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95 touches, 82 passes: Under-fire United star wins plaudits

Tom Cleverley clearly worked hard during their 3-0 win against Aston Villa to prove a few doubters wrong, producing statistically the best performance on the day.

Manchester United and Aston Villa went head-to-head in a game that could have finished up at just about any score line.

United were keepers of the ball, and played some sublime passing football which in the end was their key to winning 3-0, despite having less of the chances. United retained 56% of the ball, making 546 passes with a 84% pass accuracy and created 14 chances.

Aston Villa piled on the pressure as much as they could but couldn't make the United barricade down to the despair of their supporters. Villa made 430 passes, with a 77% pass accuracy but created 17 chances.

It was a truly scintillating game that had people on the edge of their seats through-out.  A Danny Welbeck double in the first 20 minutes was enough to send United down the track, and when Tom Cleverley made it 3-0 soon after the second half kicked off, Villa's dream of a come-back was over.

Both players have been under-fire this season from United fans, and both have been labelled 'average', with Tom Cleverley admitting as much in a recent interview.

However, he clearly had a the determination to put it right producing his best game of the season to date.

Tom Cleverley was by far the busiest man on the pitch having TWENTY more touches than anyone else, with 95. He was also the 'pass-master' for the day, hitting 82 passes on the day, again hitting 20 more than anyone else on the pitch.

As well as making the most passes on the day, he also had the best pass accuracy on the pitch for the day, with an impressive 94% and was equally as accurate when playing the ball long distances.

From a United point of view, he was also the most impressive midfielder both offensively and defensively. He made 3 tackles and 3 interceptions, as well as 3 shots and 1 goal.

He is clearly a player trying to get a demon off his back, and prove himself good enough for the England XI in Brazil.

One swallow doesn't make a summer though, and he knows he will need to produce more performances of these standards to get himself back in favour with supporters.

image: © joncandy

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