Date: 26th March 2011 at 1:45pm
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Sir Alex Ferguson has highlighted three youth players who have done well on loan this season.

According to, Sir Alex Ferguson is now ready to give some of the players who are currently on loan away from Manchester United the game time they deserve when they return to the club during the summer.

Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley are two of a select group of prominent names who have been singled out by Ferguson for praise as Cleverley has been one of few bright spots for relegation outfit Wigan while Welbeck has been instrumental in ensuring Sunderland remain in the top half of the league table at 9th place.

The United manager has now assured this promising batch of players coming through the club that they will get their chance to impress the Old Trafford outfit next season.

“Cleverley has done very well, particularly in his spell at Watford and then at Wigan. He has improved in each case and he is going to be a top player.

“Welbeck has been fantastic too, it’s just unfortunate that he picked up a bad injury. But they will all be ready for next year.”

Mame Biram Diouf, the Senegalese striker whom United had picked up from Molde FK previously, has also impressed according to the United manager.

“Mame Diouf has done well at Blackburn too and he’ll come back in,” added Sir Alex. “They’ve all done well.

Ferguson believes that exposing the younger players to regular football at this stage of their careers will ultimately benefit and prepare them for first-team duties with United in the future.

“They will come back into the first-team squad and they will get plenty of games next season. They are part of the band of young players coming through at this club. They will all come back in.

“It proves we were right in putting them there in the first place. For them, it’s that experience of being exposed to regular football that really brings them on so that they are ready to play for Manchester United.”


12 responses to “Sir Alex ready to welcome starlets back into the fold”

  1. Tom says:

    Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverly are going to be like two new signings next season. They have both improved there games amazingly this season. Welbeck has built up incredibly. Cleverly is such a good player he should be in our midfield today.

    The best part is that they are both English, which shouldn’t matter, but it helps keep that spirit in the club. In Smalling, Cleverly and Welbeck we have 3 potential top class England players for the future.

    Welbeck seems to have concerns about returning but hopefully Ferguson convinces him to remain. He will get plenty of games next season. Owen is leaving and Kiko Macheda will stay out on loan. I doubt Diouf is returning to Man Utd next season. In Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez and Berbatov we will have the four strikers we need.

    Cleverly is going to improve our midfield alot. I see Scholes calling it a day after this season and I have to believe that Gibson will be sold. Obertan and Bebe will be sold or loaned out. Cleverly can operate on the left, right or in the middle of midfield.

    As you can see from my rant here I am excited about Welbeck and Cleverly returning. They can be big players for us next season and long-term. Ferguson did well loaning them out this season and letting them get experience.

    • Chudi says:

      Just as excited as you Tom! Was great getting this sent through this morning as I hadn’t seen it.

      I like how Welbeck has developed this season really think he will make a decent name for himself at Old Trafford as he has a real quality about him.
      Cleverley is in an even better position as he is in a position we are sorely lacking so I’m looking forward to seeing them in the team as Sir Alex said

    • Terence Ting says:

      Rant justified, I would love to see Cleverly and Welbeck plying their trades at United next season instead of another club. Regardless, we do need to give them the space and time to develop further and blend into the first team next season if they do get the run of games they are promised.

      I still remember during pre-season there were many United supporters who were clamouring for Cleverly to stay on at the club and try to make an impact with us, but the move to Wigan has clearly benefited him immensely as he has had another season of domestic football under his belt, in addition to the year before at Watford. That said, Cleverly isn’t a like-for-like replacement for Scholes per se, but he provides an interesting and energetic alternative to our midfield which can grow a bit uninspired at times.

      He reminds me a bit of Frank Lampard in that sense, and if he can make the surging late runs into the box to complement our forward options then he could possibly be a hit with the crowd at Old Trafford, who knows?

  2. Nick OGS20 says:

    It’s Cleverley, not Cleverly.


  3. john says:

    i really do hope that cleverley and welbeck get a chance when they come back. i think cleverley is what wev been missing in the midfield his no scholes but he has bags of energy and has got good vision somethink players like gibson, fletcher have but cant produce constantly enough.
    danny welbeck returns we can let owen go i would also like to say i think macheda and diuof should be sold. i havnt seen any improvment with both of theses players plus i think 4 strikers is more than enough. i hope in the future paul pogba and morrison will be given a chance aswell becuase they are to good for the reservs.

    rafeal, smalling, vidic, fabio/evra
    valencia, pogba, cleverly, nani/ morrison
    ronney, hernandez

    who said we need to spend millions

  4. PIP says:

    All good news for te future. Even with these players returning still think there is a need for some investment in the present, not just the future.
    A GK will be required and a central midfielder.

    • Chudi says:

      I don’t think anyone thinks that these players will solve all our problems its just good too see them getting the chance that their hard work on loan has merited.

      As you said a GK will be essential!

  5. ryan says:

    i think cleverly and welback are good players but we need to overhaul our midfield with one world class goal keeper with a defender cause ferdinand is too injury prone i think midfield signing for jack rodwell with nuri sahin which has potential to be new scholes will be fantastic along with chamberlein who can play at wider position or hazard will be good young signings along with world class goal keeper i dont think we have to spend at the excess of 50 euro to get running i think upto 50 euro transfer and we will be back at our best.

  6. Rohit says:

    Welbeck is a class act..Has it all to make it at the top level..The loan deal has really brought out the best in him..Has learnt how to use his physique..Cleverley is someone the team is crying out for, someone who could get goals from the midfield..
    Them coupled with some of the best talents in the reserve, and all i can say is that we are in for a treat..

  7. SG says:

    Mame’s not even good enough for Blackburn, which is backed up by friends who are supporters of the club. It was said (although not confirmed) a few weeks ago that he’d been snapped up by Rovers for £2m. Most Blackburn fans don’t even think he’s worth that much.

    Wellbeck and Cleverley do look like they can make the grade though.

    • Chudi says:

      Funny, I have a pal that supports Blackburn and would be happy to have him and Owen so I take it everyone is different

  8. deaz says:

    these players could do with another season on loan so they are playing week in week out, they are still young so have plenty of time on their side, would like to see them go to a team playing european football so they can gain more expiriance playing in europe.