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RAMPANT UNITED

Manchester United have been rampant in the Premier league so far this campaign, but they recently dropped points in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham. As a result, their archrivals Manchester City have been able to cut the lead for United at the top of the table to just five points. Many have claimed that City had a psychological advantage during the weekend because they played a day earlier than United. City took on Fulham on Saturday and managed to take all three points with a 2-0 victory. United took on Tottenham on Sunday in the league fixture, thus giving City a possible advantage.

The striker Danny Welbeck, though, has rejected such speculation by saying that United are looking to win the league title by being the best and not by looking at the other scores across the Premier league. The young England international has found first-team opportunities limited at the club this season. The arrival of Robin van Persie has meant that he has largely been played out of position or been on the bench for most of the matches. The Dutchman van Persie, though, proved his worth by scoring the only goal for United against Tottenham. Welbeck has made just 8 Premier league starts this season.

“Our main focus is ourselves and we’re not looking at anybody else. Getting three points is the main thing and we’re not looking for any other results. Obviously, City could shorten the gap and it is key that we maintain our seven-point lead. Every game we play in the league is important and the main thing is to go out and get the three points. We can’t watch other teams and see how they are doing. We have to look after ourselves,” said Welbeck in an interview given to the official website of the club.

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TOO COMPLACENT

The Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has said that the club will not become too complacent as a result of having a six-point advantage over the other clubs in the table. Instead, they are extremely keen on winning the title this season and will work hard towards achieving the same. After the recent 3-2 win over Manchester City during the weekend, the club opened a six-point advantage over their nearest rivals City. Due to the fact that Chelsea almost out of contention due to the 10 point difference, United are now the overwhelming favourites to lift the Premier League title this season.

United have the opportunity to extend the lead even more when they take on Sunderland this weekend, while City will be against Newcastle in a tough match. Despite this significant advantage, Welbeck has stressed the importance of continuing to pick up points in order to stay ahead of their rivals. He has also pointed out to the number of matches that come during the Christmas period as an important stage in the season. Teams can often lose a lot of points within a matter of a few weeks during this period. Hence, it is important to not be complacent about the advantage they have on the table according to Welbeck.

“Games come thick and fast and it’s important if you’re picking up the pace over Christmas. It’s a vital period and a time all the boys look forward to. It was satisfying to win last weekend. To go six points clear and to do it in a Manchester derby was a great boost for us. We won’t be too complacent, though. Every single point counts. There are so many games and if you can get momentum you can take that into the new year,” said Welbeck after the City win.

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CARRICK BACKS WELBECK

The Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has said that he is a big fan of his teammate at club level, Danny Welbeck. The Manchester United youth team prospect has become one of the established players within the team over the last couple of seasons. The loan spell at Sunderland has enabled him to come into the Manchester United first team in leaps and bounds according to the former Tottenham midfielder. He recently impressed at international level with the England national team match against San Marino. Michael Carrick reckons that Danny Welbeck has all it takes to become the future England star.

Danny Welbeck scored two goals in the 5-0 win over San Marino at Wembley recently. Even though Manchester United have signed the former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie for £ 24 million, Carrick reckons that Welbeck will be able to show his quality even with this increased competition. Manchester United now have four good strikers including Danny Welbeck, which makes it difficult for him to get into the first-team on a regular basis. Carrick has said that many question the ability of Danny Welbeck to fit into the team following the arrival of van Persie, but he has made the seamless switch according to the midfielder.

“I am a massive fan. I am probably a bit biased because of the United connection. But ever since I have seen Danny I have been a huge fan and I expected big things of him. He has had a terrific couple of years now. People were looking at him when we signed Van Persie saying ‘where is his position, where is he going to fit in? But he showed he is still a major part of it,” said Michael Carrick. England will be having the tough away match against Poland on Wednesday.

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ATTITUDE STINKS

The Wigan athletic manager Roberto Martinez has said that he is extremely disappointed with the attitude shown by the Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck in the match between the two clubs at Old Trafford during the weekend. Manchester United managed to win the match comfortably 4-0, but for long periods of the match, it looked like Wigan would be able to come away with something.

The first instant of bad luck for Wigan came in the form of a penalty early in the match when Danny Welbeck was happy to be fouled by the on coming Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi. However, replays clearly showed that Danny Welbeck made no contact with the Wigan goalkeeper, but went to the ground – a bit like Luis Suarez.

