Manchester United's Tom Cleverley feels no need to adapt to new style under Louis van Gaal

The midfielder struggled at times last season under David Moyes but says he is fitting in well under Louis van Gaal

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Tom Cleverley insists that he will slot seamlessly into Louis van Gaal's new-look Manchester United side.

The England international became the brunt of much of the ire caused by United's substandard performances under David Moyes - but he claims he has had no problems in adapting to the different shape of the team under Van Gaal.

Cleverley said: "Under the new manager we are being told to think of things as a team but personally it has gone well. I definitely think I can fit into the way he plays. I don't think I have got to make much adaptation because he likes passers, movers, and people who understand the game.

"I'm not here to talk about David Moyes. We've got a clear way we are going to play under the new manager. We all believe in that, we are all following that and the main thing is we are playing as a team again.


"I've got minutes under my belt out here, I feel fit, we've won every game, one of them on penalties. We're back being a top team together."

Cleverley's 2013/14 season reached a nadir with the publishing of an online poll urging members of the public to vote to ban him from England's World Cup squad.

Cleverley says he is settling in well to life under new United boss Louis van Gaal

Whilst Cleverley did eventually miss out on Roy Hodgson's World Cup selection, he says the ordeal strengthened him.

"It [criticism] makes you develop a lot thicker skin," Cleverley said. "You've just got to take it on the chin. It's football. Fans are passionate and they like to see their team win. When their team isn't winning, they've got a right to look at the team. I will use it as a learning curve and not dwell on it as a negative.

"I got a bit of stick. It does hurt when it comes from your own fans, I suppose it would anyone really. I definitely want to prove a few people wrong."