Whilst most United fans have been ranting and raving about Rafael Da Silva for some time, the rest of the Premiership were forced to pay attention after his brilliant goal against Arsenal last weekend. Everyone wanted to know who he was and when we’d got him. I took great pride in letting them all know that his identical twin brother, Fabio, is the one who comes more highly rated out of the two.
Danny Welbeck is another United youth team player whose name has been batted about for a while, with plenty eager to see what he was capable of, particularly when it was looking like we weren’t going to be signing a new striker this summer. Despite scoring two goals against the dippers during the week, Frazier Campbell will certainly be jealous that Welbeck got to stay on the books whilst he was loaned out, particularly after this afternoon!
Sir Alex Ferguson gave Danny Welbeck plenty of time on the field today, meaning he had the chance to compose himself and become adjusted to playing in the Premiership at Old Trafford for Manchester United.
His first contribution was to hesitate on the ball and giving away a throw-in. “Come on Danny!” people in the crowd shouted in encouragement. The 17-year-old didn’t let his head go down and worked hard to get involved. With just over five minutes left to player, Welbeck got his name on the scoresheet, with a goal fit to win any goal of the month competition.
“It feels amazing,” said Welbeck. “Scoring in front of the Stretford End is what every young boy from Manchester dreams of. I loved it. I wouldn’t say I’ve dreamt about it, but I’ve thought about it every day of my life ever since I started playing football. There’s nothing better. I got the ball on the edge of the centre-circle and I knew Ryan Shawcross was behind me. I played a one-two with Manucho, took a touch and just thought, ‘I’m going to hit it’. I was just relieved to see it hit the back of the net. I’m not going to lie, I’ve seen replays of it a few times already!”
Was this a ‘remember the name’ moments? Quite possibly. Welbeck should have big things ahead of him, but what a way to start!
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