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07/10/2013 08:00, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Tom's comeback buzz

Tom Cleverley says there's no better feeling in football than the comebacks United have so artfully mastered down the years - and Saturday's 2-1 triumph at Sunderland is another to add to the canon of come-from-behind victories.

As always with United, this was no run-of-the-mill fightback, it came via the "wand of a left foot" belonging to an 18-year-old making his first Barclays Premier League start. Adnan Januzaj's impressive double - his first goal was with his supposedly weaker right foot, don't forget - cancelled out Craig Gardner's opener with interest.

Januzaj has acquired plenty of attention over the weekend, justifiably so after his match-winning performance, but Cleverley says plenty more qualities went into the victory.

"There aren't many more satisfying feelings than coming back from behind away from home," Tom told MUTV. "We said at half-time - the lads ourselves - we can't come away from here without three points. The manager told us to be patient, keep it tight at the back and we did exactly what he said. The goals came and they were two great finishes by Adnan. I'm really pleased for him."

As much as there were a number of positives in the match - resisting the risk of recording three straight league defeats; the reaction to going behind - Cleverley says there is plenty of room for improvement.

"There are things we can improve on with the goal we conceded," he said. "We did start slowly. We could all look at that on the tapes and see where we can improve. But the character we showed to come back from that was fantastic and that's what we'll always have. That's what this club is all about."

You cannot escape the influence of two individuals, however: David De Gea, whose first-half save from Emanuele Giaccherini proved pivotal, and, of course, Januzaj's intervention.

"It was a fantastic save," notes Cleverley of De Gea's one-handed save from Emanuele Giaccherini's first-half header. "David does things that I don't think anybody else can do. He's a fantastic keeper. In real-time it looked like a world-class save from where I was stood, so well done to him."

As for Januzaj's double, Tom adds: "The first one, I was on the left so I couldn't see how far into the corner it was.

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