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19/12/2013 23:00, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Welbeck to take chance

Danny Welbeck is determined to seize his chance to impress as a Manchester United striker in the absence of the injured Robin van Persie.

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

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