Last Updated: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:36
Tom Cleverley is reportedly set to be rewarded for his progress at Manchester United by being handed a bumper new contract.
The 23-year-old has always been flagged up as a potential long-term replacement for veteran midfielder Paul Scholes in the Red Devils' engine room. Following spells out on loan at Watford and Wigan, Cleverley was finally given his chance to shine from the start of last season following on from Scholes' decision to retire in summer 2011.
However, a succession of ankle problems hampered his progress last term before Scholes opted to come out of retirement to help United's cause.
Cleverley, who missed out on England's Euro 2012 bid in the summer, has returned to the fold this term and having scored his first Premier League goal against Newcastle last weekend, he is also back in England coach Roy Hodgson's plans.
As a result it is being claimed that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is now keen to tie Cleverley down to a new longer term contract, which will bring his pay into line with some of the club's top earners, despite the fact he only penned a deal to keep him at the club until 2015 last October.
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