Cleverley is coming on nicely. Still a long way to go for him but I like his energy, attitude (seems well grounded), he doesn't get bullied in games (plays against all the top teams), supplies good cross and can finish. He has a great chance to establish himself in the team especially linking up well with Carrick. Love his energy, he gets the attacks going, box to box player.
Fergie clearly has a lot of trust in Young Tom. Very surpising to see Carrick rested today, thought it'd be Cleverley who'd be rested. But Clev was brilliant. Hopefully he can play in Madrid too. It'll be a push as he's not done 2 games in a week much this season. At the moment it looks like Carrick and Jones.
Didn't get too much praise on Sunday, largely because the defence and Phil Jones were so good but I thought he had an excellent game. He and Jones were the energy buzzing around Carrick and they shone both in defence and Cleverley aslo in attack and with the ball too. Another underrated player improving every time I see him
Cleverley has been a revelation really. Excellent tonight, so much energy. It's clear that he's becoming more comfortable to being a first teamer trying more through balls and taking on more shots whereas at the start of the season he was keeping things relatively simple. Hope he plays in the second leg against Madrid.
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He's had a few average performances that have been lauded as fantastic and many times he has faded in the 2nd half. Most of the time he has been very good though, who would of thought being able to pass and move would be so beneficial eh?
Really baffled by why he didn't start or at least make an appearance off the bench tonight. He's got the better of City's midfield before on a couple of occasions and been brilliant with Carrick this season. Giggs has been great in the 2nd half of this season, mainly on the wing though, madness to play him in the centre in such a big game, a good job we're still 12 points ahead.
I can understand to a point why Cleverley didn't start. He has looked tired and off the boil for the last 4-6 weeks. Not sure why he didn't make an appearance from the bench though. The Cleverley from earlier in the season was definitely missed, especially his ability to retain possession. Keeping things simple can be an underrated quality.