Welbeck fields questions sent in by Reds supporters around the world...
Which player names were on the back of your shirts as a kid?
I had ‘Welbz’, but no players. If I could have had anyone, it would have been Giggs as I idolised him. I liked Thierry Henry, too, but that wouldn’t have gone down too well on a United shirt!
What’s your favourite goal you’ve scored in your career?
I’d say my first goal for United, on my league debut against Stoke [November 2008] – that was a special moment for me and I was pleased with the strike. After that, my first goal for England against Belgium at Wembley in June.
Which Reds would you want on your side in a snowball fight?
I’d have to go with someone with a good throw, so David De Gea. He has massive hands as well – if he hits you with one of his snowballs, it’s hurting! I’d pick Antonio Valencia, too, as he has big arms and I reckon his snowballs would go straight through you.
great experience training with the other strikers. With four to choose from, the manager knows whoever he puts out will be a threat; the calibre of players he has at his disposal can only be good for the team.
Each of you has different qualities – what are you learning from the other three?
I see all their abilities at first hand on the training pitch every day, and the fans watch the same thing in matches. Robin’s ability and guile were obvious straight away. He’s world-class, and not just for his goalscoring ability – his hold-up play is superb. It’s easy to watch and learn from Wazza’s movement and all-round game. Chicha’s just a great person to be around and he’s a brilliant finisher. They all have strengths in abundance that I can add to my own game.
The manager said recently that in two years’ time you’ll be a “top, top player”. Is that nice to hear?
I wasn’t aware of that! But yes, it’s definitely nice to hear that from the boss; it’s encouraging and makes me determined to prove him right. I wouldn’t be at this club if I were