D-Day for Cleverley looms

TOM Cleverley will meet with Sir Alex Ferguson next week to discover if his immediate future lies at Wigan Athletic or Manchester United.

The England Under-21s international joined Latics on a season-long loan from United last summer, although Ferguson has hinted he will recall him in January as cover for the rest of the season.

It would be a hammer blow for Latics if they were to lose the services of a player who has established himself as one of the go-to men in the side in recent weeks.

But Cleverley says nothing has been decided as yet – and says he would be happy to stay at the DW if given the choice.

He told the Evening Post: “I’ve not heard anything yet but I think the manager (Ferguson) wants to see me at the end of the month.

“All I can do is play when I’m asked to play and train when I’m asked to train, and let the rest take care of itself.

“If I do end up staying at Wigan, though, I’d be more than happy to do that.

“I’ve just found my goalscoring boots and I’m feeling very confident in front of goal at the moment.

“I’m just looking to play as many games as possible, hopefully try and chip in with a few goals and help Wigan to win as many games as we can.”

Ironically, a long-term injury to ex-Latics favourite Antonio Valencia increased the chances of Cleverley being recalled, although Latics will hope Ferguson feels he has enough strength in depth to manage without him.

Cleverley thought he had cracked a rib in the recent draw at Everton, but scans revealed the damage to be just bruising.

And after the visit of Aston Villa was postponed at the weekend, he says Sunday’s trip to Wolves has taken on extra significance.

“Like the old saying goes, it’s a massive six-pointer and it’ll make all of our Christmases better if we can get three points,” he added.

“We look at every game as a potential three points, and we’ll be going there with three points in mind and we’re very capable of coming away with that.

“I’m expecting a really physical game – they play at a high tempo, and with it being Boxing Day there is something extra, a little bit special, attached to it.

“We just have to make sure we’re a match for them physically, man for man, and then hopefully the better football team will prevail which we hope is us.”

Regarding his rib scare, he added: “The injury has been a lot better over the past few days.

“Richard Evans and the medical guys said it would be, and thankfully they’ve been proved right.”