Cleverley out to avoid tag

United midfielder accepts pressure is on in title race

Tom Cleverley: Hoping to play his part in the title run-in after an injury blighted season

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Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is determined to avoid being labelled as injury prone.

Cleverley made an impressive start to the season and looked like being one of the stars of the campaign before his progress was checked by a foot injury suffered against Bolton in September.

The 22-year-old sustained an ankle injury just two games into his comeback at Everton which ruled him out for a further three months.

The skilful midfielder then picked up another foot injury on Europa League duty against Ajax that condemned him to another fortnight on the sidelines.

However, Cleverley is now back to fitness and is keen to play his part in the title run-in.

Unlucky

"It has been a bit stop-start," Cleverley told MUTV.

"I don't want to get the tag of being injury prone, I have just been a bit unlucky.

"The knock I got against Ajax was just something else compared to what I have been out for the rest of the season with.

"I don't want to get the tag of being injury prone, I have just been a bit unlucky."

Tom Cleverley

Quotes of the week

"Now I am fully ready."

Pressure

Cleverley admits the pressure is on with United battling local rivals Manchester City for the title, and with the two sides set to meet next month in a potential title decider the midfielder hopes they can go secure the championship with victory at the Etihad Stadium.

"It is good for the city that both teams are doing fantastically well," added Cleverley. "It does increase the pressure and does seem to be the only thing anyone is talking about right now.

"It has been massively competitive all season and even though we won there in the FA Cup, we still remember the 6-1 (defeat at Old Trafford).

"Hopefully we can win at their place and secure the title."

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