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Beckham call

"Cleverley is making great strides and it was impossible not to notice a similarity to David Beckham's style in the way he took a touch and then delivered the ball on a plate for Chicharito with 15 minutes remaining on Tuesday night."

- Adam Marshall, ManUtd.com

24/10/2012 11:47, Report by Adam Marshall
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Crossing with conviction

The two matches at Old Trafford in recent days have provided classic examples of crosses made with real conviction.

Robin van Persie's assist from the left for Wayne Rooney's header on Saturday against Stoke City and Tom Cleverley's marvellous centre for Javier Hernandez to sink SC Braga were things of beauty. Crosses that practically demanded a finish.

A buzz of anticipation went around the Theatre of Dreams even before the ball was in the net and, thankfully, Rooney and Hernandez were both able to gobble up the opportunities in clinical fashion.

Van Persie knows exactly what sort of crosses centre-forwards thrive on because he is one himself, of course, and it was interesting to note his recent claim that he is actively seeking more assists since making the switch from Arsenal. There is no doubt that the Dutchman has wowed the United fans with his quality and long may it continue.

Cleverley is making great strides and it was impossible not to notice a similarity to David Beckham's style and technique in the way he took a touch and then delivered the ball on a plate for Chicharito with 15 minutes remaining on Tuesday night.

It's unfair to compare the 23-year-old with the former England captain as he is a very different player but there was also more than a shade of Beckham's technique in the way he swirled the ball into the top corner of Steve Harper's goal at Newcastle in the Reds' last away fixture.

Cleverley grew up watching Beckham strut his stuff on a regular basis and it's clear in my mind that the LA Galaxy superstar is the best crosser of a ball I have ever seen. Hopefully, despite the fact that he is now coming to the end of his career in the States, there will still be more reminders of his ability to tee up goals provided by Cleverley, van Persie and others now wearing the red shirt.

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