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Cleverley: Shinji Is On My Wavelength

Tom Cleverley has sung the praises of Shinji Kagawa who already has two goals to his name since joining us in the summer.

“I’ve really enjoyed playing with Shinji,” Cleverley told Inside United. “He’s really on my wavelength when it comes to playing one and two-touch football.”

Cleverely also praised the other new signings, Nick Powell and Robin van Persie.

“They’ve all brought so much,” he says. “We all know what Robin van Persie is about and Nick Powell is a really good footballer and a good lad. He’s definitely one for the future.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. ceejay says:


  2. CaptainK9 says:

    Sure Sir won’t play you with ShinG he’d rather play Carrick Giggs.

  3. nesh says:

    If we can a combination of these talents am sure it would make a massive difference. Though Still thats not what needs a fix rather is the defending bit from the midfield to the defense

  4. Adam says:

    Powell is hopefully for NEAR future..hope to see him lots more this season..

  5. utd will never die says:

    Anyone ever seen a player asked about new team members say these lads are shit never going to be able to play with them
    Just a pointless question with the predictable answer

  6. Ak says:

    Fergie is make me upset as man utd fan she kept on playing with oldies scholes,giggs,ferdiand except scholes he must come in second half to change the match with his long passes.

  7. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    after watching dortmund yesterday I have NO DOUBT in my mind that kagawa should be deployed wide left and then he can cut inside and work his magic like Gotze and Reus do for Dortmund. a straight up 4-3-3 with Rooney and Kagawa out wide.

  8. Marq says:

    Kawaga is the real link between midfield and attack, I hope he gets more support the next time he plays. Having Carrick, Scholes & Giggs playing so far behind him really wastes his talents.

    Can we try just once


  9. Ak says:

    That i though too dude you are right see tottenham match he play in left and he score

  10. Ak says:

    Fergie is doing reverse he should play young player like cleversly,anderson,powell,fletcher more often and then in second half play scholes,giggs to bring their experience

  11. Ak says:

    Fergie are killing the oldies by playing them full and in a BIG match the young player got energy and stamine more then them they can keep running all the time and i heard that sir fergie is building man utd with young player .

  12. denton davey says:

    Marq @ 13:59:Can we try just once


    I think that might happen if you say “pretty please”. Even then, I’d like to see CaptainVidic and BigManSmalling in the center of the defence.

    SAF is juggling playing-time AND injuries. I’d imagine that he knows who would comprise his best first-eleven.

    AND speaking of that, I just about shit myself this morning when I read that BOTH Daniele De Rossi and WeeWes (and some guy called “Isco”) are coming to OT in the January transfer window:

  13. FletchTHEMAN says:

    @utd will never die

    His name was Roy Keane …… known to the faithful as Keano.
    Didn’t mind calling a spade a spade. Think the journos all pray for his like on the team. As
    do we all, ;)

  14. Marq says:


    I was just listing the players available at the moment, although question marks are there for Evans. I too believe Smalling & Vidic should be our first choice pairing.

    As for new recruits, the surprise return of Fletcher has mitigated some needs for that, but only Fletcher himself will know if this is just a flash in the pan or is he back for good. Sometimes I hope players are more honest with their fitness & form rather than make themselves available for the sake of it. And yes I am talking about Vidic (fitness) and Giggs (form)

  15. utd will never die says:

    FletchTHEMAN lol true that mate Keano last one I can remember who told the true,now its just spin and saying the right things,boring

  16. denton davey says:

    Marq @ 15:16: “only Fletcher himself will know if this is just a flash in the pan or is he back for good”

    Unfortunately, Darren simply CAN’T know about this. The nature of ulcerative colitis is that a person afflicted with it has to endure flare-ups and then gets remissions – from what I know, there’s no way to predict any schedule in these conditions. It’s mostly a matter of living with the disease rather than being able to resolve it.

    So, maybe Darren will be lucky and be flare-up-free for a good-few years; BUT, maybe not.

