Cleverley excited about United future

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is pleased with the way he has begun the season and hopes to be able to chip in with more goals for the club.

Football News: Tom Cleverley, Manchester United

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Cleverley was one of the standout stars in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday, with the England international even managing to get himself on the scoresheet with a magnificient effort to seal his side's win.

Last season was supposed to be a breakout season for Cleverley but a slew of unfortunate injuries halted the 23-year-old's progress.

However, Cleverley has made huge strides since his return to action and is now already considered an intergral part of the United squad; his impressive displays for the Red Devils have also earned him a call up to the national squad and the former Bradford City youth player is enjoying every moment of his revitalisation.

"Everyone knows I had some injuries last season so to be at United and in the England squad is something that I'm hugely proud of," Cleverley was quoted as saying by the Sun.

"I'm very excited about the future. We have only had the opening couple of months of the season but I have played at massive stadiums in some huge games already.

"So it is all very good in terms of gaining experience."

United may have won five of their first seven League games so far but the Red Devils have not made it easy for themselves, with Sir Alex Ferguson's men needing to come from behind in three of those wins.

This is part of the famous resiliance Ferguson has inculcated in his team over the years and Cleverley revealed that playing a part in games where United had to come from behind had helped him mature.

"We have got off to a few bad starts in games this season and it is something that was previously lacking from my game," Cleverley added.

"So to be two goals up in 15 minutes at Newcastle meant we were really in control of the game from the kick-off.

"We counter-attacked them later on and we really controlled the second half."

Cleverley's goal against the Magpies, a curling effort from outside the box which nestled into the top corner of the net, was certainly the pick of the bunch after and it marked a fantastic way for the notoriously goal-shy midfielder to open his Premier League account.

And Cleverley is keen to build on that to increase his goal tally for this season.

"It's amazing as the two goals I have scored for Manchester United have both been against Newcastle," Cleverley exclaimed.

"But this season it feels like I am really getting into scoring positions.

"I got into a couple against them when the ball has been pulled back to me - and all I can do is keep working on my finishing because it is such an important part of any midfielder's game.

"Luckily the goal went in this time and I will take a goal however it goes in.

"I looked up - and I meant it as I saw the keeper a bit off his line.

"And I thought someone might get a nick on it and it will go in or it might go straight in.

"I have hit it in a good area and it has gone in, so for me it is a good goal. I'll take it any day."

United's shutout at St James Park was only the third time this season that the Red Devils have managed to keep a clean sheet and Cleverley was quick to praise the defence for doing a good job on Sunday.

"Keeping clean sheets is something we have to improve on so to get one at Newcastle is great," he mused.

"I thought the defence - Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Jonny Evans - were absolutely fantastic, especially with the way they had to deal with aerial balls into the box.

"The whole defence, including the keeper, were fantastic and that is a very good clean sheet for us at a difficult place to get one."

Cleverley will join up with the England squad for their San Marino and Poland World Cup Qualifying matches where he is expected to play some part in both games.



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