Tom Cleverley made it 2-0 against Valencia on Wednesday, something that has made the youngster very proud. He has admitted that after watching his friend Danny Welbeck score in front of the Stretford End against Stoke last season he was jealous, but now he can be happy that he’s done the same.
“To score in front of the Stretford End? Well, its every boys dream innit,” Cleverley said. “I couldn’t ask for much better. When I found out I was in the squad I was delighted. I wouldn’t have thought I would be standing here afterwards after scoring in front of the Stretford End! It’s what you strive for, to get in the first team, then score in front of the Stretord End. I’ve seen my friends do it, Welbeck done it, and I was jealous of him, but now I’ve done it and I’m so proud.”
Cleverley reckons he’s not the only one capable of breaking in to the first team though and thanks his loan period at Leicester for helping him to handle playing on front of larger crowds.
“There’s plenty of the reserves coming up,” he added. “It’s not just me, there are others in the reserves that are doing really well. Going to Leicester on loan was massive for me, for the crowds let alone anything else. I needed experience of doing that. You can’t go out in front of 70,000 people cold. The experience was priceless. But I’d love to stay here next season and play in the first team. It doesn’t get better than this.”
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