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Manchester United star praises loan system

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Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley believes going out on loan is vital to a footballer's progression.

The 24-year-old midfielder had loan spells at Leicester City, Watford and Wigan Athletic before returning to cement a place in Manchester United's first team squad.

Cleverley, who is now a first-team regular for the Red Devils and an England international, has praised Manchester United's current loanees - who are currently impressing out on loan.

Speaking to Manchester United's official website, Cleverley said on how loan spells can only help the likes of Nick Powell, Federico Macheda and Jesse Lingard: "I think it's massive, it definitely helped me.

"I got something out of all three of my loan spells and I'd recommend it to any young player who is at a big club with a 25-man squad.

"The lads will gain massive confidence and they are all doing really well. It's pleasing to see."

Cleverley has also lauded the new UEFA Youth League which allows United's starlets to travel with the first team squad to play Europe's best teams.

United's Youth team - who are managed by Nicky Butt - travelled to Donetsk to play Shakhtar and defeated Bayer Leverkusen in their opening match.

"I think it's brilliant," added Cleverley. "We did it once against Celtic and it was a great experience.

"We were saying we wish we'd had this tournament when we were that age.

"It's great experience for the boys to play against teams with different nationalities and then coming to the first-team game at night.

"So it was good for them to mix in with us, being on the plane and we were all chatting with them and asking how they got on."

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