Both players have started the season brightly and Cleverley feels their similar pass-and-move styles make for a natural understanding.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing with Shinji,” Tom reveals in the latest edition of Inside United, on sale now. “He’s really on my wavelength when it comes to playing one and two-touch football.”
Cleverely also praised the other new arrivals in midfield and attack.
“They’ve all brought so much,” he says. “We all know what Robin van Persie is about and Nick Powell is a really good footballer and a good lad. He’s definitely one for the future.”
You can read the full interview with Cleverley – plus chats with Wayne Rooney, Sir Alex, Peter Schmeichel, Antonio Valencia and much more – in the new issue of Inside United, on sale now.