"I think it was a good result to take back to Old Trafford. It’s obviously half-time now but just to play in the second leg would be a privilege."

- Danny Welbeck, ManUtd.com

25/02/2013 15:50, Report by Adam Marshall
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Exclusive interview: Welbeck

Danny Welbeck spoke exclusively to ManUtd.com ahead of the busy fixture schedule in March with the Reds preparing for home matches against Norwich City, Real Madrid, Reading and an FA Cup quarter-final tie...

We now have a run of four games in succession at home. Is this a bonus?
It will be good not to have to travel anywhere to be fair. It’s good to get home games in a row as, when we’re at home, we can gain momentum and try to get wins in every single game.

We can’t take for granted chasing glory on three fronts as some teams’ seasons have effectively ended already..
Definitely not. All credit to the squad as well because every single player is fighting for their place. They all want to get on the pitch to do the best they can in every single competition this year. We’ve got three competitions left and yet we’re coming to the end of the season. It’s good for the whole squad.

You told me last year nothing beats scoring at the Stretford End. Did that goal at Bernabeu come close?
Definitely. It’s good to get a goal at the Bernabeu but it was a good team performance that night and I think it was a good result to take back to Old Trafford. It’s obviously half-time now but just to play in the second leg would be a privilege.

Sir Alex said playing Real would be the acid test and we proved ourselves out there..
I think being Manchester United, we’re one of the biggest clubs in the world so teams are fearing us as well. I think we go out there and just want to play our normal game. We’re not going to see it any differently as the manager expressed to us beforehand to play the game not the occasion. I think we did that on the night. Obviously, they had some star players and it is always going to be difficult against the calibre of players that they have got.

The boss also talked of an important tactical switch with you in the second half..
The way things panned out, I was set up on the left at first and Shinji [Kagawa] was in behind the striker. So, at the break, the coaches pulled us to one side and told me and Shinji to swap. I don’t think many fans will see that part of the game. Obviously, the manager and coaches have a big influence on the whole team so, once they put you in a position, you know you are there to do a job so, whatever it is, you do it the best you can.

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