Paul Scholes feels that Tom Cleverley needs to improve his game at Manchester United and take his performances up a level.
The 24-year-old has had an indifferent season this year and his good form has only come in purple patches in a cycle that has become synonymous with his career at Old Trafford so far.
Hailed by some as someone who can part fill the void left behind by Paul Scholes, Cleverley has never fully lived up to his expectations and Scholes has challenged him to become a more central figure for David Moyes.
“Tom has been there quite a few years now and has done okay,” Scholes said at the premiere of The Class of ’92.
“But it’s time Tom kicked on. He does play a lot of games and he is a quality player. That is emphasised when he gets in the England squad. Now it’s time he went on to the next level at Manchester United.”
At times and in a three man midfield, Cleverley looks fantastic but when he gets played in a midfield twosome, he has struggled to cope with the all-round aspect of being strong defensively as well as in attack.
Injuries have curtailed him throughout his career as has been the case this season but Cleverley really needs to crack on and start to make a name for himself as United need a central midfielder to step up to the plate.
Scholes also briefly mentioned the prospect of United bringing in new faces in January and believes that Moyes will do that if he feels that the squad needs to be strengthened.
He added: “If the manager feels like he needs to go out and buy someone in January then I’m sure that’s what he’ll do.
“There’s obviously been a lot of talk, especially because United aren’t doing as well as we’d all hoped, but it’s not my place to say whether he should go out and buy another midfielder.
“Adnan (Januzaj) has obviously broken through this year and has got great talent. He’s a really gifted lad and if he gets his head down and works hard then he’ll have a great career in the game.”
On the basis of how the season has gone so far, the squad needs to be strengthened but we will have to wait until January to see if Moyes and Woodward are ready to do business.