Danny Welbeck

Ones To Watch: Man Utd

by Ashley Houghton

Welbeck, Rafael and van Persie featured.

Robin van Persie

The Dutch striker has been in lethal form since his summer move from Arsenal to Manchester United.

Known for his sweet left foot and compelling technique, van Persie is one of the hottest players in the world right now, with only Luis Suarez scoring more in the English top flight this season.

Van Persie signed for Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004 for just £2.75m and went on to score 132 goals in 277 games for the Gunners before leaving to join United, citing trophies as the reason behind his move.

His form for Arsenal culminated in him cleaning up at the end of season awards - van Persie won the Players’ Player of the Year award, Fans’ Player of the Year and also the FWA Footballer of the Year.

Since joining the Red Devils van Persie has 23 goals in 33 games – one of the best goals to games ratios in the country.


Rafael is regarded by many as one of the most improved footballers currently plying their trade in the Barclays Premier League.

Along with his twin brother, Fabio, who is currently on loan at QPR, the Brazilian joined United from Fluminense in 2008.

The 22-year-old has quickly become a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford and his eye for a wonder goal has become apparent with quality strikes this season; a thunderous effort against QPR will most definitely be a contender for goal of the season.

His form for United has earned him two caps for Brazil and he is expected to rack up the appearances for club and country with 123 games already to his name in a United shirt.

Danny Welbeck

England international Welbeck is the latest product of the United youth team to race through the ranks and start at first-team level.

His physical strength and pace make him a nightmare for any defender and he has shown his ability to perform on the highest stage with an impressive performance in the Santiago Bernabeu as United drew 1-1 with Real Madrid.

Of course, the 22-year-old is no stranger to the Stadium of Light having spent a season on Wearside, scoring six goals in 28 games in 2010-11.

The highlight of his spell in the north east was arguably Sunderland’s 3-0 win at Chelsea in which the Manchester-born striker scored.

Welbeck has been capped 16 times by England and has scored five times since making his debut against Ghana at Wembley in 2011.