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His time will come: Sir Alex Ferguson backs Danny Welbeck to become Manchester United’s main man

By Paddy von Behr

Danny Welbeck will get the opportunity to reproduce his England form at club level, according to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 21-year-old striker bagged another goal in England’s friendly against Sweden on Wednesday – his fifth this year – and has played a prominent role for his country in the last year.

The likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have prevented Welbeck from taking centre-stage at United this season, but Ferguson has assured him his time will come.

“Danny’s best form has actually been with England. He has not had the opportunities with us to play centre-forward all the time,” said Ferguson.

“We’ve tended to play him wide left, which is maybe a little bit unfair to him.

“But nonetheless he has shown with his form with England that he can be a real asset to us through the middle. That will come for him.”

United’s attacking options are the strongest they have been since Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham led the treble-winning side of 1998/99.

And, like that quartet, Rooney, van Persie, Welbeck and Javier Hernandez provide tough competition for places.

“Teddy was never happy being left out, and certainly Coley was never happy being left out,” Ferguson added.

“He’d be grumpy and groan for days about it. He wanted to play all the time.

“I think it’s great if the players want to play all the time. I think the important thing is that they feel they make a contribution over the course of the season.”

Rooney is unavailable for this weekend’s trip to Norwich, so the other three are left to fight for a starting berth.

However, with Van Persie and Hernandez in prolific form, Welbeck may have to wait a little longer to become United’s main man.

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