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Welbeck will get chance in central role

ESPN staff
November 16, 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Danny Welbeck has played better for England than Manchester United this season © Getty Images

Sir Alex Ferguson claims Danny Welbeck's best form this season has been for England, rather than Manchester United.

And he has promised the young forward will get a run in the team as a striker in the near future after fielding him on the left flank for much of the campaign so far.

Welbeck, 21, has only scored one club goal this season, in the 4-2 win over Stoke, but has found the net three times for his country.

He has become fourth-choice striker at Old Trafford because of the arrival of Robin van Persie, the prolific form of Javier Hernandez and the presence of Wayne Rooney.

Ferguson said: "With Robin coming in and when we've got Wayne as well, you tend to rely on the experience of these players. They are great players too. What we have to try and do is alternate selections so that Danny feels he is making a contribution.

"At the moment, we have tended to play him wide left. I think he's capable of playing there. He is a threat coming in off the wing and he has done that many times but I think he is a natural centre-forward.

"Danny's best form has actually been with England. He has not had the opportunities with us to play centre-forward all the time but that will come.

"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."

Ferguson compared his current selection of attacking talent to the 1998-99 season when Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were his four strikers as the club went on to win an historic Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble.

"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."

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