Manchester United keep hold of Tom Cleverley

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out allowing midfielder Tom Cleverley to leave the club on loan this season.

The 20-year-old has been linked with Wigan Athletic, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers in recent times, but Ferguson now expects Cleverley to be an important squad member at Old Trafford.

He told reporters:"Tom Cleverley is going to stay. He is an exceptional young player in the sense of his ability to play in different positions.

"He is such a mobile boy, who can play wide on either side and in central midfield. Also, which he showed at Watford last year, he is a goalscorer.

"The days of expecting Paul Scholes to score 15 goals a season have gone now. We have to look at that area of the team, because we must get goals from midfield.

"Tom has got outstanding qualities as far as goalscoring is concerned, so he is going to stay."

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