The England international has played up front in two fixtures since the Dutchman was struck by a thigh problem, scoring twice against Aston Villa and leading the line valiantly on a testing night in the Potteries during the 2-0 Capital One Cup victory at Stoke.
In several of his appearances this season, the 23-year-old has complemented the squad’s other forwards by playing further out wide. Now, with van Persie sidelined for around a month, Danny realises he has an opportunity to prove what he can do as a central striker.
“Obviously it is not my decision about where I play,” Danny admits. “As I have said plenty of times before, I am happy to play for Manchester United in any of the attacking positions.
"Unfortunately, Robin has got injured, and I might have a chance up front so I am looking to score some goals for United while playing as a centre-forward.
“I want to score plenty more goals and I have got a figure in mind.”
Danny’s latest appearance came as players, officials and fans endured a freak hailstorm that led to play being halted for around 10 minutes in the first half. Referee Mark Clattenburg took the players off until the conditions eased, a decision that frustrated some in the stands but it was one