Villa's Cleverley to 'prove a few people wrong'
Aston Villa newcomer Tom Cleverley wants to "prove a few people wrong" as he begins a new chapter of his career following a sad exit from Manchester United.
Midfielder Cleverley joined Villa in a last-minute deadline day loan transfer just over a week ago following a difficult year at Old Trafford last season.
His departure was welcomed quite vocally by some United fans, but the some-time England midfielder is eager to silence his critics and eventually return to international football by impressing at Villa Park.
"I'm motivated to prove a few people wrong," said the 25-year-old.
"Hopefully that will also increase my performance levels too. First of all I've got to get into the team and hopefully play some part in a successful day at Liverpool on Saturday."
Cleverley (right) has taken some stick on social media networks in recent weeks, not least during a Premier League question and answer session on Twitter. But the former Bradford trainee is happy to shrug off such abuse.
"I'm sure one season doesn't turn you into a bad player," he said.
"That's football for you. The year before last I won the Premier League title and played 20-odd games, so it's swings and roundabouts.
"I probably wasn't the only player to get it last year and for as long as Manchester United aren't winning trophies, players will get criticised.
"I've still got a league title and 13 England caps. You don't turn into a bad player just because somebody says so on Twitter."
Cleverley has clear objectives in his mind, which he hopes to achieve by securing regular football under Villa boss Paul Lambert.
"Firstly, I've got to get into the team," he said. "Secondly, I've got to play well."