TOUR 2011 NEWS

"I think awareness is a big part of being a central midfielder. Just look at Scholesy, Lampard, Xavi... their heads are always on a swivel. They know where their players are and where the opposition players are. They always know what they're going to do next."

- Tom Cleverley

27/07/2011 10:00, Report by Adam Marshall
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Cleverley's Becks appeal

Tom Cleverley is thrilled at the prospect of lining up against David Beckham after modelling his game on the former United favourite.

The England Under-21 international idolised Becks when progressing through the ranks at Old Trafford and will probably try to ask for his shirt after the game with MLS All-Stars at the Red Bull Arena.

When asked during the exclusive ManUtd.com webchat which player did he admire when growing up, Cleverley answered: "As it happens, we're playing against him tomorrow. It was David Beckham! If I play, it will be the first time I've played against him. It's a bit of a dream. I always watched him from an early age and watched his game - I used to try and watch him play and take things from his game and put them into mine."

The former Wigan loanee also learned a lot from newly-retired Reds legend Paul Scholes in training.

"I learned about his awareness more than anything," revealed Cleverley. "He could control games so well, too. It was quality to watch. The way he switches the ball and controls the tempo is amazing.

"I think awareness is a big part of being a central midfielder. Just look at Scholesy, [Frank] Lampard, Xavi... their heads are always on a swivel. They know where their players are and where the opposition players are. They always know what they're going to do next. Also, having a wide range of passing is important and the ability to score goals from central midfield is also a rare talent these days."

Cleverley is aiming to emulate last year's performance against the All-Stars when he scored a brilliant solo goal during the 5-2 victory.

"It was a bit of a crazy game," he recalled. "I didn't start the game but I came on quite early. I think Gaby Obertan got injured. It was a game of good goals - Gibbo scored a free-kick and then I scored one of the best goals I've ever scored. Then Chicha came on for his debut and scored, so that was nice. It was a memorable game for all those reasons and hopefully tomorrow night will be just as good."

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