United’s on-loan midfielder Tom Cleverley faces a trip to Stamford Bridge today as Wigan hope to defy the odds and put the final nail in the coffin of the West Londoners faint title hopes.
Cleverley has been on loan at Leicester, Watford and now Wigan over the past three years and many, including us here at Redflagflyinghigh believe it’s time for the 21 year-old to be given a chance at Old Trafford.
Speaking to The Mail Cleverley said:
‘I was in club digs by the age of 15 or 16. Although it’s fantastic growing up at United, there’s a point where you want a taste of first-team football.
‘It’s a bit strange to keep going out on loan. I don’t think anyone can walk into a club and feel at home on the first day but I’ve gotten used to it. I’ve had four clubs and hopefully this time next year it’s still four clubs and I’m playing for United.’
‘I’d much rather the manager didn’t buy players because he trusts the youth he’s got. Hopefully we can prove him right. It’s going to be very hard to emulate what they did but we’ll give it our best shot.
‘There are comparisons. Me, Danny Welbeck and Chris Smalling are with the England Under 21s, which makes us closer, and there’s a really good vibe around all the young lads. I think there are 12 or 13 players under 24 at United – Javier Hernandez, the Da Silva twins, Bebe, Gabby Obertan, Darron Gibson, Jonny Evans. There are plenty of lads there well capable of wearing the United shirt.’
With rumours that Sir Alex Ferguson is set to embark on a Summer spending spree, Cleverley may find it difficult to break into United’s first team, although given his outstanding form at Wigan this season, he certainly deserves a chance.
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