Manchester United to offer Cleverley new contract

The 25-year-old became a target for criticism during David Moyes' disastrous reign but Louis van Gaal has been impressed with his attitude and performances

By Paul Clennam

Manchester United are set to reward Tom Cleverley with a new five-year deal, Goal understands.

The England international had been expected to leave Old Trafford this summer following the £28 million arrival of Ander Herrera with Sunderland and Everton understood to have been monitoring the 25-year-old’s situation.

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United manager Louis Van Gaal, however, has been impressed with Cleverley’s attitude and performances in pre-season and is keen to keep him at Old Trafford despite not including him in the squad for Saturday’s opening day defeat against Swansea.

Cleverley, a fixture in the side which won the Premier League during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season, became a target for the Old Trafford boo boys under David Moyes but is poised to sign a new deal that will see his weekly wage rise to £55,000-a-week. 

United took their summer spending to over the £70 million mark on Tuesday after the club confirmed the arrival of Sporting’s Argentine international defender Marcos Rojo in a deal that saw Nani move back to his former club on a season-long loan. 

Louis van Gaal is hopeful of making further additions to his squad before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month with the club working hard on a deal to sign Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado and maintain an interest in Ajax defender Daley Blind.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has insisted that money is no object for United this season and suggested that they can afford to break the world record of £86m paid by Real Madrid for Gareth Bale.

Van Gaal has taken his time to assess the squad - which he feels drastically underperformed last term - and is now urging United to sign reinforcements to a group of players he has continually described as “unbalanced”.


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