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The 'next Paul Scholes' set for new Manchester United contract

Cleverley scored his first Premier League goal for United this month (©GettyImages)
Cleverley scored his first Premier League goal for United this month (©GettyImages).

Manchester United are set to reward Tom Cleverley with a new contract after his impressive start to the season.

According to Goal.com, the 23-year-old is ready to become the next United star to pledge his future to the club, with talks scheduled to take place imminently.

The former-Bradford youth team player only signed his previous contract last year, but since then Cleverley has stepped up to play a key role in the United midfield, and has been rewarded with an England call-up.

The report suggests United are prepared to recognise Cleverley's rapid progress with a bumper salary worth up to £60,000-a-week - putting him on parity with fellow United young guns Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

The England international currently earns a basic salary of £35,000 - rising to £40,000 including bonuses - but Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly willing to bump up his weekly wage to a level closer to Cleverley's peers at United - namely fellow young England internationals Smalling and Jones.

Cleverley, who has been labelled the 'new Paul Scholes', notched his first Premier League goal for United in their win at St James Park against Newcastle earlier this month, a couple of weeks after opening his account against Alan Pardew's side in the Carling Cup.

The 23-year-old broke into the Manchester United first-team last season having spent time on loan at various Championship clubs including Leicester and Watford, and a brief spell in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic.

But Cleverley has established himself this term as an integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson's plans, and looks to have shaken off the injury trouble which plagued him last season.

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