A penalty was awarded in the match, but justification was done after Manchester United’s penalty was saved by the Wigan keeper. Even though begins to lost the match quite badly, the manager Roberto Martinez has said that the penalty early in the match gave his side a nervousness that they were unable to recover from throughout the match. He has said that his disappointed with the diving attitude of the England international Danny Welbeck, who recently extended his contract with the Old Trafford club.

“For Danny Welbeck’s last challenge, his foot was over the ball on Franco. It is completely reckless. Under the new regulations you cannot do that. I am not arguing whether they should be in the game or not. That is for others. But with the laws as they are, you cannot tackle people like that. The foot is over the ball. It is reckless and dangerous. It is a red card, for a Wigan player, Manchester United, everyone,” said the Wigan manager Roberto Martinez. Wigan have only one victory in the season till date.

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NEW CONTRACT BECKONS

The manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, has said that the contract of Danny Welbeck will be extended for the next 5 years. His weekly salary is going to be 75,000 pounds. A few days ago, Welbeck had said that he would not sign a new contract with United until he gets a big hike in his salary. Earlier, the club was not ready to accept the salary demand of Welbeck. So, there had been rumors that Welbeck might leave the club. But, Ferguson ended all these rumors by saying that the club has accepted the demand of Welbeck eventually. In the last season, the weekly salary of Welbeck was 16,000 pounds.

Welbeck had joined United in 2005 when he was only 15 years old. He played his first match for the youth team of Manchester United against Sunderland in 2006. In the 2006-07 season, he played 28 matches for the youth team and scored 9 goals. In the next season, he was included in the first team of the club. Welbeck scored his first goal for United in a match of the Premier League against Stoke City. In the 2010-11 season, Welbeck played for Sunderland on loan. In the last season, he returned back to Manchester United and his performance was exquisite throughout the season. He scored a number of goals and emerged as a superstar. At the end of the last season, Ferguson had hinted that Welbeck’s contract could be extended.

After signing the new contract, Welbeck said that he is happy that his salary has been hiked. He would like to continue his good form and score even more goals for United in the upcoming season. On being asked how does it feel to play alongside Wayne Rooney, Welbeck said that Rooney is a great footballer and it’s an honor to play alongside him. As per Welbeck, he learnt quite a lot from Rooney in the last season.

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CONTRACT TALKS ONGOING

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that the talks with the striker Danny Welbeck has been ongoing in recent weeks and that he is hopeful that the youth team product will sign a new deal with the club. The 21-year-old has become one of the surprise packages of last season for Manchester United after he managed to keep out the likes of Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov out of the starting line-up. He also scored almost 20 goals in his first season with Manchester United. Due to the fact that he has only two years left on his current contract, United are ready to offer him a new deal.

However, it is understood that both parties are way off before they can come to terms of the new deal. This is due to the fact that Danny Welbeck is demanding around £ 60,000 per week, while Manchester United are ready to offer him only half of the amount. Danny Welbeck’s stock has risen in recent weeks after he managed to successfully lead England to victories in the first two group matches of the Euro 2012. He led the line up in the absence of his Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney, who was suspended.

“We are negotiating with Danny’s brothers. They represent him. It’s difficult to say where we are with that at this moment in time. We’ve fostered him. He’s always had growth spurts and things like that, so we fostered him right that period when he was developing. I don’t think he’s got his full body yet. I think there’s a lot of growth in him yet. I don’t think he’ll get taller, he’s 6ft 3ins now,” said Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson regarding the future of Danny Welbeck. The youngster came through the academy at United.

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WELBECK PRAISES WALCOTT

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has revealed that Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is largely responsible for the magnificent 3-2 win over Sweden in the second group game of the Euro 2012 for England. England were coming into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw with France, who had earlier won their second group game against Ukraine 2-0. As a result, it put tremendous pressure on England to deliver a win against Sweden. It was going to be extremely difficult given that Sweden have been unbeaten against England in the last seven matches.

It proved to be a difficult match as many expected after England were looking at the possibility of a 2-1 defeat after the hour mark. However, a goal from Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott helped England win the match 3-2. As a result, there are the favourites to qualify from the group stage ahead of Ukraine. Danny Welbeck said after the match that he is extremely delighted at the influence Theo Walcott had in the match. The Arsenal winger came as a substitute in the match when they were trailing, and was responsible for the turnaround after he scored one and set up the other for Danny Welbeck.

