Date: 13th September 2012 at 1:02pm
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In less than 7 days was given a harsh reminder of how fickle a sport football can be.

After his performance against Moldova you could have been forgiven for thinking the midfielder could turn water into wine but following Tuesday’s game against Ukraine he was brought back down to earth with a bump.

Far from poor, Cleverley failed to match his display against Moldova and missed a number of first half chances meaning he became somewhat of a scapegoat as could only draw at Wembley in their qualifier.

But whilst many were quick to get onto his back former midfielder has stood up and backed Cleverley, telling the BBC he has obvious talent but just needs a solid season under his belt in order to cement his place at both club and international level:

“Tom can be a great player. His ability is there for everyone to see.

“He’s a phenomenal footballer and he’s at the right club to develop, with the right manager, the right coaches and the right players around him.

“He’s one of those players who can go on to great things but he needs a good run in the team and to get used to playing week in and week out for a massive club.”