Danny Welbeck, our savior?

Who would ever believe a young Mancunian boy named Daniel Welbeck would be a force for Manchester United, and be called up for the England squad? Young Danny was born in Longsight, Manchester; and little did he know that he’s going to be a Manchester United regular.


Welbeck has many traits, a powerful head, and pin point heading accuracy. The boy’s got pace. His finishing is superb too, but all of this couldn’t help him establish himself as a Manchester United regular. When he was called up to the first team in the 2007-2008 season, he couldn’t find a place, the reason was, Manchester United were flourishing under the trinity of Ronaldo, Tevez, and Rooney. He waited and waited, then when he got the chance to play for the first team versus Al-Hilal he earned us a penalty but hit it over the bar. Not the right choice, eh Danny?


After a couple of appearances in the Carling Cup for Man United, he came on as a 63rd minute substitute for Park Ji Sung versus Stoke City, then soon he hit a 30 yd. strike into the top corner sealing a 5-0 win for the reds. A great start for the young boy. He was then awarded for his superb showing against Stoke with a starting role against Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup, which he scored a goal. He later continued his great form whilst scoring a goal in the fourth round versus Derby County.Sir Alex Ferguson thought that it was time for Danny Welbeck to get some first team experience. So he sent him to Darren Ferguson’s Preston North End. He played 8 games and scored 2. It was not the right experience Ferguson wanted, but all in all it helped the young lad. The following season, Sir Alex thought that Welbeck needed Premier League experience, so he sent him to Steve Bruce’s Sunderland playing 28 games and scored 6 goals. Including a goal vs. Chelsea. Welbeck played a huge role in that season for Sunderland, which made Steve Bruce consider purchasing Welbeck permanently. But Sir Alex Ferguson had other ideas.


Then everything changed for Welbeck, he was very impressive in the US pre season tour, it was his chance to get a starting role for Manchester United, with the absence of Javier Hernandez, who had a head injury at the time. Welbeck showed promising signs scoring 5 goals in 12 appearances for Manchester United. He scored his first goal in the 3-0 win against Spurs. He scored one, and got an assist. His next goal came in the 8-2 thumping of premier league rivals Arsenal. The whole team played well, so it was no surprise that Welbeck managed to grab a goal. He then didn’t score in two consecutive games, but in the third game he grabbed a brace against FC Basel, which arguably kept us in the Champions League group stages. The following week he put the Norwich game to bed with a goal which was superbly crafted. He found space within a crowded Norwich City defense and smashed the ball into the net. He later went on a four game scoring drought. He has had five goals in 12 appearances  for Manchester United this term. It should have been six if it weren’t for a deflected header versus Sunderland, hitting Wesley Brown and going in the net. Welbeck’s form forced the now fit Hernandez out of the Liverpool game which raised many eye-brows. He also put a man of the match display against Spurs. Game after game he has been improving gradually. His off the ball movement is nowhere near as good as Chicharito’s, but his contribution to the team is phenomenal. His passing ability is superb, and his pace. He has scored many vital goals for United, most recently scoring the winning goal against Arsenal, and scoring the decisive goal against Manchester City with a sublime volley.


This young boy has got talent, although his descion making isn’t the best, but under Sir Alex Ferugson he can improve. Every Manchester United fan hopes and dreams that one day, when Rooney leaves, a young man named Daniel Welbeck will be our talisman.

By KhalidMUFC

Keeping up with the Joneses



Many eyebrows were raised when Sir Alex Ferguson paid Blackburn Rovers 16.5 million pounds, for a virtually unknown English player. Phil Jones was his name, and he had a point to prove. Jones can play as a right back, central and defensive midfield, which is the position he played at Blackburn last year, making over 25 appearances.

I, for one, was very surprised that Sir Alex Ferguson splashed this amount of cash on an unknown teenager playing for a bottom club. I really thought that we needed a creative central midfielder, with experience. Like Sneijder or Shweinstieger. Over the years, I knew that I had to trust Ferguson, and that’s what I did.


Sir Alex said that he was impressed with Jones’s commitment when Blackburn were five goals down against us at Old Trafford. He saw this young lad screaming at his defense, and that got Sir Alex Ferguson thinking. Although, this wasn’t the first time Sir Alex saw Jones. Sitting in his office, looking through the window at Carrington, Sir Alex was watching the reserves take on Blackburn reserves, in 2009, and he watched this young boy bossing the field. Later that day, Sir Alex phoned Sam Allardyce, asking him if he could sign Phil Jones. Big Sam told Sir Alex to forget about it! And that he was going to play Jones versus Chelsea in the Carling Cup. I remember watching the game, and I was gob-smacked. I checked how old that kid was, and he was just 18! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.


When Phil Jones arrived at United, I never expected him to play this many of games. The injuries of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic helped Jones get into the team. Game by game, he was improving. He’s got tremendous speed for a defender. If you recall back to the Spurs match, when Gareth Bale was running with the ball, and Jones was on the edge of the half, while Bale was in front of him, by a distance. I honestly thought that Bale was going to score. Then, Jones comes sprinting all the way and takes the ball away with a fair sliding tackle. It showed the skill that he’s got. Jones also has great technical ability, and can find space on the field. The match vs. Otelul Galati showed that. When Jones came up for a corner, and the ball bounces out of the box, along comes Jones, shimmies between a player, and shoots on goal, the ball was heading to the top corner, if it wasn’t for a deflected shot. He later on scored a great goal against Aston Villa, it was a peach of a goal! Nani takes the ball and sprints to the half way line, no United player was in the box except for center back Phil Jones. So Nani looks up, whips a cross, and Jones volleys it home.


