Wigan boss Martinez proud to have helped Man Utd’s Cleverley

Roberto Martinez has spoken of his pride at seeing former Wigan Athletic loan star Tom Cleverley develop into an England international, the Daily Mirror has reported. Cleverley spent a season on loan with the Latics before returning to Manchester United.

The two sides meet at Old Trafford on Saturday and Martinez has waxed lyrical about the player he had for a season in 2010-11, insisting that Cleverley is of the calibre of technique that would usually be expected of a Dutch or Spanish player. Martinez added that English football has a number of players in the Cleverley mould, they are just lacking a coach to guide their early years in the first team.

Cleverley played 25 games for Wigan in his season at the DW Stadium, scoring four goals as he helped Martinez’s men avoid relegation. Cleverley’s contributions included scoring in a vital win over fellow relegation battlers Wolverhampton Wanderers on Boxing Day 2010, netting the clinching goal in a 2-1 away victory.

Martinez said: “Tom Cleverley is Tom Cleverley. He is a unique type of player. He has an incredible knowledge of the game. Tactically he is well ahead of his years. He can fill roles that the team will need.

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