Following the retirement of Paul Scholes, a huge void has been left in the centre of Manchester United’s midfield, one that Scholes commanded for 17 years.
The likes of Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric have been rumoured to be possibilities to fill this gap, but Sir Alex can take pleasure in the fact he has a team full of talented young players who will be eager to prove themselves to be worthy of a role in the first team, especially Tom Cleverley.
After a successful season on loan at Wigan, Cleverley looks set to return to Man United in order to help them in their efforts to bring back more silverware to Old Trafford in the upcoming years, and I for one think that he has the potential to be the man to pick up where Scholes brilliantly left off.
Cleverley has often been compared to Scholes, and offers a lot of the same credentials as the United legend, due to his ability to command the game with his excellent passing ability, and also his desire to get forward and score goals. The good form that Cleverley has displayed throughout the season has not gone unnoticed, as he has become a commanding figure in England’s attempts to win the Under 21 European Championships.
At 21 years old, Cleverley has the world at his feet, and has been tipped by many to be the man to replace Scholes, most notably by Wigan Athletic first team coach Graham Barrow, who believes Sir Alex should look no further than the United youngster when deciding who should be the one to replace Scholes. Cleverley responded to Barrow’s comments, and stated that he hopes to be a recurring figure in United’s team next season. “If I can fill a bit of the hole Scholes has left then that would be brilliant. I spoke to Sir Alex and he said he wants me in the team next season, and I am sure we will chat again over the summer about what his plans are for me.”
Cleverley played his last game for United during their pre-season tour of America last season, where he was met with rave reviews for the great performances he put in, which included scoring two goals during the tour. Cleverley expects to be part of United’s next trip to America once he returns from England duty, and again hopes to impress Sir Alex. “I will go on the tour of America in July, looking to make an impact and work my way into the United team. I’m just thinking about having a good season at United – but that has to start with a good summer first.”
One thing is for sure, whether it be this season, or in the seasons to come, Tom Cleverley will be an ever present in United’s team, and has the potential to go on to become one of the best players to grace United’s midfield in recent history.