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Manchester United need more from Cleverley - Scholes

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Manchester United require more from Tom Cleverley, says Paul Scholes, who believes now is the time the young midfielder 'kicked on' and really made his presence felt at the club.

Cleverley has made 61 appearances for the Premier League champions since being afforded his first-team debut in 2011 and, injury permitting, has established himself as a regular in the club's midfield.

The 24-year-old was much-hyped following his introduction into the senior squad after a season-long loan with Wigan, but there is a sense that Cleverley has not been able himself as quickly as Manchester United staff or fans would have hoped.

This summer, following the retirement of Scholes, Cleverley was provided with an opportunity to identify himself as an ideal successor to the Old Trafford legend, but his progress remains steady rather than spectacular.

Scholes rates Cleverley's advancement as 'okay' and has urged the England international to prove doubters wrong and raise his performances to the level of those expected of a Manchester United midfield regular.

"Tom has been there quite a few years now and has done okay," Scholes told Eurosport-Yahoo!.

"But it's time Tom kicked on. He does play a lot of games and he is a quality player. That is emphasised when he gets in the England squad.

"Now it’s time he went on to the next level at Manchester United."

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