08/09 Review: Welbeck
Academy and Reserves watchers will not have been surprised by Danny Welbeck’s progress; the young forward is one of the most exciting striking talents to emerge from United’s ranks for years...
Start to finish
: An out-and-out striker at Reserve level, Welbeck has comfortably made the step up. He made three first-team appearances in the league and also hit two goals in three FA Cup starts, which included a Wembley semi-final outing.In position
: He can lead the line, play off the shoulder or out wide. Season highlight
: It’s the stuff of dreams to come off the bench to make your league debut, and then smash a shot into the top corner. But that moment became a reality for Welbeck against Stoke in November, when he scored United’s fourth in a 5-0 win. Vital contribution
: Born in Longsight, his presence is a boost to all those hoping to play for the club they support. Any lows?
Sir Alex admits Welbeck can “get a bit weak at some moments during games”. Any other business?
Welbeck’s Potters strike was on Match of the Day’s
shortlist for Goal of the Month. They say
: “He has bags of ability, and his temperament is