Loan move is Clever choice – Tom

The midfielder joined Wigan on a season-long deal on deadline day

and is looking forward to the opportunity to play in the Premier

League. He had impressed for United in pre-season and was not

initially expected to be sent out on loan by manager Sir Alex

Ferguson. However, after failing to be involved in United’s opening

three games, the England Under-21 international felt a loan move

was the best route forward. “This was the right next step for me,”

Cleverley told the Manchester Evening News. “Sir Alex Ferguson had

said he wanted to keep me, but looking at the size of United’s

squad and the quality of the midfielders, I worried I might not get

many chances. “I went to see the manager last week and had a chat

and we both came to the agreement that it would be best to go out

on loan. “Wigan suits me down to the ground. I don’t know the

manager Roberto Martinez, but I’ve heard good things about him. I

know he likes to play football and you can see that the way Wigan

play. “I would have loved to have stayed at United, but I had to be

realistic. This is the best approach.” After previous loan spells

at Leicester and Watford, Cleverley feels the chance to play in the

top flight will stand him in good stead on his return to Old

Trafford. He added: “Having tested myself in Division One and the

Championship, I felt ready to give the Premier League a go. “My aim

is to prove myself at this level and then hopefully next season it

could be the Champions League with United! “I needed the

week-to-week test of the Premier League if my game was going to

keep on the up. I wanted to keep going up a level. “I am confident

in my ability and I want everyone to see it. If I do well at Wigan

then in 12 months my confidence will be sky high and I will be

better equipped to tackle the challenge at United.”