There are certain things in life that you simply never thought would happen like Andy Murray winning Wimbledon or Alan Hansen calling Danny Welbeck the complete player on Match of the Day – both of which have now happened. The four horsemen must be on their way.
Hansen’s title of Welbeck being a complete player is generous right now but he does possess a fantastic all-round game akin to Rooney – pace, power, passes, precision runs, boundless energy and a willingness to always work for the ball, Welbeck always puts in 110% on the pitch but he is more than just a workman.
The 23-year-old’s second half cameo has earned him rightful plaudits after he changed the game and David Moyes hailed his impact as the turning point in the match. He pounced instinctively onto a ricochet and galloped past Ruddy before calmly slotting in the eventual winner to get United out of a bit of a hole, as Norwich had threatened to score on more than one occasion.
It was Welbeck’s fourth goal in as many games and, unsurprisingly, he was happy with the performance. Now that he has been given the opportunity to play in his natural position, his contribution has dramatically improved.
From a United fan perspective, it is brilliant to see a Longsight lad make it at his local club after years of nearly 15 years of hard work and determination to achieve the very best. Welbeck hasn’t made it to United’s first team from that age simply because he is from Manchester, he is there because he belongs there on talent.
I’ll be the first to admit that a few weeks ago, I was sceptical about Welbeck but I’m happily eating my humble pie. Welbeck has stepped it up in the absence of Robin van Persie and without Wayne Rooney yesterday, he was the difference for United.
Form is temporary, class is permanent and so long as Welbeck can make sure this is the start of a long and prosperous upward curve, he’ll become a permanent fixture under Moyes.