By Alex Stevens
Tom Cleverley is poised to start for Watford in their marquee Premier League clash against Manchester United on Saturday, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their website that the central midfielder is set to be named in the starting XI for the Hornets against his former club.
The United academy product is in line for his fourth consecutive league start after making a strong initial impression during his spell on loan at Vicarage Road from Everton.
Cleverley has been a key member of the side that have earned two wins and a draw in their last three matches, including the landmark 2-1 triumph at Arsenal.
The 27-year-old was one of three signings made by Walter Mazzarri during the January transfer window, along with forwards M’Baye Niang and Mauro Zarate.
A four-match unbeaten run has move Watford 10 points clear of the relegation zone and Mazzarri has made it clear he would fully endorse Cleverley joining permanently when his loan expires in the summer.
For his part, Cleverley has said he is keen to settle at Vicarage Road after slipping down the pecking order at Everton.
He admitted that the competition for places at Everton, which have been intensified by the £24million January signing of Morgan Schneiderlin and the emergence of teenager Tom Davies, is key to where his future lies in the summer.
“There’s obviously a lot of midfielders at Everton now, I’m really enjoying my football here (at Watford) and playing, we’re getting some good results, so hopefully I can be here for longer than that,” said Cleverley, as quoted by the Sky Sports website. “At the minute I’m just taking each game as it comes.”
Cleverley, 27, joined Everton on a free transfer in the summer of 2015 after his contract at boyhood club United had expired.
The 13-times England international made 79 appearances for the Old Trafford giants after graduating from their youth team, scoring five goals and supplying eight assists.
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