Man United’s Tom Cleverley aiming to become a regular goal scorer

Manchester United's Tom Cleverley is hoping to become a regular goal scorer for the Red Devils after netting against Newcastle

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Tom Cleverley made just 10 appearances for Manchester United last season Photo: Adidas

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Tom Cleverley is aiming to become a regular goal scorer for Manchester United after the midfielder netted in the Red Devils’ 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup.

The 23-year-old finally ended his wait to score his first United goal with a classy finish past Rob Elliot as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side set up a fourth-round clash with Chelsea.

And Cleverley is hoping his goal will help the Team GB star improve his strike-rate for the 19-time English champions.

“It’s been playing on my mind a little bit because I’ve always scored goals when I’ve gone out on loan but I’ve not been doing it for my club and country,” he told United’s website.

“The gaffer gave me a bit [of stick] at half-time for missing the chance in the first half so it was nice to stroke that one in. Hopefully that sets me off on a run now.

“I practice those sorts of finishes a lot in training with Rene [Meulensteen] and when it came to me from Welbs [Danny Welbeck] I always knew what I was going to do. Luckily it found the back of the net. I’ve got that first one now and hopefully more will come.”

Cleverley hailed the return of United duo Darren Fletcher and Wayne Rooney for the League Cup tie, admitting the Red Devils have been unfortunate with injuries this season.

“It was fantastic to have both Wazza [Rooney] and Fletch [Fletcher] back as well,” he added.

“Fletch is a big-game player who can bring positive things to any squad in the world and Wazza came back and put in a great performance.

“We’ve been a bit unlucky with injuries but that’s what we’ve got a squad for – as players get injured, others are coming back. There is good competition in the squad at the moment and we’re winning games so it’s all good.”

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