His debut came in September 2008's Carling Cup win over Middlesbrough, and his first senior goal was a wonderful long-range effort against Stoke at Old Trafford two months later. He also started the Carling Cup final triumph over Spurs at Wembley in March 2009, and finished with three goals in 13 appearances in all competitions.
Two goals in 11 first-team appearances, including a Champions League debut against Besiktas, followed at the start of 2009/10, before Welbeck joined Championship side Preston in January 2010 on loan until the end of the season. He started well, scoring two goals in his first three games, but a knee
injury in March cut short the loan deal and Danny’s season.
Welbeck spent the following season on loan at Sunderland, where he scored six goals in 28 appearances, though his spell was again disrupted by a hamstring injury. 2010/11 was also the season Welbeck made his senior international debut for England, as a substitute in a 1-1 friendly draw with Ghana in March. He’s also represented England at Under-21 level.
In 2011/12, Welbeck came to the fore in the red shirt, scoring 12 times in 39 appearances in all competitions, including a contender for goal of the season against