UNITED UNCOVERED

30/04/2014 14:25,

Cleverley: What United means to me

Tom Cleverley explains how and why he fell in love with Manchester United...

I don't believe there is a club in the world with as rich a history as Manchester United. That's been instilled into all the young players coming through the ranks here since we were young.

Paul McGuinness, the Under-18s coach, always used to teach us about the history of the club, Eric Harrison as well. We know what has gone before us and we are all just lucky to be on the same path as some of those legends. You feel that responsibility every time you pull on a United shirt. It is more than just a football club you are representing, it is something massive and you have to take that responsibility on your shoulders.

I was very happy when United first came in to sign me, and so were my family. I couldn't wait to go and tell my mates at school. It was a very proud moment for me. I grew up as a Bradford City fan and went to watch them for a couple of years. I saw Bradford play United at Valley Parade. United won 4-0, with Paul Scholes scoring that volley from David Beckham's corner. That goal, and seeing the away fans and the way they supported the team, that is when I really fell in love with United.

You see what United means to people when you travel with the club. That's when it really hits home how big the club is worldwide. My first taste of it was in South Africa when people were scrambling to get a picture with players or to touch one of the players. As a young player, it was an eye-opener for me but it just proves how big this club is.

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