Now the title of this one might be rather annoying to some fans. Many (me included) have seen Tom Cleverley becoming something of a savior for our team. In truth, when we were 2-0 down against City in the Community Shield a while back, I was one among the many millions who were screaming for Michael Carrick to be taken off. And taken to the docks. And shot. Here was a boy who had singlehandedly turned the friendly against Barca on its head, sitting on the bench while we were stuck with a bumbling, slow, useless Geordie who wouldn’t be caught dead passing the ball forwards.
Anyone who remembers the saga connected with the move of French youngster Gael Kakuta from French club Lens to Chelsea last year will realize how messy these type of transfers can become. Chelsea were initially banned from signing any players in the following two transfer windows due to their involvement in inducing Kakuta to break his contract at Lens. That ban was subsequently lifted but Manchester United faced similar sanctions over the wrangle of 17 year old Paul Pogba’s transfer from Le Havre before the issue was finally resolved.