Before crucifying Tom Cleverley, remember Aaron Ramsey

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Criticising Manchester United's Tom Cleverley is in vogue, but it should not be forgotten that 12 months ago Aaron Ramsey was in the same boat.

Far from being Manchester United's great midfield answer, Tom Cleverley currently looks part of the problem.

The former Watford loanee looks tentative, short of spark, and is currently doing himself a disservice with his performances.

But that does not mean he cannot turn it around.

Recently turned 24 in August, Cleverley may be just one year younger than Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, but he can still be considered a young player learning his trade, only making his debut for the Red Devils two seasons ago.

But right now everybody wants to criticise him. England fans fed up with his inclusion in not only the squad but Roy Hodgson's first team, to Match of the Day 2 pundits seeing him as an easy target.

If the 2013/14 season however has taught us anything, it is that writing players off too soon has a habit of biting you.

Just look at the way Arsenal fan Piers Morgan's tweets from last season writing Aaron Ramsey off as a 'liability' have gone viral.

How many United fans are taking joy in mocking him, yet are at the same time writing off their own international midfielder?

Aaron Ramsey has bounced back to become a real leader for the Gunners, a genuine contender for player of the season honours.

But Ramsey is not the only example to highlight. United fans should remember the severe criticism Darren Fletcher received back in 2005, categorised along with players like Liam Miller and Kleberson, yet given time he proved his worth and went onto become a key midfielder at the Red Devils.

Cleverley has talent. He is not showing so at present, and may not even do so this season, such is the rut of form he finds himself in.

Writing him off for good? That would be premature. Next season it could be Cleverley enjoying a breakout year, causing fans to rush to delete their own critical tweets about him to save embarassment.

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