Tom’s on a mission

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TOM Cleverley is desperate to sign off in style against West Ham this weekend.

The 21-year-old, on a season-long loan from Manchester United, makes his farewell appearance for Latics at the DW against the Hammers on Sunday.

Cleverley has shown enough during the campaign to suggest he is destined for a glittering career in the Premier League with United.

And he is aiming to ensure he ends up facing Wigan next season in a red shirt.

“It’s my last game at the DW, and I’m looking to go out on a high,” he told the Evening Post.

“I’ve saved the biggest game of all for my last game here, and hopefully I can give the fans something to remember me by.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here – the decision to come has been vindicated.

“I’ve learned a lot working under such a good manager and staff, and I’ve gained some valuable experience that will help my future career at Manchester United.

“I was getting a bit frustrated before Christmas because of a few little injury niggles, international breaks here and there, plus I was ineligible for the cup games and the games against United.

“But recently I’ve been able to put a run of games together – which has taken me up to 24-25 games – and that can’t go down as a bad season in all.”

Cleverley has fond memories of facing the Hammers – he scored his first ever top-flight goal in the corresponding fixture at Upton Park.

Sadly, it wasn’t enough to prevent Latics slipping to a 3-1 defeat, but now would be the perfect time to make amends.

“Another goal against West Ham would be nice, I must admit,” he smiled.

“It has crossed my mind that I scored my first Premier League goal at Upton Park, and I also won us a penalty that day, which unfortunately we missed.

“Hopefully I can be as effective this weekend and help us get the three points.”

Latics go into the game with 36 points from their 36 matches – and Cleverley predicts another four could well ensure a seventh successive season of top-flight football.

“A win and a draw from our last two games would give us 40 points, and you’d have to be massively unlucky to go down with that,” he added.

“All we can do is go out and try to win the last two matches – that’s all we can do. But it’s any three from six teams.

“We’ve just got to hope one of them’s not us – and I think we have the players to ensure we won’t be.”