Suarez “Upset” By Evra Racism Claim

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has spoken publicly for the first time to deny claims he racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra at An field on Saturday.

During Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Anfield, the players were involved in a lengthy dispute and Evra was booked by referee Andre Marriner. In a post-match interview, Evra told Canalplus: “There are cameras, you can see him. He says a certain word to me at least 10 times.
“I was very upset. In 2011 you can’t say things like this.

He knows what he said, the ref knows it, it will come out. I won’t repeat what he said, but it was a racist word, and he said it more than 10 times. He tried to wind me up. I won’t make a huge deal out of it, but it’s very upsetting and disappointing.”Suarez responded by saying: “I’m upset by the accusations of racism. I can only say that I have always respected and respect everybody.

We are all the same. I go to the field with the maximum illusion of a little child who enjoys what he does, not to create conflicts.”The FA have launched an investigation into the claims and Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said he would act as a mediator in the row.

“It’s something we’ve done in the past and it’s something I hope we’ll be asked to do in the future,” Taylor said. “We need to try to cool down and reflect on what happened and to contact the FA and see what form their inquiry will take.“It’s good to get this put behind us as quickly as possible instead of letting these things fester and become blown up again.’’

He added: “It’s very disappointing to have two of our players from different countries at odds over a very serious issue. Only by having a full inquiry on such matters can we get to the bottom of it and try to make sure that such problems don’t arise again in the future.’’

Reports suggest that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was summoned after United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had accompanied Evra to the referees’ room and consulted with fourth official Phil Dowd. Sources in France said the word Suarez is alleged to have used is “n*****”.

Ferguson Shuffles His Pack At Anfield

By the end, Sir Alex Ferguson had reverted to type. He had introduced attacker after attacker, seen Manchester United score the latest in a long line of late goals and witnessed and withstood an eventful finale. Quintessential Ferguson?

Perhaps, but earlier he had illustrated he is the oldest chameleon in the business. The advocate of experience doubles up as a champion of youth, the apostle of all-out attack venturing into the realms of the defensive strategist. United, the side with 14 goals in three previous games against title rivals, opted for Operation Stifle.

To use a term the watching Tom Werner would understand, Ferguson threw a curveball. The teamsheet was the talking point. Flair, flamboyance and finishing were discarded, solidity and size selected. It was as though he took the decision to dispense with stars and emphasise the collective. Four players who are central defenders by trade started; think of a Scottish manager employing that tactic and George Graham, rather than Ferguson, springs to mind.

“It wasn’t a surprise but I think it was a compliment,” said Kenny Dalglish, the other participant in a Glaswegian stand-off. It is not often Ferguson shows an inferiority complex, but there were hints of it here. The hat-trick of defeats at Anfield seemed to weigh on his mind in a radical rethink from a manager whose side were plundering goals galore.

Not content with omitting last season’s Premier League’s leading scorer, Dimitar Berbatov, from the matchday 18, his counterpart in the current campaign, Wayne Rooney, was only on the bench for 68 minutes. Javier Hernandez spent still longer among the substitutes, emerging with intent to equalise five minutes after his introduction.

This was Plan B. Send on the impact substitutes. All of them; Rooney, Nani and Hernandez. Plan A consisted of trying to erect a blue wall either side of Luis Suarez, their March tormentor. The irony in its undoing was that a faulty wall prompted the restoration of the attacking ideals. With Ryan Giggs jumping out of the way, the free kick Steven Gerrard intended to direct over the United barrier actually went through it. “Bad defensive play,” noted Ferguson.

On the sidelines for six months with a groin injury, this was a fine comeback. “It’s fantastic for him that he has crowned his first start for a while by scoring,” Dalglish added.The execution was imperfect, but the award was contentious. Already cautioned, Rio Ferdinand was deemed to have tripped Charlie Adam.

“There was the slightest contact but I don’t think enough to make a fella who is 12 or 13 stone fall to the floor,” argued the United defender. There was not enough to prompt Andre Marriner to reach for the yellow card again, either, which he could have done.
Rooney and Nani, already warming up in preparation for a smash-and-grab raid, came on for a salvage job instead, the former greeted with chants of “who’s the Scouser in the wig?” United are no strangers to hair-raising moments when chasing games, but levelled when the third arrival,

Hernandez, applied the final touch after Danny Welbeck had diverted Nani’s corner into his path. “His record of goalscoring is outstanding,” said Ferguson, who had rewarded the Mexican with a five-year contract earlier in the week and who noted the striker’s elusiveness in evading Martin Skrtel’s attentions.

