Cleverley hopes injuries do not hinder Manchester United future

The Red Devils youngster is looking to put a "nightmare" season behind him in order to continue his Old Trafford career, after spending a lot of time on the sidelines this season

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is hoping that the injury problems which have blighted his progress this season are over so that he can continue to grow at Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old says he has been disappointed with his contribution in 2011-12 after ankle ligament problems meant that the midfielder, who impressed early in the season, could only gain 10 Premier League starts.

"It has been a nightmare at times but I am only 22 and have around 15 years ahead of me yet," Cleverley told the Manchester Evening News. "I just hope I have got it all over and done with now."

"There were times during the season when I thought I was the unluckiest footballer in the world.

"From a great start it became the hardest season of my life but it has made me mentally stronger."

This is not the first time that Cleverley has struggled with long-term injury problems. He also suffered spells on the sidelines during his loan spells at Leicester City and Watford, but claims that his latest troubles have been the hardest to deal with.

"I've always had to cope with disappointments in my career. I had two injuries over the years but I got through them," he continued.

"This was the hardest yet. If you had said to me after the Everton game in October that I wouldn't start another Premier League game in the season I would have been massively gutted, but that turned out to be the case and it was tough to come to terms with.

"There is nothing more exciting in life than to be playing for Manchester United. To have that taken away is very hard to deal with.

"I don't feel I am owed anything. I've had some bad luck and now I have just got to get on with it."