Manchester United have a mountain to climb to stay in the Champions League, after they were beaten 2-0 in the first leg at the Athens by Olympiakos.
The overall performance was dire to say the least, with fans and critics questioning about the team selection and overall approach to the game.
The central midfielders Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick were pretty ordinary and that was where the game was lost. Neither there was creativity from the centre of midfield nor was there defensive grit.
Cleverley was responsible for the build-up to the first goal, where in the first half, with time to pick a pass, all he did was to scuffed it into the path of midfielder Alejandro Dominguez, that led to the first goal.
Ferguson claimed two years ago that Cleverley as “potentially the best midfielder in Britain” but now many see him as a liability, with fans even saying he is the worst midfielder ever in the club’s history.
Had Ferguson been in charge after that display, don’t think we’d ever see Ferdinand, Valencia or Cleverley in a #mufc shirt again. Abysmal.
— Samuel (@samuelj29060) February 25, 2014
yeah i agree, the players were hopeless but who decided to select cleverley in midfield?
— Edmeiste (@EddieTrulyReds) February 25, 2014
I think Persie catch Cleverley-a-itus!
— Evil Kagawa (@evilkagawa) February 25, 2014
And if Cleverley’s in the #England squad with him, we might as well give up now.
— Scott Wilson (@Scottwilsonecho) February 25, 2014
That’s not Carrick’s fault, that’s Cleverley’s. Loses the ball, jogs nonchalantly away. England can’t pick him, shouldn’t, mustn’t.
— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) February 25, 2014
The days of trotting Cleverley out there need to stop. Enough is enough. I’m sure he’s a great person but he’s not the quality we need #MUFC
— Evan Salveson (@evansalveson) February 26, 2014
— Ross Phillips (@GsyMancRoss) February 26, 2014
If I was Utd manager I would stick Cleverley in reserves until summer then sell to whoever wants him. Pathetic player
— Moyes 2013-? (@Mark_Champ19ns) February 26, 2014