Danny Welbeck can be the 'best player in the world'

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Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has tipped teammate Danny Welbeck to become one of the best player's in the world.

"Danny is a very valued member of our squad," said Evans in an interview with the Daily Mirror.

"People have been saying over the years that he doesn't quite get the attention. But that's just purely down to goals."

Welbeck scored just twice throughout the whole of the 2012/13 season, and was regularly used as a makeshift winger by former boss, Sir Alex Ferguson.

For England, the 22-year-old striker has also starred in a wide role, but has impressed when chosen to represent his country by Roy Hodgson.

And Evans is confident that Welbeck will soon earn the plaudits he deserves.

"I think that if he adds a few goals to his game, people will start saying he's the best player in the world.

"If you look at his overall play, the things he can with the ball are unbelievable. Then there are the things he does off-the-ball for the team as well.

"The shifts that he puts in are fantastic."

Since taking the reigns at Manchester United, David Moyes has preferred to use Welbeck in his favoured position as a central striker, and Evans agrees that the former Sunderland loanee is more than capable of leading the line.

"He's not a wide player but he does a good job out there because he does so much work for the team.

"He's also excellent at defending from the front. But, obviously, his main position is centre-forward.

"He didn't play at centre-forward that many times last season.

"I don't know that stats but when you have players like Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa - who was playing off the front - and Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez as well, it was maybe harder for him to get as much game time as he wanted."

Evans himself is facing a fight to hold down a regular starting berth at the heart of United's defence, with Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand returning to both form and fitness.

With competition coming in the form of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones too, Evans has a challenge on to get game time this year - a challenge he's relishing.

"There are a number of us at centre-back who will be looking to play as many games as we can and be first-choice on the teamsheet," said Evans.

"I haven't been available pre-season through injuries, but hopefully I am over that now and now I can kick on and, on a personal level, try and get my fitness and challenge both of them."

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