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Promising youngster learning from the master...

Manchester United youngster Tom Cleverley can't believe his luck playing alongside veteran midfielder Paul Scholes.

Cleverley, 20, is highly rated at Old Trafford and Sir Alex Ferguson is toying with the idea of keeping him at the club next season rather than sending him out on loan. He was selected to partner Scholes in last night's 1-0 friendly victory against Philadelphia Union, as the Scot decided to mix youth and experience.

Speaking to the club's official website, Cleverley stated it was the fulfillment of a life-long wish to start with someone of Scholes' ilk.

"Playing for United and alongside someone like Scholesy is what every young lad dreams of," Cleverley said.

"He’s a great mentor for me – I look to him every day in training and he’s definitely someone I can learn a lot from.

"The likes of Scholesy and [Ryan] Giggsy always have a picture in their heads about what they want to do with the ball and their first time passing is second to none. The way they go about training and matches means they’re two of the best in the world to learn from."

After shining for the England under-21's and Watford last term, Cleverley is also set to make the step up to regular Premier League action. Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers have been linked with making temporary moves for him if Ferguson decides to make him available.

He continued: "Last year was a big season for me and I hope this one will be even bigger.

"This year I’ve got to prove myself in the Premier League like I have done in the Championship and League One. That’s the challenge for me.

"Being on the tour and amongst the first team has been fantastic. You’re watching and learning from the experienced lads all the time and you try to put that into practice."

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