United duo want to give Fergie a headache

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Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck will use Manchester United's pre-season tour of the USA to show Sir Alex Ferguson how much they have improved after respective loan spells.

The former spent the entirety of last season with Wigan, while the latter played under Steve Bruce at Sunderland, and both return to United more mature for their experiences.

Cleverley, 21, has been touted as an eventual successor to retired United legend Paul Scholes, and has received rave reviews from the coaching staff at the DW Stadium.

Welbeck, meanwhile, was in fine fettle for the Black Cats during the last campaign - scoring six times - while the 20-year-old was also rewarded with an England debut.

The striker has been tipped to contest Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez for a place in Ferguson's plans next term, while Cleverley will have an opportunity to prove he is worthy of the hype.


The young duo - good friends off the field - certainly feel as though they are ready to make their mark on the first-team, and are happy to give the United boss the the selection headache every manager craves.

Cleverley said: "I've been out on loan for the past two seasons and want to stay and impress the manager, train hard and hopefully get a fair share of a few games."

"You see the loan system as a stepping stone so obviously you use that and try to get to the next level," added Welbeck. "But ultimately I want to be a Manchester United player."

Cleverley also cites the progress of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere as an inspiration, and hopes to have a similar impact at Old Trafford.

He added: "You've got to be a special talent to walk straight into the first-team.

"Just look at Jack Wilshere: even he did his time out on loan and that's just the basic progression."

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