Fans react on Twitter to Manchester United's Cleverley performance v Germany

Tom Cleverley

Fans have taken to the social network to make it clear they were not impressed with Tom Cleverley. But should we be getting behind the player?

Last night England were dealt a harsh lesson in football by their old rivals Germany - as the visiting team comfortably claimed a 1-0 victory at Wembley Stadium when Per Mertesacker got his head to a Toni Kroos centre.

There were many interesting selections for this game. Joe Hart was reinstated - and it seems that his recent dalliance with the substitute bench might have been a wakeup call after a good performance from him. Ashley Cole was also recalled, and he struggled as he has done all season for club and country. Chris Smalling also got a chance, in a game he would rather forget.

Meanwhile, perhaps most interestingly of all, Tom Cleverley was handed a start.

When Roy Hodgson first got the England job the young Manchester United midfielder was a regular for the team - and put in some sterling performances for his country. His dissecting passing ability was causing rave reviews and the thought of one day pairing him with Jack Wilshere in the heart of the park had hands wringing.

Unfortunately over the past 12 months he seems to have digressed. His play has become sloppy, injuries have taken their toll on his confidence and the fans are now well and truly on his back.

And last night was unfortunately not a renaissance.

He struggled to get a foothold on the game throughout - as the classy Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Toni Kroos made him look consistently below-par throughout the game.

He barely had anything like an impact on the game despite a decent passing accuracy rate of 85% - but these were hardly ever into areas of opportunity.

He had just 50 touches of the ball, and as my colleague here at HITC Dan Coombs duly pointed out on Twitter that figure was humiliating compared to the 125 times that Kroos got on the ball - or if you want to look further back the pitch, the 103 touches Lars Bender had.

Overall it was not a great performance from Cleverley - as he continues to struggle in the England ranks and for first-team football at United.

But the reaction on Twitter may seem slightly harsh. He is still just 24-years-old and definitely needs our backing rather than a continued troll of disappointment.

Here is some of the reaction from Twitter…

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