Cleverley warned over consistency
After spending various spells away from Old Trafford on loan,
Cleverley first caught the eye 12 months ago when he was an
integral member in United’s flying start to the season.
A succession of injuries curtailed that involvement and also
robbed the midfielder of his chance to impress new England boss Roy
Hodgson ahead of Euro 2012.
Now though, Cleverley has benefited from his Olympic experience,
finally won his first England cap against Italy earlier this month
and last weekend brought that form to the Premier League once more
as he helped inspire United to their first win of the season
Carrick has always felt the 23-year-old was a player of
It is showing that on a regular basis which will determine how
far Cleverley will advance at the highest level.
“He’s got the talent and the ability – we’ve all seen that,”
“He’s comfortable dealing with the pressures that come with
playing for the club. There is no danger about that.
“It’s just about keeping the standards high – we set the
standards and the hard part is keeping to that standard
“There is no magic ingredient. It’s just about learning and
getting experience. The more games he plays the better he’ll
Cleverley has resisted the temptation to regard last term as a
Carrick though acknowledges those long periods on the sidelines
were a handicap the Yorkshire-raised player could have done
At a time when the driving force of United’s midfield is still
being questioned, Carrick, who has been operating as an emergency
defender following a spate of pre-season injuries, feels Cleverley
offers an option that could come in very handy as the weeks tick by
in the battle for major honours.
“Tom is a very intelligent and clever footballer,” he said.
“It’s a shame the way his season panned out last year because he
started so well.
“He’s got a lot to bring [to midfield].
“That’s one of the good things about our midfielders. We all
bring different things when called upon which gives the manager
“That is vital given how many games we’re hoping to play this