Posted on Thursday, 9th February 2012 by Jay
Despite various media reports that Tom Cleverley would be starting United’s reserve game against Man City’s Elite Development Squad today, the young midfielder wasn’t even on the bench.
United could have done with Cleverley as they went down 4-2 in the behind closed doors Carrington game which had been switched from Altrincham’s Moss Lane due to a poor playing surface.
Rio Ferdinand gave United fans a glimpse of what they’ve been missing in Cleverley’s absence when he tweeted: “When Welbz +
@tomclevz23 bring their 1 2s I see in training to the PL its going to be OVER for opposing teams, trust me!! #SameWavelength”
It’s highly unlikely that Cleverley will start against Liverpool in what is sure to be a high tempo game, but there’s every chance we could see the former Wigan loanee brought on later on in the game, to give the United side that much needed fast interchangeable passing and movement thats been missing since the start of the season.
With Paul Scholes now back in the United side, the prospects of seeing him and Cleverley together are saliva inducing and there’s no doubt that with only two points between us and City the youngsters return couldn’t have come at a better time.
United were playing some of the best football we’ve seen in the past few seasons in the six games Cleverley played earlier this season and if he can replicate that sort of form then even with Yaya Toure returning for our ‘noisy neighbours’ you’ve got to fancy our chances of capturing yet another record-breakng title.
With Chicharito looking likely to start following Sr Alex’s comments after the Chelsea game, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Cleverley and Welbeck introduced together in the second half on Saturday, hopefully to turn the screw and finish off Kenny Daglish’s men.