Cleverley staying with United

United boss feels youngster has lots to offer at Old Trafford

Cleverley: Lots to offer

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Sir Alex Ferguson believes Tom Cleverley has a lot to offer Manchester United this season, which is why he's keeping hold of him.

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The 20-year-old striker caught the eye of both Wigan and Newcastle following a string of solid displays in attack for Watford last term.

He spent a decent spell on loan with the Hornets, notching 11 goals in 33 appearances which saw him awarded the club's player of the year prize.

Cleverley has since impressed on United's tour of North America which has further encouraged Ferguson to keep him at Old Trafford for the upcoming campaign.

"Tom Cleverley is going to stay," the Scot insisted.

Exceptional

"He is an exceptional young player in the sense of his ability to play in different positions.

"He is such a mobile boy who can play wide on either side and in central midfield.

"Also, which he has showed at Watford last year, he is a goalscorer."

Ferguson admits a good attacking midfielder is hard to come by and, given Paul Scholes' advancing years, it is essential he keeps hold of players that fit that bill.

Cleverley will, at the very least, be good back-up for Darron Gibson who has done well so far in the squad.

"The days of expecting Paul Scholes to score 15 goals a season have gone now," said Ferguson.

"We have to look at that area of the team because we must get goals from midfield.

"Tom has got outstanding qualities as far as goalscoring is concerned, so he is going to stay."