What followed, however, indicated why Ferguson had adopted his initial approach. In the final 10 minutes, with United playing 4-4-2, Liverpool had three opportunities to clinch the points. Dirk Kuyt and Jordan Henderson were thwarted by De Gea while the latter was narrowly off target with an injury-time header. Drama had arrived with Ferguson’s reinforcements.

But his pre-match comments may have been more instructive than his post-match analysis. They had, he conceded, been too open. Hence Phil Jones’ appearance in a three-man central midfield of different generations – the 28-year-old Darren Fletcher was flanked by Jones, 19, and Giggs, 37 – attempting a job the Scot struggled with last season, halting Adam.

Hence, too, the appearance of Ji-sung Park instead of Nani. His duel with Jose Enrique was defensive winger against attacking full-back; it was fitting the South Korean fashioned his only chance with a tackle; it summed up his game, even if the resulting shot did fly wide. At that stage, the craft-graft equation was tilted in favour of all-out industry. But when a goal went in, United had a more adventurous alternative.

Enter the cavalry. Enter the cavaliers.MAN OF THE MATCH: David de Gea – Hernandez may have won the point, but the goalkeeper secured it. His save from Kuyt, in particular, was outstanding. “I thought the press said the boy was struggling,” said a deadpan Dalglish. “He never struggled today because he made two or three fantastic saves.”

LIVERPOOL VERDICT: They were marginally the superior side on the day, although, with the onus on them to attack, they created little in the first hour, save for a Suarez shot De Gea saved, and the Uruguayan was isolated at times when the midfield was gridlocked.

Gerrard represented the major bonus for them; his first start for seven months suggested his powers remain undiminished, while Jordan Henderson exerted an influence in his cameo. Whether Dalglish will persist with three central midfielders and only one striker against weaker opposition will be intriguing.

Arsenal Sweat On Gibbs And Ramsey

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he is sweating on the fitness of Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Marseille.Ramsey sat out the 2-1 win over Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium with a hamstring problem and Gibbs suffered a stomach injury and had to be replaced by Andre Santos five minutes into the second half.

Gibbs’ injury is of particular concern to Wenger as the club has incurred numerous injuries in defence already this season. Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna are currently out, while Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou have only recently returned.“Gibbs has an inflammation of his stomach muscles. He has a small chance of playing on Wednesday,” Wenger said.

“Ramsey has a small chance of being in the squad. He had fatigue of his hamstring. I wanted to give him a breather – it would have been a gamble to play him.”Wenger’s team endured a terrible start to the season, but are now up to 10th in the table. Despite a nervous second half on Sunday, the Frenchman feels his team is slowly coming together

“We have now won five games on the run at home,” Wenger said. “I think the attitude and spirit of the team is great. The motivation is there, the quality is there, so slowly we are getting better.”

Cassano Leads Azzurri

Nigel Worthington’s Northern Ireland tenure ended in more disappointment as his side were comfortably beaten by an Italy side inspired by the finishing of Antonio Cassano.Worthington, whose reign as manager ends tonight, was forced to send out a youthful side due to a series of withdrawals that left him two substitutes short and Cassano took full advantage, producing two wonderful goals to finish the campaign with six.

The Group C winners’ third left a sour taste for another departing Northern Irishman, as veteran goalkeeper Maik Taylor’s misunderstanding with Gareth McAuley resulted in a demoralizing own-goal.
Worthington has been hampered throughout qualification by injuries and suspensions, so it seemed cruelly fitting that his final match came with his resources stretched even further than ever.

A total of 10 players originally picked for his 23-man squad were missing here – Craig Cathcart’s knee giving way in the morning as he joined a list of absentees including Aaron Hughes, Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt and Kyle Lafferty.
In their place, Worthington promoted a host of young players in the shape of Ryan McGivern, Oliver Norwood, Andrew Little and Jonny Gorman.
At the other end of the spectrum, 40-year-old Taylor was handed the captaincy on what will surely be a farewell appearance and David Healy equalled Mal Donaghy’s outfield record with a 91st cap.

