months. He could come back a better player.”
A more pressing matter might be the future of Cleverley, who, despite niggling injuries, has impressed on loan at Wigan. “He’s done very well. But I’ve not discussed it further with Wigan who we have a great relationship with. I agreed with Roberto that we’d talk about it in January.
“We’re a bit light in wide positions – we’ve lost Ji-sung Park for the whole of January and we’ve not got Antonio Valencia back until hopefully the end of February. So I will talk with Roberto in January.”