Bolton striker Kevin Davies reveals he texted Manchester United's Tom Cleverley to apologise after breaking his foot

The England international made contact with the Red Devils youngster after committing the foul that has left the 22-year-old sidelined for four weeks

After making a tackle which broke the foot of Manchester United's Tom Cleverley, Bolton forward Kevin Davies has revealed that he made a phone call to the injured player apologising and has claimed that both players are in agreement that there was no malice in the foul.

Davies has reiterated his stance that he meant no harm in the tackle, and has hit out at criticism from United fans that the challenge was intended to hurt Cleverly.

He told Sky Sports News: "Tackle-wise, I've not seen it back. I spoke to Tom Cleverley, I was made to believe he got a fracture or something...when I got home I didn't realise after the game, obviously what was going on with the game.

"So I put the call in to him and he was fine. I'm pleased that there was no serious damage for him, and then after that there was a tackle on Evra mistimed and I got a yellow card which was deserved, so for me I'm not sure what it's all about."

"If I'd have known of course I'd have gone in to see him, so that's why I got his number and put the call in.

"I actually texted him and he rang me back, and said he'd seen the tackle and he didn't think it was that bad. So it's all fine, it's all done and dusted for me, it's a contact sport.

"It's a derby, I'm trying to do my bit for Bolton to win the game and that's a side of my game. So for me it's done and we move on."

Sir Alex Ferguson had criticised the tactics of the Bolton forward, who is notorious for is physical approach to the game.

Davies has committed the most fouls in a season in six of the last seven Premier League campaigns.