With just seconds on the clock, Little made a daring charge toward the Italy box, but he could not find a final touch to the waiting Healy.
Northern Ireland’s best hopes were of a lapse in concentration from their already-qualified opponents.Little almost beat Buffon to a long free-kick as his defenders watched, while a poor backpass nearly handed Healy a one-on-one.

Giorgio Chiellini went close from a 19th-minute corner when he headed wide at the far post but when the goal did come, it was an altogether classier affair.Daniele De Rossi lofted a delightful through ball to wrongfoot the back four, with Cassano the target.

Nasri Hails ‘Most Important Goal’

Samir Nasri feels his goal against Bosnia & Herzegovina that fired France to Euro 2012 is the most important strike of his career so far.
Nasri netted from the spot in the 78th minute to earn France a vital 1-1 draw, cancelling out a first-half goal from his Manchester City team-mate Edin Dzeko.

The goal made Nasri the hero of the hour only a month after his international role was being questioned as he was left on the bench by coach Laurent Blanc.“I have come back from afar,’’ Nasri told L’Equipe. “I came back to the team with a new state of mind. I am at one with the coach and it shows on the pitch.’’

The penalty was only Nasri’s third goal for his country, one of the reasons he found himself on the receiving end of criticism in recent weeks.
“This was the most important of my career,’’ he said.

“I would prefer to score less often if I can score goals like this one.’’Nasri had earlier hit the crossbar in the match, and admitted the pressure was on by the time the spot-kick came with 12 minutes to go.

“We had to keep persevering, to keep fighting and not give up,’’ he said.“That is what I did to get the penalty. There was big pressure, but I took the ball and I did not ask. I had to take my responsibilities.’’

Danes Deny Portugal, France Through

Denmark beat Portugal to an automatic place at Euro 2012 with a 2-1 victory in their winner-takes-all meeting in Copenhagen.
Michael Krohn-Delhi gave them a 13th minute lead and Nicklas Bendtner doubled the advantage soon after the hour mark. Cristiano Ronaldo’s last-minute goal will prove scant consolation for the Portuguese, who must now negotiate the play-offs if they are to play in Poland and Ukraine.
Samir Nasri’s penalty took France to the finals after a tense Paris evening saw them draw 1-1 against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Edin Dzeko had given the visitors the lead five minutes before half-time, and they withstood a French onslaught early in the second half. But Nasri won and converted a 78th-minute spot-kick to give Les Bleus the point they required to maintain their pre-match advantage in Group D.
Sweden booked their place after two goals in a minute early in the second period secured a 3-2 victory over Netherlands to qualify as the best-placed second-placed team in all the qualifiers.

Erik Hamren’s side needed a win to seal the final automatic place. Kim Kallstrom fired them into a 14th-minute lead, but the game turned on its head when Klaas Jan Huntelaar levelled and Dirk Kuyt fired the Dutch in front on 50 minutes. The Swedish fightback was swift in coming, Sebastian Larsson restoring parity on 52 minutes after Jeffrey Bruma handled in the area, before Ola Toivonen added a third 60 seconds later to send Sweden through.

Richard Dunne was the Republic of Ireland’s hero once again as his goal edged them past Armenia as a 2-1 win took them into the play-offs on a night when both sides had a man sent off.
Armenia had keeper Roman Berezovsky sent off with just 26 minutes gone for an adjudged handball outside the area that looked a questionable decision. Kevin Doyle’s was dismissed for a second bookable offence – a flailing elbow late on.

Armenia’s plight deepened a minute before the break when defender Valeri Aleksanyan turned Damien Duff’s cross into his own net, and when Dunne bundled home a second on the hour, the game looked to be over. But Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s strike sparked concerted fightback, and the final whistle was greeted with Irish joy.

Scotland’s dream ended after being outclassed by all-conquering Spain in Alicante.
Craig Levein’s side needed an unlikely win to guarantee them a play-off spot in Group I or at least match Czech Republic’s result in Lithuania but a first-half double from David Silva was a testament to the home side, who eventually ran out 3-1 winners.
David Villa notched Spain’s third in the 54th minute to end any semblance of a contest before Scotland substitute David Goodwillie scored a consolation goal from the spot after Victor Valdes had fouled Craig Mackail-Smith.
With the Czech Republic beating Lithuania in Vilnius 4-1, it was all over for the Scots.

