Time Sir Alex released the shackles and allow him to fulfil his striking potential.

Football FanCast guest columnist Tom Whitely wonders if Sir Alex is set to take the shackles off Danny Welbeck next season and let him fulfil his undoubted potential at Old Trafford.

With Sir Alex Ferguson suggesting that no new faces are set to arrive at Old Trafford this summer, it underlines two things for me. One that Fergie was never given the option to spend the £80m raised from the sale of Ronaldo, or simply that he has tremendous amount of faith in the youth at United and like in 95 intends to see them come through. I personally believe it to be the latter and why it is a certainly a brave move by Fergie, ultimately I believe it to be the right decision.

As much as I despise Arsene Wenger he always makes the good point that why supporters cry out for proven players he feels he owes it to the younger ones to be given the opportunity to prove their worth. Bringing in new players will only create a barrier for their development and therefore they'll miss out on their opportunity to shine. Sir Alex has certainly got a golden crop of youngsters; therefore they deserve their chance to push the first team regulars. It may be perceived as a bold move, especially in light of attempting to secure a record 19th title, but Fergie is not afraid to make big decisions and in fairness, he has rarely let us down before. If he thinks the youngsters are good enough to step in, who are we are to argue.

One area that we are notably light at Old Trafford is upfront and the decision to tighten up the purse-strings will have come as welcome news to both Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck.

With Berbatov, Rooney and the uncertainty over how many games we will get out of Michael Owen next season, means that there will be plenty of opportunities open to them throughout the course of the season. We already have seen glimpses of what Macheda can do in front of goal; however it is Welbeck for me that offers greater potential of the two and who I would like to see be given the opportunity in his natural attacking role. Fergie has already suggested to Capello that he can force his way into his squad for the 2010 World Cup and it makes you wonder what Fergie has in store next season for the Longsight born star. Welbeck has all the attributes and raw abilities to be an absolute superstar for United in the next few years; however he needs to be given the platform to hone his talents and perhaps Fergie feels this is the season to take the shackles off and let him to live up to his undoubted potential. His emergence could end up saving us millions and not to mention softening the blow of missing out on Benzema.

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