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Carrick: Manchester United team-mate Cleverley must maintain high standards

Carrick: Manchester United team-mate Cleverley must maintain high standards

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The 23-year-old has shown promise in the Red Devils' midfield but his more experienced colleague warns that he needs the consistency that will come with playing more games

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has praised young team-mate Tom Cleverley while warning him that he will have to maintain the "high standards" that he has set so far.
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The 23-year-old earned his first England cap in August after his 2011-12 season was disrupted by injuries and his more experienced colleague feels that more games will help the youngster develop consistency to match his capability.

"He's got the talent and the ability - we've all seen that," Carrick told the media. "He's comfortable dealing with the pressures that come with playing for the club. There is no danger about that.

"It's just about keeping the standards high - we set the standards and the hard part is keeping to that standard consistently.

"There is no magic ingredient. It's just about learning and getting experience. The more games he plays, the better he'll play.

"Tom is a very intelligent and clever footballer; he’s got a lot to bring.

"It's a shame the way his season panned out last year because he started so well.

"That's one of the good things about our midfielders. We all bring different things when called upon which gives the manager options.

"That is vital given how many games we're hoping to play this season."

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