Michal Kadlec put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot within two minutes and Jan Rezek’s double had them three up at the break. The Czechs were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half when Roman Hubnik saw red for a professional foul, Darvydas Sernas converting the resulting penalty, but another Kadlec spot-kick five minutes from time sealed a convincing away win.
Russia safely booked their place with a resounding 6-0 victory over Andorra at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
The three points were never in doubt from the moment Alan Dzagoev fired the hosts ahead inside five minutes. A second for Dzagoev and strikes by Sergei Ignashevich and Roman Pavlyuchenko had Russia out of sight at the break, while second-half efforts by Dennis Glushakov and substitute Diniyar Bilyaletdinov added gloss to the scoreline.

The result means Russia top Group B on 23 points while Andorra finished the campaign with10 straight defeats.
Serbia’s hopes were ended by Slovenia who took all three points with a 1-0 win in Maribor. Estonia – who had played all their fixtures – take second place and a play-off place, and Serbia’s dreams were dashed by Dare Vrsic’s goal for Slovenia on the stroke of half-time.
They did have a second-half lifeline when awarded a penalty, but Nemanja Vidic, who was playing only his second match of the season having been injured since August, failed to score from the spot with a poorly-hit penalty.

Euro 2004 winners Greece survived a major scare in Georgia to book their place. Top of the group heading into the game, Fernando Santos’ side needed only a point to ensure their presence in Poland and Ukraine. But they trailed for an hour to David Targamadze’s free-kick and needed two goals in the final 11 minutes from Giorgos Fotakis and Angelos Charisteas to turn the game around into a 2-1 win.

Croatia must contest a play-off after finishing second in Group F despite their 2-0 victory over Latvia. Knowing only a victory would give them a chance of overhauling pool leaders Greece, Slaven Bilic’s men looked set to steal top spot when Greece fell behind in Georgia and they eventually got on top of a stubborn Latvia side. But news of Fotakis’ late leveller and Charisteas’ subsequent winner in Tbilisi hushed the Stadion Kantrida
Germany completed a perfect Euro 2012 qualifying record with their 10th win from 10 games by beating Belgium 3-1 in Dusseldorf.

Two goals in the space of three first-half minutes from Mesut Ozil and Andre Schurrle put the hosts on course for yet another victory, with Mario Gomez adding a third just after the interval. Marouane Fellaini grabbed a consolation in the 86th minute but it was not enough for Belgium to finish second in Group A.
They needed Turkey to lose at home to Azerbaijan but were left disappointed as Guus Hiddink’s side clinched second spot with a 1-0 win. Turkey did enough – just enough – in Istanbul. But while they were rarely troubled by Azerbaijan, their profligacy in front of goal made for a nervous night as they needed almost an hour to break the deadlock. Burak Yilmaz struck for the decisive goal after 59 minutes, firing home from Selcuk Inan’s pass.
Wales ended their Euro 2012 campaign on a high as Gareth Bale’s goal gave them a 1-0 defeat of Bulgaria – their first back-to-back victories in competitive fixtures for six years – in front of a sparse crowd in Sofia .

Nigel Worthington’s Northern Ireland tenure ended in more disappointment as his side were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Italy. Antonio Cassano took full advantage, producing two wonderful for the Group C winners. Veteran goalkeeper Maik Taylor’s misunderstanding with Gareth McAuley resulted in a demoralising own-goal.
Switzerland ended their campaign on a high with a 2-0 victory over Montenegro, who had already sealed their play-offs berth. Goals from Eren Derdiyok and Stephan Lichtsteiner confirmed Switzerland’s win, meaning they finished third in Group G, one point behind their opponents.

Kazakhstan avoided defeat for only the second time in a low-key goalless draw against Austria at the Astana Arena. In a clash between two nations who already had no chance of claiming a top-two berth in Group A, Austria dominated in terms of shots but clear-cut chances were few and far between at either end.
Lior Refaelov scored early and Rami Gershon added an injury time strike as Israel rounded off their games with a 2-0 win in Malta to confirm third place in Group F.
Macedonia and Slovakia rounded off their campaigns with an uneventful 1-1 draw in Skopje. Both teams headed into the encounter knowing they had no chance of qualifying or even improving on their positions in Group B.

