Cole backs Welbeck to shine

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Andy Cole believes Danny Welbeck has all the ability required to become a leading striker for Manchester United next season.

Welbeck established a good partnership with Wayne Rooney for United last season, bagging 12 goals, while he more than held his own during Euro 2012, during which he made three starts in four games for England.

The 21-year-old faces competition in attack from Javier Hernandez, while the signing of Shinji Kagawa, who likes to operate behind a sole forward and will also increase competition for places.

However Cole believes Welbeck can establish himself as the main man for club and country alongside Rooney for years to come.

"I love watching Danny play and people ask me a lot about him," Cole told the club's official website.

"[Chicharito's] injury last season gave Danny the chance to shine and he took that opportunity. He's done very well for himself. He got himself into the England squad and, again, he made the most of that chance. First and foremost, he's not let himself down at any stage.

"So this is going to be a big season for him. He has to try and cement his spot as a first-choice Manchester United striker. He's more than good enough to do that, but he has to keep doing it. You have to do it season in, season out before people are convinced by you."

While Welbeck earned plaudits for his performances last season some doubts still linger over his finishing ability.

Cole believes that Welbeck still has plenty of scope to develop, but says he must decide what type of striker he wants to be.

"All I can say is that Danny has the attributes required to score plenty of goals," Cole added. "But he needs to decide what sort of striker he wants to be. Does he want to be a great goal-scorer or a scorer of great goals?

"Look at the goal he scored for England against Sweden, and some of his goals for United last season. He's got that predator's instinct. He can be that sort of player, but he needs to decide is whether or not he wants to be a 20-goal-a-season man or somebody who chips in with 10 or 12 screamers into the top corner."

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