Manchester United’s Academy director Brian McClair believes there’s a possibility Tom Cleverley could return to the club after his loan spell at Aston Villa.
Cleverley, 25, joined on a late deal following deadline day after being given an extension by the FA and has been a regular feature for Villa so far this season.
Louis van Gaal didn’t have any plans to use Cleverley in his squad but McClair doesn’t think it necessarily means his time at Old Trafford is over just yet.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen because he’s only on loan at Villa,” he said.
“I think he’s a good player. He came from Bradford when he was 12. At 16 we didn’t offer him a scholarship.
“He stayed at school and he worked as hard he possibly could, while still at school and at the end of that two-year period, because he had developed more physically, he had a professional contract.
“He’s gone on from that to represent his country and to play many games in the Premier League.”
Cleverley had plenty of opportunities to prove himself at United since breaking through into the first-team but was just never able or good enough to perform on a consistent basis, which is why Van Gaal allowed him to leave.
There will always be a sentimental aspect for any player who has come through United’s academy but it would be a surprise if McClair was right and Cleverley was given another chance.