Tom Cleverley knows he has underperformed so far this season for Manchester United but has vowed to improve and show his worth to the team.
His comments come only a week after Paul Scholes said he felt that Cleverley improved his performances and it looks like that is advice that has sparked a reaction from Cleverley.
The 24-year-old hits form but only in purple patches and now he wants to kick on to make sure he delivers on a more consistent basis, something United fans have wanted to see for al long time.
“But at the moment I feel like I’ve got more to give. I’ve had a few average games, a few more than I would prefer.
“I felt this time last year was when I hit my best form of the season, when we were playing every few days.
“I’m the type of player who prefers that and if I can get into a rhythm, then hopefully I can add more than just appearances to my record, I can also add some stand-out performances.
“I felt Chelsea at home, defensively and tactically, was a mature performance and I thought I was having a really good game at Fulham before a bang on the head gave me double vision and I had to come off.
“I’d pick those two, and the really good team performance at Swansea on the opening day, as my best so far.”
Whenever Cleverley hits top gear, he really is a fantastic midfielder who brings a passing dynamic to United’s midfield that is vacant in his absence but the frustration with him comes in the fact that we don’t see enough of that player. Too often he floats in and out of games with poor performances.
Now is the time for Cleverley to really stake his claim as a United starter in the absence of Carrick and he is confident that he will improve both the defensive and creative sides of his game.
He added: “Yes, I’m definitely developing the defensive side of my game and tactically the manager is teaching me a lot of things.
“Maybe the creative side of my game can improve a little bit too, but I realise that’s not my only job in the team and sometimes I’ve got to sacrifice that part.
“Any team in he world who lost Michael Carrick would feel the loss, there’s no denying that. But it’s given a chance for other players to play and step up to the plate.
“For example, Phil Jones has come in for certain games and done really well. Phil, Giggsy, Felli, Ando and myself are all chipping in and if we’re consistent then hopefully we won’t miss [Carrick] too much.”
At a time when United’s midfield is worryingly thin, we need our current crop to step up to the plate and make themselves known. If Cleverley can’t show his worth for the rest of the season, there is every chance Moyes may ship him out and replace him.