Manchester United Transfer News: New Danny Welbeck Deal a Great Move

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IAugust 22, 2012

Manchester United has made a brilliant decision to sign young striker Danny Welbeck to a new contract after a fantastic 2011-12 season.

According to, the two sides have agreed on a four-year deal. The 22-year-old striker talked about his new deal with the team's official website.

“Playing for United is all I’ve ever wanted to do – it’s the club I’ve supported all my life. I can’t wait for the challenge of the new season to play my part in helping the team compete for trophies. I’m learning all the time from the best manager in the game and I’m keen for that to continue alongside the world class players in the squad.”

Even after the transfer of Robin van Persie from Arsenal, it was important that the Red Devils keep Welbeck at the club long-term. He is an important part of the club's future, and has proven himself at both the club and international levels.

Welbeck started 23 league matches last season for United, and scored nine goals. He's also played nine games for England in international competitions during his career, and has played well in the opportunities he has been given.

Now that he has signed a new deal, it's important that Ferguson keeps playing him regularly so his development continues. He's a great fit in United's formation and style of play, so the abundance of forwards at the club shouldn't cut into his playing time.

He has pace, football intelligence and shooting skills to score goals, and be a very productive player in the Premier League for a long time.

Wayne Rooney and van Persie will start without question, but if there's going to be a third forward on the pitch, Welbeck needs to be that guy. He's better than Javier Hernandez.

Signing Welbeck to a new four-year contract was a brilliant move for the club, but they cannot prevent the young striker from becoming a star by not giving him the time on the pitch he needs and deserves.


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