Born and bred in Longsight, Danny Welbeck epitomises what Manchester United is all about. Youth. Tradition. Loyalty.
Having been at the club since he was eight years old, he has worked his way through all of United’s lower levels in the academy and reserves up to where he is now, an established first team player at Old Trafford.
Last year, he was persecuted for his lack of goals but in a great interview with Sky Sports on Sunday ahead of the Liverpool game, he gave some real insight into how he has used that criticism to help him improve this year.
He is learning. Every player is always learning. Rio Ferdinand is learning to adapt to a slower pace of game as he matures. Shinji Kagawa is learning how to adapt to the demands of the Premier League. Adnan Januzaj is learning the ropes of life as a senior Manchester United player. Welbeck is continually learning how to better himself.
Welbz admitted that under David Moyes he has has been working on his positioning and finishing, making sure that he gets into the penalty area more than he did last season – something that has already proved effective now that he has doubled his Premier League tally from last year.
Ferguson had a soft spot for Danny because of where he came from and how he got into the first team. He loved a local lad breaking through. That isn’t to say he wasn’t there on merit because there are only a select few who make it all the way from the academy to the first team.
Under Moyes, Welbeck had to start afresh and show the Scot why he deserved a place in his team. An impressive pre-season and a return of two goals in three games later, Welbeck has done exactly that. Moyes has called for Danny to score 15+ goals this season and judging from his early exploits, there is no reason why he can’t exceed that expectation by the end of the season.