Cleverley’s loan spell was cut short after he picked up a knee injury but he still managed to become the club’s second top scorer this season only over taken by Danny Graham in his absence. His performances saw him named Watford’s player of the season and he hopes he can carry this kind of form on next season as he looks to break into the United first team.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News the young midfielder said,
“I have never been known as a goalscorer but last season I started to get into more scoring positions. I scored a few for the reserves and I said to Jim Ryan that I would get double figures this year and I have. I suppose goalscoring midfielders are like gold dust and it is a massive string to my bow if I can consistently score goals like Frank Lampard.”
“Anything extra that can help you breakthrough at United is great. It is not an easy task as everybody knows. United are a world-class team with world class players but all you have to do is look at the guys who are performing in it now like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Wes Brown, Darren Fletcher, John O’Shea, Darron Gibson and Jonny Evans. They have all come through the ranks and you have to be confident you can do what they have done.”
“I have never felt as confident about playing as I am now. It is up to the manager what plans he has for me but all I can do is get my head down and play the best I can. Hopefully this time next year I will be able to reflect on even more progress in the Premier League. That has to be my goal.”