The midfielder was in good form at the start of the season before an ankle injury ruled him out for a number of games, he returned against Everton at the end of October, but a knock sustained in that game kept him out of last weekend’s tie with Sunderland.
But Welbeck knows Cleverley, having come up through United’s academy with him, and from what he has seen previously as well as in his displays this term, he believes the midfielder has a very bright future ahead.
Speaking to United Review Welbeck stated,
“I think he can become a world-class player.
“Football is such a simple game, it’s how hard you make it for yourself. Tom keeps it so simple and it is hard to do that when you’re in centre-midfield, but Tom does that.
“He gets the ball, passes it, moves into space and he’s just always there as an extra option every time you’ve got the ball.
“He’s really good to play with, I enjoy playing with him so much and he’s got the awareness, the vision and the ability to pick out a pass and actually produce a final pass as well.
“He’s just going to carry on improving. You can see that every single day in training. He’s a really good player.”