WelbzarseDanny Welbeck’s goal put Manchester United out of the FA Cup last night, but the boyhood red, who joined United when he was just nine-years-old, has revealed that he found it hard to knock us out.

Once the emotion takes over it’s kind of difficult to keep it in. I obviously tried to be respectful because this was a club that meant so much to me and still does. I’m a Manchester United fan and it’s quite hard to knock them out of the FA Cup. I’ll always respect the fans. It was a lovely reception from them and I’m very thankful for that.

Given how Cristiano Ronaldo behaved when scoring two goals against United to put his team in to the Champions League quarter-finals, it was a surprise that Welbeck chose to celebrate so much after scoring.

When you consider how Robin van Persie refused to celebrate both the goals he scored against Arsenal in his first season at United, despite getting a dog’s abuse from their fans, it’s even more surprising.

Welbeck clapped all four stands when he walked off the pitch, which was met with applause and boos. Nobody can begrudge him coming back with Arsenal, scoring, and even celebrating, but he can’t expect to be treated like one of us again if he doesn’t behave like that’s what he is.


Per Mertesacker revealed after the game that Welbeck was “hurting” in the dressing room and that, while the rest of the players celebrated, the striker wasn’t saying much. Upon reflection, Welbeck is probably thinking he could have toned it down a bit.