Tom Cleverley has United fixture to thank for exposing loophole

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley will serve his suspension for Aston Villa on Saturday when he could not have featured anyway.

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley will reportedly benefit from a bizarre loophole in the Premier League’s suspension system, whereby he will serve a one-match ban during a game he is not even eligible for.

The Daily Mail reports that Aston Villa’s on-loan midfielder is now banned for one game having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season.

But Villa’s next match is against United, and with Cleverley unable to play against his parent-club in essence the suspension is irrelevant.

Cleverley has made 13 appearances since temporarily swapping United for Villa in the summer but he is yet to score or provide an assist for Paul Lambert’s side and some fans have recently questioned his contributions to the club.

When Louis van Gaal was appointed as United’s new manager the 25-year-old said he was the Dutchman’s type of player. But he was shipped out soon after and it is hard to see a way back for him given the midfielders now at United’s disposal and the likelihood of more arriving in due course.

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