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Cleverley: United will bounce back under Van Gaal

TOM CLEVERLEY insists Manchester United are "raring to go" for tomorrow's Premier League opener against Swansea.

Louis van Gaal takes charge of his first competitive game as the Swans visit Old Trafford for the day's early start and Cleverley, like the rest of his team-mates, is desperate to begin the campaign with a victory. Winning on the opening day doesn't guarantee a successful season - the Reds won 4-1 at Swansea last term and went on to finish seventh - but Cleverley senses an opportunity to build momentum from the off.

"We can't wait to get going against Swansea and look to put right the wrongs from last year," he said. "This club has always been renowned for bouncing back from sticky patches and that's one of the reasons it's so loved around the world.

"We started against Swansea last year but away; this time it's at home and I'm sure the fans will be the same as us: raring to go. It'll be the manager's first competitive game and I'm sure it'll be a special atmosphere."

Cleverley has worked under new boss van Gaal for a month now and the midfielder believes he's in tune with the Dutchman's training methods.

"It's very much pass and move, always asking for the ball, which is my game," he said. "And the manager is so clear that there can be no questions asked from our point of view. We know exactly what he wants and are confident that if we do what he wants on the pitch, we'll win."

Meanwhile, United have banned the use of iPads and other similarly sized tablets and laptops from Old Trafford this season.

Citing "latest security intelligence," United has added "large electronic devices including laptops and tablets" to the list of banned items for match days at its famous 76,100-seater stadium. An email was circulated to fans ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Valencia, explaining the new measures which aren't believed to be in operation at any other English club. United says it is a special case.

"The scale of Old Trafford and profile of Manchester United mean that the risk at this venue is unique," United said.

Sports fans are increasingly using iPads and similar devices to take photographs and videos in stadiums, raising fears that games could be filmed and copyright laws could be broken.


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