Carrick is a “massive fan” of England youngster

Manchester United forward Danny WelbeckMichael Carrick has announced he is a “massive fan” of his Manchester United and England team mate Danny Welbeck, according to Sky Sports News.

Welbeck has come through the youth system at Old Trafford since the age of six, and made his first senior appearance for the club in 2008. Since then, the striker has progressed well and is now a first team regular for the Red Devils, as well as being part of the England squad. Despite the summer signing of Robin Van Persie, Welbeck has remained part of the United First Team.

Experienced midfielder Michael Carrick has praised the 21-year-old for his remarkable development, and expects Welbeck to progress even further.

“I am a massive fan. I am probably a bit biased because of the United connection. But ever since I have seen Danny I have been a huge fan and I expected big things of him. He has had a terrific couple of years now” said Carrick.

The England midfielder believes his team mate’s strength lies in his versatility as a footballer.

“He can create and score goals. He can play different positions, he can play wide, he can play up top and he is a real talent.

“But he is modest too, which is what you’d expect coming through the ranks at United.

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“The manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) sets standards for the young lads and Danny doesn’t get carried away and his performance against San Marino won’t change him at all” added the England central midfielder.

Despite scoring twice against San Marino, Roy Hodgson is likely to drop the youngster for Tottenham’s Jermaine Defoe for England’s qualifying match against Poland tomorrow.