The Manchester United loan star claims that playing in the final with Aston Villa is the biggest game of his career.
The 25-year-old midfielder said: “Players still dream of playing in the FA Cup final at Wembley. It is what you dream of as a boy. I don't think it has sunk in yet that we're playing in the final.
“I'd say this is the biggest single game I've played in my career so it is going to be a big day.”
That is certainly a surprise for Cleverley to admit, having won a Premier League title with Manchester United, and been involved in Champions League ties, but he is certainly much more of a key figure for Villa than he was for the Red Devils in that 2012/13 campaign.
He has made 37 appearances for Vila this term, and is expected to line up in the middle of the park against Arsenal at the Wembley final, and he will be looking to continue his impressive recent form.
Since Tim Sherwood’s appointment as head coach, Cleverley has been given free reign in the midfield, showing off his goalscoring ability and the kind of energetic play that he displayed in various loan spells away from United.
He looks to be rebuilding a reputation that was somewhat destroyed during a poor time at Old Trafford, and if he can have a noticeable impact in the final, Cleverley could well start to become a respected Premier League regular again.
It may be the biggest game of Cleverley’s career due to the status of the FA Cup, but it will hold greater significance for him, as it could be the catalyst to kick-start a career that looked as if it was stalling more and more with each passing day.