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Of the established first-team players currently at Manchester United (Tyler Blackett, Jesse Lingard etc not included), only three - Darren Fletcher, Jonny Evans and Adnan Januzaj - have come through the youth system. Times are-a-changing...
@GoalUK Some pple have to shut up!Being a Utd youth product does not mean u have what it takes to be a Utd player.And Welbeck is one of them— Cyprian Kaluma Jnr (@Cyprian_Kimathi) September 2, 2014
Premier League have approved Villa's deal for Tom Cleverley - which has a break clause in January. Everton decided late on not to do it.— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) September 2, 2014
The England manager is happy to see Danny Welbeck gain more first-team football by leaving Manchester United for Arsenal. He said ahead of Wednesday's game against Norway: "I think the biggest bonus is for him of course. It's good for him now that he's going where he will get more playing time. I think Arsenal have signed a good player. And the more they play for their clubs, the better it is for me."
Tom Cleverley was actually a key member of the England squad that qualified for the World Cup in the summer. Post-Euro 2012, he was a definite starter in every side picked by Roy Hodgson. But a lack of form last season meant he only made the seven-man standby list for the tournament and, to make matters worse, at a time when England are at their weakest in midfield for years, he has not even been included in the latest squad. Ouch.
Official: Aston Villa sign Cleverley on loan
The much-criticised 25-year-old made 79 appearances for Manchester United - 63 of which were from the start - and scored five goals for the club. He was on target just once last season and failed to register an assist in the Premier League.
Hold up, Aston Villa... hold up! That picture, as pointed out by various members of The Twittersphere, is Tom Cleverley celebrating a goal last season against, who'd have thought it, Aston Villa! Refresh the page and you'll see. SMH.
And there it is! Don't worry, Villa, it's only SEVENTEEN HOURS after the deadline. More on the way.
It's being reported by the Daily Telegraph that the loan move is with a view to a permanent £7.5 million deal in January, though Manchester United still have the option to recall him at that time.
The Twittersphere is abuzz with talk that Tom Cleverley is on the verge of completing his move to Aston Villa. The Premier League has reportedly approved the deal and he is due to join on a season-long loan with Manchester United having the option to recall hiim in January.
Former Manchester United employees can talk all they like about the current state of the club, but @seesaythink ain't having any of Mike Phelan's assessment that United's identity is being lost following the sale of Danny Welbeck...
@GoalUK I wish he'd shut up. Had Phelan & Fergie played him in best position and give him confidence in front of goal we wouldn't have sold— Lee Anthony (@seesaythink) September 2, 2014
Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is happy to have survived the transfer window without being sold... I think. Have a go at deciphering his somewhat confusing message at the link below...
Borini happy with Liverpool stay
Tom Cleverley's loan move from Manchester United to Aston Villa has been approved by the Premier League, according to Sky Sports. Paul Lambert and his club were granted an extension by the authorities to push through the midfielder's transfer but have been left to wait to find out whether all the details were ratified before their later deadline passed.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has claimed new Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria actually wanted to join the Ligue 1 club. "Di Maria wanted to come to Paris but even without Financial Fair Play, we wouldn't have signed him," he told Le Parisien. More below.
Di Maria wanted to join PSG, claims club president Al-Khelaifi
Like Eric Harrison, Mike Phelan is concerned about the long-term health of Manchester United and the club's commitment to the development of its own young players following the sale of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal.
"Someone like a Danny Welbeck has been part of United's identity and that has been broken," Phelan told the BBC. "What will happen in the future now, nobody knows but that thread has been broken now."
Manchester United identity is 'broken', says Phelan
As mentioned earlier, Wayne Rooney is looking forward to playing alongside Radamel Falcao at Manchester United. Here's the full story on the England striker's praise for his new team-mate at a Three Lions press conference this afternoon.
Falcao signing a show of intent by Manchester United, says Rooney
Former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison - owner of the pair of hands that guided the famous Class of 92 into the professional game - is the latest figure associated with the Red Devils to express his concern at the sale of Danny Welbeck to Arsenal.
He added: "Losing players who have been part of the club since they were young kids means you are losing the heart and soul of the club." More to come on that.
Former Manchester United and Aston Villa defender Paul McGrath has some advice for Tom Cleverley, heavily linked with a late loan move to the Midlands...
Tom Cleverly in I was you I'd ask your agent to take a cut in his fee . Villa is a place you could build a gud name for yourself #game time— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) September 2, 2014
He said at a press conference ahead of England v Norway: "A fantastic signing, one of the best players in the world and a real statement of intent by Manchester United... I don't know how it will affect my role. You'll have to ask Louis van Gaal."