Updated: Friday, 20th September 2019 @ 3:51pm

Clever move? Manchester United fans rejoice as Tom Cleverley nears £8m Aston Villa move

Clever move? Manchester United fans rejoice as Tom Cleverley nears £8m Aston Villa move

| By Liam Geraghty

Manchester United have accepted an £8million bid for youth product Tom Cleverley from Aston Villa – and Red Devils fans have hit Twitter to see him off.

The much-maligned midfielder has been the target of OId Trafford boo boys since he returned to the club from a successful loan spell at Wigan Athletic in 2011.

While Cleverley initially flourished under legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson, his meandering performances frustrated United fans as he typified the doomed David Moyes era with dismal displays alongside fellow clogger Marouane Fellaini in the centre of the park.

He was even the target of an e-petition to keep away from the England squad, a campaign that found success as Roy Hodgson opted to leave him off the plane to Brazil while the Three Lions floundered at the World Cup.

And United fans were happy with Ed Woodward’s business (for a change) on a day which saw Argentina superstar Angel Di Maria welcomed to the club.

On the other side of the exit door, Cleverley departed and fellow flop Wilfried Zaha moved closer to a return to Crystal Palace.

Rumours also persisted around the futures of Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck as Louis van Gaal looked to cull his misfiring squad after the embarrassing 4-0 rout at the hands of League One MK Dons.

But the news that Cleverley was going to become a literal Villian instead of the metaphorical one he has been for his Red employers.

However, one fan warned that an ex-Old Trafford favourite, former skipper and claret-and-blue number two Roy Keane, is waiting for him with his trademark icy stare.

Other supporters questioned the funds lavished on the 25-year-old.

With fears that the England man could make a return to the Theatre of Dreams, Reds devotees also called for Van Gaal to continue his fire sale in a bid to trim the squad of deadwood.

But not all United fans had their knives out for Cleverley and some wished him well as he brings his 14-year stay at the club to an end with 54 appearances and three goals to his name.

And some even suggested that the dissenters in the Stretford End may have gone too far with their dogged criticism of the midfielder’s exploits.

Aston Villa fans were less forgiving and many seemed underwhelmed with their new man – especially when they look set to fork out £3million more than Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich did for Real Madrid’s talismanic creative midfielder Xabi Alonso.

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