Michael Carrick has told Tom Cleverley he must maintain the highest of standards if he is truly to make a big impression at Manchester United.

After spending various spells away from Old Trafford on loan, Cleverley first caught the eye 12 months ago when he was an integral member in United's flying start to the season. Carrick has always felt the 23-year-old was a player of potential.

It is showing that on a regular basis which will determine how far Cleverley will advance at the highest level, and he said: "He's got the talent and the ability - we've all seen that. It's just about keeping the standards high - we set the standards and the hard part is keeping to that standard consistently."

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