Premier League - Scholes exclusive: It’s time Cleverley kicked on

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes tells Joshua Hayward that it’s time that Tom Cleverley finally “kicked on” at the club.

The current Manchester United star has been at the centre of much criticism during his time with the Red Devils first team.

Questions are often raised as to what Cleverley offers the Manchester United side, with the likes of Michael Carrick and Phil Jones preferred among many United fans.

Scholes, who has set the standard for passing midfielders at United, thinks it’s time the 24-year-old took the next step in furthering his career at Old Trafford.

[In defence of Tom Cleverley]

Speaking at the premiere of The Class of ’92, the former England international told Eurosport-Yahoo!: “Tom has been there quite a few years now and has done okay.

“But it's time Tom kicked on. He does play a lot of games and he is a quality player. That is emphasised when he gets in the England squad. Now it’s time he went on to the next level at Manchester United.”

[Class of '92 united in backing current crop]

Following Scholes’s retirement, the position of centre-midfield has been a hot topic with many of the opinion that there is a deficiency in the heart of the United team.

Moyes signed Marouane Fellaini from Everton in the summer but the Belgian has so far failed to impress, sparking rumours that the Red Devils could be in the market for a more dynamic midfielder when the January transfer window opens.

Scholes was unsurprisingly coy when asked about United’s potential dealings, but believes that Moyes has a player in his squad that could step up and fill his boots.

“If the manager feels like he needs to go out and buy someone in January then I’m sure that’s what he’ll do,” said Scholes.

“There’s obviously been a lot of talk, especially because United aren’t doing as well as we’d all hoped, but it’s not my place to say whether he should go out and buy another midfielder.

“Adnan (Januzaj) has obviously broken through this year and has got great talent. He's a really gifted lad and if he gets his head down and works hard then he'll have a great career in the game.”