The midfielder was in fine form himself, passing with precision throughout, and set the tone early on with a shot that forced a sprawling save out of Barclays Premier League debutant Adrian. The Hammers' keeper was later beaten by Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and substitute Ashley Young.
"It looked to be a fantastic save," Cleverley said of his effort. "Danny's goal was a great finish but he also brings pace, power and he works incredibly hard for the team. That's an area of Danny's performances which people outside the game don't see. He's a great team member and I'm happy he's getting the goals that he deserves.
"Adnan's got special potential and the fans love him. He's settled in really quickly, he's got a great attitude and a promising future ahead. The team don't want to put too much pressure on him or build him up too much, but he's got fantastic potential, a good head on him and that's a nice mixture.
"[Young's last two goals were] both absolute screamers. He's got that in his locker and I'm really pleased that he's come out of a disappointing spell and is still a massively important player for us."