Hungary and Finland played out a goalless draw to wrap up their unsuccessful Euro 2012 qualifying campaigns in Group E. Although Hungary began the night knowing they could still draw level on points with second-placed Sweden, an inferior head-to-head record made this a dead rubber match.
Moldova ended with a routine 4-0 victory over San Marino in a contest between Group E’s bottom two teams in Chisinau.

Warner Shown Discussing Cash Gifts

Video evidence of ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner urging Caribbean officials to accept cash gifts from Mohamed Bin Hammam has emerged.
The recording of a speech made by Warner to members of the Caribbean Football Association (CFU) on May 11 is being used as evidence in FIFA ethics committee hearings into charges against 15 of those officials this week.The video, which has been posted on the website of the Daily Telegraph, shows Warner telling members they are not obliged to vote for Bin Hammam in the FIFA presidential election but that he had told the Qatari to bring cash. Bin Hammam was banned for life in July by FIFA’s ethics committee but is appealing.The speech took place in Trinidad a day after cash gifts of $US40,000 each were handed out to the leaders of Caribbean associations.Warner says on the video: “When Mohamed Bin Hammam asked to come to the Caribbean he wanted to bring some silver plaques and wooden trophies and bunting and so on, and told me to bring for 30 people would be too much luggage. I told him he did not need to bring anything but if he wanted to bring anything to bring something equivalent to the value of the gift that he brought.“I said to him if you bring cash, I don’t want you to give cash to anybody, but when you do you can give it to the CFU and the CFU will give it to his members. Because I don’t want (it) to even remotely appear that anyone has any obligation to vote for you because of what gifts you have given them, and he fully accepted that.”Warner also says he will return any money if the officials choose not to keep it.He adds: “I know there are some people here who believe they are more pious than thou. If you are pious go to a church friends, but the fact is that our business is our business.“If there is anybody here who has a conscience and wishes to send back the money I am willing to take the money and give it back to him at any moment.”There is also an astonishing barrage aimed at UEFA president Michel Platini, saying a victory for Sepp Blatter over Bin Hammam would lead to the Frenchman taking over.Warner says: “We have to ensure Platini is not some automatic inheritor of FIFA. Because I tell you if that happens FIFA will become a French province. Forever. The fact is that Platini is being groomed to succeed Mr Blatter and we don’t know if it is in our best interests to have a French president, a French general secretary…but in any event I don’t think it’s in our best interests to do that.“I have told him (Blatter) that we who have supported him faithfully have not benefited from that support. We stood up and backed him and then he went to embrace his enemies and not his friends.”

Arsenal Wanted Hazard – Agent

Eden Hazard’s agent has claimed Arsenal failed with an attempt to sign the Lille play maker in the summer.Hazard, 20, was strongly linked with a big-money move away from Ligue 1 champions Lille in the previous transfer window, but a move failed to materialize as the club opted to retain his services.Arsenal were among the sides said to be keen on the Belgium international, and the player’s representative, John Bico, has suggested the Gunners made an approach to secure his signature.Bico said in The Sun: “Arsene Wenger wanted Hazard, but Lille said no to the sale last summer. Real Madrid have been watching too.”Hazard, whose current Lille contract runs until 2015, is highly-rated, having been named Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2011 after winning the Young Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010.

