United striker ready to hit heights for club and country

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The future looks very bright indeed for Manchester United with a whole host of young talent ready to take their opportunities during the imminent Barclays Premier League season.

Chris Smalling has already benefitted from an entire season on the fringes of the United first-team, while £16 million-man Phil Jones will be hoping to prove his worth to Sir Alex Ferguson.

United have also been buoyed by the Old Trafford returns of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck, with the young pair having served their apprenticeships last term during loan spells with Wigan and Sunderland, respectively.

Such is the impression Cleverley and Welbeck have made of late, both were called into Fabio Capello's squad for the postponed England friendly against Holland, where they would have joined up with club teammates Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young.

And Welbeck certainly feels that United's crop of homegrown talent can only be a plus point for the national team in the future.

"It's a big positive to be playing with those two players [Rooney and Young]," he said. "If we develop an understanding, it's only going to be a positive for us."

Welbeck was picked in Ferguson's starting XI for Sunday's Community Shield clash with Manchester City, in which United triumphed 3-2 in dramatic circumstances.


It was certainly a proud moment for the 20-year-old at Wembley - who was chosen ahead of experienced duo Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen - and he is now focused on a sustained period of success with the Red Devils.

"It's a big, positive step for me in my career, just to be playing up front with Wayne Rooney and the rest of the team," he added.

"Hopefully, if I keep playing well and keep my form up, then the manager will keep picking me.

"That's my main aim. I'm just really looking forward to getting minutes on the pitch for Manchester United and hopefully, if I keep performing well, the manager will keep picking me."

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