Manchester United: 5 Reasons Tom Cleverley Will Break into First Team

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Manchester United: 5 Reasons Tom Cleverley Will Break into First Team
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Over the past three seasons, Manchester United's Tom Cleverley has been honing his skills on loan spells at Leicester City, Watford and Wigan Athletic and has found great success at each of the three clubs he has been loaned out to.

In the 2008-09 season, Cleverley joined Leicester City on loan. In his only season with the Leicester City, Cleverley helped lead to Foxes to promotion from League One to the Championship. In 15 games, he tallied two goals.

2009-10 was Cleverley's breakout season as a professional, after he joined Watford on a season-long loan. The Englishman enjoyed a season of brilliant form, scoring 11 goals in 35 appearances for the Horns en route to winning the team's Player of the Season award.

After back-to-back successful loan spells in League One and the Championship, Cleverley earned himself a "promotion" to the Premier League.

Sir Alex Ferguson somewhat surprisingly sent the midfielder on loan to Wigan Athletic, despite several impressive displays on United's US Tour in 2010.

At Wigan, Cleverley found himself in an unusual position, he was battling to avoid relegation. Ultimately, Roberto Martinez and Wigan were able to stay in the Premier League, and Cleverley was a big reason why. In 25 games for the Latics, Cleverley bagged four goals.

Once again, Cleverley join United on their US Tour in 2011. This time around Cleverley looks to have sealed a place on United's 25-man roster. But can he seal a place in United's starting XI?

Here are the five reasons that the England U-21 international will secure regular first-team football in 2011-12.

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