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.
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 not prepared to work as hard as I can to improve and become the best player I can be. So I’ll continue to knuckle down and try to reach that level.
So you must be happy to have signed a long-term contract…
Yes, I’m delighted to be at Manchester United for the next few years, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit back and rest. I’m going to keep working hard for my place in the team. To be playing here is a dream for lots of Mancunian lads like me and many other kids around the world. I’m happy and I’m determined not to let anybody down.
What are your aims for 2013?
I haven’t really sat back