness!

    I trust him 100% and I believe revenge will be ours tomorrow, United to win 2-1, Rooney to score!!

    Keep the faith!!!

  18. TheCANTONA says:

    @figoman:
    why should Fergie lies? Stupid. Dont read the bollocks too much mate..

  19. Danield7848 says:

    Can’t believe people criticise Sir Alex, simply put he is the best there has ever been!!! The only gulf in class that exists between United and Citeh is the quality of out owners. The Glazers took out £800 million in debt to take over our club, that means our club has to be run effectively as a business in order to service this debt, and the only way to do it is to invest in youth! Mansoor has no need to run Citeh as an effective business as money is no object, and in fact he has put over 1 billion into the club. They have no need to invest in youth or potential, they can buy the biggest and best players in the world and slot them straight into their team!

    It might be that the financial fair play rules will make a difference. But given the complete disparency in economic power between United and Citeh, the fact that there is only 3 points between us is testament to Fergies greatness!

    I trust him 100% and I believe revenge will be ours tomorrow, United to win 2-1, Rooney to score!!

    Keep the faith!!!

  20. TheCANTONA says:

    @jon077:
    yeah, fergie has been fucked up. Thats why he won us 19th last may & we have a great start ever when everybody fit in August &September.

  21. RedHarry4Life says:

    Some players you can depend on. Stay relatively injury free perform every week. Players like Messi, Ronaldom Evra.

    Other players however you can not depend on.

    We will have to accept that some of our players will never play anywhere near a full season.
    And in the present squad they are the Da silvas, Johnny Evans and Cleverley.

    When TC was at watford he missed large chunks of the season due to injury same at leceister and last season at Wigan missed about half the season.

    This year he has been out for what half a season again (if he comes back in feb). He appears to be a bit fragile.

    I think he will be great when he is on the pitch but I think we need to look to build the team around other players and think of him as a bonus when fit.

    When thinking of our injured players i really don’t think of him as he has not been in the team for ages.

    He reminds me a bit of Wes brown – was a great defender when he came thru but then would miss whole years due to injury. As o’Shea never seemed to be injured

  22. RedHarry4Life says:

    a little aside

    i see that there was another KLAN meeting held at Klanfield on Friday night.

    whose fault was it this time? Coz it certyainly could not have been any sweet funny knowledgable scousers Probably Oldham fans that infiltrated the CRAP

  23. RedHarry4Life says:

    What I want most of all is the league beat shittty there in the league tro win no 20.

    the FA CUP wpould be a nice little bonus!

  24. StatesideAussie says:

    Balaji … sorry mate, only just saw your post back there. I actually wrotoe an updated article, with updated numbers to the end of 2011 (halfway point of the PL season) for the same six clubs, plus new information (including a comparison of “injury rates per match” and a simple analysis correlating injury rates to our overall season performance for the last 10 years) and sent it to Scott just before I left the States. he hasn’t published it yet but I hope it well. It is scary reading for the most part.

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