    One thing is for sure, seeing him back on the field-of-play is hugely encouraging for two reasons: first, just for the man himself; but, second, his pro-active defending shows us what’s missing when SAF resorts to a much more passive midfield of Scholes/Carrick, especially when the two of them are played together.

    That suggestion in the GuardianOnline “football rumours” that UTD are in for Daniele De Rossi would be my idea of manna-from-heaven. The guy is an awesome player – good as a third center-back or a defensive midfielder or a left-footed box-to-box midfielder. He’s also got the “anger” that we used to see in Keane-o which has been largely missing from such mild-manner gents as Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, or Darren Fletcher. The only player on the current side who plays with “anger” is TheWayneBoy and a lot of his footballing-testosterone has been bled out of him, for better or worse.

    It would be fan-fucking-tastic to see a “midfield two” of Michael Carrick and Daniele De Rossi – a new model version of Pirlo/Gattuso which was so awesome for ACMilan c. 2005. Maybe DarrenFletcherinho could play the SeedorfRole !

  17. Marq says:


    Agreed on that. I have stated this before that I believe a club of our size should never be in a position of hoping for the best of a player to recover from anything, be it injuries or illnesses. We have to keep moving on and the need for a mobile central midfielder is extremely evident, as much as we love to have Fletcher back, if we can add just 1 more mobile midfielder to the squad, we would look more complete

  18. Daniel says:

    shut up until you get into the team clev

  19. StatesideAussie says:

    Denton … g’day mate! That article from the Guardian is really confusing. Partly, it’s a recap of rumours from the last few years (a sort of “let’s see how yesterday’s rumours panned out”; they’re actually pointing out that by their reckoning, only about 1 in 12 rumours actually pans out!). If you read it carefully again, I believe you will find that the rumour abiout de Rossi is actually an old one, from Oct 4, 2010. A few pars above that one, there’s a link the column from 2010, which contains that rumour; as today’s article notes, it was “poppycock, complete poppycock”.

    Pity, because I agree about De Rossi, and since we’re apparently allowed to buy older players now, he would be high on my list.

    But yes, the Wee Wes rumour does seem to be a fresh one. I am not as keen on this now, as I was a couple of years ago. I still rate him very highly though.

  20. Denton Davey says:

    My bad.

    I read about De Rossi and didn’t pay any attention to anything else ! He’s the guy I’d like to see at UTD – more than anyone else. Period.

  21. StatesideAussie says:

    Denton … yup. They don’t make them like him anymore! Well, off to work…

  22. Zibbie says:

    Hell SSA and DD, Fletch wow sight for sore eyes. !!
    Rooney now just filling close to his potential!!! A Totti type, I love his bite! Come on he needs at least 9 yellows a year!!! 4-3-3 or a sort!!!! Rooney a better player with 22-26 goals and 8-15 assists a year and RvP netting 37 goals and other strikers get 15-25 goals !!!!

  23. belfast red. says:

    What age is de rossi? He must b mid 30s no?

  24. Mark says:

    Do you think we’ll drop Kagawa now that Rooney’s back from injury?

    Or do you think Fergie will field both of them behind RVP?

    The line up suggested above looks good, but we would lack the width that Nani could provide.







  25. Ak says:

    That good in 4-3-3 rooney ,van persie and kagawa but fergie must play wotton and m keane too he must trust them

  26. elliott says:

    Still need to keep the shape with wide players, we are useless without,


    Rafael Rio Evans Evra

    Valencia Cleverley Kagawa Nani

    Rooney RVP

    I know its a tad risky, but would be useful for at home to a lower/mid table team

  27. kk says:

    What questions is Evans posing?

  28. Denton Davey says:

    Mark @ 08:29: “The line up suggested above looks good, but we would lack the width that Nani could provide.






    Really, it’s shit-or-get-off-the-pot time for SAF – is he going to persist with yesterday’s reliance of TheGingerNinja/MichaelCarrick and two wingers ? or is he going to commit to changing the style to be more in tune with the way almost every other team plays – no wingers, clogging up the middle ??


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