However, the manager has today claimed they won’t be going anywhere next season, as now they are ready to have an impact at United.
“They won’t go on loan again,” he said. “Going on loan only serves one purpose; keeping them happy by playing all the time. At their ages, it wouldn’t do us any good because other clubs would be benefiting from what we could be benefiting from. Because of the experience they have had, keeping them now benefits us. Welbeck is an England international now. He is an exceptional talent. And Cleverley will play for England too. He is an intelligent modern-day footballer. His movement and understanding of space is really good for a young player. We are happy both of them will stay with us. “Yes, players will be disappointed they are not playing some weeks. But at the end of the day, it will help. The area we had to work hardest with Phil was to convince him he would get enough football. The first thing you can say is last season Nani played the most games for us, with 48. He was still 11 short of the maximum. No-one at United is going to play the maximum number of games. The other thing I explained to him was that we are always trying to look ahead towards the team of the future rather than the team of the present. We expect the team of the present to fulfil their responsibilities but the team of the future is the one that is growing whilst the other one is doing the business.”
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