The depths to which Manchester United sunk last year meant there was always going to be scapegoats. Who better to put the blame on but the local boys?
Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley, both impressive under Sir Alex Ferguson, were forced to leave Old Trafford to write their own redemption stories. Both have immediately impressed at their new clubs.
Welbeck’s performance as the spearhead of the Arsenal attack was hugely promising, adding pace and mobility that a cumbersome Olivier Giroud could never.
Tom Cleverley’s qualities shone in an all-action display at Anfield for Aston Villa as the 25 year-old beautifully dovetailed with England new boy, Fabian Delph and Ashley Westwood.
The media portrayal of both as terrible players suckers the public into believing a false narrative but the actual reality is far from it.