Cleverley will face Manchester United tomorrow with new club Watford, having already played against his former side this season while at Everton.
The 27-year-old rose through the ranks at United and made 79 first-team appearances before leaving Old Trafford on a free transfer in 2015.
The England international has started Watford’s last three games, setting up two goals, and is expected to keep his place against Jose Mourinho’s side.
“It’s a great stadium to play in and I’m just concentrating on the game, not on the reception,” he said.
“I’ve still got a lot of friends there and having played so many games at Old Trafford it brings back a lot of good memories.
“I grew up there since I was 12 so it’s always going to be a little bit different when I play against United.
“But once the first whistle goes it’s a game of football.”
Watford stunned United with a 3-1 win at Vicarage Road earlier this season, but Cleverley admits it’s unlikely to have an impact on tomorrow’s clash.
“I don’t think it affects things. It was a long time ago, I remember watching that game on tele,” he said.
“What matters most is the form that both teams are in. We’ve had some good results, they’re having a good bit of league form, so it’ll be a good game.
“We know they’ve got top-class quality all over the pitch so we’ll have to be as focused as we were against Arsenal and hopefully get a good result.”