Date: 10th October 2011 at 5:12pm
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Tom Cleverley

The United midfielder has signed a deal keeping him Old Trafford till 2015

Tom Cleverley has been rewarded for his superb start to the season with a new four year deal at United.

Cleverley who was put on a part-time deal as a youngster at Old Trafford, such were the doubts over whether he’d be good enough, has become an integral part of the United side this season- with his absence through injury being cited as one of the main reasons for the Reds’ recent poor displays.

The Telegraph notes:

One of the substitutes who transformed the Community Shield clash with Manchester City, Cleverley then started four successive Premier League games, including the impressive home victories over Tottenham and Arsenal, before suffering ligament damage to his foot at Bolton last month.

Since then, the 22-year-old has been sidelined, although Ferguson is hoping to have the Basingstoke-born player back for Saturday’s trip to Liverpool.

“Tom is one of the brightest prospects in the English game,” said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. “For a young boy, he has a good footballing brain which, when coupled with his energy and ability, makes for a player with a fine future ahead of him.

“It’s the United way to encourage our young players to make their mark in the first team and Tom has grabbed that chance with both hands.”

With Anderson’s recent dip in form, United need Cleverley back as soon as possible, especially with such a big game at Anfield coming up.

Regardless of whether Cleverley makes the Liverpool game, tying such a talented young player to a long-term contract can only be a good thing for United.

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