United youngster eager to take chances

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Manchester United youngster Danny Welbeck is aiming to become a regular in the first team next season, with the England Under 21 international coming off some great performances in the pre-season.

Sir Alex Ferguson has numerous strikers to choose for United's opening match against West Brom kicks off this weekend, with Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen all at his disposal.

Federico Macheda and Mame Biram Diouf have also returned to United this season, but Welbeck is setting the bar high for his return from a loan spell at Sunderland.

"My main aim is to break into the team and get a partnership going with whoever is up front,” Welbeck said.

"You can't say too much after one game, you've got to keep working hard and hopefully break into the team during the season.


"If I keep performing well, hopefully the manager will keep picking me. I'm feeling confident."

Welbeck, who scored six goals in 26 appearances for Sunderland last season, hasn’t played a league match for United since 2010. The striker was called up to the senior England squad for the second time this week, for the friendly against Holland that was postponed, and Welbeck said it made him feel much more positive after a difficult run with the Under 21 squad in the Euros last June.

"We didn't have the best of tournaments so I was delighted to get the call-up to the senior squad,” Welbeck added.

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