Welbeck has been at the club since he was 9-years-old and grew up on the same street as Wes and Reece Brown. Ferguson reckons that Welbeck is part of the next generation of players to make their way up through the ranks who can serve as inspiration for our other young players.
“We’re always patient with young players,” Ferguson said. “We’re patient with Tom Cleverley, he’s matured and he’s now an important member of the squad. If you think they have the ability then you have to be prepared to wait for that. As for Danny, his goal won’t do him any harm. He’s not a boy who lacks confidence. He wasn’t fazed by the occasion. It’s a great boost for the younger players coming up behind him, those in the Academy like Danny was. He’s been with us since the age of nine. It’s great testament to the development we do with young players. We had young Nick Powell and Adnan Januzaj in the Reserves on Monday and you say to yourself: ‘These are definite Manchester United first-team players.’ We can see that. They have outstanding qualities. They can see that in trusting us to map out their careers and help them and develop them then they can get to Danny’s level.”