Manchester United: Danny Welbeck Is a Future England and United Legend

Simon Edmonds@@Eddie_EdmondsCorrespondent IJune 6, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02:  Danny Welbeck of England celebrates after scoring the first goal of the match during the international friendly match between England and Belgium at Wembley Stadium on June 2, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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When Danny Welbeck burst onto the scene in 2009, the footballing world took note.

The young man, although a very raw talent, seemed to have it all: the pace, the skill, the eye for a pass and, most importantly, the passion to play football at the top level.

Since then, not much has changed other than Welbeck sharpening those abilities continuously on his journey through the beautiful game.

After a very successful loan spell to mid-table side Sunderland, Welbeck returned to Old Trafford at the start of last season ready to ply his trade with his mother club, Manchester United.

Most fans expected the young man to initially struggle with the considerable mark up.

Danny proved the doubters wrong and was quickly able to adjust to the higher quality of football that is played amongst the elite sides within the Premier League.

Despite suffering a setback in the form of a hamstring injury in United's 8-2 demolishing of Arsenal earlier in the season, Welbeck bounced back to eventually net nine goals in the EPL for the Red Devils this campaign.

Considering his tender age (21) and the fact that Welbeck very much plays second fiddle to United talisman Wayne Rooney, this is a very healthy return for a debut year in a top club's first 11.

As for Danny's inclusion within the England fold, well, this weekend hopefully put all doubters of his potential to bed.

Welbeck has received heavy criticism this year for his supposed inability to finish chances in front of goal.

It didn't look like that on Saturday as the young man, who chose to represent England ahead of Ghana, extravagantly chipped Sunderland and Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to put England into a 1-0 lead.

The finish was very much something out of the Lionel Messi school of goal scoring.

OK, Welbeck is no Messi—nowhere near in fact—but he does have the chance to become the next Andy Cole.

The comparison is often made between Welbeck and Cole.

Their styles of football are relatively similar, with both men notable for their control of a football and sudden bursts of pace.

If Welbeck can take just four or five more chances a season, he will start to earn the respect from non-United fans that he very much deserves.

The European Championships are a perfect platform for Danny to start doing this.

With Rooney out for the first two group matches, Welbeck has a chance to shine and net a few goals for the national side.

He is helped drastically by the fact that his United teammate, Ashley Young, will act as the main provider to him against France and Sweden.

The two men share a knowledge of each other's play after this campaign, which is something that England can very much use to their advantage.

If Welbeck keeps progressing as rapidly as he currently is doing for United, then we could be looking at the next cult hero.

In regards to his contributions to the national side and in order to cement a first-team slot, Danny needs to show England the same form he showed in the EPL this season.

The game against Belgium was a brilliant foundation to this, but to ensure future success, Welbeck needs to build on this at the Euro 2012.

Can he do this?

In my opinion, without a doubt!

In the end though, it's all up to whether Welbeck can hold his nerve or not come next Monday.


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