Manchester United's Tom Cleverley admits he was 'hurt' by boo-boys

Tom Cleverley

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has admitted that he was left "hurt" after he was booed on England duty last season.

A group of disgruntled supporters of the Three Lions began an online petition to get him removed from the national side, and the document eventually attracted around 17,000 signatures.

England's 1-0 win against Denmark in March was a particular low point for the Red Devils midfielder after he was roundly booed as his name was read out prior to the kick off.

While the points from Cleverley's detractors are open for debate, it is arguable that the treatment he received was beyond the pale, and the former Wigan Athletic star admitted that it was a regrettable experience.

However, Cleverley claimed that the boo-boys made him develop a "thick skin" which is a trait that is certainly needed as a top-level footballer.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “You’ve just got to take it on the chin. It’s football. Fans are passionate and they like to see their team win. And when their team is not they have got a right to look at the team.

“And, yeah, I got a bit of stick. It does hurt when it comes to your own fans. But I’m not going to dwell on it.

“I want to prove a few people wrong. But first and foremost I am just concentrating on the next game and working hard in training and hopefully we will get back to winning ways. It makes you develop a lot thicker skin."

The 24-year-old also explained how he plans to learn from the situation he was placed in last season, and admitted that he wants to prove the doubters wrong at Old Trafford this coming season.

“I’ve definitely learned from it and hopefully I will improve because of it this year," he added.

“I’m not making any excuses. As a team we simply could have done better than last year. But, like I said, I will use it as a learning curve and not dwell on it as a negative.”

Cleverley was recently handed the captain's armband by Louis van Gaal in the 3-2 victory over Roma in a clear indication that the Dutchman sees the midfielder's future at Old Trafford, despite reported interest from Everton.

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