Utd keep Cleverley & Welbeck

Image: Cleverley: Represented England at the European Under-21 Championship last month

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck will be staying at Man Utd this season.

Ferguson believes midfielder will play for England

Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped Tom Cleverley to follow Danny Welbeck into the England squad after confirming both would be staying at Manchester United this season. Welbeck, 20, was handed his international debut in March after joining Sunderland on a season-long loan deal, during which he scored six goals from 21 Premier League starts. And Cleverley has also benefited from time away from Old Trafford, earning rave reviews from Wigan manager Roberto Martinez last term as he helped guide the Latics to Premier League survival. Another loan move had been mooted for next season before both linked up with United on their pre-season tour of America. And although neither is likely to get much first-team action with the Premier League champions next season, Ferguson feels it would be counter-productive to let them leave. "They won't go on loan again," he said. "Going on loan only serves one purpose; keeping them happy by playing all the time.


"At their ages, it wouldn't do us any good because other clubs would be benefiting from what we could be benefiting from. "Because of the experience they have had, keeping them now benefits us." Cleverley faces competition for a place in central midfield from the likes of Anderson, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Ji-Sung Park, Ryan Giggs and Darron Gibson. But Ferguson is confident the 21-year-old will ultimately become a full international like Welbeck. "Welbeck is an England international now," he added. "He is an exceptional talent. And Cleverley will play for England too. "He is an intelligent modern-day footballer. His movement and understanding of space is really good for a young player. We are happy both of them will stay with us." Ferguson knows he has a job on his hands to keep his squad happy with rotation but managed to convince summer signing Phil Jones he will get enough games. The legendary Scot, who is approaching 25 years in the Old Trafford hot-seat, stressed he is always looking for future success - not just present. "Yes, players will be disappointed they are not playing some weeks," he said. "But at the end of the day, it will help.
Building for future
"The area we had to work hardest with Phil was to convince him he would get enough football," Ferguson added. "The first thing you can say is last season Nani played the most games for us, with 48. He was still 11 short of the maximum. No-one at United is going to play the maximum number of games. "The other thing I explained to him was that we are always trying to look ahead towards the team of the future rather than the team of the present. "We expect the team of the present to fulfil their responsibilities but the team of the future is the one that is growing whilst the other one is doing the business."

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