Tom Cleverley, who has impressed on the pre-season so far, reckons he is living the dream getting to play alongside the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

“Playing for United and alongside someone like Scholesy is what every young lad dreams of,” Cleverley said. “He’s a great mentor for me – I look to him every day in training and he’s definitely someone I can learn a lot from. The likes of Scholesy and Giggsy always have a picture in their heads about what they want to do with the ball and their first time passing is second to none. The way they go about training and matches means they’re two of the best in the world to learn from.”

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken in praise of Cleverley and suggests he may spend next season on loan.

“Tom is a very talented boy,” said Ferguson. “He is going to be a very good footballer. We are also considering putting him on loan to a premier division team. He improved tremendously in his spell at Watford last year. He got an unfortunate injury towards the end of last season and was out for a long time. He has just come back and can play anywhere in midfield, which is always an advantage.”