Louis van Gaal’s summer clear-out at Manchester United concluded on Tuesday afternoon, with confirmation that Tom Cleverley would be the last name to leave the club.
After a hectic transfer saga surrounding his signature during the closing stages of the deadline, Cleverley moves to Aston Villa on a season-long loan, with the option in January to make the deal a permanent £7.5 million switch.
Either way, with his United contract set to expire next summer, the 25-year-old’s future prospects with the club seem bleak, and chances are that fans have now seen the last of him in the red shirt.
Well-regarded coming up through the Old Trafford ranks, Cleverley has made 79 appearances since his United debut in 2011, having previously enjoyed loan spells at Leicester City, Watford and Wigan Athletic.
Going on to earn the first of his 13 England caps in August 2012, his poor form last season, however, saw him miss out on a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad, while he also failed to earn a call-up for the upcoming matches against Norway and Switzerland.
An easy target for criticism following the disappointing seventh-place league finish, many fans have been calling for Cleverley’s exit for some time, despite his long-running connections to the club, and plenty made that well known upon the official announcement of the move to Villa.
BEERS ARE ON ME!!!!!! CLEVERLEY'S GONE!!!!!— Bro (@TheBrojoCode) September 2, 2014
Really hope he doesn't come back, the kid is shocking. #Cleverley— John-Paul (@johnpaullinton) September 2, 2014
All jokes aside I think Cleverley's stats sum him up, 0 assists and only 10 chances created in 22 games last season. Shocking.— Luke McCabeITK (@LukeMcCabeBambi) September 2, 2014
Wait, cleverley is gone? Thank you sweet Jesus— Uyi Omorhienrhien (@Mr_Endie) September 2, 2014
No greater news than Cleverley being gone. Buy him Aston Villa. Buy him.— Yomi. (@Wulffricc) September 2, 2014
Cleverley gone to Villa on loan, pity it wasn't permanent but I'll take that! #MUFC— Amy Doherty (@AmyDoherty2) September 2, 2014
Cleverley has gone? Omg i think i might cry with joy— Rory Racklroy (@ScottJackson92) September 2, 2014
So we actually got rid on Tom Cleverley this evening for a year. Miracles do happen ladies and gentlemen! #MUFC— Keegan Kruger (@KeeganKruger) September 2, 2014
the relief from disposing cleverley though! *phew* #mufc— Bolutife LORDson (@BolutifeLORDson) September 2, 2014
The day keeps getting better - Tom Cleverley is gone! On loan, but still!— Juan José Vallejo (@juanjosetennis) September 2, 2014
Cleverley has finally gone! My favourite bit of deadline day ish activity!— MUFC supporters club (@club_Mufctid) September 2, 2014
#mufc Cleverley gone - there must be a God. Next window Fellaini Anderson Young.— Red Devil (@MKSpock) September 2, 2014
Was Cleverley given enough opportunities at Manchester United?