Liverpool Threaten TV Breakaway

Liverpool are prepared to lead a challenge for Premier League clubs to sell overseas television rights individually, according to managing director Ian Ayre.The league’s broadcast rights outside of the United Kingdom are presently sold in a joint package, which is worth £3.2 billion for 2010-13 to be shared equally among the 20 clubs.But Ayre claims the system is unfair on the higher-profile clubs, arguing they attract more viewers and more subscriptions, and advocated the adoption of the Spanish model.There, individual clubs have the freedom to negotiate their own packages, meaning Real Madrid and Barcelona’s earnings will dwarf those of the lesser Primera Division teams – and those of the top English sides, who are restricted to their share of the league’s earnings.Ayre told the Guardian: ‘’Personally I think the game-changer is going out and recognising our brand globally. Maybe the path will be individual TV rights like they do in Spain.‘’If you’re a Bolton fan in Bolton, then you subscribe to Sky because you want to watch Bolton. But if you’re in Kuala Lumpur there isn’t anyone subscribing to Astro or ESPN to watch Bolton, or if they are it’s a very small number. The large majority are subscribing to watch Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal.‘’What we are actually doing is disadvantaging ourselves against other big European clubs. If Real Madrid or Barcelona or other big European clubs have the opportunity to realise their international media value potential, where does that leave Liverpool and Manchester United? We’ll just share ours because we’ll all be nice to each other? The whole phenomenon of the Premier League could be threatened.‘’If they just get bigger and bigger and they generate more and more, then all the players will start drifting that way and will the Premier League bubble burst because we are sticking to this equal-sharing model? It’s a real debate that has to happen.’’

Tevez Facing Further Punishment

ESPNsoccernet understands Carlos Tevez is facing further punishment from Manchester City for his alleged refusal to play at Bayern Munich.
Manchester City fans display a banner calling for Carlos Tevez’s sale during the recent victory over BlackburnTevez returned to England on Wednesday ahead of the completion of his two-week suspension after an apparent unwillingness to enter the field as a substitute when called upon by manager Roberto Mancini as City trailed 2-0 at Bayern in the Champions League.The Argentina international has already given his version of events to City, with the forward seemingly suggesting he refused to repeat his warm up, rather than refuse to enter the field of play at the Allianz Arena.ESPN soccernet has now learned Tevez will be given an opportunity to react to City’s findings from their inquiry. Conflicting opinions are believed to have been offered by the various players who sat alongside Tevez on the substitutes’ bench.City are considering a strong statement of intent over the incident, with Tevez potentially facing a fine and an increased suspension subject to PFA approval, meaning the Argentine could be demoted to the reserves ahead of a loan move or a sale in January.The club’s hierarchy remain firmly behind Mancini, who said after the Bayern game that Tevez would never play again under his stewardship. An official statement from City is expected on Wednesday evening.Meanwhile, Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has denied reports that his club have started negotiations to sign the unsettled striker.Marotta told Gazzetta dello Sport: “It’s normal to talk about players when it comes to Juventus. But we have not started negotiations to sign Tevez.“We have a squad that meets our needs and we will evaluate week by week if we are lacking something. We are not the ones to discover Tevez. He is a great player and we are a great club so it’s normal that there is a link, but to say that we are negotiating is a different matter.”Corinthians remain potential suitors for Tevez, after the club made an offer for the forward in the summer, but it appears any renewed interest in his signature will see a bid lodged below City’s previous asking price of £40 million.Corinthians president Andres Sanches said in the Daily Mail: “We made an offer in the window, he is a player who interests us, but only in January will we see if we have a chance. He is not worth £40 million – we will make an offer well below it.“I don’t know if they will accept it, the (financial) gap is huge. I have a value in mind but I won’t say what it is. The written offer of £40m isn’t worth anything now. After all of the problems, he should be worth less. What if he brings these problems here?”

Cleverley Signs New Contract

Manchester  United midfielder Tom Cleverley has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2015.
Cleverley made his first competitive start for the Premier League champions in August’s win at West Brom, two days after his 22nd birthday. Such has been the academy graduate’s impact, he has already won a call-up to England’s senior squad, though he has yet to play for Fabio Capello’s side.

The England Under-21 international’s football education came in the form of loan spells at Leicester City, where he won the League One title, Watford and Wigan Athletic before being welcomed into the United first-team squad this season.
He is currently out injured with ligament damage to his foot suffered in the 5-0 win at Bolton Wanderers a month ago, but is in contention to return on Saturday in the Premier League clash with rivals Liverpool.
“Tom is one of the brightest prospects in the English game,’’ United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said. “For a young boy, he has a good footballing brain which, when coupled with his energy and ability, makes for a player with a fine future ahead of him.
“It’s the United way to encourage our young players to make their mark in the first team and Tom has grabbed that chance with both hands.”
Cleverley said: “It’s been a fantastic start to the season for me, breaking into the first team and getting an England call-up. Having grown up at the club, I’d love to be able to make a contribution to United winning more trophies.
“We have a squad with great ability and I can’t wait to get started again.’’