Manchester United golden boy Danny Welbeck says that a history of playing alongside Tom Cleverley has made the two an unstoppable force, after United easily defeated Tottenham on Monday.
Cleverley and Welbeck both starred for United in the midfield and forward positions respectively, with Cleverley assisting Welbeck in his first goal of the season, and Welbeck setting up a second strike for Anderson.
And while the England Under 21 internationals have a history of playing for both club and country, Welbeck revealed that they have been playing football together for the majority of their lives.
“I’ve been playing with Tom ever since I was a young kid,” Welbeck the official Manchester United website.
“We’ve got a good understanding and when I saw Chris Smalling roll the ball back to Tom, I knew exactly where he was going to put the cross and thankfully I got my head onto the end of it.”
Both Welbeck and Cleverley are products of United’s youth academy, and Welbeck said that this is a contributing factor to both being able to play to each other’s strengths.
“We’ve both been at the Academy for years and years – about 10 years – so to both come into the Manchester United first team is a massive achievement," he said.
"We’re so grateful to all the coaches we’ve had throughout the youth system and we’ll never forget them. We’ll always be grateful to them."
Cleverley looks to have cemented his place in the midfield line up, with impressive performances in both the Tottenham match and United’s season opener against West Brom.
And Sir Alex Ferguson admitted yesterday that Welbeck will have to get more game time after his performance against Spurs, leaving the Red Devils manager with a selection headache over which strikers to choose for this weekend’s match up against Arsenal.
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