Cleverley eyeing gold
Tom Cleverley is hoping to end a frustrating season on a high by winning gold at the Olympics.
Last Updated: 25/05/12 10:13am
Tom Cleverley is hoping to end a frustrating season on a high note by winning a gold medal at this summer's London Olympics.
The Manchester United midfielder looked set for a breakthrough campaign when he starred in a Community Shield triumph over Manchester City and an 8-2 drubbing of Arsenal last August.
An England call-up followed but the 22-year-old former Wigan loanee was then forced to overcome a series of niggles that marred his season.
Injuries may have halted his progress but he could still end the year a winner by helping Team GB to a gold medal at the London Olympics this summer.
Cleverley has been made available for the tournament by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and would appear a certainty to be involved given that only three players over the age of 23 can be included.
He told the Daily Star: "It's a massive event, one of the highlights of the summer, and the Olympics in London is probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing, so to be involved would be a massive thing for me.
"An Olympic gold would be special because it's so unique. When you're young, you dream of an FA Cup winners' medals, but this would be different. It would be fantastic.
"Hopefully I have got all of my bad luck out of the way for one season.
"It was tough. I thought this would be my year, but I'm not going to get down. Hopefully next year will be my year and I'm here this time next year with some silverware."