By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The current campaign marks Cleverley second season in the Manchester United first team, alongside fellow academy graduate Danny Welbeck. Unlike the forward, who made his appearance in the recent derby against Manchester City from the bench, Cleverley partnered Michael Carrick in the starting 11.
Robson told the Manchester Evening News that he was impressed with how well Cleverley kept up with his more experienced foes.
"Yaya Toure can have a huge bearing on a big match as we've seen before, so it was vital for someone to look after him, I thought Tom [Cleverley] and Michael Carrick combined brilliantly to quieten him and Gareth Barry," Robson explained.
"Tom gives you great energy levels and plays at a high tempo. That was needed in the derby and he never let up. He is always on the move, finding space and demanding the ball and gets into areas to receive it. That style is great for United. It suits our game."
The former midfielder encouraged Cleverley to expand on the defensive aspects of his game, in order to fulfil his potential and cement a place in the starting line-up.
"Being the central midfielder of two in a 4-4-2 is his best position. But what that does call for is someone who closes people down. Tom is very much a box-to-box player and he can do that job but I think it needs a bit of tweaking," Robson said.
"He is strong going forward but if you want to be that dominant figure in a central two, you also have to be a decent defender. It is only nitpicking in a way but if you want to be the best then you have to improve on the little things all the time. It only needs a tiny bit of improvement but if he can work on it and he wants to be an out-and-out central midfielder then he can become a top, top player."
Manchester United welcome Sunderland to Old Trafford for their Premier League game this weekend.