Tom Cleverley ‘can bring a lot’ to Man United’s midfield, says Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick believes Team GB star Tom Cleverley can "bring a lot" to Manchester United's midfield this season
Michael Carrick believes Tom Cleverley can “bring a lot” to Manchester United’s midfield if the England international can discover some consistency this season.
Cleverley, 23, started every game for Stuart Pearce’s Team GB side as they reached the quarter-finals of the football tournament at the London 2012 Olympics.
The midfielder has been in Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting line-up for United’s opening two Premier League games, and Carrick is confident the former Bradford City youth player prove to be a key player for the 19-time English champions.
“He’s got the talent and the ability,” Carrick told United’s website. “We’ve all seen that.
“He’s comfortable playing and dealing with the pressures that come with playing for the club in each game we play. There is no danger about that.
“It’s just about keeping the standards high – we set the standards and the hard part is keeping to that standard consistently. There is no magic ingredient for that. It’s just about learning and getting experience and the more games he plays, the better he’ll play.
“He’s a very intelligent and clever footballer. It’s a shame the way his season panned out last year because he started so well.
“He’s got a lot to bring [to midfield], as we all do. That’s one of the good things about our midfielders, we all bring different things when called upon which gives the manager different options which is vital given how many games we’re hoping to play this season.”