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Welbeck expecting class from Cleverley

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The pair have enjoyed an excellent start this season for United. (©GettyImages)
The pair have enjoyed an excellent start this season for United. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck believes Tom Cleverley will grow into a world-class player during his time at Old Trafford.

Cleverley has broken into the first team this season, but has seen injury restrict his involvement of late.

His impressive performances at the start of the season saw him earn a call-up to the full England squad, and Welbeck, another Under-21 graduate, believes the playmaker can get better and better.

"I think he can become a world-class player," said Welbeck. 

"Football is such a simple game, it's how hard you make it for yourself. Tom keeps it so simple and it is hard to do that when you're in centre-midfield, but Tom does that.

"He gets the ball, passes it, moves into space and he's just always there as an extra option every time you’ve got the ball.

"He's really good to play with, I enjoy playing with him so much and he's got the awareness, the vision and the ability to pick out a pass and actually produce a final pass as well and he's just going to carry on improving.

"You can see that every single day in training. He's a really good player."

The pair have progressed through United's youth ranks, and combined early in the season to great effect against Tottenham Hotspur.

"We are really good friends off the field and quite a few people come up to us and tell us that it shows on the field," Welbeck added.

"We've been through the same training schedule growing up through the Academy, the same coaches who have taught us the same things, so we're on the same wavelength and we know each other's games inside out, more or less.

"We just try to get the ball moving as quick as possible, keep it one-touch and two-touch and I think that's the right way to break down teams."

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