Having worked his way through the ranks at United, Danny Welbeck established himself as a first-team regular of real talent in 2011/12.
Capable of scoring spectacular goals, he was first handed a senior squad number for the 2008/09 season after starring for the Academy and Reserves.
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.
Welbeck, capable of playing out wide as well as up front, 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