Welbeck gets chance to earn United stripes

Sir Alex Ferguson has promised Danny Welbeck he will have the chance to prove he can become a Manchester United regular.Welbeck has been forced to wait for his break at Old Trafford, spending most of his career out on loan, including last season at Sunderland.

But the 20-year-old will return to United after England’s European Under-21 Championship campaign with an assurance he will be able to show how much he has improved.

“The manager said I’ll get decent opportunities and hopefully I’ll take them and progress from there,” said Welbeck, who admitted he would be forced to consider moving on if he failed to make it into Ferguson’s plans.

“It gets to the stage where you have to decide on your future but I’m still only 20 and looking forward to my opportunity.”

Welbeck made his United debut two months short of his 18th birthday and scored on both his Premier League and FA Cup debuts.

It got even better for him when he started the 2009 Carling Cup final win over Tottenham.

But that was arguably the peak of his Old Trafford career so far and he has not played for his parent club for almost a year and a half.

Instead, he has trodden the same path as many United hopefuls before him by attempting to prove himself while on loan.

“Going on loan really benefits you,” said Welbeck of his time with the Black Cats.

“You learn massive amounts. It’s experience you can’t gain from being at United on the bench.”

“I was playing with top strikers. Darren Bent was there at the start and then Asamoah Gyan came.”

“I learnt a lot from Darren in training as well every day.”

“It was the same with Asamoah as well and I’ll always take that into my learning process.”

That process continues in Denmark, where Welbeck’s bid to impress Ferguson has yielded mixed fortunes.

He scored England’s only goal of the tournament so far in their scrambled 1-1 draw with Spain but missed when clean through against Ukraine.