Tom Cleverley has handed Sir Alex Ferguson a timely injury boost ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Everton, and is ready to return to the Manchester United line-up at Goodison Park this weekend.
The 22-year-old had been sidelined with a foot injury picked up against Bolton, but played an hour in Tuesday's Carling Cup victory over Aldershot to help aid his recovery.
Cleverley's absence in the Red Devils side seems to have coincided with a general drop in the team's form, but Ferguson is eager not to put too much expectation on his young shoulders.
"Tom has got the potential, the expectation lies with everyone," he said. "For any United player, we expect a certain standard.
"Tom played his first game on Tuesday night – we gave him an hour. He had trained for about 10 days so he was in good physical condition for it.
"Given that we have a game tomorrow, I think an hour was just about right for him."
One player who is a doubt for tomorrow's Goodison Park encounter is Ashley Young - the winger sustained a minor toe injury, and is one of several fitness worries for the Manchester United boss.
"We have one or two knocks," Ferguson added. "Ashley Young has a toe injury and we'll see what he's like today.
"The knocks are nothing serious and I hope we'll have a strong enough squad for tomorrow.
"It's always a difficult game at Everton. I went to their game on Wednesday night [against Chelsea in the Carling Cup]. They all put a shift in and are always committed."
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