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06/07/2012 11:56, Report by Nick Coppack
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Cole: Big season for Welbeck

Former striker and Treble-winner Andy Cole says the forthcoming season could be pivotal in Danny Welbeck’s career.

The young Mancunian forced his way into Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting XI last term with a string of fine performances. He netted 12 goals, including important strikes against Manchester City and Arsenal, while forging a close understanding with fellow hitman Wayne Rooney.

Cole, who banged in 121 goals during his eight seasons at Old Trafford, says Welbeck has the ability to become one of England’s top centre-forwards.

“I love watching Danny play and people ask me a lot about him,” Cole told ManUtd.com.

“Chicharito’s injury last season gave Danny the chance to shine and he took that opportunity. He’s done very well for himself. He got himself into the England squad and, again, he made the most of that chance. First and foremost, he’s not let himself down at any stage.

“So this is going to be a big season for him. He has to try and cement his spot as a first-choice Manchester United striker. He’s more than good

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Prize opportunity

"Chicharito’s injury last season gave Danny the chance to shine and he took that opportunity. Now he has to try and cement his spot as a first-choice Manchester United striker. He’s more than good enough to do that."

- Andy Cole

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