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Tom Cleverley ‘dreaming’ of lifting silverware and banishing Manchester United’s dismal demise of last season

By Alex Bysouth

Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley is determined to avenge last season’s heartache as he dreams of bringing the title back to Old Trafford.

The England international was part of the United squad who witnessed fierce rivals Manchester City clinch the Premier League title in dramatic circumstances last May.

And the midfielder insists Sir Alex Ferguson’s side – who lead City by five points – have the winning mentality and will not become complacent.

“I’m dreaming of it and I’m ambitious, but then again it’s only January,” he told the club website. “We definitely don’t want to feel how we felt at Sunderland last season.

“It’s all about 100% concentration and work rate in every game we’ve got, we’ve all got the experience of last year and we know how hurt we were on the last day.

“There’s a great team spirit, there’s a good feeling around the place which is fantastic and to me it just feels like a group of winners – hopefully we can do it.”

And the 23-year-old is contributing to United’s bid for silverware by shipping in with his share of goals from midfield this season.

“Scoring goals is something that’s starting to come together in my game now,” added Cleverley. “I’ve managed to do it out on loan and I was hoping it’d just be a matter of time before they came along for United.

“I was happy with the one at West Ham, although I missed a couple of chances with England, but the main thing was I was in the right spot.

“I’ve worked hard on my finishing on the training field, and now it’s starting to pay off, but the work doesn’t stop here just because I’ve scored a few – I aim to get more.”

Cleverley admitted his main ambition for the season was to stay injury-free during a campaign that started at the London 2012 Olympics in late July.

“At the start of the season the first thing I wanted was to be injury free,” he explained.

“Including internationals and Olympics I’ve played more than 30 games already this season so that’s out of my mind, and that’s been nice.

“I’ve made more appearances for the club than I did in the whole of last season, I want to get as many appearances as I can and hopefully help the team to win some silverware.”

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