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Welbeck takes chance to shine

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At the beginning of a season that is expected to see a changing of the guard at Old Trafford, another product of Manchester United's youth system came to the fore.

Danny Welbeck's inauspicious start as a United player had saw him loaned out to Sunderland last season, but upon his return from the Stadium of Light the forward has proven he's ready for the challenge that playing for the Barclays Premier League champions presents.

The England forward produced his finest showing yet in a United jersey, heading in the opener before a brilliant backheel allowed Anderson to double United's advantage over opponents Tottenham Hotspur.

"This group have such fantastic ability, it forces me to play them really," said Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Danny is still only 20 years of age and the lad has a great future.

"He has always had ability but made slow progress because he had a bit of a knee growth problem, so we knew we had to wait for him."

"We put him on loan to Sunderland last season and that is when he became a man. He has grown up."


 

Pre season injuries to Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez, as well as the Mexican's exploits during the Gold Cup, meant Welbeck began the season as first choice in the United side, alongside Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young, the two oldest players to start against Spurs on Monday evening.

The late introduction of Ryan Giggs and Park Ji Sung, was proof that while they have youth flowing through their ranks, they also have the necessary experience for when the going gets tough, and Welbeck insists that can only bode well for United as they challenge of four fronts this season.

"We've got a young side, but we also have youth and experience," Welbeck said.

"We've got great back-up [responding to Giggs and Park's substitution]. I think it showed how well the manager has got the squad combined.

"Once you are in the starting XI you have to work hard to keep your place."

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