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Manchester United youngster Tom Cleverley wants to emulate Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard and join the ranks of the great goalscoring midfielders, reports the Daily Star.

The 23-year-old bagged his first Premier League goal at Newcastle on Sunday - a week after opening his account for the club against the Magpies in the Capital One Cup - and is confident there are plenty more goals to come.

"This season it feels as if I am really getting into good scoring positions," said Cleverley. "All I can do is keep working on my finishing, because it is such an important part of any midfielder's game.

"I'm enjoying this season massively and am very excited about the future."

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has entrusted Cleverley with an important role in his first-team this season, and is hopeful that he can have the same sort of impact at Old Trafford as Paul Scholes.

The England rookie also looks up to players like Steven Gerrard and Lampard, who recently became the first midfielder to have scored more than 150 Premier League goals. He has 186 for Chelsea in all competitions, and is the Stamford Bridge club's third-highest all-time top scorer.

Lampard remains an important part of Roberto Di Matteo's squad in west London, even in the twilight of his career - something that provides inspiration for Cleverley.

"Everyone knows I had a lot of injury problems last year," he added. "So to be playing regularly for United and in the England squad is something I am hugely proud of."

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