After spending all summer changing his mind on Tom Cleverley’s future, Sir Alex Ferguson eventually decided to loan our youngster out to Wigan.

Whilst Tom would have loved to stay at United and get a go this season, he agrees that getting regular first team football in the Premiership would be better for him.

“This was the right next step for me,” Cleverley said. “Sir Alex Ferguson had said he wanted to keep me, but looking at the size of United’s squad and the quality of the midfielders, I worried I might not get many chances. I went to see the manager last week and had a chat and we both came to the agreement that it would be best to go out on loan. Wigan suits me down to the ground. I don’t know the manager Roberto Martinez, but I’ve heard good things about him. I know he likes to play football and you can see that the way Wigan play. I would have loved to have stayed at United, but I had to be realistic. This is the best approach.”