The season may have not started on the best note for Manchester United following Monday's defeat at Goodison Park, but for Tom Cleverley as an individual, the beginning of 2012/13 could not have gone much better.
On the back of some impressive outings for Team GB at the Olympics, the highly-rated midfielder won his first England cap in the friendly win over Italy earlier this month and received rave reviews for his performance alongside Michael Carrick. And Cleverley was one of the Reds’ bright sparks on an otherwise disappointing night on Merseyside earlier this week.
The man himself, now feeling better than ever after being frustrated by injuries last season, is determined to keep his good form going and hopes to be able to play his part in helping the team secure a first win of the campaign over Fulham at the weekend.
“After the result on Monday, Saturday’s game is a big one for us and we need to bounce back,” Tom told ManUtd.com. “Everton away is always going to be a hard game and they played very well to be fair. We’ve really got to get our season up and running on Saturday and pick up three points.
“Monday was very disappointing but on a personal level it was really nice to start the season again. Winning my first England cap the week before was a big landmark for me and a great way for me to begin things. I feel 100 per cent fit and really sharp and I just can’t wait to get back out at Old Trafford.
“It was great to play there for Team GB at the Olympics but it was different to playing for United. For me, there is no better feeling than running out at Old Trafford to play in front of 76,000 fans. I’ve been at the club 11 years now and it was always my dream to play here every fortnight. I can’t wait for Saturday and hopefully I can be involved and help us get the win.”