Manchester United are reportedly set to outline the importance of Tom Cleverley to the club by offering the young midfielder a lucrative new contract.

Cleverley is highly-regarded at Old Trafford, and has even been labelled the 'new Paul Scholes', and will take on an even more prominent position at Manchester United when Scholes retires for a second time at the end of the season.

According to Goal.com, Cleverley has been rewarded for his progress with a new five-year deal that will almost double his current wage to £60,000-a-week, with the 23-year-old set to put pen to paper in the New Year.

Cleverley only signed his current deal a year ago, but a new contract is seen as recognition for his performances in the Manchester United first-team this term, with the England international having become a key performer for Sir Alex Ferguson.

The youngster was restricted to only 15 Manchester United appearances last season due to injury, but established himself in the senior side this term following previous loan spells with Watford and Wigan.

A new contract for Cleverley is another demonstration of Manchester United's policy of tying down their young stars to long-term deals, with Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Phil Jones all having agreed extensions in the last year.

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