Danny Welbeck, a lifelong Manchester United fan, has revealed how much he looked up to the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and David Beckham, and is made up he gets to play alongside his heroes.

“I grew up idolising the class of 1992,” he told GQ magazine. “The guys I came through the ranks with took great inspiration from them. To suddenly be there sharing a pitch and a dressing room with some of them is incredible.”

Following in footsteps of Beckham, Welbeck was sent out on loan to Preston, although only played a few games after picking up an injury, before joining Sunderland the following season. He didn’t see the decision to loan him out as a negative one though and was happy to get some first team football.

“I took it as a positive,” he said. “If you go away feeling down, you won’t do well so I got on with it and felt I did well. Last season was great for me. I got loads of Premier League experience and it felt good. I had never been away from Mum and Dad, and there I was miles away from home, in a new city. I had to fend for myself: I learnt to cook and clean. I guess you could say I grew up. My cooking wasn’t that good at first but soon it got OK. Having said that I am back home now and it’s back to Mum’s cooking!”