Monday, 10 October 2011

Boy wonder Welbeck man enough to be a hit for United


Danny Welbeck insists he is now man enough to take on the job of being Manchester United's top dog.
Local boy Welbeck has netted five goals in eight games since returning from a loan spell at Sunderland.
His electric start to the season earned him game time in England's draw with Montenegro on Friday.
And although Sir Alex Ferguson blocked a bid from Stuart Pearce to draft him into the under-21 squad for tonight's clash with Norway to ease his workload, the striker feels strong enough to fight for a place in United's team.
Welbeck, 20, puts his explosive form down to the fact he is now bulking out his frame to a size that allows him to compete with football's tough guys.
He said: ``I've literally grown into a man now. I've turned into a man and filled out naturally.
``I have been doing a bit of work in the gym but it's more based around my legs, not so much my upper body.
``It's all coming together and my physique is getting a lot better than before I went away to Sunderland.
``I needed to be stronger because some of the centre backs are 90 kilograms and I'm only 70-something. So I need to be strong.
``I don't have to be massive but I need to handle myself and I feel I am doing that.''
Welbeck claims he now feels part of United's set-up having scored goals against both Spurs and Arsenal at Old Trafford.
He added: ``I felt I'd really come into my own then. There is no better feeling than scoring in front of the Stretford End. I aim to emulate that feeling so many more times.''
Welbeck's most recent goal came in the 2-0 defeat of Norwich which keeps United just ahead of rivals City.
The two sides go head-to-head on October 23 although Welbeck is refusing to single out the Blues as United's main challengers for the title.
He said: ``At the moment we are just focusing on ourselves. We just want to go into every game with the aim of winning it.
``There's a lot of good teams in the Premier League and every match is going to be difficult.
``Each opponent has their own style of play, it's just how we counter that and play the Manchester United way.''
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