Welbeck's 08/09 appearances

League: 1 start (2 subs); 1 goal
FA Cup: 3 starts (2 subs); 2 goals
Carling Cup: 4 starts (1 sub)

Total: 8 starts (5 subs); 3 goals

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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

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