Cleverley's goals impress Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Tom Cleverley's goalscoring prowess is one of the major reasons why he has decided to keep the youngster at Manchester United.
Although it appeared certain the 20-year-old would spend the season away from Old Trafford, with Wigan and Newcastle at the head of the queue to sign him on loan, Ferguson revealed today that he had decided to keep hold of the young midfielder.
And one of the key factors in his decision is the knowledge that Cleverley, who turned in some eye-catching performances on the recent tour of North America, scored 11 goals in 33 appearances for Watford last term on his way to securing the Hornets' player of the year prize.
"Tom Cleverley is going to stay," confirmed Ferguson. "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."
It is a factor Ferguson recognises he needed to take into account given Paul Scholes' advancing years and his reduced contribution in finding the net. Darron Gibson has done well in that area but Cleverley could provide valuable support.
"The days of expecting Paul Scholes to score 15 goals a season have gone now," confirmed 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."