‘We’re all very pleased for Theo. We know when he gets on the pitch he’s going to make a difference. That’s what he’s done today. I’m delighted to get the winning goal but it was more of a team performance. At the start of the second half we let in two sloppy goals and that’s something we want to put behind us. But our team spirit showed and we’re delighted to get three points,’ said goal scoring hero Danny Welbeck after the match. Liverpool striker Andy Carroll scored the opening goal for England in the first half.

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WELBECK PROGRESSES WELL

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he is extremely pleased with the development shown by England striker Danny Welbeck this season. Danny Welbeck spent the last season on loan at Sunderland. It is a loan spell that has worked in favour of the player after he has been a sensation at Manchester United this season so much so that he has been able to keep out striker Hernandez out of the starting line-up. Hernandez scored 20 goals in his debut season for Manchester United, but has been unable to get game time at United this season due to the form of Welbeck.

Speaking ahead of the most important game of their season, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said that he is certainly surprised, but happy about the development made by Welbeck, whose rise to fame has helped England top the charts of the euro betting markets. Welbeck has been the main reason for Wayne Rooney flourishing as a striker for United this season. Rooney has scored 33 goals for United this season, and owes a lot of them due to the work rate of the United youngster. Apart from helping Rooney score all the major goals for United, Welbeck has also been able to chip in with 12 goals this season.

“With Danny being fit again and playing consistently, he’s developed. I think last week we saw something special. I know there was a lot of reference to the Yorke and Cole thing and I think there are similarities to that. I thought Welbeck’s movement was fantastic last week. He did really well. Attacking-wise we were terrific in the second half. Wayne is 26 now and Danny is 21. I would think over the next few years it can only get better. I hope so,” Sir Alex Ferguson said ahead of the Manchester City game. United go into the fixture with a three-point advantage over their rivals.

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WELBECK RELIEVED WITH GOAL

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has said that he is extremely relieved to end the goal drought, which has been a major problem for him in the last 10 games. Danny Welbeck has not scored for the last 10 games, which has really been a major dent for his confidence. However, he scored his first goal after a long time in the 5-0 thrashing of Wolverhampton Wanderers recently. Manchester United came into the match against Wolves knowing that they could maintain their lead at the top of the table over Manchester City with a win. They did exactly that against a very poor Wolves team.

The sacking of manager Mick McCarthy was expected to provide some confidence to the team, but it has worked in the opposite way for Wolves. They are now struggling down near the bottom of the table, and even worse is fact that the team is struggling to plug a leaky defence. Danny Welbeck last scored for Manchester United in the match against Arsenal almost 8 weeks ago. It looks like a distant memory now. Even though Danny Welbeck said after the match that he was extremely relieved to score and bring an end to his goal drought, winning the game was far more important.

“Before the game, I actually thought I do need a goal. Thankfully, Sir Alex Ferguson kept picking me and it came today. But you can’t let these things play on your mind, you just play your normal game and, as long as the team keeps winning, that’s the main thing,” Welbeck said after the match. Welbeck was at the receiving end of the Ronald Zubar tackle, which resulted in the red card for the Wolves player. It proved to be the turning point in a match, as Manchester United ran riot after the red card.

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CHICHARITO PRAISES DANNY

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has said that Danny Welbeck is simply amazing and that he is starting to accept the competition for his role within the Manchester United team. Javier Hernandez is finding it difficult to break into the first team this season after doing so well last term. One of the main reasons for this is the number of injury problems he has suffered this season. Another reason is also the fantastic form shown by Danny Welbeck, who has been used on a number of occasions by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. In the previous season, Dimitar Berbatov has affected by the form of Javier Hernandez.

Now, Javier Hernandez is being affected by the form of Danny Welbeck. Despite this, the Mexican said that he is extremely amazed at the performances displayed by Danny Welbeck. It is one of the reasons why he is starting to accept the fact that nobody is sure of first-team place at Manchester United due to the huge competition involved. Manchester United will be facing Ajax in the last 32 of the Europa league hoping to progress in the competition. Manchester United are only left in two competitions this season – Premier league and Europa league.

“It has been a little bit frustrating because I have been injured a lot. I am happy and I am still enjoying it. It is a privilege to play for Manchester United, whether things are going good or bad, I want to keep that attitude. Competition is normal at a club like this. You need to be at your best to help the team. That is the most important thing,” the Mexico international said. Despite getting eliminated from the Champions League and FA Cup, Javier Hernandez has said that he is confident of achieving glory this season with Manchester United.

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