Manchester United accept £8m Aston Villa bid for Tom Cleverley - reports

Manchester United have accepted an offer for the struggling Tom Cleverley from Aston Villa, according to reports.

Manchester United have accepted an £8 million bid from Aston Villa for Tom Cleverley, a report suggests.

According to Sky Sports journalist Pete O'Rourke, Villa have met United's asking price for the midfielder who has come under pressure after a series of under-par performances at Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old has been under fire for some time now after his displays over recent seasons have been far short of the requisite quality to represent United and it appears that he could be set to depart the club.

Villa have offered him a reprieve and it seems that their bid has been enough to convince Louis Van Gaal's side to relinquish the midfielder, who has failed to live up to his early promise.

United’s squad has been much derided in recent times, but few players have had to take on the level of criticism that Cleverley has.

The England international has regularly been singled out for abuse from neutrals and supporters alike and he currently looks very short on confidence, as a result.

An all-action midfielder, Cleverley has played fairly regularly for United in recent times but failed to make much of an impact during his time on the pitch.

Over the past two season he has made 44 appearances at United, but has shown little signs of progress after breaking through.

It appears that Van Gaal has seen little future for him as he begins plotting to take the club forward, after what has been a poor start.

The Red Devils have spent big this summer, with their recruitment drive reportedly not over yet, and they are expected to bring in more new arrivals before the close of the month.

For now, though, their focus remains on cutting the squad size down and Cleverley is one of a number of players who could leave Old Trafford in the coming days.

A move to Villa could be good for all parties, as Cleverley looks to rekindle his career following its recent stagnation and United look to offload a midfielder who looks bereft of confidence. 

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