Manchester United boss David Moyes has insisted striker Danny Welbeck is important to both him and the club, reports The Manchester Evening News.
Welbeck, who has struggled with injuries this season, was in sensational form as the Red Devils beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Villa Park this weekend.
The England international struck twice as Moyes' side moved within 10 points of Premier League leaders Arsenal.
And now the Manchester United boss has praised Welbeck and has insisted that he's a key member of the squad.
The Manchester United boss told reporters: "He is a good player. His goals will help him. It has always been labelled at him does he score enough goals but he has got a few for us this season. He has had a period of injury which is disappointing.
"We like Danny a lot. He works well every day. He is one of United’s own boys and they brought him up through the academy. He is really important to this club and he is important to me. Hopefully we will get a level of performance that keeps getting him goals.
Welbeck will now be hoping to keep his place in the side as Manchester United travel to the Britannia Stadium tomorrow evening.
The Red Devils can book their place in the semi-final of the Capital One cup with a victory against Mark Hughes' Stoke City side.
Manchester United then take on West Ham in the Premier League this weekend as they look to make it back-to-back wins in the league.