Wigan boss expects Man Utd will recall youngster

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has admitted he expected Manchester United to recall midfielder Tom Cleverley in January.

Cleverley joined Wigan on a season-long loan deal in the summer, but United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that he would like the youngster to return to Old Trafford in January.

“Obviously the injury to Antonio Valencia has increased the chance of Tom going back to United,” Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post.

“There has been no contact between the two sides, but it is only natural what is occurring because Tom is such a good player.

“We all know how highly United rate Tom – that’s why we had to do everything we could to get him here in the first place.

“I have always said that we have to enjoy him for every day he is here – just as we want Tom to enjoy being here at Wigan Athletic. And that’s all that matters, for however long that period might be.

“It’s only a matter of time before Tom is playing at the very top level with United. It’s not if, but when.”

Cleverley recently returned to action from a knee injury.

“Tom has played very well for the England Under 21s and has suffered no after-effects to the injury he suffered last month,” added Martinez.

“We have all seen him in training and you can see by the way he behaves around the place that he is going to be a top, top footballer. And he will be.

“He will be in contention for the Newcastle game but, from then on, whatever will be will be.”

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