15/12/2012 17:55, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Boss wants ruthlessness

“Sunderland deserved a goal because they worked so hard for it. They had a lot of injuries in the second half, they’re a youngish team and they kept going. I don’t think they are going to have any problems, I see quite a reasonable team there.”

Tom Cleverley produced a fine performance at the Theatre of Dreams, particularly in the first half, when the youngster combined brilliantly with central midfield partner Michael Carrick to clip an excellent finish past Simon Mignolet and double United’s advantage on 19 minutes.

That combination is one that had previously impressed during last weekend’s Manchester derby triumph at the Etihad Stadium, earning both their starting places against the Black Cats on Saturday and as Sir Alex admits, the pair’s performances gives him another selection headache.

“Cleverley did very well in the derby and deserved his position. We have a lot of options in midfield with Anderson, who is injured at the moment, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. People says we’re weak in midfield but these are very good players.

“Sometimes it gives me a problem with selecting the correct two but today (Saturday) was very simple though because Carrick and Cleverley deserved to play after last week.”

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