For a 19 year old to make almost 50 club appearances is quite remarkable, and he’s only been playing football for two years! All of his skills grabbed the attention of England manager, Fabio Capello. Who handed him his second cap against Spain, in midfield. His first cap for England was against Montenegro, at right back. He started the match; he almost gave away a penalty at the beginning of the match, that was the only concern for him throughout the match. He was superb. Few months later, Capello gave Jones his second call up, against Spain and Sweden. Before the Spain match, Capello announced that Jones would be playing in midfield. When it was time for the game, you could feel that Jones was ready, and was about to do some magical stuff, and boy did he do that. He found space in the midfield more than once, which stretched the Spanish defense; he would have gotten an assist, if It wasn’t for Darren Bents poor positioning. The shocking part about Jones’s England career is that his first football memory was the Ronaldinho goal vs. England in the 2002 World Cup.


This boy has got talent, and I can assure you that he will be England’s captain. Just thinking about it, with the potential that Jones and Cleverley have, do we really need an extra central midfielder? We could play one of the twins at right back, Smalling and Vidic in the center of defense, Evra as left back. Jones could be the defensive midfielder, while the magical Cleverley can be our attacking midfielder. Behind Rooney and Hernandez/Welbeck We can win things with kids, we just need to wait for them to flourish and gain experience. We, the fans just need patience, and the coming years will certainly be a roller coaster ride.

By KhalidMUFC

David De Gea – The boy just needs time

In my opinion the toughest job in the world is being a goalkeeper for the biggest club in the world, and your replacing a club legend a fans favorite.  Edwin Van Der Sar has retired and the only good keeper Manchester United had was Lindergaard. This caused alarm at Manchester United Football Club, so Sir Alex Ferguson had no choice but to dip into the summer transfer window for a goalkeeper. He had many choices, Stucklenberg, Nuer, Buffon (contract talks broke down at the time), De Gea and many others. After Manuel Nuers superb showing against Manchester United in the Champions League semi final, we all thought he was coming to us. As the days went buy in the summer, we were constantly reading rumors of Manuel Nuer heading to Bayern Munchen, and then later on it happened. Nuer had left. So Ferguson sprung to sign a player, inexperienced, young, although has lots of potential. His name was David De Gea. We signed De Gea in July days after the U-21 Euro Championship, which he helped Spain win, at. 1.93 meters De Gea was not as tall as Van Der Sar, but boy can he do the job well.

Ferguson splashed 20 million pounds on this boy, and judging by his performances this season, I think he was worth every penny. His first few games weren’t the best in his first game against Manchester City he was to blame for both goals. The first goal was scored due to the lack of communication between De Gea and the defense. The second goal just went under him by a venomous shot by Dzeko. Although De Gea made up for it in the second half with bags of stunning saves, helping us win the Community Shield. In his first Premier League game, Shane Long scored the equalizing goal in a 2-1 win against West Brom, the goal was because of De Gea’s poor handling of the ball. As the games went on he gradually improved. Keeping a clean sheet against a tough Spurs side.  He also saved a penalty hit by Robin Van Persie in the 8-2 thumping of Arsenal at Old Trafford. Then their was THAT save against Chelsea which made the whole world gasp, even Peter Shmeichel got up from his seat and gave a huge clap to that stunning save.  It all started when Torres took the ball inside the box he was heading straight to De Gea, De Gea run to Torres, who passed the ball to Ramires standing in front of an open net, De Gea jumped in front of the ball to denying Ramires scoring. The stadium erupted. Every mistake De Gea does the English press attacks him and over exaggerates it. Peter Barclay attacked De Gea in an article and questioned Sir Alex Ferguson’s scouts for scouting him for over 4 months, and the amount they paid for an average goalkeeper.

Take the doughnut incident as an example,  it was reported that De Gea stole a doughnut from Tesco, and The Sun made a laughing stock out of De Gea. Few days later De Gea explained that he took the doughnut then wanted to pay for it. He looked into his pocket and found out that he forget his wallet, he went into his car and the security caught him, end of story. The Sun said he was a thief, and stated that a player who earn 60K a week steals a doughnut and what not. Then they said he was dropped due to his incident. All they want to do is make David De Gea look foolish. It’s hard enough to be a twenty year old foreign goalkeeper playing for the biggest club in the world replacing Edwin Van Der Sars shoes, but De Gea is doing really well.

De Gea has many strengths, his shot stopping and his reflexes are one of them. If you look back to the Bolton, Chelsea, and Arsenal matches, those are all great examples of his strengths. De Gea has weaknesses, but to be fair, he’s only twenty. His commandment in the box isn’t the best, but that’s due to the lack of understanding because he doesn’t speak English as well as our back four. His handling was quite alarming in the beginning of the season, but he’s been gradually improving.

De Gea under Sir Alex Ferguson will flourish, this boy is going places, in a few years time he’ll be second choice for Spain or even first. With the experience of Manchester United goalkeeper coach Eric Steal De Gea is going to be one of the best goalkeepers the league has got. And dare I say it, he could even be better than Edwin Van Der Sar.

By KhalidMUFC