United’s identity under scrutiny – twas ever thus

Radamel Falcao

Identity. It is a topic on many lips in the wake of Manchester United’s spending spree this summer. United unloaded around £150 million on six high-class imports during the window, and yet the deal that generated most copy was Danny Welbeck’s departure to Arsenal. The end of more than 130 years of youthful tradition or the reaffirmation […]

Data Rant: Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck’s departure to Arsenal is peculiar in the sense that the London club was arguably in greater need of Radamel Falcao than Manchester United. As is, United has upgraded the forward line while Arsenal has acquired a Premier League quality forward to weather the loss of Olivier Giroud. Win-win, perhaps, but Welbeck’s transfer is […]

At last ‘Dat Guy’ Welbz comes good

Danny Welbeck

It was a little under a month ago when David Moyes questioned Danny Welbeck’s application to his craft. Here, said the Scot, was a player in a need of a little more practice; a striker who had scored just two goals in 40 games the previous season. Little wonder Welbeck has developed a reputation for […]

Welbeck’s role from international left field

Danny Welbeck

International week can drag, with Euro-area World Cup qualifiers having long descended into a quagmire of identikit tactics, predictable scores and, frankly, sub-standard football. Jonathan Wilson disciples may cry foul, but World Cup tournament football, by its very nature, offers far greater diversity, while the Champions League has become the game’s blue riband competition. And if […]

Patient Welbeck garners praise, but not always matches

“I am a massive fan of Danny’s,” gushed Michael Carrick ahead of England’s World Cup fixture with Poland in Warsaw on Tuesday night. The man in question: Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, who is fresh from scoring an international double against San Marino at Wembley last week. Welbeck, who has started six times in 10 […]

Welbeck told to hit 20 in fight for United place

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck can barely have wished for a better first full campaign in Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad. Having returned from a year on loan at Sunderland the Longsight-born striker made 39 appearances for Manchester United last term, 27 of them starts, scoring 12 goals in all competitions. Now, Ferguson has set Welbeck a new task; […]

Welbz and Young: England’s lone rangers

Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young

With Euro 2012 well under way attention has turned, momentarily Rant suspects, from the tittle-tattle of transfer market gossip to the world’s second biggest football tournament™, which is taking place in Poland and Ukraine over the next three weeks. In between bouts of organised racism, fans from 16 countries hope to witness some high quality […]

Welbeck: from awkward kid to United’s star turn

Danny Welbeck

The finish was calm, the celebration familiar, as local-boy-done-good Danny Welbeck wheeled away having smashed home Manchester United’s winner at the Emirates on Sunday. The strike was yet another on an increasingly upward trajectory in the 21-year-old’s career. Gone are the legitimate doubts about whether Welbeck is ‘United’ quality. Indeed, fitness permitting, Welbeck is now […]

Welbeck rise leaves Berba in the cold

Danny Welbeck

When Paris Saint Germain sporting director Leonardo called Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this summer the Brazilian cannot have been surprised at the answer received. No, the Scot said, to Leonardo’s polite enquiry about Dimitar Berbatov’s availability. That was a little more than six weeks ago when, flush with Qatari money, PSG remained bent on signing United’s […]

Welbeck’s dilemma

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck is conflicted. No, not the choice Manchester United’s 20-year-old striker has between England and Ghana – surely any sane footballer would have chosen the West African World Cup quarter-finalists – but that of his club future. Welbeck, recently returned from a two month spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, must decide […]