After making his breakthrough into the United first team in 2011, there have always been high expectations on the future of Tom Cleverley. Now, after managing just fifteen games during the 2011/12 season due to injury, Cleverley claims that he is desperate to make up for lost time and is very excited about what the future holds at Old Trafford.
When Cleverley initially broke into the Red Devils’ first team, most people thought he would be the long-term successor to Paul Scholes. Unfortunately, things didn’t exactly turn to plan, although many are hopeful that he will start to live up to his reputation now he is free of injuries.
Judging by recent form, it certainly looks as though the 23-year-old is heading the right way as well. The player has already made six appearances for United, while he has featured three times for England since August as well. However, his most important statistics is his goals and after going so long without scoring for the Red Devils, he now has two to his name. Coincidently, both of these strikes have come in separate games against Newcastle in recent weeks and many are now hoping that he can add more goals from midfield and become even more like Scholes.
Following the above, Cleverley rightly remains optimistic about his career at Old Trafford. He said, “I’m very excited about the future,” he said. “We have only had the opening couple of months of the season but I have played at massive stadiums in some huge games already, so it is all very good in terms of gaining experience. I am enjoying it massively. Everyone knows I had some injuries last season so to be at United and in the England squad is something I am hugely proud of and I hope this season just carries on.”