Tom Cleverley has been in for plenty of stick this season following a string of poor performances, with some fans arguing that he will never make the grade at United, whilst others are keen to be patient and see whether he can replicate a turn around like Darren Fletcher did.
December has been a good month for Cleverley though, with him forming a decent central midfield partnership with Phil Jones, and even scoring a goal in our 3-0 win over Aston Villa.
Cleverley joined the club when he was just 12-years-old so there’s no doubt playing for United means more to him than it does to some other players.
“It always has been,” Cleverley replied, when asked whether playing for United was his ultimate dream by United Review. “When I was a young lad, it seemed a bit far-fetched, but being around the training ground benefited me because I knew how the first team operated. Stepping stones like that have helped me achieve my dream. It’s now my dream to play for this club for 10 or 15 years.”
Ryan Giggs has set the bar for all our youth team products and Cleverley believes it’s a privilege to play alongside him at United.
“It’s an honour,” he said. “He’s such a great example, to have the motivation to carry on after all his achievements. It’s a privilege to play alongside Ryan and I’m still learning from him.”