Having worked his way through the ranks at United, Danny Welbeck established himself as a first-team regular of real talent in 2011/12 and he played an important role in helpinng the Reds scoop title no.20 in 2012/13.
The Manchester-born frontman joined United's youth set-up in summer 2007 and quickly caught the eye with his skilful, strong and pacy displays.
As a schoolboy, Welbeck played a prominent role in the Under-18s’ run to the 2006/07 FA Youth Cup final. He bagged nine goals in 14 starts for the Academy in 2007/08 and seven goals in 11 starts for the Reserves, including a superb hat-trick
against Manchester City, as the Reds' second string won both the Manchester and Lancashire Senior Cups.
His performances earned him a call-up to the first-team squad for United's winter trip to Saudi Arabia. Although he missed a last-minute penalty, Welbeck impressed in his 25-minute appearance against Al Hilal. Capable of playing out wide as well as up front, he was later named on the substitutes' bench for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona and was part of the travelling party for the final in Moscow.
Welbeck made a bigger impression on the first team in the 2008/09 campaign.