Danny Welbeck’s opening day double will have given Manchester United fans some real belief that the striker is beginning to prove he is the complete package.
The 22-year old grabbed a brace of goals to help United secure a 4-1 victory against Swansea following up his goalscoring performance for England in their 3-2 win against Scotland. His smart finish off of an Antonio Valencia cross was followed up by a sublime chip to seal United’s win in emphatic fashion.
Punters over at Betfair had generally swayed away from backing Welbeck to hit the back of the net after a below-par campaign last year that saw him score just once in the league all season but now that he has already scored as many goals in one game as he did in the whole of last year, those doubts have disappeared.
Welbeck’s contribution to the team was always more than goals, any United fan would have told you that. It was no coincidence that Ferguson continued to play him ahead of the prolific Javier Hernandez. His all-round game is fantastic; quick feet, a brilliant first touch, boundless energy and a hunger to always have the ball made Welbeck an integral part of United’s title winning campaign last year.
‘The first one he got at Swansea I liked because it was a tap-in. The second one was the sort of finish of someone with confidence who’d scored 20 goals in the Premier League would score with the way he finished it, with the flick over the boy’s head and I told him that. I think we’re going to try and encourage him to be a 15-20 goal striker and do everything we can to do so.” David Moyes
He scored three goals in United’s pre-season tour and his goalscoring was always about confidence. Now that he has put his demons behind him, plenty are backing him to score 20 goals this season including David Moyes and rightly so.
You don’t make it from a nine year old boy the whole way to United’s first team without having the talent and that is something that too many people overlook.
Judging from his first game against Swansea, Danny is ready to hit the ground running this season and United fans can’t wait to see the boy from Longsight hit the headlines for all the right reasons this year. Zup zup.