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Carrick backs Cleverley to succeed

Michael Carrick believes Tom Cleverley has the talent and temperament to flourish at Manchester United.

Cleverley has made an auspicious start to the season, beginning both of United's league games and making his England debut in the 2-1 win over Italy.

The 23-year-old midfielder started similarly well last year before enduring an injury-ravaged campaign but Carrick hopes Cleverley stays fit and feels that he will not be fazed by the pressure of playing of United and will improve with experience.

"He's got the talent and the ability," Carrick said. "We've all seen that. He's comfortable playing and dealing with the pressures that come with playing for the club in each game we play. There is no danger about that.

"It's just about keeping the standards high - we set the standards and the hard part is keeping to that standard consistently. There is no magic ingredient for that. It's just about learning and getting experience and the more games he plays, the better he'll play."

"He's a very intelligent and clever footballer. It's a shame the way his season panned out last year because he started so well.

Because of defensive injuries, Carrick has been used as an emergency centre-back but he is a potential partner for Cleverley in midfield, where Sir Alex Ferguson has a host of possible combinations.

Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Phil Jones and Anderson are also able to play in front of the back four and Carrick believes their various attributes give United an advantage.

"He's got a lot to bring [to midfield], as we all do," he told the club's official website. "That's one of the good things about our midfielders, we all bring different things when called upon which gives the manager different options which is vital given how many games we're hoping to play this season."


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