Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverly has stated that he feels lucky to have grown up learning from some of the best midfielders in the world, including Michael Carrick.
The 23-year-old stated that Carrick is one midfielder that has heavily influenced his game.
Carrick was recently nominated for the PFA Player of the Year after a stellar season for the Red Devils, and Cleverly admits to trying to model his game on his team-mate's.
Cleverley has started 15 times alongside Carrick for the Manchester-based club in all competitions, striking up quite an effective partnership with the deep-lying midfielder.
Cleverley, who was discussing Carrick on MUTV, said: “Michael has been fantastic for United this season.
“Growing up here, I’ve been really lucky all the way through as I’ve always had fantastic midfielders to learn from. He’s one of those."
Cleverley admits that even when not playing from the start he watches Carrick’s passing ability and his calmness on the ball, even in tight situations. He also stated his admiration of Carrick’s ability to read the game and control its tempo.
“With his forward passing and calmness on the ball, he just knows how to control and win games, so I can always be learning from him,” the young midfielder concluded.
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