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Welbeck heads to Sunderland

August 12, 2010 Tags: Shorts 18 comments

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan after the 19-year-old forward agreed the deal today. Longsight-born Welbeck underwent a medical at the Stadium of Light following United’s move to secure Portuguese forward Bébé on a long-term deal yesterday. Welbeck faced an intense fight for a place at United.

Welbeck, always unlikely to figure heavily in Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans this season, joins Steve Bruce’s side after the departure of Kenwyne Jones’ to Stoke City. The United player will team up with former Red Fraizer Campbell and Darren Bent in Sunderland’s strikeforce this season.

“I’m delighted to be able to come to Sunderland – I’ve come here to get some experience and I’m looking forward to it,” he told SAFC TV.

“Sunderland are a big club. They have been in the Premier League for a few years now. I’m hungry and determined to make an impression here.”

Welbeck has made 24 appearances and scored five goals for United but failed to progress last season after successive injuries, including a knee problem picked up while on loan at Preston North End. It completed a campaign of frustration for the player whom Ferguson had tipped as a potential pick for Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad.

“A few Premier League clubs were interested in taking me on loan,” added Welbeck.

“I spoke to Steve Bruce a few times on the phone and the words he got across to me persuaded me to come here. When I knew Sunderland were interested I didn’t really look back and I’m looking forward to giving it my all here.”

If Welbeck’s last campaign proved disappointing, then the striker ought to figure significantly in Bruce’s plans this season. Quite where the player will stand in 12 months time with so many forwards at United is as yet unknown, although a long-term deal with Sunderland is not out of the question.

Danny Welbeck

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The deal for Welbeck leaves Ferguson with six senior strikers in his first team squad this season, with Mame Biram Diouf having signed for Blackburn Rovers on loan last week.

Daddy does deal as Welbeck joins Preston

January 25, 2010 Tags: , , Shorts No comments

Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck joins Preston North End for the remainder of the season, after Ferguson senior and junior concluded a loan deal for the 19-year-old striker. Welbeck, who has scored five goals in 24 appearances for United, will go straight into Darren Ferguson’s Preston squad for the trip to Peterborough United on Wednesday.

Welbeck began the season as an outside bet for a place in England’s World Cup squad, with Sir Alex Ferguson predicting bright things for the Longsight-born player. But the arrival of Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf has pushed the teenager further down the pecking order at Old Trafford and into the arm of Sir Alex’ son Darren, the newly appointed Preston manager.

The striker trends a well-worn path to Preston – David Beckham spent part of the 1994-5 season at Deepdale, before returning to Old Trafford to win the double the following season.

But it’s not the first intra-family deal struck since junior took over the reigns at Preston – Darren revealed last week that his side had trained at United’s Carrington complex during the recent inclement weather.

Welbeck and De Laet sign-up

October 6, 2009 Tags: , Shorts No comments

Promising young Manchester United talents Danny Welbeck and Ritchie De Laet have each signed extended contracts, according to the club. Welbeck’s new contract, worth £12,000 per week, will keep him at the club until 2013, while De Laet has signed for a further three years.

Welbeck, 18, burst on the Premier League scene last season when he slammed home a stunning 30-yard strike on his league debut against Stoke City. The gifted Longsight-born striker, tipped by manager Sir Alex Ferguson to make England’s World Cup squad next summer, started United’s draw against Sunderland last weekend.

Welbeck scored the winning goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers in United’s Carling Cup third round victory last month.

De Laet, 20, signed from Stoke City last January, although the player has not turned out for the potteries side. He made his Premier League début on the final day of the 2008-9 before appearing in United’s pre-season match against Valencia.

“Alex Ferguson told me I’m very close to the first team,” said De Laet.

“There has been talk of me going out on loan but Sir Alex said I can’t leave as he may need me. The new contract is a surprise and fantastic news.”

De Laet made his début for Belgium in the Kirin Cup matches against Chile and Japan, May 2009.

Macheda and Welbeck under scrutiny

September 23, 2009 Tags: , Reads 3 comments

United’s principal back-up strikers, the reason manager Sir Alex Ferguson refused to spend big on a new striker this summer – Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck – have failed to make an impact this season. Despite the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, United’s two exciting young forwards’ paucity of appearances this season is stark: Welbeck has made the bench on just one occasion, while Macheda has failed to earn even that honour.

That Sir Alex Ferguson expected each to make an impact on the team this season is not in doubt. To that end Ferguson refused offers to take Macheda, 17, back to Italy on-loan, and talked up 18-year-old Welbeck’s chances of making the England 2010 World Cup squad.

Welbeck, locally raised and a huge Ferguson favourite, is hampered by his frequent growth spurts, which may slow his development. However, it is Macheda’s attitude that is in question. The Italian youngster, who burst on the scene with goals against Aston Villa and Sunderland last season, has already cultivated the kind of celebrity lifestyle that Ferguson abhors.

Ferguson has also objected to the amount of time each spends with their respective national associations. Welbeck has played for both England under-19s and under-21s, while Macheda has been away with the Italian equivalents.

“Welbeck has been called away so much with every single England squad [the Under-19s and Under-21s] that I don’t know if he is our player or their player,” Ferguson told The Times.

“Macheda has been away with the Italy youth teams all the time and has hardly been with us, either. They are away that much with the youth squads, they have forgotten where their real place is.”

It is not the first time that Ferguson has sought to cut younger players exposure to what he deems unnecessary international football. Famously, Ryan Giggs was often injured for international friendly matches during the early stages of his international career. Although denied, many suspected that Ferguson had instigated these squad withdrawals.

Ferguson is, however, demanding total commitment to the United cause from the pair. Rightly so. Ferguson will not allow the cult of celebrity – so enjoyed by younger footballers – to blight the nascent stage of the pair’s careers. Anderson has also been reminded of this rule.

Macheda is likely to start tonight’s home Carling Cup fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers up-front, along with derby goal hero Michael Owen. Welbeck, meanwhile, may well have to settle for a place on the bench, or in one of the wider positions.

In a strong line-up, Ferguson is likely to bring in Fabio da Silva, Johnny Evans, Darron Gibson, Ritchie de Laet, Wes Brown, Gary Neville, Tomas Kuszczak, Zoran Tosic and possibly even Michael Carrick for the match.